|The Air Transport Association picked a senior White House aide to lead its lobbying efforts. // (c) 2011 WhiteHouse.gov|
The Air Transport Association (ATA) named Sean Kennedy, who currently serves as Special Assistant to President Obama for Legislative Affairs, as its Senior Vice President, Global Government Affairs. Kennedy will be a member of the ATA leadership team, increasing the advocacy reach of the trade organization for leading U.S. airlines. He will join ATA on July 15.
As one of President Obama’s lobbyists in Congress, Kennedy has been the lead White House liaison to the Senate Commerce Committee and has also guided the administration’s executive branch nominees through the confirmation process, the ATA reported. Both at the White House – and earlier as a congressional aide – Kennedy specialized in working with moderate Democrats and Republicans to form coalitions, a skill that will prove critical in his new role.
Prior to joining the White House, Kennedy served as Chief of Staff to Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo). He previously worked as Assistant Vice President, Federal Relations with AT&T, and also served as Kennedy, who is a lawyer, is a graduate of Emory University and the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America.