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Pat Sexton

June 26, 2023

We are pleased to announce our newest member to the RSF board, Pat Sexton.

Not only has he completed a grueling Twin Cities marathon when he was 30, but he has biked across the stunning landscapes of Ireland and Scotland and as impressive as that is, he is the owner of Sexton Public Affairs, LLC and is employed by Paramark Real Estate Services.

Highlights of Pat’s work history include his position as government affairs director for SE MN Realtors, manager of public policy and government affairs with Allina Hospitals and Clinics, director of legislative affairs with the Minnesota Department of Commerce, legislative liaison, policy development assistant and communications coordinator for the office of  former governor, Arne Carlson.

“I always had a deep interest in politics, government and communications,” Pat said.  “I remember watching Carter and Reagan when they gave television addresses and I’ve always loved history.  Put those two together and you have someone who can get through college with a poli sci degree that led into politics, government and eventually opening up a public affairs business of my own. “

After graduating from high school in Edina, MN, Pat completed his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations.  “I think my Catholic faith helped shape me,” he said. “Additionally,  my dad taught me how to read, be insightful and honest no matter the cost. I think I always questioned everything, not necessarily to be a critic, but to learn.  I always want to know more about everything.”

Pat, along with his wife Erin and their three children - Will, Tim and Kate - has spent a considerable amount of time in hotels supporting the kids in sports which include golf, baseball, hockey and soccer. Interestingly, every member of the family plays golf.  Pat’s ultimate passion is spending time with family and friends and, for sure, improving his golf game.

Pat joins the RSF board with a motivation to see an arena/concert/entertainment venue created in Rochester.  He spent a good part of his life in his 20’s and 30’s going to concerts and would love for people in Rochester to have that same ample opportunity.  “We must keep moving toward our goal,” Pat emphasized.  Strongly motivated by the words of JFK “Speak in headlines,” he desires to say what he believes to be true.

When asked what inspires him, Pat answered simply, “The possible.”