Cigar News: The IPCPR Association Hires Regional Lobbyist

The International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) upped their game today in the fight for premium cigar and pipe enthusiasts as they announced the hiring of David Jessup as its new regional lobbyist. The fight against big Government oversight, regulations, and business killing taxation has an additional force with this hiring.

Having served most recently as the Chief of Staff for Michigan state Senator Jim Marleau, Jessup became an expert on the budget process, coalition building, and media relations. The IPCPR is looking to him to apply his
significant government affairs experience to his new position.

Jessup will be representing the following states for the IPCPR:

  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Michigan
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Tennessee
  • West Virginia

Greg Zimmerman, IPCPR’s Chair of State Government Affairs notes,

“David’s wealth of government affairs experience makes him a key addition to the IPCPR state team. We view his appointment as a sign of IPCPR’s commitment to protecting members from government overreach. I am confident that David will be instrumental in advancing the interests of the premium tobacco industry.”

Prior to serving elected officials in both the Michigan House of Representatives and Senate, Jessup was the Director for Grassroots Midwest and Director of Government Affairs for the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM).

At SBAM, Jessup successfully advocated for ground-breaking business tax reform, eliminating business tax obligations for 95,000 small businesses, resulting in $1.8 billion in tax relief for job providers in Michigan. The IPCPR Association expects Jessup’s communications, grassroots advocacy, and lobbying expertise will strengthen the association’s influence in his territory of states.

Scott Pearce, IPCPR executive director noted in today’s press release:

“David’s impressive background in state government relations, as well of his track record of advocating for small business, is going to be a great asset to IPCPR as we look to expand our influence in a new region of states.”


Founded in 1933, the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) is the oldest, largest, and most active trade association representing and assisting retailers of premium tobacco products and their supplies.

The IPCPR Annual Convention and International Trade Show is the retail tobacconist’s most important event of the year – a four day extravaganza featuring the industry’s largest trade show, open exclusively to IPCPR members. In 2019, IPCPR’s 87th Annual Convention and International Trade Show will take place June 28 – July 3, 2019 at the Sands Expo Convention Center and Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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