Secretary Johnson names Marion as SOS Office of Policy Initiatives director

JANUARY 9, 2014

Adviser will play key role in administration’s 2nd term

LANSING, Mich. – Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced today that Kieran Marion has been hired as director of the department’s Office of Policy Initiatives, a key strategic role in her administration’s second term.

Marion, of Grand Ledge, will help Secretary Johnson advance her policies during her second term. As director, he oversees the Office of Government Affairs, which works with the Legislature and the governor’s office on legislative and public policy matters as they relate to the department, and the Office of External Affairs, which facilitates outreach to external groups and constituents.

Marion comes to the Secretary of State’s Office from the Michigan Credit Union League, where as vice president of governmental affairs he was responsible for developing and implementing the league’s state and federal policy and advocacy agenda. Prior to that, he served as legislative counsel for the national Uniform Law Commission, providing strategy, public testimony, and advocacy to promote passage of proposed uniform and model legislation throughout the United States.

Previously, Marion served as legislative director for state Sen. Shirley Johnson, as a government relations professional for the national law firm Dykema and a legislative affairs manager for MCUL. He earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Michigan State University and a law degree, graduating magna cum laude, from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

“Kieran has a strong legislative background and a great deal of leadership experience providing strategic advice, building coalitions and advancing policy,” Johnson said. “We are pleased to bring his talents to our office, where he will help us accomplish great things for the people of Michigan.”

Marion fills a position that has been vacant since the previous policy initiatives director, Chris Hackbarth, left in May for a position in the private sector.

“It is an honor to join Secretary Johnson’s exceptional team,” Marion said. “I am excited for the opportunity to work together to continue the success this department has achieved during the past four years.”


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