Michael Kennedy

Silver Most Valuable Member


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Agricultural Retailers Association

Public Policy Counsel
Washington, DC
United States
Work: 202-595-1706


Michael Kennedy serves as the Public Policy Counsel at ARA, advocating on the behalf of agricultural retailers and distributors in Washington, D.C. He is responsible for ARA’s chemical security, labor and trade issues.

Kennedy has spent the several years in Washington D.C., as a congressional aide, an industry advocate and as an attorney. With more than eight years of legal expertise, he incorporates a legal prospective into a wide range of agricultural policy areas.

Before joining ARA, he managed the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliate’s (SOCMA) regulatory and legislative advocacy in the areas of security, science policy, regulatory enforcement and occupational safety and health.

In addition to SOCMA, he advocated regional transportation issues with the National Association of Regional Council and prosecuted child sex offenders for Galveston County District Attorney’s office (TX).

Kennedy received his Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude, from University of Delaware, and his Juris Doctorate in law from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law.

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Professional Associations

American Bar Association

2009 - 2012


Texas Southern University—Thurgood Marshall School of Law

Juris Doctorate
2003 To 2006

University of Delaware

1997 To 2001

Job History

Agricultural Retailers Association

Public Policy Attorney
April 2012 - present

Mayer Brown Law Firm

May 2011 - April 2012

Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates

Senior Government Relations Manager
August 2008 - November 2010


Senior Policy Consultant
March 2008 - August 2008

National Association of Regional Councils

Policy Analyst
December 2007 - May 2008

U.S. House of Representatives

Attorney Legislative assistant
March 2007 - November 2007