25 years in business is worth celebrating. Founded by five friends in three states and inspired by our namesake, Gallatin Public Affairs has grown and changed along with the economy and politics of the Pacific Northwest. We’re mostly behind the scenes and occasionally out front. But from our front row seat, we're always seeking to make sense of the complicated intersection of business, government, politics and the media. As noted by our own Marc Johnson, our people and our clients deserve the credit for our longevity and success. In honor of 25 years, we’re taking a look back at some of the Northwest’s top stories and Gallatin’s proudest achievements.

Our firm - known today as Gallatin Public Affairs - launches, signs five clients by year end

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Nike Inc. opens its World Campus near Beaverton and first Nike Town retail store in downtown Portland

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Northern Spotted Owl listed as a threatened species

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Idaho celebrates its state centennial.

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The grunge rock band Pearl Jam, initially called Mookie Blaylock, forms in Seattle

“Meierotto, Carlson, McGavick, Smith & Piedmont” changes name to The Gallatin Group
Albert Gallatin was a diplomat, congressman and the longest-serving U.S. Treasury Secretary

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Barbara Roberts sworn in, first woman elected to be Oregon governor

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Premiere of the film “My Own Private Idaho" by Portland filmmaker Gus Van Sant


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Federal agents engage in shootout with Randy Weaver and family at Idaho’s Ruby Ridge

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Patty Murray elected to U.S. Senate from Washington declaring herself a “mom in tennis shoes”


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Vera Katz becomes Portland mayor

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President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore attend Northwest Forest Conference in Portland

Marc Johnson joins Gallatin Idaho, named firm president in 2004

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Oregon voters approve first-in-the nation law legalizing doctor assisted suicide

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Oregonian Tonya Harding knee-caps Nancy Kerrigan’s dreams of Olympic gold

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Kurt Cobain singer-musician for the grunge band Nirvana, commits suicide in Seattle

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Pianist Thomas Lauderdale founds “Pink Martini” in Portland

Gallatin reaches 25 clients

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Grey wolf packs reintroduced in Yellowstone National Park and Central Idaho

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Phil Batt sworn in as first Republican Idaho governor in 25 years

Former Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus joins Gallatin as of Counsel

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Microsoft launches Windows 95 on its corporate campus in Redmond

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Longtime Oregon U.S. Senator Bob Packwood resigns after Senate ethics committee recommends expulsion for misconduct


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A 9,200 year-old skeleton, later known as the “Kennewick Man” or “Richland Man,” found by the Columbia River in Kennewick, WA

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Two future U.S. Senators from Oregon face-off in January vote-by-mail special election to replace Sen. Packwood. Ron Wyden narrowly defeats Gordon Smith. Weeks later, Smith announces he will run for the seat of legendary, retiring Oregon U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield and wins in November


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30,000 people turn out as the Seattle Mariners officially break ground for the new Safeco Field

Jeffrey Bell joins Gallatin Spokane, adds media & presentation training to firm services.

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Idaho’s Picabo Street wins gold medal in Olympic giant slalom


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First shipment of nuclear waste leaves Idaho National Lab for permanent storage at WIPP in New Mexico

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Thousands of protestors force the World Trade Organization to cancel the opening session of a 3-day summit meeting in Seattle

Gallatin reaches 57 clients
Dan Lavey joins Gallatin Oregon, named president in 2010

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The Seattle Kingdome blows up in a controlled implosion

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Democrat Maria Cantwell wins Washington Senate seat from Republican incumbent Slade Gorton

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Oregon becomes first state to conduct presidential election entirely by mail


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Former Montana Gov. Marc Racicot tells the Associated Press he’s been “impressed with both the integrity and quality of services provided by The Gallatin Group”

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Microsoft introduces Xbox video game system


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Bush administration announces an additional $450 million to speed the cleanup of the Hanford nuclear reservation in Washington

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Historic Davenport Hotel reopens, revitalizing downtown Spokane

Julia Weisenburger joins Gallatin corporate team in Seattle

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Voodoo Doughnut opens in Portland

Gallatin Oregon helps Pacific Seafood protect 200+ jobs on Northern Oregon Coast with public-private partnership managing water discharge
Gallatin Oregon works with regional coalition to secure federal support to deepen Columbia River channel

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Neil Goldschmidt – former Portland mayor, Oregon governor and U.S. Transportation Secretary –forced to withdraw from public life after he admits sexual relationship with teen-age girl

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Democratic Gov. Christine Gregoire finally certified as winner over Republican opponent Dino Rossi 40 days after the general election in Washington

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Billionaire J.R. Simplot donates hilltop home in Boise for Idaho governor’s mansion

Gallatin assists BNSF permitting fueling station in Rathdrum, Idaho

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Trojan, Oregon’s only nuclear power plant, decommissioned

