Food Ruler: Kevin W. Keane

Spearheading the attack for the beverage industry on the proposed federal soda tax is Kevin Keane, the American Beverage Association Senior Vice President for Communications.

Keane joined the Beverage Aassociation in January 2006. Keane is connected with Tommy Thompson. He was Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services while Thompson was Secretary at HHS. Keane served as deputy chief of staff for then Wisconsin Governor Thompson. Keane managed communications, appointments, constituent relations and the Wisconsin State Office in Washington, D.C.

Earlier, Keane served as Washington Bureau correspondent for Thomson Newspapers, a chain of more than 100 newspapers, where he covered the federal government. Keane also was a reporter for two Wisconsin daily newspapers, the Waukesha Freeman Newspaper and the Fond du Lac Reporter.

Keane received his B.A. from The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he was named outstanding journalism graduate. He was also awarded a Paul Miller Fellowship by Freedom Forum for his work as a reporter in Washington.

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