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Top House Armed Services Committee Staffer Joins Covington

October 4, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC, October 4, 2013 Roger Zakheim, general counsel of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee, is joining Covington & Burling, effective November 4, and is expected to play a key role in the firm’s global public policy and government affairs and defense, homeland, and national security practices.

“Roger is a dynamic addition to the firm’s practices,” said Timothy Hester, chair of the firm’s management committee. “He is widely respected across the defense industry and both branches of government for his in-depth knowledge of the budget, public policy, and legal issues facing the sector.”

As the general counsel and deputy staff director of the House Armed Services Committee, Mr. Zakheim managed the passage of legislation authorizing the Defense Department’s $600 billion budget. Among other responsibilities, he oversaw committee investigations and oversight hearings. His previous experience includes serving as deputy assistant secretary of defense, where he managed the department’s policies and programs related to the Iraq and Afghanistan coalition affairs.

Earlier this year, Defense News called Mr. Zakheim one of the “100 Most Influential People in U.S. Defense,” noting that he is widely “regarded as one of the top GOP young guns.” Last year, Foreign Policy magazine named him one of the “Top 50 Republicans in GOP Foreign Policy.”

“It has been a fascinating time to be at the center of the national security debate, but I am really looking forward to launching a new chapter in my career,” Mr. Zakheim said. “Covington, with its international reach in Europe and Asia, provides the platform for me to build a vibrant practice focused on defense affairs and international security issues.”

Mr. Zakheim earned his undergraduate degree from Columbia University, a master’s degree at Cambridge University and a law degree from New York University.

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