Alexander Curchin and Brendan Cossette have joined the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s legislative affairs department, joining efforts to protect and advance Missouri business by advocating for pro-business legislation and policy in the State Capitol. They will work directly with the state’s elected officials to help ensure the business community is represented as proposed laws advance through the legislative process. Curchin, General Counsel and Director of Governmental Affairs, will focus on issues relating to tort reform, employment law, civil justice, energy, education reform, ethics, elections and initiative petitions. Cossette, Director of Legislative Affairs and Associate General Counsel, will focus on labor and industrial relations, workers’ compensation, healthcare, immigration, gaming, second injury fund and environmental issues.
Curchin brings to the Missouri Chamber valuable experience in the legislative arena. Most recently, he served as general counsel to the Missouri House of Representatives where he provided counsel to members and officers of the House on legislative, legal and administrative matters. Prior to serving as general counsel, he also worked as legislative counsel and staff attorney for the Missouri House, equaling more than 7 years of service. His responsibilities included providing ethics and procedural training for House members and employees and providing legal research and bill drafting services to various House standing and interim committees.
Prior to his work for the Missouri House of Representatives, Curchin worked in private practice in Clayton, MO.
A native of Joplin, MO, Curchin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and his Juris Doctorate and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Missouri. In 2000, he began his career with SunAmerica Asset Management in New York. Curchin resides in Columbia with his wife, Anne, and his two children, Louisa and Alex.
Cossette brings a wealth of experience working with state legislators and policy issues in the Missouri State Capitol. Most recently, Cossette served as the Director of TMC Innovation, an initiative begun by Truman Medical Centers to promote healthy lifestyle behaviors and economic development in Kansas City. Previously Cossette served as the chief of staff to Presidents Pro Tem Mike Gibbons and Charlie Shields of the Missouri Senate. In his time with the Senate he also served as the general counsel to the President Pro Tem. Cossette also served as Majority Caucus policy director, tracking major political issues and legislation as it progressed through the senate. He served in a leadership and advisory role within the legislature.
Prior to his work in the Missouri Senate, Cossette served as General Counsel for the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services, supplying legal advice to the department and its employees. Cossette also worked as the political director for Team Emerson supervising and organizing campaign activities for Rep. Joann Emerson.
Cossette earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and History as well as his Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri – Columbia. In 2001, he began his legal career as an Associate for Williams, Robinson, White and Rigler, P.C in Rolla. Cossette resides in Jefferson City.
For more information about the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Governmental affairs staff, please visit http://www.mochamber.com or call 573-634-3511.