Ken Hutcheson is the Director of Government Relations in the Richmond, Va., office of Williams Mullen. As the Vice Chair of the firm’s Government Relations Group, Ken provides full-service, bipartisan public affairs strategies to support his clients’ public policy goals and initiatives amidst the complex public policy challenges they face.

Ken Hutcheson is the Director of Government Relations in the Richmond, Va., office of Williams Mullen. As the Vice Chair of the firm’s Government Relations Group, Ken provides full-service, bipartisan public affairs strategies to support his clients’ public policy goals and initiatives amidst the complex public policy challenges they face.

Ken works with clients on government relations, legislative advocacy, procurement, business development, economic development, regulatory, public relations and corporate grassroots matters. He brings an expertise developed over more than 23 years in the service of political, corporate and nonprofit clients across Virginia.

Prior to joining the firm, Ken advocated for clients at the Virginia General Assembly in the Richmond-based office of a large international law firm. Previously, he was the founder and 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 the navigation of government channels. Ken also draws upon his vast and established network of personal and professional relationships, including elected officials, key staff, business leaders, trade association executives, members of the media and grassroots/grasstops leaders for additional insight.

With a proven track record at the federal, state and local level, Ken manages multifaceted bipartisan legislative and public affairs campaigns by developing coalitions through numerous partnerships with small and large corporate clients. His representative experience includes issues relating to alcohol, consumer finance, economic development, energy, health care, higher education, local government, manufacturing, renewable energy project development, state budget and telecommunications.

Passionate about growing Virginia’s renewable energy industry, Ken leveraged his coalition-building skills to form the Virginia Alternative & Renewable Energy Association (VA-AREA) in December of 2008. Serving as its president until 2014, he recruited more than 70 member companies and organizations leading to VA-AREA being recognized as the primary driver for public policy on behalf of the renewable energy industry in the Commonwealth of Virginia. In 2016, he spearheaded with a colleague the formation of another renewable energy association advancing tax policy driven by the demand of large data centers for utility-scale solar power.

Ken was appointed by then Governor Bob McDonnell to the Virginia Coal and Energy Commission after having served on the Energy Subcommittee of the Economic Development Committee of his transition team. He also was tapped by Governor McDonnell and the Virginia Chamber of Commerce to manage the Renewable Energy Track for each of the Governor’s Energy Conferences that occurred from 2010-2013. In 2015, the Virginia Senate appointed Ken to the Virginia Solar Energy Development Authority.

Ken is a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College and the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership.

  • Led negotiations with Dominion Virginia Power over two years culminating in legislation allowing for Power Purchase Agreements (“PPA’s”) in Dominion’s service territory between retail customers and renewable energy developers.
  • Led the successful effort to win an 80% local property tax exemption for utility-scale solar projects above 20MW.
  • Led the successful legislative and budget effort to grant Stafford County, VA enhanced taxing authority for the purposes of financing incentives to attract a $200M economic development project to the county.
  • Advocated successfully for state budget appropriations involving a large hospital system, an education non-profit and a coalition of advanced manufacturers.
  • Led the successful legislative effort to sunset the issuance of licenses authorizing the brutal practice known as “fox penning.”
  • Led the negotiations with Virginia’s regulated utilities and electric cooperatives culminating in the winning legislative effort to double the residential net-metering limit from 10kw to 20kw.
  • Principal for Old Dominion Strategies, LLC of Richmond, VA where he worked closely with clients such as Verizon; the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association; Attorney General Jerry Kilgore; President George W. Bush reelection committee via The Virginia Victory 2004 Committee; Senator George Allen via The National Republican Senatorial Committee; and Senate Majority Leader & Co-Chairman of Senate Finance, Tommy Norment and former Senate Finance Committee Chairman, Walter Stosch; among many others.