Government Relations



Office of Government Relations

UK's Office of Government Relations understands the process in Frankfort. They meet the people who are making important decisions concerning the finances and policies of this University - your legislators. They know the issues. As Kentucky’s flagship institution of higher learning, with a dual mission as a land-grant and research university, our needs are unique. UK's Government Relations works with alumni and friends of the university to help them stay informed about key legislation that will affect UK.

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Dr. Jennifer Fraker is UK’s director of government relations. Fraker brings a
wealth of experience in government relations and education to her role. Most
recently, Fraker served as the assistant vice president of government relations
and P-20 policies and programs for the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary
Education. Fraker also previously worked with the Kentucky Department of
Education as its executive director and interim director of government
relations, among other positions, and as a high school teacher in Oldham and
Fayette counties. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science and master’s
and doctoral degrees in education from UK.

Administrative Assistant
Paige Noland
213 Main Building
Lexington, KY  40506-0032






Lobbying Disclosure at the University of Kentucky 

Recent amendments (Public Law 110-81: Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007) to the federal Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 (2 USC §1601 et seq.) impose new stringent requirements on universities and other organizations. The University of Kentucky, as a registered lobbying entity, now must exercise greater oversight over all lobbying activities undertaken on behalf of the university and must file quarterly disclosure reports with the Secretary of the Senate and the Clerk of the House of Representatives. There are severe civil and criminal penalties for individuals or organizations that violate the Lobbying Disclosure Act. 

A report for each approved UK lobbyist is due five days after the end of each quarter. Please file reports on time, as UK is required by law to collect this information and report to the federal government. Due dates are listed below:

1st Quarter (January 1 through March 31) Report due April 5
2nd Quarter (April 1 through June 30) Report due July 5
3rd Quarter (July 1 through September 30) Report due October 5
4th Quarter (October 1 through December 31) Report due January 5

Only individuals approved by the Vice President for Research are authorized to lobby the federal government on behalf of the University of Kentucky. Those authorized must accurately track their lobbying activities and file quarterly reports with the Director of Federal Relations, who compiles and files the university’s disclosures to Congress.

The web-based UK Lobbying Disclosure Reporting system allows you to add a new lobbying activity record for yourself or someone else. It also allows you to view your records by last modification date or by bill number. After each lobbying contact, please report the activity using this system, we will no longer use the paper questionnaire.  

When you enter the time used to prepare and make each lobbying contact, the computer automatically calculates your salary and fringe benefits for that amount of time and reports the cost in aggregate. Only you and the Director of Federal Relations can access your report.