Ken Mehlman is a Jewish American businessman, attorney and political figure who served in the G.W. Bush administration.
From 1991 to 1996, Mehlman practiced environmental law and assisted in Republican gubernatorial campaigns in Massachusetts, Ohio, Virginia and Georgia as well as in the 1992 and 1996 presidential elections. In 1997, he became the chief-of-staff to Representative Kay Granger of Texast and later was legislative director to Representative Lamar Smith of Texas.
Mehlman served as a field director for George W. Bush's 2000 presidential campagin and after Bush's election Mehlman was appointed as Director of the White House Office of Political Affairs. In 2004, Mehlman served as the chairman of the Republican National Committee and campaign manager for President Bush's re-election campaign.
After leaving the RNC in 2007, Mehlman worked for the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and in 2008 joined Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, a multinational private equity firm, as Global Head of Public Affairs. At KKR, Mehlman 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.
Mehlman is a trustee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Franklin & Marshall College, and the National Endowment for Democracy. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the Senior Advisory Committee of the Harvard University Institute of Politics and the executive leadership cabinet of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Foundation.