The International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) has announced the hiring of David Jessup as its new regional lobbyist. Jessup brings government affairs experience to the position, serving most recently as the Chief of Staff for Michigan state Senator Jim Marleau, where he became an expert on the budget process, coalition building and media relations.
Greg Zimmerman, IPCPR’s Chair of State Government Affairs says, “David’s wealth of government affairs experience makes him a key addition to the IPCPR state team. We view his appointment as a sign of IPCPR’s commitment to protecting members from government overreach. I am confident that David will be instrumental in advancing the interests of the premium tobacco industry.”
Prior to serving elected officials in both the Michigan House of Representative and Senate, Jessup was the Director for Grassroots Midwest and Director of Government Affairs for the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM). At SBAM, Jessup successfully advocated for business tax reform, eliminating business tax obligations for 95,000 small businesses, resulting in $1.8 billion in tax relief for job providers in Michigan.
“David’s impressive background in state government relations, as well of his track record of advocating for small business, is going to be a great asset to IPCPR as we look to expand our influence in a new region of states,” said Scott Pearce, IPCPR executive director. Jessup will represent Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Tennessee for IPCPR.