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RICK RAMPONI is Global Research Librarian for the Washington, DC office of the law firm of Latham & Watkins. Previously, he served for eight years as the reference librarian in the U.S. Senate Library. He also served as reference librarian at the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, and the law firm of Williams & Connolly.back to top
|DAVID K. REHR
He previously served as the President and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). At NAB, he was a leading advocate for innovation and advancement in the broadcast business, spearheading a multimillion-dollar technology advocacy program for broadcasting, leading the TV industry’s $1.2 billion digital television (DTV) transition marketing campaign, and initiating Radio 2020, an initiative that ensured radio’s value would be recognized well into the future through the Radio Heard Here campaign.
Before joining the NAB, he was President of the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA). He started his career in advocacy on the staff of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), after working as a professional staff member to the U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Committee and for former member of Congress, the Honorable Vin Weber (MN).
Rehr is the author of “The Congressional Communications Report,” landmark research on communication methods and preferences of congressional offices, their staff, and those working to influence them. He is also the principal researcher behind “The Honest Leadership and Open Government Act – Five Years Later” (23-page PDF), a review of lobbying disclosure laws; and the “2013 Factors of Influence Report” (which measured lobbying firm effectiveness).
Prior to joining the faculty of Mason Law, Professor Rehr was Program Director, Advocacy in the Global Environment, at The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM).
Mr. Rehr holds a PhD in economics from the George Mason University. He has an MA in economics from George Mason University and a BS in business administration from Saint John's University.back to top
CATHARINE RICHERT is based in Rochester, Minn., and covers Southeast Minnesota for MPR News. She previously covered politics and wrote PoliGraph, a fact-checking feature that got behind the spin in Minnesota politics. She has also contributed to MPR News coverage of the federal health care overhaul. Richert initially joined the MPR newsroom in 2011 after finishing a master's degree at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Previously, Richert worked for PolitiFact.com and Congressional Quarterly, where she covered the U.S. Senate, the 2008 presidential election and agricultural policy. Before coming to CQ, Catharine covered the Food and Drug Administration for FDA Week. She earned two writing awards for her coverage of the 2007 farm bill debate and has completed two journalism fellowships. She completed her undergraduate degree at Oberlin College in Ohio.back to top
STEVEN V. ROBERTS has has been a journalist for more than 50 years, covering some of the major events of his time, from the antiwar movement and student revolts of the 60s and 70s to President Reagan's historic trip to Moscow in 1988 and thirteen presidential election campaigns. After graduating from Harvard magna cum laude in 1964, he joined The New York Times as research assistant to James “Scotty” Reston, then the paper's Washington bureau chief. His 25-year career with the Times included assignments as bureau chief in Los Angeles and Athens, and as Congressional and White House correspondent. He was a senior writer at U.S. News for seven years, specializing in national politics and foreign policy. Roberts and his late-wife, TV journalist Cokie Roberts, wrote a nationally-syndicated newspaper column that was named one of the ten most popular columns in America by Media Matters. In February of 2000, Steve and Cokie published “From This Day Forward,” an account of their marriage, as well as other marriages in American history. The New York Times called the book "inspiring and instructive" and it spent seven weeks on the Times best-seller list. Roberts also writes a bi-monthly column, Hometown, for Bethesda Magazine and is a regular book reviewer for The Washington Post. His childhood memoir, “My Fathers' Houses,” was published in the spring of 2005 and was featured at the National Book Festival in Washington. In 2009 he published “From Every End of This Earth,” the story of 13 immigrant families and the new lives they've made in America. In 2011 he co-authored “Our Haggadah” with his wife Cokie, which was featured on many national TV shows. In 2016 he published his sixth book, a history of the Washington suburbs Bethesda and Chevy Chase. As a broadcaster, Roberts is the chief political analyst for the ABC radio network. As a teacher, he lectures widely on American politics and the role of the news media. Since 1997, he has been the Shapiro Professor of Media and Public Affairs at the George Washington University. His many honors include the Dirksen Award for covering Congress, the Wilbur Award for reporting on religion and politics, the Bender prize as one of GW's top undergraduate teachers and six honorary degrees. He's been named a Father of the Year by the Father's Day Council and received the Public Service Sector Award from the Aspen Institute. Steve and Cokie have two children: Lee, a banker in Raleigh, NC, and Rebecca, a program specialist for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, and six grand-children. In his spare time, Roberts plays tennis and roots for his grandchildren's sports teams.back to top
From This Day Forward
My Fathers' Houses: Memoir of a Family
From Every End of This Earth: 13 Families and the New Lives They Made in America
Our Haggadah: Uniting Traditions for Interfaith Families
, a graduate of New York University (BA, 1957) and the Harvard Law School (LLB, 1960), was a Specialist in American Public Law with the American Law Division of the Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress.
Mr. Rosenberg specialized in the areas of constitutional law, administrative law and process, congressional practice and procedure, and labor law, and in the problems raised by the interface of Congress and the Executive which involve the scope of the congressional oversight and investigative prerogatives, the validity of claims of executive and common law privileges before committees, and issues raised by the presidential exercise of temporary and recess appointment power.
