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King University News :: Alumnus & Chief Policy Advisor to Gov. Bob McDonnell to Speak at King University on April 29

King Alumnus and Chief Policy Advisor to Virginia’s Governor Bob McDonnell, Jasen Eige, will be the next speaker in King University’s History and Political Science Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) project, Communicating in the History and Political Science Workplace.” The event, co-sponsored with King's Alumni Office, Career Development, and Career Services, will take place on Monday, April 29 at 10:30 a.m. in King’s Wager Center for Student and at 11:30 a.m. in the dining hall in Maclellan Hall.  The events are open to the public and free to attend.

“We look forward to welcoming Jasen Eige back to the King campus.  For our QEP project, he will talk about ‘How Government Works: A View from Inside the Public Policy Shop,’” said Martin Dotterweich, associate professor of history and chair for King’s Department of History and Political Science.

Eige earned his Juris Doctor and master’s in Public Policy at Regent University, after attending King College (now King University) in Bristol, Tenn., where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History.

In his current cabinet-level position, Jasen Eige oversees the Governor's Policy Office, including directing the creation of Governor McDonnell's policy agenda and the Administration's legislative efforts.  Eige also manages the Counsel's Office.

Since the beginning of the Administration, Jasen Eige served as Counselor and Senior Advisor to the Governor where his duties included providing legal counsel and advice to the Governor and his Administration, and assisting with policy and legislative matters.  

Following law school, Eige clerked for the Honorable Glen M. Williams, Senior U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Virginia.  He then joined the Abingdon law firm of Penn, Stuart Eskridge as an associate.  Eige then served in the Office of the Attorney General, beginning with Attorney General Jerry Kilgore.  In the Attorney General's Office, Eige served in several roles, including as an assistant attorney general in the trial section of the Civil Litigation Division, as a senior assistant attorney general in the Finance Law and Government Services Section, and acting section chief for the Government Services portion of the Section.

In 2007, Eige began serving as Chief of Staff and Counsel to then-Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell.  Among other duties, he oversaw the Administrative Division of the Office and also took over oversight responsibilities for the Financial Law and Government Services Division.

In 2009, Eige joined Governor-elect McDonnell's gubernatorial campaign as chief counsel.  Among other duties, he assisted with the campaign's policy development efforts.  After the election, Eige served as Counsel to the Governor-elect's Transition Office.

Jasen Eige will speak at King University on April 29 at 10:30 a.m. in King’s Wager Center for Student Success and at 11:30 a.m. in the dining hall in Maclellan Hall.  For additional information, contact Dr. Martin Dotterwiech at 423.652.4835 or



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