Ken Ackerman, a writer and attorney in Washington, D.C. since the 1970s, is a long-time veteran of senior positions both in government and private law.

As a writer, Ken has authored dozens of articles and posts along with five major books on Americana:

Ken with Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman watching President Clinton.
Ken with USDA Secretary Dan Glickman and President Bill Clinton, 2000.

Click here for a full publication list.  Over the years, he has also expanded his writing to include a history blog, Viral History, and a small publishing house called Viral History Press LLC

When not writing, Ken practices law in Washington at Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Matz PC (OFW Law) specializing in agriculture risk management.  Along the way, he served as legal counsel to two United States Senate committees: Governmental Affairs (1975-1981) under then-Senator Charles H. Percy (R-Ill.), and Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry (1988-1993) under its then-Chairmen Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). During the administration of President Bill Clinton, he headed the U.S. Agriculture Department’s Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (1993-2001). Earlier, he held various legal positions at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

Ken testifying before Congress.
Ken testifying before Congress, 1998.

During his varied career, Ken has testified before dozens of Congressional hearings, investigated issues ranging from the 1979-80 silver corner to the 1987 stock crash, and developed legislation on topics from budget reconciliation to farm policy to electronic eavesdropping to civil service reform to financial market oversight.  He has appeared often before Congress, the media, and public groups, including farmer town meetings in over 20 states and government officials in London, Warsaw, Vienna, Tel Aviv, and Ramallah, PNA.

Ken was profiled in Government Executive magazine in 1997 and included by National Journal that year in its “Washington 100” list of top Federal decision-makers.  He teaches seminars for TheCapitol.Net and The Writers Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and has served on boards both of the Writers Center and the Washington Independent Review of Books.  He enjoys bike riding and scuba diving and is a PADI-certified divemaster.

A native of Albany, New York, and a graduate of Brown University (1973) and the Georgetown University Law Center (1976), Ken lives with his wife Karen in Falls Church, Virginia.