He is the author of a number of journal articles on separation of powers and administrative law issues including "Whatever Happened to Congressional Review of Agency Rulemaking?: A Review, Assessment, and Proposal for Reform," 51 Adm. L. Rev. 1051 (1999); "Congress's Prerogative Over Agencies and Agency Decisionmakers: The Rise and Demise of the Reagan Administration's Theory of the Unitary Executive," 57 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 627 (1989); "The Airports Authority Case: Separation of Powers Revisited," CRS Review (September 1991) (with Johnny Killian); and "Beyond the Limits of Executive Power: Presidential Control of Agency Rulemaking Under Executive Order 12,291," 80 Mich. L. Rev. 193 (1981). Mr. Rosenberg was named the recipient of the 2004-2005 Mary C. Lawton Award for Outstanding Public Service by the American Bar Association Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice in November 2005.back to top
DAVID H. ROSENBLOOM is a well-known scholar in the field of Public Administration. He is the Distinguished Professor of Public Administration at the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, DC. A noted authority on issues related to administrative law and public sector personnel policies, Rosenbloom is widely known for his approach to the field that stresses understanding American public administration from three perspectives mirroring the constitutional separation of powers: law, politics and management. In pursuit of that view, he has become a leading advocate for establishing "constitutional competence" as a basic standard for public service professionals.back to top
Dr. Rosenbloom has also taught at the City University of Hong Kong, University of Kansas, Tel Aviv University, the University of Vermont, and Syracuse University's Maxwell School. He has over one hundred and fifty published works focusing upon public administration, law, administrative theory and history, bureaucratic politics and public personnel issues. In 1992, he was appointed to the Clinton Gore Presidential Transition team with responsibilities for federal personnel policy and the Office of Personnel Management. In 1969, he was an American Society for Public Administration Fellow in the U.S. Civil Service Commission. Dr. Rosenbloom received his PhD in political science from the University of Chicago in 1969. In 1992, he received the Distinguished Research Award of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration and the American Society for Public Administration (NASPAA/ASPAA). In 1994, he received an honorary Doctors of Law Degree from Marietta College (Ohio) and the Outstanding Scholar Award of the School of Public Affairs at American University.
Public Administration and Law
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left Congress after eighteen years in 1997 to form The Roth Group, a government affairs consulting firm focusing on high-tech, information technology and telecommunications issues. Roth is well known for his work for and commitment to exports and the high tech/ telecommunications industry. He is the former Chairman of the International Economic Policy and Trade Subcommittee.
MANIK ROY is an environmental policy expert focusing on climate change. He was previously the director of political assessment with the ClimateWorks Foundation and vice president for strategic outreach with the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (previously known as the Pew Center on Global Climate Change). While at Pew, Dr. Roy helped start and manage the US Climate Action Partnership, a coalition of major corporations and environmental groups working to enact a comprehensive US climate policy. He held prior positions in the US Senate (Senator Frank R. Lautenberg) and House (Representative Henry A. Waxman), US EPA, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and Environmental Defense Fund. Dr. Roy holds a PhD in public policy from Harvard University. He also holds an MS in environmental engineering and a BS in civil engineering, both from Stanford University.back to top
ALAN RUTENBERG is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Foley & Lardner LLP. He is chair of the firm’s national Antitrust Practice, and a member of its Litigation Department, Health Care Industry Team, and Manufacturing Industry Team. Mr. Rutenberg's practice focuses on antitrust law.back to top
a partner in Foley & Lardner's Washington, DC office. As a member of the firm's Antitrust Practice and International Business Industry Team, Mr. Rutenberg's practice includes antitrust, commercial litigation, and regulatory law. Mr. Rutenberg graduated from Transylvania University (BS) and Harvard Law School. He is a member of the American Bar Association's Section of Antitrust Law and served as co-editor-in-chief of its Mergers and Acquisitions Newsletter.
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is the dean of the Schar School of Policy and Government of George Mason University.
Prior to his appointment at GMU in 2004, he was professor and chair
of the department of politics at The Catholic University of America.
He is the author of nine books and editor of twenty books on various topics in US government and politics including the presidency, religion and politics, media and politics, and interest groups in elections. He has testified before Congress on several occasions on executive privilege issues and has lectured extensively in the US and abroad. In recent years he has lectured in Austria, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Italy, Poland, South Korea, Sweden, Turkey, and Vietnam.
is a former congressional operations specialist with the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress. For over three decades, he helped conduct parliamentary training seminars for members of Congress and their staffs. After the September 11 attacks, he worked with the officers and committees of the Congress planning for emergencies and catastrophic events affecting congressional operations. Until his retirement in March 2005, he worked closely with the leaders of both parties on the issues of filibuster reform, especially on those affecting judicial nominations. Dr. Rundquist additionally served on the staffs of several House and Senate committees studying reorganization of the House and Senate, including the Joint Committee on the Organization of Congress.
Dr. Rundquist has served as an adjunct professor at the George Washington University and Catholic University of America. He has traveled and worked extensively for international organizations on developing constitutions and new legislative rules in new democracies. From 1996-1998, he was a Fulbright professor of politics at Warsaw University and the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. He served as a visiting professor of politics at the University of Halle/Wittenberg under a grant provided by the German federal government.back to top
ELIZABETH RYBICKI is an Analyst in American National Government at the Congressional Research Service (CRS) of the Library of Congress who specializes in the legislative process. She was previously a Research Fellow at The Brookings Institution and a Specialist in Congressional History and Political Science at the National Archives and Records Administration.back to top
She earned a BA in History from Dartmouth College and a PhD from the University of Minnesota. Her academic publications focus on the history of House and Senate procedures, and her doctoral dissertation was on the development of bicameral resolution procedures since 1789.
