Work History

Work History
Jan 2005 - Present

Full Committee Staff Director (109th & 112th + Congress) and Republican Staff Director (110th & 111th Congress))

U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Rules

Serve as the chief committee and leadership staffer to Congressman David Dreier (R-CA) in his capacities as Chairman (109th Congress) or Ranking Republican Member (currently); represent him and the Committee in the Republican staff leadership group. Managed a staff of 12 in the Minority (24 in the Majority) with an annual budget in excess of $1 million ($2 million in the Majority). Advise Republican leadership and rank and file members on procedural matters, including "motions to recommit" and other amendment strategies for virtually all major legislation before the House.

  • In Majority, envisioned and oversaw automation of paper-based process for amendment tracking and rule production, including 2 $250,000+ engagements of outside consultants to develop a custom database application.
  • Led the Republican staff team in the development of the 109th Congress' ethics reform & earmark packages.
  • In Minority, established and led "Parliamentary Boot Camp" seminars for Members and staff with monthly attendance of 75-100 staff and 6-8 Members.
  • Advised Republican Leadership on drafting strategies for 23 winning motions to recommit.
  • Consistently sought out by Leadership and rank-and-file Members for advice on floor strategies in real-time.
  • Recognized as one of the newspaper Roll Call's 50 most powerful congressional staffers 16 times in a row.
  • Profiled as one of 20 "New Power Players" in National Journal's November 13, 2010 issue.
Sep 2007 - Oct 2008

Republican General Counsel

U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee to Investigate the Voting Irregularities of August 2, 2007

Temporarily detailed on part-time basis to serve as the Select Committee Republicans' chief counsel. Advised Ranking Member Mike Pence (R-IN) and other Republican and Democratic Members on procedural, political, and substantive issues related to the investigation, hearings, and report. Recommended and oversaw team of outside counsel. Personally participated in 21 investigative interviews of House staff and Members.

  • Chief Republican drafter and negotiator of the Select Committee's bipartisan report.
  • Enhanced video used in the hearings by both Republicans and Democrats; created short version for Republican use with the media.
Jul 2008 - Sep 2008

Assistant Parliamentarian

2008 Republican National Covention

Served as the senior advisor to the 2008 Republican National Convention's Parliamentarian and oversaw scripting and execution of all procedural portions of the convention, including the formal nomination of the 2008 Republican candidate for President, Senator John McCain (R-AZ). Advised the campaign, Republican National Committee, and presiding officers on procedural strategies for the convention.

  • Modernized convention nomination practice to minimize opportunities for disruption during prime-time television.
  • Spent 2 weeks in St. Paul, MN finalizing script and logistics issues for the 2008 Republican National Convention.
Jan 2001 - Dec 2004

General Counsel

U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services

Served as Chairman Mike Oxley's (R-OH) chief advisor on legislative, procedural, jurisdictional, legal, and logistical matters and provided similar advice and counsel to subcommittee chairs and rank-and-file Members. Managed IT and administrative staff of 8, and supervised work product of legal and professional staff of 25.

  • Intimately involved in the drafting, negotiation, and passage, and enactment of Sarbanes-Oxley Act, USA PATRIOT Act, and FACT Act.
  • Solidified the Committee's jurisdiction over financial accounting through effective argument before the House Parliamentarians and the Speaker.
  • Oversaw $500,000 project to renovate and modernize the Committee's hearing room to provide for Internet audio and video streaming.
May 2002 - Dec 2002

Parliamentarian

U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Homeland Security

Temporarily detailed to serve as key member of a small staff responsible for drafting the legislation to create the Department of Homeland Security. As a principal advisor to Select Committee chair and then-Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX), had primary responsibility for the drafting of the Select Committee's legislative report, as well as strategy and execution related to consideration, passage, and enactment of the Homeland Security Act of 2002.

  • Tapped to perform the functions of the Majority Leader's Floor Assistant to ensure passage of the Homeland Security Act and other end-of-session legislation.
Jan 1995 - Dec 2000

Parliamentarian/Counsel/Minority Research Assistant

U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Commerce

As Parliamentarian (Aug. 1998-Dec. 2000), advised Committee Chairman Tom Bliley (R-VA), subcommittee chairs, and rank-and-file Members of procedural issues related to the drafting, consideration, and passage of legislation. As Counsel and Minority Research Assistant (Jun. 1991-Jul. 1998), was responsible for a portfolio of issues including automobile safety, the Federal Trade Commission, tobacco regulation, Superfund, insurance regulation, and regulation of the securities markets. Served as the Committee's point-of-contact for the Administration, outside groups, and coalitions for those issues.

  • Primary House drafter and negotiator of the TREAD Act, 3 NHTSA authorization bills, and several comprehensive FTC reauthorizations.
  • Ultimately responsible for the successful filing of 115 committee reports.
Oct 1987 - May 1991

Legislative Assistant

Office of the Honorable Bud Shuster, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Issue areas: transportation, science and technology, and special projects.

Education

Education
Sep 1993 - May 1997

J.D.

Jun 1991 - Jun 1992

M.A.

Aug 1987 - May 1991

B.A.

http://www.american.edu

Graduated cum laude with honors from the School of Public Affairs.

Skills

Skills

Expert in Microsoft Desktop Software

Expert in Microsoft Office 2007 and earlier, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Oversaw development and usage of applications based on Microsoft Sharepoint.

Top Secret

DOD