Bryan Strawser, Chairman
Bryan Strawser is Chairman of the Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus. In this role, Mr. Strawser leads the governance and strategic direction of the organization. Mr. Strawser also performs the same role for our connected political fund, the Minnesota Gun Owners Political Action Committee, and our aligned 501(c)(3) organization, the Minnesota Gun Owners Support Fund. This is a volunteer position.
He is a globally recognized risk, crisis management, and business continuity consultant with more than twenty-five years of experience as a business, risk, and security professional. He currently serves as Principal & CEO of a strategic advisory firm based in Minneapolis.
Bryan is a NRA-certified firearms instructor in multiple disciplines. He is also a Minnesota Permit to Carry instructor.
Bryan holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management. He is a graduate of the Senior Executive Leadership Program at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative Program at Harvard University's JFK School of Government.
Mr. Strawser was a Humphrey Policy Fellow at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs during the 2016-2017 academic year. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington University where his focus is on public-private sector collaboration for national security & cybersecurity issues.
Rob Doar, Vice President & Political Director
Rob Doar is Vice President & Political Director for the Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus. In this role, Mr. Doar is responsible for all aspects of our legislative and political activities, including legislative strategy, lobbying, political strategy, and coordination with other gun rights organizations such as the NRA. Mr. Doar also performs the same role for our connected political fund, the Minnesota Gun Owners Political Action Committee.
A citizen lobbyist for several years, Rob has been a consistent face seen by legislators as the Minnesota Capital. Rob has been a key influence on pro-gun legislation, outdoor heritage, and MNsure oversight. As a lobbyist for the Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance, Rob was a key part of defeating the 2013 push for oppressive gun control. Rob’s expert testimony has made national headlines, and the strategy he helped cultivate has been successfully applied all over the country.
Rob has served as a staff member and in campaign leadership for races at a local, state, and federal level in Minnesota.
Rob is an avid outdoorsman, and serves with the US Air Force Auxiliary as an Incident Commander for Search and Rescue and Disaster Relief operations.
Ben Rust, Vice President & General Counsel
Ben Rust is Vice President & General Counsel for the Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus. In this role, Mr. Rust is responsible for all aspects of our legal strategies, including litigation, legal advocacy, and interactions with government officials. Mr. Rust also performs the same role for our connected political fund, the Minnesota Gun Owners Political Action Committee.
Mr. Rust is an attorney in private practice in Oakdale, Minnesota.
Ben has a J.D. from the Hamline University School of Law. He was on the Hamline Law Review from 2002 - 2003.