Kenneth L. Khachigian is an Armenian-American political consultant, speechwriter, and attorney. He is best known for being a longtime aide to President Richard Nixon and chief speechwriter to President Ronald Reagan. He served as chief speechwriter on Reagan's successful 1980 presidential campaign, and continued as chief speechwriter in the Reagan administration, writing Reagan's first inaugural address, his three main economic speeches, and the welcome home speech to the Iranian hostages. Although he resigned after several months to return to the private sector in California, he continued to write many of the major political and policy speeches as chief speechwriter on Reagan's successful 1984 re-election campaign and throughout the second term, including the 1984 nomination acceptance speech, the 1985 remarks at the former Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany, and the 1988 Republican National Convention farewell address. He is a veteran of nine presidential campaigns.
|Born:||14, 1944, Visalia, California|
|Alma mater:||UC Santa Barbara (B.A.) Columbia Law School (J.D.)|
|Occupation:||Political Consultant, Speechwriter, Attorney|
About Ken Khachigian
Perhaps most famous as American President Ronald Reagan's primary speechwriter, Khachigian also penned speeches for President Nixon and went on to advise Republican candidates Fred Thompson, John McCain, and Bob Dole during their respective U.S. presidential campaigns.
After earning an honors degree in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, he received his law degree from Columbia University.
He became a partner at an Orange County, California law firm called Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck.
He grew up in Visalia, California, in a family of Armenian heritage. His wife, Meredith Khachigian, was a three-time Chairwoman of the University of California's Board of Regents.
Before joining President Nixon's speech writing staff, Khachigian worked as an aide to U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan.
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