Two years after graduating from Western State College, Pete was hired by Mountain Bell which led to his public affairs career with US WEST (later Qwest) as a public policy manager. He advanced to Assistant Vice President of External Affairs, responsible for the company’s government, regulatory, community and rural community affairs in Colorado.
In 2004, Pete joined the executive team of the Credit Union Associations of Colorado and Wyoming as Senior Vice President of Government Affairs to handle state lobbying, political fundraising and grassroots organization. Three years after he left the Association, and after he had opened his own lobbying firm, Pete served as the organization’s interim President/CEO for a six month period.
In 2007 Pete founded Kirchhof Group, Inc. “Entrepreneurship runs in my family,” he explains, “and I always knew I would walk in those footsteps. Also, rather than only representing one group or industry, I wanted to take on a more diverse caseload.”
Since that time, the Kirchhof Group has expanded to not only offer advocacy representation, but association management and coalition coordination expertise.
Pete is a Colorado native and the proud great-grandson of renowned building contractor Frank Kirchhof who is responsible for many of the iconic buildings in Denver such as the Denver Mint and the Paramount Theater.
For detailed information on Pete’s experience and expertise, please see his professional resume.
To assist clients in achieving their business, public policy and political objectives through successful execution of goals, strategies and tactics. Critical components for success include relationships, process and issue knowledge.
2007 – Present - Founder and President of Kirchhof Group Inc. providing public policy and political consulting on state and local issues. Highly proficient in legislative/executive lobbying (education, amend, defeat, pass), regulatory advocacy (policies, rules), political plan management (PAC, campaigns) and association management (boards, budgets, membership).
2004 – 2007 – Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for the Credit Union Associations of Colorado and Wyoming. Responsible for all aspects of government affairs including state lobbying, political fundraising plan and grassroots organizing. Served on the association executive management team.
2001 – 2004 – Assistant Vice President of External Affairs for Qwest. Responsible for Colorado government and community affairs including lobbying, political contributions and rural community affairs. During tenure at U S WEST/Qwest (1981 – 2004) also worked in regulatory and consumer affairs.
2005 – Present – Manage small family retail center including property management and leasing.
Subject Matter Expertise:
Telecommunications, broadband, satellite communications, rural advocacy, financial services, casino gaming, economic development, general business issues (regulation, employment, taxes etc.), ballot issues, association management.
In 2010, served as Interim CEO for the Credit Union Association of Colorado and Wyoming. In 2011, served as Interim Executive Director for Colorado Concern. From 2008 to the present, served as the Executive Vice President for the Colorado Telecommunications Association.
Past Board Chair of Western State College, Aurora Chamber of Commerce and Colorado Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Former board member of the Community College of Aurora Foundation.
Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with minor in Business Administration Western State College 1979.
- Passed Landmark Telecommunications Reform Legislation
- Raised Visibility with Policy Makers and Rural Advocacy Groups of Satellite Broadband
- Increased Transparency and Changed Business Plan for EagleNet Broadband Deployment
- Passed Tax Credit for Repair and Maintenance of Small On-demand Aircraft
- Defeated Legislative Expansion of Casino Gaming in Colorado 2009-2013
- Defeated Prompt Pay in Construction Contracts Legislation Every Year Since 2008
- Defeated Legislation to Require Construction Insurance Rebates for Multi-family Construction
- Passed Legislation to Create Electronic Lien & Titling for Financial Institutions
- Supported Legislative and Executive Efforts to Provide Financial Services to Marijuana Industry
- Minimized Impact of Foreclosure Legislation on Financial Services Industry