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Government Relations

Government Relations advocates on behalf of KU and oversees interactions with policymakers at the local, state and federal levels.

Government Relations also:

  • Collects and distributes background information to faculty, staff, students and alumni on KU legislative and policy issues
  • Schedules appointments for faculty and students with members of Congress, congressional staff, members of the Kansas Legislature, and representatives from government agencies
  • Represents the university at meetings with federal and state officials
  • Acts as a resource for students seeking jobs in government relations and on Capitol Hill

Jack Cline serves as director of federal relations, while Lindsey Douglas is director of state relations.


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