Bruce joined the Cook-Witter, Inc. staff in January 1988, with eleven years experience in state and national governmental relations. He has worked extensively with agriculture, conservation, natural resources and environmental concerns.
In 1983, Mr. Kinnett moved to Washington DC and founded a private corporation to promote the development of aquaculture, raising aquatic plants and animals, as an emerging agri-industry. Prior to moving to the nation’s capitol he coordinated policy research and legislative analysis of agriculture, conservation, energy and environmental issues for the Illinois Senate Republican Staff.
In 1986, he co-authored The Illinois Aquaculture Industry: Its Status and Potential, the first study of its kind for a major Midwestern agricultural state. He drafted legislation to create the Illinois Aquaculture Development Act and assisted in securing its passage in the 85th General Assembly.
In 1992, Mr. Kinnett became Vice-President of Cook-Witter, Inc. He is a member of the Chicago, Illinois and American Society of Association Executives and has participated in ASAEs Legislative Summit in Washington, DC.
He is a graduate of Illinois College, Jacksonville, with additional studies at the University of Illinois at Springfield (formerly Sangamon State University).