Capitol Affairs
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Our Professionals

Our Professionals

 
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PRESIDENT

Robert Kennedy

In 2006, Mr. Kennedy founded Capitol Affairs, Inc., a Michigan-based, multi- client government relations consulting firm, after spending nearly five years as the senior lobbyist and practice group leader with a Lansing consulting firm. Mr. Kennedy has successfully represented a diverse list of clients ranging from small family businesses to blue chip Fortune 50 multinational conglomerates.

Prior to his position as a multi-client lobbyist, Mr. Kennedy served as the state and federal legislative coordinator for the Oakland County (MI) Sheriff’s Department, one of the nation’s largest full-service departments.

Before becoming a professional consultant, Mr. Kennedy spent much of the 1990s working in the Michigan State Senate, including key positions as a legislative aide and as the special assistant to the assistant majority leader and later the majority floor leader. Mr. Kennedy’s legislative background includes distinguished service on the staffs of the chairmen of the Senate Banking and Financial Services Committee, Senate Casino Gaming Oversight Committee and the Senate Education Committee.

In 2013, following a survey of their readers, a leading state public policy publication ranked Mr. Kennedy as the sixth most effective Michigan lobbyist.

Mr. Kennedy has a wealth of political campaign and legislative experience and leverages his strong Lansing presence for the benefit of his firm’s government relations clients.

 

Education

WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Bachelor of Science, Political Science/Public Law 1989

Activities & Affiliations

WMU Alumni Association Board of Directors


 
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Legislative aide

Cortni I. Hauck

Cortni is in her senior year at the James Madison College at Michigan State University. She expects to graduate in May of 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Social Relations and Policy.

Before joining the Capitol Affairs team, she spent the summer working in New York for the United Nations Population Fund in their Strategy, Policy and Standards Branch as a workplan review intern. She spent the previous summer abroad studying the European Union in Brussels, Belgium.

Outside of MSU, Cortni is an active member of the Michigan Youth in Government Alumni Executive Board, where their mission is to raise the voices and foster a dedication to civil service in Michigan’s youth. Cortni is from Beal City, Michigan, and upon graduation from Michigan State University, she plans to continue her education by pursuing a master’s degree in public policy.

 

Education

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
Expected date of graduation:
May 2019, BA International Relations & Social Relations

Activities & Affiliations

James Madison College
Michigan Youth in Government Alumni Executive Board


 
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Legislative aide

Elizabeth A. Gallagher

Elizabeth is a junior at Michigan State University and is on track to graduate in May of 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science Pre-law with a minor in Law, Justice and Public Policy.

While at MSU, Elizabeth is a dedicated member of Empowering Women in Law, a club of women on campus passionate about the Law. Elizabeth’s involvement with Capitol Affairs came through MSU’s Michigan Government Semester Program, of which she is currently enrolled.

Before joining the Capitol Affairs team, Elizabeth worked as a law clerk at a major Detroit law firm learning what it takes to become a practicing lawyer. After undergrad Elizabeth is planning on attending law school with the goal of becoming a prosecutor in the Detroit area.

 

Activities & Affiliations

Empowering Women in Law

Education

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
Expected date of graduation:
May 2020, BA Political Science Pre-law, Minor in Law, Justice and Public Policy


 
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Legislative aide

Madison DeLacy

Madison is currently in her sophomore year at the James Madison College at Michigan State University. She expects to graduate in May of 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Relations and Policy as well as a minor in French.

During her studies at MSU, Ms. DeLacy is an active member of Kappa Alpha Pi, a Pre-Law co-ed fraternity that focuses on Brotherhood, Professionalism, and Service, as well as the French club. She will be spending this summer at l’Institut de Touraine in Tours, France where she will continue to pursue her study of the French language.

Madison is from Dexter, Michigan, and following graduation she hopes to continue her education by attending law school.

Activities & Affiliations

James Madison College
Kappa Alpha Pi
French Club

Education

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
Expected date of graduation:
May 2021, BA Social Relations, Minor in French