Kirk Bailey serves as Political Director for the ACLU of Florida, the first ACLU affiliate political director in the nation, leading the organization’s direct lobbying, organizing and campaign initiatives.
Most recently, Kirk served as vice president of government affairs at the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), directing lobbying efforts, overseeing the OIA Political Action Committee (OIAPAC), and mobilizing grassroots initiatives. Prior to OIA, Kirk served as counsel at Smith Dawson & Andrews (SDA) for nearly a decade, leading government relations and policy development for a wide variety of local government and non-profit clients. Kirk was also Special Counsel at the Hamilton Fish Institute on School and Community Violence, assisting the Institute’s public outreach and fundraising efforts and served as an interagency liaison with Congress and federal agencies.
Kirk’s legislative experience includes professional staff positions with the state legislatures of Oregon, Hawaii, and Alaska; and with former U.S. Senator Frank Murkowski (R-AK) in Washington DC. In addition, he is a published author on school safety, youth violence and civil liberties concerns. Kirk is a graduate of the University of Oregon in Political Science and holds a J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law. He is admitted to the Oregon State Bar and a member of the American Bar Association.