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JOHN SALAMONE serves as Chief Human Resources Officer for the Chief Administrative Officer of the House. Mr. Salamone joined the CAO in June 2016, bringing with him 17 years of federal government experience in both the executive and legislative branches. Prior to joining the CAO, Mr. Salamone led a team of consultants and oversaw a portfolio of HR-related projects at a management consulting firm in Alexandria, VA. As Chief Human Resources Officer, Mr. Salamone oversees the human resources team and leads the CAO’s strategic and long term human resource planning. He served as the Executive Director of the Chief Human Capital Officers Council at the Office of Personnel Management from April 2006 – January 2009. From January 2002 – April 2006, Mr. Salamone was employed as a Professional Staff Member on the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on the Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia. He was responsible for federal government oversight, management, and performance issues for the Subcommittee Chairman, Senator George Voinovich. During his tenure on the Subcommittee, he had the opportunity to work on government-wide legislative issues, including the creation of the Department of Homeland Security and the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act. Before joining the Subcommittee staff, Mr. Salamone served as a 1998 Presidential Management Intern (PMI), spending the bulk of his two-year assignment at OPM, where he worked on recruitment and workforce planning issues. During the PMI program he also conducted a three-month rotational assignment at the National Transportation Safety Board. From 1992 - 1998, Mr. Salamone was employed by U.S. Senator Alfonse D'Amato as his Assistant Personnel Director after beginning his tenure as a Community Representative in the Rochester, NY, office. Mr. Salamone has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the State University of New York at Oswego and a Master’s in Public Administration from George Mason University.back to topfont>
JAMES V. SATURNO is a Specialist on the Congress with the Government and Finance Division of CRS. His principal areas of responsibility are congressional history and procedure, especially the Federal budget process and budget process reform. He holds a BA from the University at Albany (SUNY) and an MA from the University of Rochester, where he was also an instructor prior to coming to CRS in 1986. In 1993, he was detailed as a consultant on the budget process to the Joint Committee on the Organization of Congress. Mr. Saturno's work has appeared in The Encyclopedia of Congress, Legislative Studies Quarterly, and Public Budgeting and Finance.back to top
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EARLE ST. A. SCARLETT a Jamaican-born U.S. diplomat with global experience. Diplomatic postings include: Cameroon, Brazil (twice), Philippines, Ex-Yugoslavia, Bosnia, and Charge' d'Affaires a.i. in Ireland. Postings at the State Department include: China and Somalia Desks. As Lecturer, he was a State Department Dean Rusk Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University where he subsequently was examiner for Master’s theses in foreign affairs. In the US State Department, he was Director of Training for Political Officers at the George Shultz National Foreign Affairs Training Center after several years of immersion in Balkan affairs. He was political advisor to Carl Bildt, the high representative for the Civilian Implementation of the Dayton Peace Plan, from January to June 1996. He was also deputy head of International Conference on the Former Yugoslavia Border Monitoring Mission in Belgrade from May 1995 to January 1996. Mr. Scarlett also served as political officer at Embassy Belgrade from 1990 to 1992. As a foreign service officer since 1976, he was posted as a political officer twice to Brazil and once to the Philippines. In the State Department he served as a foreign service examiner, as the China desk officer, and as the Somalia desk officer. He also served in Cameroon. He was a Dean Rusk Fellow at the Institute of Law and Diplomacy, Georgetown University. Prior to entering the Foreign Service, Mr. Scarlett served in the US Army in France, and subsequently as a social worker in New York and Chicago. He also served as an assistant professor of political science, and director of the African-American Studies Center at Loyola Marymount University. Mr. Scarlett was educated at The City College of New York, La Sorbonne (Paris), the University of London, and UCLA.back to top
DAVID SCHAFFER retired from federal service in February, 2004, and since that time opened his own legal and lobbying practice specializing in lobbying, legal and strategic advice involving aviation matters before Congress and the executive branch.back to top
Mr. Schaffer joined the staff of the House Committee on Public Works and Transportation (now the Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure) in 1984 as Assistant Minority Counsel for the Subcommittee on Aviation. He became the Minority Counsel of the Aviation Subcommittee in 1992 and Majority Counsel in January 1995. Mr. Schaffer was involved in all the issues of the Aviation Subcommittee including air safety, airline competition, international air service, war risk insurance, Airport Improvement Program, air traffic control modernization, FAA reform, and oversight of the FAA and NTSB.
Mr. Schaffer played a key role in the formulation of the Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century (AIR 21), Federal Aviation Authorization Act of 1996, Aviation Medical Assistance Act, Pilot Records Improvement Act, the Aviation Disaster Family Assistance Act, the Aviation and Transportation Security Act, and Vision 100 - Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act, among others.
Mr. Schaffer worked as an attorney in the Office of General Counsel of the Civil Aeronautics Board from 1978 to 1984, specializing in rules, legislation, and litigation involving small community air service, international air service, consumer protection, and charters.
He received his BA in political science from Colgate University and his JD from Boston University Law School.
JOE SCHATZ is Joe Schatz is editor of POLITICO States, overseeing our state-level policy and political coverage across the country. Schatz was previously editor of the POLITICO Pro Europe Brief. Schatz returned to POLITICO in August 2015 after two years in Myanmar, where he reported on the country formerly known as Burma for The Washington Post, the Christian Science Monitor and Al Jazeera America. Schatz first joined POLITICO in 2012 as Tax Editor, managing the launch of the Pro tax team. He spent nearly a decade at Congressional Quarterly, from 2000-2006 and 2008-2012, covering everything from the Wall Street bailout and debt ceiling crises to trade and the U.S.-China relationship, for which he received the National Press Club’s Sandy Hume award in 2010. In between stints at CQ, Schatz set up shop in a sleepier capital city – Lusaka, Zambia – where he worked as an Associated Press stringer from 2006-2008 covering southern Africa (and doing the thankless work of writing the occasional safari travel review) and taught journalism classes as a Zambian college. Schatz graduated from Cornell University in 1998 with a degree in government and computer science and was an assistant sports editor on the Cornell Daily Sun. He has a master’s degree in international affairs from George Washington University. Schatz grew up in Acton, Mass., and got his first byline covering high school sports for the Acton Beacon.back to top
JACK L. SCHENENDORF joined Covington & Burling in March 2001, as Of Counsel. His practice concentrates on transportation and legislation, with a particular focus on legislative strategy, legislative procedure, and the federal budget process. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Schenendorf served on the Bush/Cheney transition where he was chief of the Transition Policy Team for the U.S. Department of Transportation and other transportation-related agencies. He was responsible for reviewing all transportation policies and issues for the incoming Administration. For nearly 25 years, Mr. Schenendorf served on the staff of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the U.S. House of Representatives under 7 different Republican committee leaders. He was chief of staff from 1995 to 2001 when the 75-member committee - the largest in the history of the Congress - held 314 hearings and passed 265 bills through the House, of which 115 were enacted into law. Mr. Schenendorf advised the committee on all legislative matters, including the major efforts to change the budgetary treatment of the transportation trust funds. These efforts led to enactment of the landmark Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA 21) in 1998 and the Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century (AIR 21) in 2000, as well as House passage of the Truth in Budgeting Act in 1996. In addition, Mr. Schenendorf specialized in legislative and parliamentary procedures and the federal budget process. For a number of years he taught the legislative procedures course offered to Republican staff on behalf of the Republican leadership of the House of Representatives.back to top
Mr. Schenendorf received a JD from Georgetown University Law School in 1975, and a BS in Biology from Union College, NY in 1966. From 1967 to 1972, Mr. Schenendorf served in the U.S. Navy in Admiral Rickover's nuclear submarine program. After completing nuclear power and submarine training, he served on the USS James K. Polk (SSBN 645) as Reactor Control Officer and the USS Tullibee (SSN 597) as Communications Officer. He achieved the rank of Lieutenant.
