Corker Hires Rob Strayer As Legislative Director And General Counsel

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The office of Senator Bob Corker announced Wednesday that Rob Strayer will serve as Senator Corker’s legislative director and general counsel. A 2000 graduate of Vanderbilt Law School, Mr. Strayer joins Senator Corker’s staff from the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington where he serves as director of the Homeland Security Project chaired by 9/11 Commission Co-Chairs Tom Kean and Lee Hamilton. The group is tasked with reviewing implementation of the commission’s recommendations and analyzing emerging national security threats.  

Mr. Strayer is a veteran Senate aide, previously serving from 2006 to 2011 as deputy staff director of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.  In that role Mr. Strayer oversaw a wide range of issues in the committee’s jurisdiction with an emphasis on improving counterterrorism policy.  He also played a key role in a committee investigation from 2005 to 2006 into the government’s response to Hurricane Katrina.

“Rob has a strong record of leadership and accomplishment as a manager and as a policy and legal expert," Senator Corker said.  "He’ll be a tremendous asset in our efforts to serve Tennesseans and implement effective policy to solve the big issues facing our country." 

“Rob will be a great addition to our strong team, and we’re excited about him assuming this important role with our office," said Todd Womack, chief of staff.  "I also want to thank Ryan Berger for all he has done over the past few years and for his continued work with our office during this transition." 

“I look forward to working for Senator Corker to help solve the pressing challenges our country faces and serve the people of Tennessee,” Mr. Strayer said.

As legislative director and general counsel, Mr. Strayer will supervise the legislative staff and serve as Senator Corker’s primary advisor on Senate procedure and legislation. He assumes his position on Sept. 4.

Mr. Strayer replaces Ryan Berger who will remain on staff as a policy advisor. 

 John Lipsey has been promoted to chief counsel.

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