Buck has worked in Government Affairs for nearly 20 years. In in 2004, Buck founded McAlpin Consulting LLC, to provide consulting and active lobbying services to corporate, trade association and non-profit clients, which provides primarily health care consulting. Buck has worked in the health care arena since 1985, starting as a Paramedic for North Memorial Health Care and working through the ranks to Operations Manager and most recently as the Director of Government Relations. Buck has an extensive background in health care financing and a strong understanding of the commercial and governmental payment programs at the State and Federal level. Buck also understands the legislative hurdles involved around “Scope of Practice” issues. Buck drafted, lobbied and successfully implemented the first of its kind “Community Paramedic” program in Minnesota. Buck travels around the Country as a frequent speaker and a sought out expert on Scope of Practice issues and implementation of the Community Paramedic Program.
Although Buck has primarily worked within the health care and public safety committees at the legislature he has also worked within taxes, veterans, commerce and the civil law committees. Buck works very closely to maintain strong relationships with multiple trade associations, state regulatory agencies and lobbyists to meet the needs of his clients.
Buck has served on numerous EMS, Healthcare and Public Safety Committees and Associations since 1985. Currently he is a Board member of the MN Rural Health Association, The Office of Rural Health and Primary Care Flex Committee, The Steve Rummler Hope Foundation, The Restart Foundation and he was appointed by the Commissioner of DOLI, Ken Peterson, to serve on the Workers Compensation Medical Review Board. Buck also served as a City Council member and Mayor for the City of Annandale where he grew up and attended high school.
Buck maintains a National and State licensure as a Paramedic in Minnesota.