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GovPlus Capitol Consulting

About Us

The GovPlus Capitol Consulting, Inc. team includes lobbying professionals with extensive experience in governmental relations.

Thomas Madsen

Senior Director of Governmental Relations

With more than 35 years in governmental policy, strategic planning, and political management, Tom knows his way around legislation—whether it’s in Springfield, Illinois, or on Capitol Hill. As senior director of governmental relations with GovPlus Capitol Consulting, Inc., he has worked with agriculture, general business, and energy companies at federal, state, and local levels.

Tom also has experience in newspaper, radio, and television, as well as statewide association management. Plus, he’s served as a consultant to members and leaders of Illinois General Assembly on policy development and legislative implementation.

Rich Clemmons

Director of State Legislation

Rich Clemmons has served as a public policy manager and liaison to government and external entities for 36 years, working with local, state, and federal government agencies and elected officials, organizations, and individuals related to agriculture, general business, and other organizations. He is knowledgeable and experienced in the political and legislative processes and requirements for implementing public policy initiatives. Rich has extensive work experience with volunteers, media, interest groups, and organizational representatives within legislative and political processes. He has also helped clients establish relationships for collaboration and strategic utilization.

Rich Clemmons has a bachelor of science in education from Illinois State University and is a past president of the ISU Alumni Association Board of Directors. He is an ex officio member of the ISU Foundation Board of Directors and is the current president of the University of Illinois 4-H Foundation Board of Directors. He has served on the Planning Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals for the town of Normal, Illinois.

Stu Ellis

Director of Governmental Relations

For nearly 35 years, Stu Ellis has served agriculture as a well-known communicator, educator, and promoter. While on the staff of the Illinois Farm Bureau, he guided farmers to Washington and arranged for them to meet with agencies and discuss regulatory reform as well as meet with members of Congress to lobby for a variety of issues. As a leader within University of Illinois Extension, Stu led volunteers to Washington and prepared them to lobby Congress on appropriations bills. He also educated extension staff and volunteers about building political relationships.

Stu is widely recognized as a communicator and marketer for agriculture, knowledgeable on numerous agricultural issues. And he is ready to implement his expertise on behalf of GovPlus clients to achieve their goals in the public policy arena.