John “Jack” Dorgan started his career as a legislative Intern from Loyola University working for the House GOP organization. His hard work and skilled street smarts quickly took notice and opened doors for him to Senior State Government and multiple positions in National, State and Local campaigns. Jack served in the Administration of Governor Jim Thompson as the Assistant Director of Personnel and Governmental Services and was the youngest member of Governor Jim Edgars Cabinet as the Executive Director of the State Liquor Commission and the youngest Director of a State Alcohol Beverage Agency in the Country, transforming the commission and leading the way for many policies that are still in place today.
After the GOP took control of the Illinois House, Dorgan was recruited to serve as the Deputy Chief of Staff, where he oversaw the policy and communication teams. He then left after the first term to start his own legislative consulting practice.
After two years in practice, Jack Dorgan merged his firm with the former Democrat House Majority Leader, Jim McPike. For almost two decades Dorgan, McPike and Associates handled top tier clients in the Corporate, Governmental and Not-For-Profit field.
Mr. Dorgan has been involved with numerous charitable organizations and since 1993 serves as an Elected Village Trustee for the Village of Rosemont, where he is Chairman of the Finance Committee. Jack resides with his family in Rosemont, Illinois.
Mr. Dorgan is also the second longest serving member of the Illinois GOP Central Committee and currently serves as the Chairman Emeritus of the State GOP. Dorgan is credited with taking the reins when the state party was in shambles and rebuilding a political organization that went on to historical wins at both the state and congressional levels. Jack is one of only two Chairman in the GOP history to remain a member of the governing body after his term in office expired.
Jack Dorgan believes that being an advocate requires certain skills and a keen understanding of how good public policy is created. Understanding people and their politics is critical to the success of any initiative. Having a solid reputation and personal relationships are critical to opening doors but having a true understanding of how an issue effects a legislator in their district is what makes our firm second to none.
Jacob “Jake” Butcher attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he graduated with honors with a degree in Agricultural Economics. After graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Mr. Butcher worked as a legislative liaison for the Illinois Department of Insurance where he represented the agency before the Illinois General Assembly.
After serving as a legislative liaison for the Illinois Department of Insurance, Jake enrolled at Drake University Law School. While attending Drake, Jake served as the law clerk for United States Senator Tom Harkin on the United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.
After graduating from Drake University Law School with honors, Jake began his career at Massie and Rennick LLC, a small general practice law firm in western Illinois. Butcher served clients in adoption and divorce proceedings, agricultural law disputes, and estate planning. This allowed Jake to gain valuable courtroom experience while also developing client relationships in multiple practice areas.
After representing clients in a wide range of legal settings Jake returned to public service and became Assistant Legal Counsel to Senate President John J. Cullerton and the Senate Democratic Caucus. In this position, Jake drafted and negotiated legislation on behalf of members of the Senate Democratic Caucus. Mr. Butcher has staffed the Executive, State Government, and Local Government committees. He also served as the lead staff member and legal counsel to the Senate Labor Committee.
Prior to becoming a partner in Dorgan, Butcher & Phelps, Mr. Butcher has spent the past several years as an attorney and lobbyist based in Springfield. Jake has a wide range of experience representing clients in the fields of energy, gaming, health care, and higher education. He also has extensive campaign experience, working on several successful statewide elections, Senate, and House races.
Jake Butcher was born and raised in Mt. Auburn, Illinois. Mr. Butcher grew up on his family’s farm where he worked with his grandfather and father on their swine and grain operations. Jake currently resides in Rochester, Illinois with his wife Becci and is still actively involved in his family’s farming business.
Jake Butcher believes that where our firm excels is in developing an in depth understanding of our client’s needs and assisting in developing and executing a strategy that fits each individual client. Our firm’s bipartisan relationships and trust with both sides of the aisle in the General Assembly are what make us a truly unique government relations’ team. Jake is based in the firm’s Springfield office.
Brandon Phelps began his career in government working in the office of the Illinois State Treasurer. Brandon’s passion for public service offered him the opportunity to run for the State Legislature.