ALLEN SCHICK is a professor of public policy in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Maryland and serves as a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Dr. Schick frequently works with the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (World Bank). He taught at Tufts University and has served with the Urban Institute and the Congressional Research Service. As a senior specialist in American National Government with the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress, Dr. Schick assisted Congress with the development and implementation of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974. He continues to advise members of Congress and congressional committees on topical budget issues. In addition, he has assisted more than twenty states in developing budget and financial management systems and directed a study of budget practices in industrial democracies for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Dr. Schick conducted an examination of health care policy and authored several studies pertaining to health policy, including "Controlling the Uncontrollable: Budgeting for Health Care in an Age of Mega-Deficits" and "Health Policy: Spending More and Protecting Less." He also conducted a study of the budgetary system of New Zealand on behalf of its government. Dr. Schick is the author of numerous studies at all levels of government dealing with budget systems and policies, public management, and government finance. His books include Congress and Money (1980), The Capacity to Budget (1990), and The Federal Budget Process: Politics, Policy, Process (2000). Dr. Schick is the recipient of the Brownlow Award for the best book on American political institutions, the Hardemann Prize for the best book on Congress, and the Waldo Prize of the American Society for Public Administration for lifetime contributions to the field of public administration.back to top
The Federal Budget Process: A Description of the Federal and Congressional Budget Processes, including Timelines
Evolutions in Budgetary Practice: Allen Schick and the OECD Senior Budget Officials
The Federal Budget: Politics, Policy, Process
WITNEY SCHNEIDMAN is a senior international advisor for Africa at Covington & Burling in Washington, DC. He has nearly 40 years of experience working across Sub-Saharan Africa.back to top
Drawing on his experience in the State Department, the World Bank, think tanks and his own consulting practice, Dr. Schneidman, a non-lawyer, has advised energy, technology, consumer and health companies, among others, on projects in more than 30 African countries. He has also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African affairs, and on the Africa advisory committees in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and at the U.S. Export-Import Bank.
He provides strategic advice on the varied political, economic, social and regulatory issues that are critical to companies’ success in Africa. This includes issues related to Corporate Social Responsibility, compliance, market entry and risk mitigation. He played a leading role in the passage and recent reauthorization of the African Growth and Opportunity Act and was a delegate to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit co-hosted by President Obama during his visit to Kenya.
Dr. Schneidman chairs Covington’s Africa Practice Group and is a senior member of the firm’s Public Policy and Government Affairs Practice Group, the International Strategy Group and the International Trade and Finance Group.
He has written extensively on African economic and political issues and aired his views on CBS News, CNN, National Public Radio, the BBC and the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation, among other media outlets. He is also a Non-Resident Fellow at the Africa Growth Initiative at the Brookings Institution. Dr. Schneidman has a deep understanding of many of the major African countries, as well as uniquely valuable insight into the recurrent challenges and opportunities across the continent. Dr. Schneidman founded a consulting firm that assisted US and international companies in a variety of sectors, such as health, energy, mining and financial services, to build market share and position in Africa.. He received his BA from Temple University, his MA from University of Dar es Salaam, and his PhD from the University of Southern California, School of International Relations.
PATRICIA SCOTT SCHROEDER was president and chief executive officer of the Association of American Publishers (AAP), the national trade organization of the U.S. book publishing industry, from 1997 until 2008. Mrs. Schroeder represented Colorado's First Congressional District (Denver) in the United States House of Representatives for 24 years. She left Congress undefeated in 1996. For a brief period of time in 1986, she considered running for President but withdrew for lack of funds despite the fact that she ranked third in a Time magazine poll.back to top
From January to June 1997, she held the rank of professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. In addition to heading AAP, Mrs. Schroeder also lead New Century/New Solutions, an out-of-the-box think tank, for the Institute for Civil Society in Newton, Massachusetts, and served on the Marguerite Casey Foundation Board of Directors and the American Bar Association's Center for Human Rights Executive Committee. She also served on various advisory committees dealing with literacy and issues affecting children and women.
The mother of two young children at the time she was elected to the House, Mrs. Schroeder went on to serve 12 terms. During her tenure in the House, she became the Dean of Congressional Women, co-chaired the Congressional Caucus on Women's Issues for 10 years, and served on the House Judiciary Committee, the Post Office and Civil Service Committee, and was the first woman to serve on the House Armed Services Committee. As chair of the House Select Committee on Children, Youth and Families from 1991 to 1993, Mrs. Schroeder guided the Family and Medical Leave Act and the National Institutes of Health Revitalization Act to enactment in 1993. She was also active on many military issues, expediting the National Security Committee's vote to allow women to fly combat missions in 1991 and working to improve the situation of military families through passage of her Military Family Act in 1985.
