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Top Senate Armed Services Committee Counsel Joins Covington

January 23, 2019

WASHINGTONSamantha Clark has joined Covington in its Public Policy, CFIUS, and Government Contracts practices in Washington. Ms. Clark’s arrival follows the recent additions of former U.S. Senator Jon Kyl and Broderick Johnson to the firm’s Public Policy practice.

Ms. Clark provides advisory and advocacy support to clients facing policy, political, and regulatory challenges in the aerospace, defense, and national security sectors. Before joining the firm, Ms. Clark served in a number of senior staff positions on the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, most recently as Deputy Staff Director and General Counsel. In this role, she managed the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act, the annual defense authorization bill for the Department of Defense. In recognition of her service, the Secretary of the Navy awarded Ms. Clark the Department of the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award for her “exceptional service to the Department of the Navy as Deputy Staff Director of the Senate Armed Services Committee.”

“Samantha’s understanding of the key national security policy issues affecting the defense and other important industries will be a significant resource for our clients,” said Muftiah McCartin, co-chair of Covington’s Public Policy practice. “Samantha adds further depth and expertise to our practice at a time when national security issues are receiving significant attention across all levels of government.”

“Covington has earned an excellent reputation among clients in the aerospace, defense, and national security sectors, and I look forward to helping clients navigate their most complex issues,” said Ms. Clark. “I am very pleased to be joining such a well-regarded team that places policy expertise at the heart of its advisory, legal, and regulatory practice.”

Ms. Clark received a B.A. from Iowa State University, a J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law, and is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College. Ms. Clark is a member of the Bar of Arizona. District of Columbia bar application pending; supervised by principals of the firm.

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