Patrick Jennings has 16 years of experience in Kentucky politics having worked on campaigns, congressional staff and as an association and contract lobbyist. Patrick has worked 13 Sessions of the Kentucky General Assembly.
In 1998, Patrick served as a campaign assistant to the successful reelection of Congressman Ed Whitfield in Western Kentucky. Also, from 1998-1999, he served as a legislative aide to Senator Mitch McConnell in his DC office handling tobacco, immigration and agriculture issues. While working for Senator McConnell, Patrick assisted the Senator in securing the first ever federal crop disaster assistance to Kentucky tobacco farmers through the Tobacco Loss Assistance Payment program.
He returned to Kentucky at the end of 1999 and became the chief lobbyist for the Kentucky Farm Bureau, Kentucky’s largest lobbying organization with over 440,000 members. For the next five years, Patrick managed their team of 5 lobbyists working on state and federal issues with particular focus on the Kentucky General Assembly. Working for Senator McConnell and Kentucky Farm Bureau, Patrick was involved in negotiations on the federal tobacco buyout and FDA regulation of tobacco products.
In 2003, Patrick assisted Ernie Fletcher, candidate for Kentucky Governor in policy development for his campaign and served on the transition team for Governor Elect Fletcher and managed the transition team for the new Commissioner of Agriculture.
Patrick began contract lobbying in 2004 as Director of State Affairs for Bates Capitol Group. In 2008, Patrick established Commonwealth Alliances, a contract lobbying firm that has served executive branch and legislative clients such as Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, AT&T, Swedish Match North America, and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association.
Patrick earned a BA in History and Political Science from Emory University. He is married to Rebecca Jennings and has two daughters, Parker Ruth and Sydney Anne.