Owner / Lobbyist
R.J. PIRLOT has over twenty years of experience in government and regulatory affairs, including nearly four years with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, where he was responsible for the day-to-day management of the 140-employee agency and functioned as the chairperson’s principal advisor. He also served for over eight years as Director of Legislative Relations for Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC), the largest representative of Wisconsin businesses. While there he represented the business community on health care, transportation, energy and telecommunications policy. Before joining WMC in 2003, R.J. worked as a lobbyist for the Wisconsin Medical Society. He also worked as policy director and legal counsel for the Office of the Wisconsin Assembly Speaker, under Republican Scott Jensen, where he oversaw policy research and development, parliamentary law and procedure, and served as one of Speaker Jensen’s principal advisors.
R.J. grew up in Appleton, Wisconsin, and graduated from St. Norbert College, De Pere, Wisconsin, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He went on to earn a juris doctor from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1994. He has also completed executive education courses offered by the University of Wisconsin Public Utilities Institute, Michigan State Institute of Public Utilities, New Mexico State University Center for Public Utilities, and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.
R.J. is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Madison Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies and the Boy Scouts of America. In the past, he has been a member of the Wisconsin Public Utility Institute Board of Directors, the Energy Center of Wisconsin Board of Directors, the Transportation Development Association Board of Directors and the Wisconsin Healthcare Purchasers for Quality Steering Committee.
R.J. and his wife, Anne, have two sons. In his spare time, he enjoys studying taekwondo and volunteering for the Boy Scouts of America.