Charlie McKenna

Spring 2019 John Jay Fellow

Hometown: Richmond, VA
College: Christendom College
Degree: B.A. Political Science and Economics

Charlie is a native of Richmond, Virginia and graduated in the fall of 2018 from Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia where he majored in Political Science and Economics. While at Christendom, Charlie was a member of the Crusader Rugby team, the Christendom liturgical choir and schola, the College Republicans, the Conservative Political Action League, Students for Life, the Student Activities Counsel, the Crusader swim team, and the Chester Belloc Debate Society.  He received the Palestrina scholarship for musical excellence and was the founding director of Christendom’s acapella group, the Christendom Crooners.  He also directed the senior class fundraiser mystery dinner theater in the spring of 2018 and was an editor for the campus newspaper the Rambler. Throughout his time at Christendom, he also served the community working in the Christendom kitchen as the pizza chef.  In the fall of 2018, he completed his senior thesis entitled Natural Law Theory Applied to Miller v. Davis.  He received academic honors every semester.

Charlie has completed internships with the Media Research Center, the Hudson Institute, Judicial Watch, and Congressman Dave Brat’s office (R-VA07). He has also campaigned with Dick Black for State Senate (R-VA13), Glen Sturtevant for State Senate (R-VA10), Ed Gillespie for Governor (R-VA), and Ben Cline for Congress (R-VA06). Most recently, he worked in Kodiak Alaska for a commercial salmon fishery.

In his spare time, Charlie enjoys composing music, hiking, writing, canoeing, reading novels, traveling, and becoming friends with lots of different kinds of people. After the John Jay Institute, Charlie would like to attend school for either law or psychology and is considering entering either the Army or the Navy.                        

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