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Internet Association Hires New Head Lobbyist In California

Sacramento, CA – Internet Association announced today that Kevin McKinley joined the organization as Director of Government Affairs for the State of California, where he will serve as IA’s chief lobbyist in Sacramento. McKinley previously served as a policy advocate with the California Chamber of Commerce where he lobbied on privacy and technology, telecommunications, economic development, and taxation issues.

“We are pleased to have Kevin join our team and strengthen IA’s 50-state government affairs program,” said Robert Callahan, IA’s Vice President of State Government Affairs. “His expertise in tech policy will be an asset for IA as we work with policymakers to foster the thriving internet ecosystem in California.”

The internet sector is 11.5 percent of the state’s overall GDP and employs more than 530,000 people. The state ranks in the top 10 in the nation for ease of doing internet business according to IA research.

McKinley will lead IA’s advocacy efforts before the California legislature, the Governor’s office, and other key decision-making bodies to advance public policy solutions that foster innovation and growth in the internet economy. He will report directly to IA’s Vice President of State Government Affairs, Robert Callahan.

Previously, McKinley worked as a litigation attorney at Virga Law Firm, representing clients in areas of privacy, cyber crimes and workers’ compensation. He holds a B.B.A. from National University and J.D. with great distinction from the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, and was admitted to the Order of the Coif.