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U.S. Senator Josh Hawley to Deliver Keynote Commencement Address

April 8, 2019 | Heather Cate

senator josh hawleyU.S. Senator Josh Hawley will address the graduates of The King’s College Class of 2019 at the 71st Annual Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 11, held at St. George’s Episcopal Church in New York City.

Hawley, who is currently the youngest senator in America, took office in January 2019 after serving as the 42nd Attorney General of Missouri for two years. Previously, he worked for The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and was co-counsel for the landmark Hobby Lobby and Hosanna-Tabor cases. He also clerked for Judge Michael W. McConnell of the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit and Chief Justice John Roberts of the United States Supreme Court, where he met his wife, Erin.

Hawley is known for taking on tough fights against special interests, big government, and organized crime including human trafficking. He has been a leader in questioning big tech companies over censorship, antitrust issues, as well as the bipartisan push for updating online privacy laws for the 21st century. His career to date demonstrates how he represents the interests of families, local communities, and small businesses.

Hawley attended Stanford University and graduated with highest honors with a Bachelor of Arts in history in 2002. He earned his law degree from Yale Law School in 2006. He is also the author of the book Theodore Roosevelt: Preacher of Righteousness. He and Erin have two boys, Elijah and Blaise.

President Tim Gibson said, “We are delighted to have Senator Hawley join us for our Commencement Exercises this spring. His career, joining together faith and work in the public square, aligns well with the mission of The King’s College. I look forward to hearing him share his experience and wisdom with our graduating class.”