A leader in the cause of education and a champion of free speech, Mrs. Schroeder was never a single-issue candidate. As Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts and Intellectual Property she was one of the most knowledgeable members of Congress on copyright issues and a strong advocate for protecting intellectual property rights and for reinforcing the creative incentive for developing intellectual property. She continues this advocacy in her leadership of AAP.
Mrs. Schroeder is the author of two books: Champion of the Great American Family (Random House, 1989) and 24 Years of House Work...and the Place Is Still a Mess (Andrews McMeel, 1998). She is in the National Women's Hall of Fame and the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame.
Mrs. Schroeder graduated magna cum laude in 1961 from the University of Minnesota while working as an insurance claims adjuster to support herself through college. Mrs. Schroeder went on to Harvard Law School, one of only 15 women in a class of more than 500 men. She earned her JD in 1964 and moved to Denver, Colorado, with her husband, James, who in 1972 encouraged her to challenge an incumbent Republican for the House seat representing Colorado's First Congressional District.
GERALD F. SEIB is is the Washington bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal. He is responsible for the Journal’s news and analysis from Washington. He also developed the digital edition of the Washington bureau that includes his own column and commentaries, a real-time version of Washington Wire and other features and columns. Mr. Seib appears regularly on networks such as CNBC, Fox Business Network, CNN and the BBC as a commentator on Washington affairs. He also writes a weekly column, “Capital Journal,” which brings an insightful, predictive and original understanding to politics, national affairs and foreign policy. He also has responsibility for The Wall Street Journal/NBC News polls.back to top
Previously, Mr. Seib had been the Journal’s deputy bureau chief in Washington since September 1997. He began writing his Capital Journal column in the spring of 1993.
Mr. Seib joined the Dallas bureau of the Journal as a reporter in 1978. He transferred to the Journal's Washington bureau in 1980 and covered the Pentagon and the State Department. In 1984, he and his wife, Journal reporter Barbara Rosewicz, were transferred to Cairo to cover the Middle East. They returned to the Washington bureau in 1987 where he has covered the White House and reported on diplomacy and foreign policy. In December 1992, he became a news editor responsible for the Journal's national political coverage from Washington and around the country.
In 1988, Mr. Seib won the Merriman Smith award, which honors coverage of the presidency under deadline, and the Aldo Beckman award for coverage of the White House and the presidency, and in 1990, he received the Gerald R. Ford Foundation prize for distinguished reporting on the presidency. In 1992, the Georgetown University Institute of Diplomacy awarded him the Weintal Prize for his coverage of the Gulf War. He received honorable mention in the Edwin Hood Prize for diplomatic reporting from the National Press Club in 1998.
Mr. Seib was part of the team from the Journal that won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in the “breaking news” category for its coverage of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. In 2004, the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas named Mr. Seib the winner of the 2005 William Allen White Foundation's national citation. Past winners of this award include the Journal’s Vermont Royster, Walter Cronkite and Bob Woodward. In 2012 he won the Loeb lifetime achievement award for contributions to business and financial journalism.
Mr. Seib earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas. While at the university, he was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, a national academic honor society, and Kappa Tau Alpha, a national journalism honor society. He was also an intern in the Journal's Dallas bureau, editor of the university's newspaper, the Daily Kansan and a Sears Foundation congressional intern in the office of U.S. Representative Gilles Long of Louisiana.
MICHAEL R. SHANNON is a public relations and advertising consultant with corporate, government and political experience around the globe. He founded MANDATE: Message, Media & Public Relations, a political/public affairs consulting firm in 1980. Since then, the firm has participated in over 70 elections on three continents and a handful of islands.back to top
As consultant to The Israel Project (TIP), he has worked closely with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in their efforts to promote a positive image of Israel. Shannon has also conducted media and message training workshops for MFA and Israeli Defense Forces spokespersons along with representatives of various non-governmental organizations. During the UN Court trial in The Hague, Shannon worked closely with the MFA in its international media outreach.
Shannon teaches message development, crisis communication and public relations for The University of Tennessee - Chattanooga Command College, conducts the political advertising and message section of The University of Virginia's Sorenson Institute and he lectures on message development, politics and lobbying for The Police/Fire Labor Institute.
The work Shannon has done in the radio and television arena has been recognized for both creativity and effectiveness. He is a multiple first place winner in the American Association of Political Consultants Pollie awards. Shannon won back-to-back first place Silver Microphone awards for radio commercials. He is a three-time winner of the prestigious Gold statue at the Houston International Film Festival. Shannon won first place in the Vision Awards for television. He has also won consecutive Silver Microphone awards for best campaign.
Shannon's first job was as an anchor on an ABC outlet in West Texas. He went on to be a correspondent for the Texas State News Network and an editorial writer and columnist for The Dallas Morning News.
In addition to his work with MANDATE, Shannon has been a guest commentator for KERA-TV, an occasional guest op-ed writer for The Dallas Morning News and The Arkansas Political Report. He is also co-author of Police Association Power, Politics, and Confrontation: A Guide for the Successful Police Labor Leader.
