Former Sen. Kerrey to be next head of MPAA

Bob Kerrey will be the next head of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), according to several movie trade publications.

Both The Wrap and The Hollywood Reporter reported Friday that Kerrey, the former Democratic Nebraska governor and senator, has been picked as the new chairman of Hollywood’s trade association in Washington. Though Kerrey has won the backing of powerful movie studio heads to take the job, no deal has been signed by Kerrey yet, according to the trade publications.

A spokesman for MPAA declined to comment.

Kerrey is currently of the president of New School University, based in New York City. He was Nebraska’s governor from 1983 to 1987 and represented the state as a senator from 1989 to 2001. A Vietnam war hero, he ran for president in 1992 but failed to win the Democratic nomination. Kerrey also was a member of the 9/11 Commission.

Kerrey follows in the footsteps of the last head of MPAA: Dan Glickman, a former Clinton Agriculture Secretary and ex-Democratic Kansas congressman. Glickman officially left the trade group in March of this year and now heads up Refugees International.

Leading MPAA is considered one of the if not the most glamorous job on K Street. Several well-known politicians have been rumored to be in the running for the position, including New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) and former Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. (D-Tenn.).

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