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June 7, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, June 7, 2010 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce that Muftiah McCartin has joined the firm’s government affairs practice as special counsel. She will be resident in the firm’s Washington office.
Ms. McCartin’s distinguished public service career spans 34 years on Capitol Hill. Most recently, she served as staff director of the House Committee on Rules. In that position, she worked with the leadership of the House of Representatives in supervising all of the major legislation that has come before the 111th Congress. Prior to her service for the Rules Committee, Ms. McCartin was a member of the professional staff of the House Committee on Appropriations. Earlier in her House career, Ms. McCartin served for many years in the Office of the Parliamentarian, where, in 1991, she became the first woman appointed a parliamentarian. Along with advising all House members and committee staffs on parliamentary procedure, Ms. McCartin advised the Speaker and other presiding officers on floor procedures, reviewed proposed legislation and amendments for conformity with House rules, served as an expert on the budget and appropriations processes, and was the managing editor of both House Rules and Manual and House Practice.
“We are delighted to welcome Muftiah to Covington,” said Rod DeArment and Martin Gold, co-chairs of the government affairs practice. “She brings more than three decades of experience in the legislative process. Muftiah will be of tremendous value to our clients not only because she displays a passion for that process that is infectious and admired by all, but also because she thoroughly understands the myriad dynamics involved in shepherding legislative initiatives through the House.”
That admiration was in full display on May 12, the day Ms. McCartin handled her last rule on the House floor. In paying tribute to her, Speaker Nancy Pelosi remarked that “[Muftiah’s] policy and technical expertise have served both sides of the aisle over many years,” and that “she will be sorely missed.” Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said, “I think Muftiah is one of the most able people with whom I have worked during the 30 years I have been here.” Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart, a senior Republican on the Rules Committee added, “[Muftiah] personifies competence, professionalism and courtesy.” Also administering praise was Congressman David Dreier, the Committee’s Ranking Minority Member, who said about Ms. McCartin, “She has had an amazing career which has been, from my perspective, capped by her service as the majority staff director of the House Rules Committee.”
In joining Covington, Ms. McCartin commented: “I have known members of Covington’s legislative team for more than 25 years. As I embark on this new phase of my career, I am excited at the opportunity to work with my new colleagues and to help the firm’s impressive roster of clients develop their public policy initiatives and navigate the legislative and political terrain of the House.”
Ms. McCartin graduated with honors from Northeastern Illinois University and received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law School, where she was an editor for Law and Policy in International Business.