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ROBERT J. SHUE has more than 40 years of defense economic and budgetary analysis experience including fifteen years directing Department of Defense appropriation liaison activities with congressional oversight committees. He is an expert in defense budgetary and economic analysis, budget and legislative processes, including budget formulation, presentation, and justification. Mr. Shue currently provided consulting services on defense budgetary trends and federal budget and legislative processes. From 1998 until 2006, he was Director for Plans and Systems, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), CFO and was responsible for issuing DoD budget guidance and policies, monitoring budget execution, analyzing the budget effects of Congressional actions, presenting the defense budget to the Congress, and directing the Department's congressional liaison activities on budgetary and appropriation issues. From 1991 until 1998 Mr. Shue served as Associate Director for Budget Presentation and Congressional Liaison, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), CFO where he directed DoD's congressional liaison activities with the defense appropriations subcommittees. From 1982 until 1991, Mr. Shue was a Financial Economist with the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), CFO where he prepared economic analysis of the defense budget, annual DoD budget press release, and congressional testimony and budget briefings. From 1975 until 1982, he was a Supervisory Economist (Chief, Price Measurement Branch), Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce where he managed the development and implementation of a methodology to measure defense inflation in official U.S. statistics. From 1970 until 1975, Mr. Shue was an Economist (Chief, Current Account Services Section), Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce where he prepared estimates of U.S. Government expenditures and receipts for the U.S. Balance of Payments statistics. From 1968 until 1969, he was a Program Assistant with the Office of Business Economics, U.S. Department of Commerce where he processed corporate data for census of U.S. direct investment abroad. Mr. Shue has received the following Department of Defense Awards: Meritorious Executive in the Senior Executive Service, Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award, The Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service, and The office of the Secretary of Defense medal for Exceptional Civilian Service. Mr. Shue has a BBA and MBA in international business from The George Washington University.back to top
JOHN M. SIMMONS is founder and managing partner of The Roosevelt Group, a government affairs firm with an emphasis on defense, homeland security, and intelligence issues. Previously he was a Senior Advisor with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP where he devised and executed strategies to advance client interests before Congress and the executive branch in the areas of defense, federal appropriations, homeland security, military base enhancement, space and related domestic policy issues. Before joining Akin Gump, Mr. Simmons served as appropriations associate and military legislative assistant to Rep. James T. Walsh (R-NY) from 1991 to 2001. Congressman Walsh is the Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies and former Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies. Mr. Simmons was the primary adviser on appropriations matters relating to defense, foreign affairs, military construction, science, space and technology. In addition to handling appropriations matters, he supported Rep. Walsh in his capacity as chairman of the Friends of Ireland and worked on all aspects, from bill drafting to enactment, of Public Law 105-319, the Irish Peace Process Cultural Training Program Act of 1998, also known as the Walsh Visa. Mr. Simmons received his BS in finance with a concentration in international relations from the Rochester Institute of Technology.back to top
KRAIG SIRACUSE is Partner & Managing Director of Park Strategies. joined Park Strategies in January, 2005, and helped to establish Park Strategies Washington Group, LLC, where he serves as the primary liaison between clients, potential corporate partners, and government entities on a daily basis. Mr. Siracuse coordinates the firm's federal lobbying efforts. From 1991 until 1998, Mr. Siracuse served as a Legislative Assistant, working for U.S. Senator Alfonse M. D'Amato and the Senate Banking Committee. During this time, Mr. Siracuse was responsible for the Senator's trade portfolio, appropriations issues, national security, foreign affairs, telecommunications, and commerce issues. Mr. Siracuse also worked with Senator D'Amato in drafting and passing landmark legislation in the field of breast cancer, on both the state and federal level. Mr. Siracuse specialized in coordinating successful legislative efforts with grassroots support, various coalitions in the community, and the press. Most recently, Mr. Siracuse served as a Professional Staff Member on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Defense, a position he held from 1999 to 2005. Mr. Siracuse was responsible for Congressional oversight of the Department of Defense's annual budget, with a focus on Army and Air Force investment programs, and the Former Soviet Union Threat Reduction program. He was responsible for in excess of $40 billion in direct oversight of Department of Defense programs and represented the Chairman at various speaking engagements, including industry conferences and national security forums. Mr. Siracuse earned his bachelors degree at The George Washington University, and holds a master's degree from George Mason University. Mr. Siracuse is also a Lieutenant in the United States Navy and a graduate of the Naval War College.back to top
DAVID SKAGGS is a Senior Advisor at Dentons, where he assists clients throughout the US with governmental and legislative relations strategy at the state and federal levels. He focuses on the areas of education, science and technology, national security, environment and public private partnerships.back to top
Prior to joining Dentons, he served in the cabinet of Colorado Governor Bill Ritter Jr. as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education and of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. He was also the Governor’s appointee to chair the Colorado Higher Education Competitive Research Authority and as a Commissioner on the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. While at Dentons, Mr. will remain Chair of the Board of the US House of Representatives’ Office of Congressional Ethics and an Emeritus Member of the US Public Interest Declassification Board. He also serves on the board of trustees of the National Endowment for Democracy.
Prior to joining the Ritter administration, he was Executive Director of the Center for Democracy & Citizenship at the Council for Excellence in Government and taught as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Colorado. These positions followed his twelve years of service in Congress as a US Representative from the 2nd Congressional District of Colorado and three terms in the Colorado House, the last two terms as Minority Leader.
In 2005, he co-chaired the War Powers Initiative, a bi-partisan project of the Constitution Project to re-examine the respective prerogatives and responsibilities of the three branches in addressing questions about the use of military force.
WWhile serving as a US Representative, Mr. Skaggs served eight years on the House Appropriations Committee and six years on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He was founding co-chair, with Illinois Congressman Ray LaHood, of the House Bipartisan Retreats.
He was a member the Secretary of Energy’s Task Force on Nonproliferation Programs in Russia (the “Baker-Cutler Task Force”) in 1999-2000 and in 1999 served on the Secretary of State’s Overseas Presence Advisory Panel investigating security and other issues affecting the State Department’s posts abroad.
He is a Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War and attained the rank of Major in the Marine Corps Reserve.