He served for eight terms representing the good people of Southern Illinois in the 118th State House District. During his legislative career, Brandon served as Chairperson of House Committees on Agriculture and Conservation, Financial Institutions, and most recently as Chairperson of the Public Utilities and Vice Chairperson of the Energy Committee. He also served as a ranking member on numerous other committees including, but not limited to, Environment, Health Care Licenses, and Higher Education Appropriations. He also served as the 15th Congressional District State Central Committeeman.
Mr. Phelps was the Chief House Sponsor of the “Safe Roads Amendment” which was a constitutional amendment that ‘lock boxed” our states transportation infrastructure dollars and guaranteed funding for roads, bridges and public transportation projects all across Illinois.
Brandon also worked tirelessly to successfully save Illinois’ “Emergency 911 Communication System”. In addition, he was the sponsor of the States Telecommunications Rewrite, modernizing our system, which provides residents and business the latest in telecommunications technology. In addition to his vast responsibilities in the Public Utility sector, Brandon was instrumental in the negotiations improving our states electric and gas infrastructure by making capital investments, which modernize our system and protect the consumer.
Mr. Phelps was also the Co-Chairman of the Sportsman’s Caucus Foundation, which is the largest bi-partisan caucus of legislators in Illinois. His work also brought National recognition when he served as an Executive Council Member and was a Past President of the National Assembly of Sportsman’s Caucuses (NASC). During his tenure at the national level, he advocated for the education and advancement of policies for sportsmen nationwide.
Brandon Phelps was born and raised in Eldorado, Illinois received an Associate’s Degree in Arts from Southeastern Illinois College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Eastern Illinois University. He is licensed in all lines of insurance in Illinois and multiple states. He lives in Harrisburg, Illinois with his daughter, Hunter.
Brandon Phelps believes and has always prided himself on his ability to work in a bi-partisan fashion, reaching across party lines knowing that good public policy comes from being a good listener and skilled negotiator. His understanding of the states political dynamics and tenure in the Illinois General Assembly bring a unique skill set to the Dorgan, Butcher & Phelps team that no firm can match.
Patrick Barry joins Dorgan, Butcher & Phelps LLC with over 20 years of extensive professional experience specializing in Illinois’ public policy and political realms.
Patrick began his career as a member of the Illinois Senate Republican Caucus in 1998. During that time, he advised the caucus on a diverse array of political and policy issues. Most recently, Patrick served as Senate Republican Floor Director, managing the daily business for the caucus, guiding and overseeing staff, and acting as a senior policy advisor for Senate Republican lawmakers.
Prior to his Director position, Patrick worked as the Deputy Director over committee staff. In addition to management duties, Patrick analyzed and negotiated on behalf of the Caucus on a diverse range of timely issues and legislation, with particular experience facilitating professional licensure and regulation matters, state government and transportation legislation, and the lead Senate Republican staffer on procurement reform negotiations, which led to several omnibus rewrites of the code.
In addition to his extensive experience with substantive issues, Patrick has vast budgetary knowledge having worked on Senate staff as an appropriations analyst, with particular fiscal focus on higher education institutions and related agencies, the Department of Central Management Services (CMS), the State Group Insurance Program, the Comprehensive Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the Department of Insurance.
Patrick’s strong policy background is complimented by his decades of political experience. For the past six years he took a lead role on the Senate Republican Campaign Committee, monitoring and managing Republican State Senate campaigns, tapped for the role as Deputy Director. In concert with the Director, Patrick drafted and monitored polling, paid media such as mail, television, and social media. Previously he acted as Political Director/Downstate Field Director for the “Dillard for Governor 2014” campaign, where he managed the organization’s field staff for 97 counties in Illinois and various management roles in Senate Republican races since 1998. Patrick is a graduate of the University of Illinois Springfield, a Township Trustee in Woodside Township and an Edgar Fellow. He currently resides in Springfield, Illinois with his wife (Amy) daughter (Amelia) and son (Beau).