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With wide-ranging experience working on national security issues in the White House, the State Department, and the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, Stephen Rademaker helps clients navigate international policy, sanctions, and CFIUS challenges.

Among his accomplishments in public service, Mr. Rademaker had lead responsibility, as a U.S. House staffer, for drafting the legislation that created the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Serving as an Assistant Secretary of State from 2002 through 2006, he headed at various times three bureaus of the State Department, including the Bureau of Arms Control and the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation. He directed the Proliferation Security Initiative, as well as nonproliferation policy toward Iran and North Korea, and led strategic dialogues with Russia, China, India, and Pakistan. He also headed U.S. delegations to numerous international conferences, including the 2005 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

Previous Experience

  • Podesta Group, Principal
  • BGR Group, Senior Counsel
  • U.S. Department of State, Assistant Secretary
  • U.S. Senate, Senior Counsel and Policy Director for National Security Affairs to the Majority Leader
  • U.S. House of Representatives, Chief Counsel of the U.S. House Select Committee on Homeland Security
  • U.S. House of Representatives, Deputy Staff Director and Chief Counsel of the Committee on International Relations
  • Peace Corps, General Counsel
  • White House, Associate Counsel to the President in the Office of White House Counsel and Deputy Legal Adviser to the National Security Council
  • U.S. Department of State, Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Inter-American Affairs
  • U.S. International Trade Commission, Counsel to the Vice Chairman
  • Covington and Burling LLP, Associate 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Law Clerk to the Honorable James Buckley
  • Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit from the government of Poland (2009)