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Kate Bradshaw

Director of Government Affairs

222 South Main Street, Suite 2200, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Kate provides clients with comprehensive governmental affairs services focusing on legislative, regulatory, executive office, and campaign strategies.

Strategic Legislative Guidance: Clients benefit from Kate’s skills and thorough understanding of the legislative and regulatory process that enables her to navigate and complete complicated political and policy matters on behalf of clients.

Experienced Legislative Advisor: As a non-lawyer lobbyist, Kate draws upon her experience and relationships as a legislative staffer, campaign consultant, and trade association representative to craft strategies for energy, natural resource, healthcare, food industry, and business clients before the Utah State Legislature, Governor, state agencies, and local governments.

Prior to joining Holland & Hart, Kate was the Vice President of the Utah Food Industry Association and Utah Retail Merchants Association where her responsibilities included lobbying, public relations, and PAC donation strategy for the food and retail industries. She also ran her own political consulting and fundraising company that focused on the needs of Utah legislative and local government campaign clients. Kate began working in politics with the Utah Republican Party and later joined the staff of Speaker Greg Curtis at the Utah State House of Representatives.

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Government Affairs

Kate assists clients by actively engaging elected and appointed leaders in the executive and legislative arenas:

  • Monitor legislative developments and report on areas of interest to clients
  • Develop comprehensive legislative and public relations strategies including community outreach efforts
  • Actively participate in various trade associations to stay on the cutting edge of clients’ legislative and regulatory issues
  • Coordinate between key legislative personnel and executive branch officials on cross-disciplinary legal and policy issues
  • Establish and coordinate ad hoc coalitions comprised of members representing diverse interest groups

Client Results

Legislative Achievements
  • Successfully passed legislation to move Utah's cap for beer from 4.0% ABV to 5.0% ABV, the largest alcohol policy change in the state since prohibition.

  • Successfully passed sales tax exemptions for Utah based manufacturing companies resulting in $50 million of dollars of savings to UT manufacturers.

  • Defended Utah oil and gas producers against attempts by state agencies to re-interpret severance tax formulas that would have cost the industry millions of dollars.

  • Created Utah client coalition to ensure reasonable reforms to Utah's non-compete agreement regulations.
  • Successfully lobbied local governments and state to appropriate funding for Utah avalanche forecasting.

  • Successfully lobbied for regulatory change to plumbing licensing rules regarding limitations on handyman exemptions.

  • Successfully lobbied for regulatory change to electricians licensing rules regarding the supervision requirements of apprenticed electricians.

  • Successfully passed legislation to allow sewer districts to receive food waste for bio gas generation projects.
  • Successfully defended large interlocal power generation client from onerous oversight requirements.

  • Deeply engaged on ACA Medicaid Expansion and Medicaid-related audits on behalf of healthcare clients, resulting in industry impacts of several millions of dollars.



Speaking Engagements



  • Utah Heart & Hands Award, 2014
  • Forty Under 40 Honoree, Utah Business Magazine, 2020

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • Utah Outdoor Adventure Commission, Member, 2021-present
  • Utah League of Cities and Towns, Board Member, 2021-present
  • Lakeview Hospital, Board of Directors, 2020-present
  • Davis County Mosquito Abatement District, Board of Trustees, 2019-present
  • Bountiful Rotary, Member, 2019-present
  • Bountiful City Council, Councilwoman, 2018-present
  • Utah Business Coalition, Co-Founder and Co-Chair, 2014-present
  • Westminster College, Alumni Mentoring Program, Volunteer, 2011-present
  • Alta Club, Board Member, Events Committee Co-Chair, 2016-2019
  • Westminster College Alumni Board, Chairwoman, 2013-2019
  • Salt Lake City Housing Advisory & Appeals Board, Past-Chair/ Board Member, 2007-2012

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