U.S. Chamber Foundation hires former Gov. John McKernan, Maine Law ‘74
Sept. 27, 2013
PORTLAND, Maine – John McKernan, a former Governor of Maine and a 1974 graduate of the University of Maine School of Law, has been hired as president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
McKernan will also play a role as senior advisor to U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas Donohue. The Chamber, which describes itself as “the world’s largest business organization,” carries significant clout in the political arena. McKernan told the Portland Press Herald that as president of the Foundation, he will likely focus on issues affecting the country’s job growth and competitiveness in the global economy, including education and skills training for future workers.
The position will also allow McKernan and his wife, former U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine, to continue working in Washington, according to the newspaper. Snowe, who retired in January after 34 years in Congress, is a senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington-based think tank.