The Chamber serves as the united legislative voice for our nearly 2,000 Chamber members and more than 99,000 employees by advocating at the local, state and federal levels of government for public policy that fosters an environment of business success and growth.
During the legislative session, our public affairs staff travels frequently to Jefferson City to speak with lawmakers on your behalf, and to establish working relationships with state legislators. The Chamber also has a presence in Washington, D.C., most recently leading an 18-member delegation of business and community leaders to the nation’s capital for a 3-day, policy focused fly-in.
Along with encouraging lawmakers to pass legislation that will benefit our members’ businesses, we act as a resource for our membership to inform them of current legislative issues that could impact their businesses. For more information on our advocacy efforts at the state and federal level, as well as our partnerships and committees, click here.
The Chamber knows that the quality of a community begins at home, and we are an advocate for the Springfield community locally as well as at the state and federal levels. We work closely with local government to promote policy that ensures that Springfield offers an outstanding quality of life and creates a positive climate for business and economic development. For more information on our local advocacy efforts click here.
Use the links to the left to search the Chamber's legislative agenda, find your representative and explore other helpful government resources.
Public Affairs Team
Brad Bodenhausen, Executive Vice President
Brad supervises the Public Affairs and Communications and Community Development/Special Events departments. He is the staff contact for the Local Issues Public Policy Task Force and International Business Council.
Sandy Howard, Vice President, Public Affairs
Sandy focuses on state and federal legislative affairs and advocacy and assists in local election issues and campaigns. She is responsible for coordinating the annual Community Leadership Visit and the annual Springfield/Branson Regional Salute to Missouri Legislators. She is the staff contact for the Governmental Relations Committee, the Springfield Metro Partnership and the Community-Wide Coalition for School Board Recruitment.
Emily Denniston, Public Affairs Coordinator
Emily provides staff support for the Public Affairs and Communications Departments. She assists with department committees and special events including the Governmental Relations Committee, International Business Council, the annual Springfield/Branson Salute to Missouri Legislators and the annual Community Leadership Visit.
Hollie Elliott, Public Affairs Coordinator
Hollie oversees the young professionals program and provides staff support for the Public Affairs Department. She assists with various department committees, including the Springfield Good Government Committee. Hollie also assists with the Chamber’s state legislative advocacy efforts, including tracking key legislative initiatives.