JIM SLATTERY is Of Counsel with the law firm Wiley Rein, LLP. Jim, a six-term U.S. Congressman, was a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee during his entire 12-year tenure in Congress. This Committee has broad jurisdiction over health care, energy, telecommunications, and environmental issues. He also served on the House Budget Committee, House Financial Services Committee, and House Veterans' Affairs Committee. Jim advises clients who have matters pending before Congress, federal agencies, and regulatory bodies. He has experience in energy, railroads, health care, insurance, international trade, and telecommunications. Jim travels regularly to the Middle East to encourage interfaith dialogue and reconciliation. He has served as an international election monitor in countries like Iraq, Ukraine, and Nicaragua. Previously, Mr. Slattery served in the Kansas State House of Representatives from 1973-79. He earned a BS and JD at Washburn University and attended the Netherlands School of International Economics and Business.back to top/font>
DANIEL STANLEY is the president and Chief Executive Officer of Boone Strategies, LLC, a political consulting firm and as a Visiting Executive Lecturer at the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia. He has most recently served as Interim City Manager for the City of Topeka, Kansas and as Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff for the American Trucking Associations.back to top
Prior to joining ATA and founding Boone Strategies, Mr. Stanley was Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs. He was responsible to the Secretary of Defense for all legislative coordination between the Department of Defense and Congress. Prior to that position, Mr. Stanley served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Senate Affairs.
Mr. Stanley previously served concurrently as the principal deputy assistant secretary of the Army (manpower and reserve affairs) and the deputy assistant secretary of the Army (training, readiness, and mobilization). He was responsible for secretariat oversight for all aspects of Army training and readiness and all issues pertaining to the National Guard and Army Reserves. He was also responsible for reviewing the mobilization and deployment of reserve forces in support of operational missions.
Additionally, Mr. Stanley served as secretary of administration for the State of Kansas. As the senior member of the Governor's cabinet, Mr. Stanley served as the chief operating officer for the State of Kansas. He provided leadership and oversight for nine divisions of central government services including state personnel, computer and telecommunications systems and operations, state purchasing, accounting and financials, as well as printing and all state owned and leased facilities. During his tenure, Kansas achieved national recognition for innovation and excellence in human resources, facilities management, and information technology management.
Prior to his appointment as secretary of administration, State of Kansas, Mr. Stanley served as administrative assistant, legislative director, and defense policy advisor to Senator Bob Dole. As a member of the Arms Control Observer Group staff, Mr. Stanley attended the first congressional delegation to Berlin after the fall of the wall, monitored START and Defense and Space Talks negotiation, as well as the Chemical/Biological Treaty negotiations. In addition, Mr. Stanley staffed all defense authorization and appropriations bills for the Republican leader and provided coordination with defense committees of oversight as well as with the services and the Department of Defense. He staffed Senator Dole during three rounds of base closure and realignment, Desert Shield/Desert Storm, and served as Senator Dole's advisor for major defense procurement initiatives and force structure realignments.
From 1985 to 1987, Mr. Stanley was director of strategic planning for the McDonnell Douglas Corporation responsible for the corporation's 10-year defense forecast and other strategic planning initiatives.
A veteran of the submarine force, Mr. Stanley enlisted in the Navy in 1973, and was commissioned in 1980. He served aboard the USS BATFISH and the USS WOODROW WILSON. Additionally, he served with the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon and was responsible for strategic communications systems linking the National Command Authority to the nuclear forces. Mr. Stanley retired from the Naval Reserve in 1997 with the rank of commander. He is a recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Commendation Medal among other awards.
Mr. Stanley graduated from the State University of New York at Albany with a degree in nuclear technology. He also attended the University of Kansas and the Armed Forces Staff College.
TIMOTHY STARKS has written about cybersecurity since 2003, when he began at Congressional Quarterly as a homeland security reporter. While at CQ Roll Call, he mainly covered intelligence, but he also had stretches as a foreign policy reporter and defense reporter. In 2009, he won the National Press Club's Sandy Hume Memorial Award for Excellence in Political Journalism. He left CQ Roll Call in March of 2015. Before coming to Politico he spent several months freelancing, writing for the Economist, the New Republic, Foreign Policy, Vice, Bloomberg and the Guardian. He grew up in Evansville, Ind. and graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a degree in print journalism. His first full-time reporting job was covering city hall for the Evansville Press, the former afternoon daily. He was a Pulliam Fellow at the Indianapolis Star, and participated in the Politics and Journalism Semester at the chain of newspapers anchored by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He also was the Statehouse Bureau Chief at the Evansville Courier & Press and established the Washington bureau of the New York Sun. Some of his other freelance work has been for the Chicago Tribune, Glamour, Deutsche Welle, Ring and BookForum. He is the founder of The Queensberry Rules, dubbed an "indispensable boxing blog" by the Wall Street Journal. He's also fond of fantasy basketball and real-life basketball.back to top
JEFF STEIN covers the spy agencies and foreign policy for Newsweek in Washington. His SpyTalk column originated in 2005 at Congressional Quarterly, where he was homeland security editor, and moved to the The Washington Post in 2010. Previously, he was deputy foreign editor at UPI. He is an editor and investigative reporter of long standing, specializing in U.S. intelligence, defense and foreign policy. Jeff, who was an Army Intelligence case officer in Vietnam, was CQ's National Security Editor and the the founding editor of CQ Homeland Security, a daily news website from Congressional Quarterly featuring enterprise reporting on the Department of Homeland Security and related agencies, such as the CIA, FBI and Justice Department.back to top
A frequent contributor to The New York Times and Washington Post, Jeff was deputy foreign editor for UPI during the 1980s. He is also the coauthor of Saddam's Bombmaker (Scribner, 2000), and the author of A Murder in Wartime: The Untold Spy Story That Changed the Course of the Vietnam War (St. Martin's Press, 1992). He appears regularly on CBS, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News Channel, The BBC, and NPR as a commentator on national security issues.
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LEONARD STEINHORN is a professor of Public Communication and an affiliate professor of History. His expertise includes American politics, culture and media, strategic communication, the presidency, race relations, the 1960s, and recent American history.
He is author of The Greater Generation: In Defense of the Baby Boom Legacy, and co-author of By the Color of Our Skin: The Illusion of Integration and the Reality of Race. He has published in books, journals, the Washington Post, Salon, New York Times, Politico, The Hill, International Herald Tribune, Huffington Post, and History News Network among others, and he is the founding editor of PunditWire, where political speechwriters comment on the news.
