Stephen Hillenmeyer is a senior from Saint Henry District High School (Villa Hills, KY) majoring in Political Science and English. He has served as president, vice-president, philanthropy chair, and standards chair of his fraternity, Kappa Sigma. He has also served on the Interfraternity Council.
Politics has always been of interest to Stephen, but it was not until he took Professor Jeff Kash’s American National Government (PS 110) course that he knew he wanted to declare it as his major. On campus, he served on the executive committee of WKU College Republicans. Off campus, he has interned in D.C. with Senator Rand Paul and Northern Kentucky for Congressman Thomas Massie. Stephen also worked as a Conservative Fellow for the Citizens Climate Lobby where he was able to publish two op-eds in the Lexington Herald Leader. He continues to lobby Congress several times a year for carbon pricing legislation.
Stephen says that “accessibility to the professors and just how ready they have always been to help me and answer questions” assisted him on his academic journey. He was recently accepted to Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville where he received a full tuition scholarship. He credits this opportunity in part to the Department as he feels they prepared him to succeed once he begins law school. Ultimately, Stephen intends to pursue a career in environmental law.