08.10.2010 Virginia Lobbyist Kenneth G. Hutcheson Joins Williams Mullen Government Relations Team RICHMOND, Va. -- Williams Mullen announces that Ken Hutcheson has joined the firm’s Government Relations practice group in Richmond as a Director of Government Affairs. Mr. Hutcheson will work with clients on government relations, legislative advocacy, procurement, business development, public relations and corporate grassroots matters. He brings an expertise developed over more than 15 years with political and corporate clients across Virginia.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Hutcheson served as a director at Troutman Sanders Strategies. Previously, he was the principal of Old Dominion Strategies, LLC, where he managed four statewide political campaigns and consulted on the campaigns of over a dozen current and former members of the Virginia House of Delegates and State Senate. This extensive experience provides unique insights into navigating the channels of government and draws on his established network of personal and professional relationships with elected officials, key staff, business leaders and trade association executives, members of the media and grassroots/grasstops leaders.

“Ken will be a valuable resource for our clients,” said Thomas R. Frantz, president and CEO of the firm. “His experience and connections throughout the Commonwealth will enhance the sophisticated service our government relations team provides in advocating for client interests before executive and legislative branches of government.”

Mr. Hutcheson also has a proven record of managing multifaceted bi-partisan legislative and public affairs campaigns at the federal, state and local level by developing coalitions through numerous partnerships with small and large corporate clients. His representative experience includes issues relating to energy, health care, transportation, telecommunications, consumer finance and agribusiness.

Expanding on his coalition building expertise, Mr. Hutcheson founded the Virginia Alternative & Renewable Energy Association (VA-AREA) in December of 2008 and currently serves as the association’s president. Comprised of over 50 member companies and organizations, VA-AREA is recognized as the leading voice for the alternative and renewable energy industry in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Governor-elect Bob McDonnell appointed Mr. Hutcheson in November of 2009 to the Energy Subcommittee of the Economic Development Committee of his transition team.

Mr. Hutcheson is a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College and the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership. He and his wife Lauren and twin sons reside in Richmond.