He was twice named AU Faculty Member of the Year, and he also was named Honors Professor of the Year in 2010.
Since 2012 he has served as a political analyst for CBS News, and before that he was a political analyst for FOX-5 News in Washington, DC. Before joining the AU faculty, he spent 15 years as a political consultant and speechwriter, and is a former vice president of the Widmeyer Group public affairs firm; executive director of HALT - Americans for Legal Reform; director of Research and Strategic Planning for the People For the American Way; and founding editor, the Right-Wing Watch newsletter. He has been a speechwriter/press secretary for various politicians, as well as the House Judiciary Committee and the U.S. Helsinki Commission.
MARK STENCEL is Co-Director of the Duke Reporters' Lab and Visiting Lecturer, Sanford School of Public Policy. Managing Editor, Digital News, at NPR. Previously, he was deputy publisher of Governing magazine and a technology columnist for Governing and its sister publication, Congressional Quarterly's CQ Weekly. Mark previously worked as managing editor at Congressional Quarterly, where he helped oversee daily news coverage of Congress in print and online. Before CQ, Mark worked at the Washington Post, where he was a senior editor on the newspaper's cross-media breaking news desk and the managing editor in charge of political news for washingtonpost.com. He helped coordinate and oversee online coverage of the 1996, 2000 and 2004 presidential elections, and the 1998-1999 investigation and impeachment of President Bill Clinton. He also was a vice president with the company's online publishing division, Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive, where he worked with washingtonpost.com's award-winning multimedia team and managed online and broadcast content partnerships and helped develop and market services for mobile devices. Mark is the co-author of two books on politics and media: Peep Show: Media and Politics in an Age of Scandal (2000, written with Larry J. Sabato and S. Robert Lichter) and On the Line: The New Road to the White House (1993, written with Larry King).back to top
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NEAL STRAUSS was the assistant general counsel for regulatory affairs, U.S. Department of Energy, where he has practiced regulatory law for more than 20 years. Mr. Strauss began his career at the U.S. Department of Interior Office of Hearings and Appeals where he handled administrative appeals involving claims to public lands and coal mine health and safety enforcement. Mr. Strauss received his bachelor's degree in political science from Brown University and his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School. He is a member of the Bars of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and of the United States Supreme Court.back to top
of The Stuart Murray Group. She was with Clark & Weinstock as a managing director following a twenty-year career as a legislative expert on Capitol Hill and in the executive branch.
Before joining Clark & Weinstock, she was assistant secretary of defense for legislative affairs from 1993 to 1999. Ms. Stuart was the Defense Department's direct liaison to all members of Congress and coordinated all activities relating to Senate and House consideration of the department's legislative agenda. This included extensive work with House and Senate Leadership and numerous committees including Appropriations, Ways & Means, Finance, Foreign Relations, Armed Services, Commerce, and Science and Technology. In addition, she was a senior member of the White House, NSC, State Department, Department of Defense team on all international matters before Congress. For her service, she was twice awarded the Department of Defense's Medal for Distinguished Public Service - the department's highest civilian award.
Prior to joining the Clinton Administration, Ms. Stuart had extensive legislative experience. Ms. Stuart was chief of staff to Rep. Vic Fazio (D-CA) from 1987 to 1993. As chief of staff, Ms. Stuart oversaw all policy and political operations of Congressman Fazio's leadership office, as well as the operations of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee of which Congressman Fazio was chairman. During the same period, as associate staff on the House Appropriations Committee, Ms. Stuart drafted and managed legislation on a variety of issues including defense, foreign policy, health care, trade and the legislative branch. From 1983 to 1987, Ms. Stuart was associate staff on the House Budget Committee. Prior positions include legislative assistant to Rep. Fazio and chief legislative assistant to Rep. Bob Matsui (D-CA).
PAUL SULLIVAN was the managing member of Sullivan & Associates, PLLC, a law firm specializing in the unique area of political law, providing services to a varied level of clients. He specializes in political law, which encompasses federal and state campaign finance, candidate committees, ballot initiatives, and federal Congressional ethics and lobbying. In addition, the firm provides counsel in the area of not-for-profit corporate law, with an emphasis on the political activities that may be undertaken by such organization in accordance with the Internal Revenue Code. In 1974 Mr. Sullivan received his Bachelor of Science degree in political science from Santa Clara University. For the next two years, he was employed by the California-based political consulting firm of George Young & Associates, working on various candidate and ballot question campaigns in California and Hawaii. In 1969 he received his JD from Pepperdine School of Law and was hired as an associate with the law firm of Dobbs & Nielsen, specializing in political law. In 1981, Mr. Sullivan relocated to Washington, DC to serve as the assistant general counsel at the National Republican Congressional Committee. In 1982 he was appointed as the counsel to the then recently appointed Federal Election Commissioner, Lee Ann Elliott. He served in that capacity until 1986, at which time he went into private practice in Washington, DC.back to top
AL SWIFT is a principal in the firm of Colling Swift & Hynes, consultants on legislative and regulatory affairs. He served eight terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the second district of Washington state from 1979 until 1995 when he retired. While in Congress, Representative Swift served on the Energy and Commerce Committee and became the chairman of the Transportation and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee. This subcommittee had jurisdiction over such disparate issues as railroads, Superfund, hazardous materials, the Federal Trade Commission, and tourism, among others. Representative Swift also worked on a number of major environmental issues and successfully moved a complete overhaul of the controversial Superfund law through the committee process. Representative Swift also chaired the House Administration Subcommittee on Elections.back to top
Before serving in Congress, Mr. Swift was an award-winning broadcaster in three of "the big towns" in his home state of Washington. Upon retiring from Congress, Mr. Swift became vice president of government relations for the Burlington Northern Railroad. Mr. Swift holds a degree from Central Washington University.
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