Veteran Legislative Research Commission staff member chosen to lead KSBA’s advocacy work; Eric Kennedy to become director of Governmental Relations

KSBA Executive Director Mike Armstrong has announced the hiring of a new director of legislative services for the association.

Eric C. Kennedy, a lawyer on the nonpartisan staff of the Kentucky General Assembly’s Legislative Research Commission (LRC), will join the association Nov. 14 as its director of Governmental Relations. He replaces Hope McLaughlin.

Kennedy, a graduate of the University of Louisville and Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University, has been an analyst with the LRC since 2009. Before joining the LRC full time, he was a graduate research fellow with the agency from 2008-2009. He has been a volunteer counselor in the Kentucky Lawyer Assistance Program since 2011.

Most recently, he has been a staff member for the House and Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committees, working on the state budget bill and analyzing the fiscal impact aspects of other legislation. During his time on the LRC staff, he was involved in several pieces of education-related legislation such as bills on school property taxes and school energy management.

“Eric comes to us with the enthusiastic recommendations from lawmakers and other Frankfort officials,” Armstrong said. “His knowledge and experience in Kentucky’s legislative process, plus his legal background, will make him a value-added resource to KSBA in serving our members and in promoting their advocacy priorities in Frankfort and Washington, D.C.”

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