James Keith Kennedy T’70, D’74


B.A., History, Trinity College, Duke University, 1970; M.Div., Duke Divinity School, 1974

Photo by Megan Morr/Duke University Photography
James Keith Kennedy T’70, D’74


Senior Public Policy Advisor and Managing Director, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell, & Berkowitz, Washington, D.C., 1997-2003; 2006-Present

Majority Staff Director, U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations: 2005-2006 under Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss) and under Chairman Mark Hatfield (R-Ore.) 1995-1997 and 1981-1987. Minority Staff Director, also under Hatfield, 1987-1995.

Deputy Sergeant at Arms, U.S. Senate: 2003-2005

Legislative Assistant to Sen. Mark Hatfield: 1974-1979

Duke Divinity School Internship, U.S. Senate, 1972-1973


While at Duke University, Kennedy was a member of the Order of Red Friars and Omicron Delta Kappa, and served as president of both the Duke YMCA and Beta Omega Sigma. He was a housemaster and then head housemaster in freshman dorms between 1968-1971, and was a member of the Duke Chapel Choir. He served on Duke Divinity School’s Board of Visitors, 1998-2004, and is a lifetime member of Duke Alumni Association. He currently serves on the Annual Fund Executive Committee. He is a member of the Friends of Duke Chapel.


He and his wife, Patricia Cregan Kennedy, have two sons: James Keith Kennedy Jr., a member of the Trinity College class of 2011 at Duke, and John Patrick Kennedy. The Kennedys reside in Falls Church, Va.   

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