The senior leadership of Himle Rapp & Company includes the following:
Founder and CEO
John founded our firm based on his public service and corporate expertise and the principle of aligning strategy to clients’ business and organizational goals.
John originally founded Himle & Associates, Inc. in 1982 and expanded it into Himle Horner in 1989 with the partnership of Thomas Horner. Following Horner's departure in 2010, the firm was renamed Himle Rapp in 2011.
From 1978 to 1982, John was executive director of the Minnesota Agri-Growth Council, an agribusiness trade association in Minnesota. Before that, he was government relations assistant for Northwest Bancorporation, now Wells Fargo, a multi-bank and financial services company.
First elected in 1980, John served five terms as a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives and held leadership positions including assistant majority leader, floor leader and assistant minority leader. Among his legislative accomplishments, John was chief House author of the bill to facilitate the construction of the Mall of America. Appointed by Governor Carlson in 1991, John also served eight years as a member of the Metropolitan Airports Commission where he was responsible for chairing the governmental approvals and construction program related to the $2.5 billion expansion of the country’s 10th largest hub airport at Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP).
Raised in a southeastern Minnesota farming community, John graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Gustavus Adolphus College. Among his current outside activities, John is a corporate director of the Kraus Anderson Companies, immediate past chair of the Board of Trustees of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and a director and past chair of the Public Affairs Council in Washington, DC. John is a former trustee of the Nature Conservancy, Minnesota Chapter; Gustavus Adolphus College; co-chaired the Breck School Annual Fund and has served on a variety of other boards.
John has received various recognitions for his service, including the "Government Affairs Service Award" from the Advertising Federation of Minnesota and the "First Decade Distinguished Alumni Award" from Gustavus Adolphus College.
Todd has been at the center of many of Minnesota’s most critical public affairs issues as a political operative, legislative leadership staffer, public affairs director and strategic advisor.
In 2008, Todd became a partner in the firm. Prior to joining Himle Horner, Todd served as Director of Minnesota Government Affairs for Xcel Energy (formerly Northern States Power Company). In this role, he developed and managed company strategies for legislative affairs in the areas of energy, environmental and tax policy. Todd’s corporate experience in issues management, organizational strategy and crisis communications provide significant strategic value for clients with legislative, regulatory and public communications needs.
Todd is a guest commentator on state and national public affairs for Minnesota Public Radio, and is often asked by the news media, private organizations and public entities to share perspectives on the current political environment in Minnesota and the United States.
Previously, Todd served in a number of key positions in Minnesota government and politics. As the Executive Director for former House Speaker and Majority Leader Phil Carruthers, Todd served as Carruthers’ chief political advisor for four legislative sessions from 1994 through 1997. He also worked as Campaign Director for Majority Leader Roger Moe and the Senate Majority Caucus in 1996, and as Political Director for the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party from 1990-93.
Managing the research, media, voter identification and get-out-the-vote programs, Todd played a critical role in the upset victories of Senator Paul Wellstone, Representatives Collin Peterson and David Minge and nearly two dozen state legislative challengers.
Todd is past President of the Minnesota Taxpayers Association, which provides non-partisan research on the impact of fiscal policies in Minnesota. He also has presented at state and national conferences on the topics of strategic communications, grassroots strategies and ethics in government.
Laurie Bauer has more than 20 years of experience in corporate communications, public relations, branding and crisis management. Bauer has spent her career in Fortune 500 Minnesota-based corporations, including Best Buy, Carlson Hotels Worldwide and Allianz Life. Prior to joining Himle Rapp, she served as Andersen Corporation's vice president of Corporate Communications, Community Relations, and Code and Regulatory Affairs.
Bauer is an active volunteer serving on the board of Carpenter Nature Center of the St. Croix Valley and chairing its development committee. She earned her bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.
Dennis McGrath is a past president and CEO of Mona Meyer McGrath & Gavin, now the Minneapolis-based office of the international PR firm Weber Shandwick, Inc. He later served as CEO of Weber Shandwick offices in New York and Tokyo, Japan. In more recent years, he and his wife, Betsy Buckley, founded McGrath-Buckley Communications Counseling.