Gallatin reaches 120 clients

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Seattle Chef Tom Douglas defeats chef Masaharu Morimoto on the Food Network’s Iron chef of America

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The US government declares the Puget Sound orcas an endangered species

Gallatin Oregon assists Nike in stopping hostile local government annexation of corporate HQ
Gallatin reaches 150 clients
Eric Williams joins Gallatin Spokane

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Republican Butch Otter elected Idaho governor after representing the state in Congress

Greg Peden joins Gallatin Oregon

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Mckinsey Lyon joins Gallatin Idaho

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Boise State Broncos win the Fiesta Bowl, completing undefeated 13-0 season

Bruce Gryniewski joins Gallatin Seattle

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Gallatin Oregon helps Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson launch successful campaign to renovate historic downtown stadium and bring Major League Soccer to Oregon

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U.S. Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, resigns following airport restroom sex sting

The Gallatin Group changes name to Gallatin Public Affairs
Bob Royer joins Gallatin Seattle

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Record crowd of 75,000 attend rally for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama in Portland

Former Portland Mayor Vera Katz joins Gallatin as of Counsel
Gallatin Idaho assists Monsanto in Environmental Impact Statement process, federal permitting of Idaho Cobalt Project
Shannon Berg joins Gallatin Oregon

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The Seattle Post Intelligencer prints its last newspaper edition

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Portland Timbers become Major League Soccer’s 18th team

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Boeing’s new 787 jetliner makes its inaugural flight from Everett’s Paine Field

Jared Webley joins Gallatin Spokane

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Washington State University designates WSU Spokane as its Health Science Campus with Schools of Nursing, Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Gallatin Spokane helps persuade state officials to allow Shriners Children’s Hospital of Spokane to bill private insurers and Medicare patients

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Democrat John Kitzhaber wins historic third term as Oregon governor


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Portlandia begins national broadcast

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Sweeping education reform package passes Idaho Legislature

Nicole Codd joins Gallatin corporate team in Seattle

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Oregon Congressman David Wu photographed in tiger suit, resigns

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Seattle voters approve a measure to build the biggest-ever deep bore tunnel to carry cars past the city’s downtown

Kelsey Wilson joins Gallatin Oregon

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Anna Boone joins Gallatin Seattle

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Oregon Ducks win 2012 Rose Bowl, defeating the Wisconsin Badgers

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Micron CEO Steve Appleton killed in plane crash

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Gov. Christine Gregoire signs into law a measure that makes Washington the seventh state to legalize same-sex marriage

Jessica Moss joins Gallatin Oregon

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Washington approves I-502, a measure establishing a system of state-licensed marijuana growers, processors and retail stores where adults can buy up to an ounce of marijuana

Gallatin Spokane participates in successful siting of the First Wind's Palouse Wind Project
Jay Natoli joins Gallatin, launches digital advocacy services

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Idaho voters reject Legislature’s education reforms

Gallatin Oregon assists Facebook on legislation related to construction and operation of data centers
Michelle Cole joins Gallatin, launches content and research services

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The state of Idaho gives hilltop mansion back to the Simplot family

Cameron Kinzer joins Gallatin Idaho

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Gallatin and GS Strategy Group launch G Squared Public Strategies to help clients win Northwest ballot measures and advocacy campaigns
Emily Baker joins Gallatin Idaho

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Cover Oregon Health Exchange launches, crashes

Natalie Podgorski joins Gallatin Idaho

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The Seattle Seahawks win their first Super Bowl, defeating the Denver Broncos 43-8.

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After years of planning and nearly $200 million spent, the deal to build a new I-5 Columbia River crossing collapses

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Mudslide destroys entire community in Oso, Washington, killing 43 people

Gallatin Gives Program implemented –Gallatin matches employee donations to charitable causes
Morgan Beltz joins Gallatin Oregon

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Holli Johnson joins Gallatin Seattle

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Martin Bilbao joins Gallatin Idaho

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Reece Witherspoon gets “Wild” in Oregon, lands Oscar nomination

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Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota wins Heisman trophy

Former Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa joins Gallatin as of Counsel

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Former Coeur d’Alene Mayor Sandi Bloem joins Gallatin as of Counsel

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Oregon’s famous wandering wolf, OR-7, finds a mate, fathers pups and wins pack status; dubbed “the Rogue Pack” by wildlife officials

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President Barack Obama visits Idaho following his State of the Union address to promote strengthening the middle class

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John Kitzhaber becomes first Oregon governor to resign in 52 years, amidst a public corruption scandal involving his fiancee

Alex Alston joins Gallatin Seattle

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Gov Jay Inslee signs legislation establishing WSU Medical School April 1 2015. First year entering class Fall 2017.

Eric Schudiske joins Gallatin Seattle

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Matt Friesen joins Gallatin Oregon

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Portland Timbers win 2015 MLS Cup, the first championship in club history.