Kennedy, J. Keith

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Kennedy, J. Keith

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James Keith Kennedy was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1948. He attended Duke Divinity School in North Carolina, graduating in 1970 with a bachelor's degree in history. He continued at Duke for his graduate work. He was an intern for U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield from 1972 to 1973. He returned to Duke to finish his master's degree in divinity in 1973, then rejoined Hatfield's staff in 1974 as a legislative assistant. He served in that role until 1977, when he became a staff member on the Select Committee on Indian Affairs. He was staff director of the Senate Appropriations Committee from 1981 to 2006, and served briefly as the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms from 2003 to 2005. In 1988, he and Patricia Creagan were married. He became a senior public policy advisor for Baker, Donelson et al. in 2006.


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