Ken Mehlman, a native of Baltimore, Maryland, is a Member of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co, LLP. He oversees the firm's global external affairs activities, including corporate marketing, regulatory affairs and public policy, communications, and engagement with the firm and portfolio companies' key stakeholders. Before joining KKR, Ken Mehlman was a Partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld, where he helped businesses and individuals manage risk and seize opportunities at the nexus of business and public policy.
Ken Mehlman served as 62nd chairman of the Republican National Committee and campaign manager for President Bush's 2004 re-election campaign. Michael Barone, author of The Almanac of American Politics, compared Ken Mehlman's success to Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton's, particularly in their revolutionary approaches to identifying new customers and constituents. Ken Mehlman also served in high level positions in Congress and the White House, including as White House political director during President Geread more
Former Republican National Committee chairman and Bush-Cheney campaign manager Ken Mehlman has announced publicly that he is gay, CBS News chief political consultant and politics editor for The Atlantic Marc Ambinder reports.
"It's taken me 43 years to get comfortable with this part of my life," Mehlman said. "Everybody has their own path to travel, their own journey, and for me, over the past few months, I've told my family, friends, former colleagues, and current colleagues, and they've been wonderful and supportive. The process has been something that's made me a happier and better person. It's something I wish I had done years ago, but I didn't."
Mehlman was RNC chairman from 2005 to 2007 after serving as Bush-Cheney campaign manager in 2004. He also served as White House political director during President Bush's first term.
Mehlman told Ambinder that he had recently come to the conclusion that he is gay and was looking to become an advocate for gay marriage. He went public in part because he expected to be asked about his sexuality when it became known he was participating in a fundraiser next month for the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), which is supporting a legalread more
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