Former USAG Bill Barr to keynote annual Kansas Chamber dinner

TOPEKA – Former United States Attorney General Bill Barr will be the keynote speaker at the annual dinner of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Industry on April 29th at the Stormont-Vail Events Center in Topeka, according to a press release from the Kansas Chamber.

Barr served as the country’s 77th Attorney General from 1991 to 1993 under President George H.W. Bush, and as the 85th Attorney General in 2019 and 2020 under President Trump. He is the only person to ever serve twice as U.S. Attorney General.

 From 1994 to 2000, Barr served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for GTE Corporation. He then served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Verizon from 2000 to 2008. At both GTE and Verizon, Barr led the legal, regulatory, and government affairs activities of the companies. After retiring from Verizon, Barr advised major corporations on government enforcement matters, as well as regulatory litigation. He served as council at Kirkland and Ellis LLP in 2009 and rejoined the firm in 2017.

Barr currently serves as chairman of The Advisory Board of the Center for Legal Action, a part of the American Free Enterprise Chamber of Commerce. The CLA fights against the excessive expansion of federal regulations and mandates that only raise costs and eliminate jobs while restricting basic freedoms of individuals and businesses.

 Barr’s address is sponsored by Nextera Energy.

The annual chamber dinner is one of the largest statewide gatherings of business and political leaders in Kansas.

Dane Hicks is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and the United States Marine Corps Officer Candidate School at Quantico, VA. He is the author of novels "The Skinning Tree" and "A Whisper For Help." As publisher of the Anderson County Review in Garnett, KS., he is a recipient of the Kansas Press Association's Boyd Community Service Award as well as more than 60 awards for excellence in news, editorial and photography.