MSP Business Journal: Influential PR leader, political advisor Bob Goff dies at 80

By Nick Halter, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

Bob Goff, founder of PR firm Goff Public and an influential figure in DFL politics, has died at the age of 80.

Goff advised several high-profile politicians, including the last three St. Paul mayors. He also was on staff for former Minnesota governors Karl Rolvaag and Rudy Perpich.

In 1966, along with former state Sen. Nick Coleman, Goff founded Goff Public, a public relations and government affairs firm based in St. Paul (though it started as an advertising agency).

Goff helped get legislative approval for the Xcel Energy Center and the Metrodome. Goff Public also has done work for Polaris Industries Inc. and the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. Goff stepped down as president in 2004, but continued to be involved in the company until his retirement 2012.

Goff, who lived in Lowertown, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer a few weeks ago and died peacefully at his home on Wednesday, according to a statement from Goff Public. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis, and seven children. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Bob Goff


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