Mr. Kennedy served as Wisconsin’s Chief Election Official from August 17, 1983 until June 29, 2016. No other individual has served longer in that capacity. Under his leadership, Wisconsin was consistently recognized as a leader and innovator in the administration of elections, lobbying and campaign finance. Mr. Kennedy was in private practice in Madison before joining the Wisconsin State Elections Board on April 1, 1979. He began his legal career as an assistant district attorney in Washington County, Wisconsin.
A Madison, Wisconsin native, Kevin graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School in 1976. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, College of Letters and Science in 1974.
In addition to his service to the people of Wisconsin, Mr. Kennedy has been active in a number of professional organizations, including the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws (COGEL), the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED), Election Center, the State Bar of Wisconsin, and the Dane County Bar Association. He has testified before Congress, several federal and state legislative bodies as well as numerous private organizations active in the fields of campaign finance, elections, ethics and lobbying. Kevin is a Certified Elections and Registration Administrator (CERA).
In 2016 Kennedy received NASED’s distinguished service award and was inducted into Election Center’s Election Hall of Fame.