ProfessionalKen is a member of the law firm of Cuccinelli & Day, PLLC in Fairfax where he practices business and intellectual property law.
Ken has litigated cases in nearly every locality in Virginia. As a general practice litigator, Ken handled criminal defense cases, domestic relations, child custody, defamation, contract disputes, corporate matters and other common legal issues that are addressed regularly in the Virginia General Assembly.
Political ExperienceKen was first elected in an August 2002 special election. Ken beat a sitting school board member by 10 points with hard work and went to work for the people of Western Fairfax.
After his election, Ken assumed leadership of the campaign against the sales tax increase referendum. Despite being outspent by more than 12-to-1, the grassroots effort on behalf of the taxpayers prevailed.
In the 2003 election cycle Ken was the #1 target of Virginia Democrats. Governor Warner and his allies spent more money attempting to unseat Ken than in any of the 139 other General Assembly races in 2003. Despite being outspent nearly two-to-one, Ken and his grassroots team won the race with 53% of the vote.
Ken has over a decade of experience as a local activist. Ken has worked on at least one GOP campaign every year since 1990. In 1992, Ken took on his first leadership role as Bill Clevelandís volunteer coordinator in his 8th District Congressional primary. Additionally, Ken was a precinct captain for five elections, served as Sully Magisterial District Membership Chairman, worked at Defenders of Property Rights, a public interest organization, & was an analyst for a conservative think tank on the issues of trash, recycling, and food safety. Ken has been on the leadership committee in two House of Delegate's races that included successful primary contests. Ken believes very strongly in building citizenship values by encouraging individual involvement in local self-governance.
FamilyKen met his wife, Teiro, when she moved in 3 doors down from him as a teenager. They dated in high school and married in 1991, after Teiro graduated from James Madison University with a degree in Business Administration. They have been blessed with five daughters. Ken and Teiro have both lived in Northern Virginia for over 30 years. They grew up attending Fairfax County elementary and middle schools. Ken went to Gonzaga High School.
EducationKen earned a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Virginia, followed by his Juris Doctorate from George Mason Universityís School of Law and Economics and his Masterís degree in International Commerce and Policy, also from GMU.
CommunityKen and Teiro are active members of St. Andrew's Catholic Church.
Ken served from 1994 to 1999 on Virginia's Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Advisory Committee (JJDP). During Ken's tenure on the JJDP, he was one of the original members on the newly formed subcommittee on delinquency prevention. After three years of service on the JJDP, Ken was elected Chairman, and then re-elected the following year unanimously.
Kenís proudest accomplishment on the JJDP was to change grant requirements to force localities to objectively measure the success or failure of their programs. This helped the JJDP to fund the most successful programs. Ken believes that the same kind of accountability is needed throughout the Virginia budget.
In 1998-99, Ken served as the Sully representative on the Fairfax County Public Schools Social Studies Advisory Committee during the time when new SOLs were being written and introduced. He believes such committees should be composed primarily of concerned parents and their recommendations taken seriously by school staff.
From 1998-2000, Ken was a member of the board of directors of Families, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting families during crises that are being worked out through the local court systems. In addition to being a member of the board, Ken performed all legal training for visitation supervisors utilized by Families, Inc. Ken made it a practice both in his own cases and in his work with Families, Inc. to try and do everything possible to maintain families. Ken has also been a volunteer basketball coach and a volunteer basketball referee for his daughtersí teams.