James “Jake” Bookwalter serves as vice president for Legislative Information Services at Stateside. Jake joined Stateside in 2011 as a legislative associate and served as a manager and senior manager before assuming his current role. As Vice President, Jake manages the overall legislative monitoring services provide to clients, manages each of the four (4) legislative teams and is responsible for the overall accuracy, quality and timeliness of the legislative monitoring and research. He is responsible for the training of the professionals monitoring and analyzing legislation and political trends in all 50 states and the territories. Jake also liaises with clients and frequently lectures about state issues.
Prior to joining Stateside, Mr. Bookwalter gained six years of legislative experience working as a legislative aide for the Connecticut General Assembly. During his time there, Jake was responsible for preparing testimonies, writing speeches, coordinating speaking engagements and informational forums, organizing outreach events, and working with municipalities and state agencies to address local concerns. Jake was recognized by the CT Horse Council (an equestrian group) for his advocacy work at the State Legislature. He also has political experience through state and national campaign work and served as the Chief Page for the Republican National Convention in 2008. Mr. Bookwalter volunteers at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, serving as a member of the Young pARTners Circle. He holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and History and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.