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C. Stewart Verdery, Jr.

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C. Stewart Verdery, Jr., Founder and Partner at Monument Policy Group, LLC, has played a major role in a wide range of fields in Washington, D.C. for over fifteen years. From high-ranking government positions to counseling private sector and political clients, Verdery has impacted issues in fields as diverse as homeland security and law enforcement, international trade and commerce, technology and telecommunications, and intellectual property. In addition, he is a sought-after expert witness and public speaker on a wide range of homeland security and international commerce topics and has appeared on CNN, Fox News, and numerous media outlets. Verdery founded Monument in 2006 and their current private sector clients include leading trade associations, Fortune 100 corporations, small companies, and non-profits. From 2003 to 2005, Verdery was the first Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), following his unanimous confirmation by the U.S. Senate, and was responsible for policies related to immigration, visas, and travel facilitation; cargo security and international trade; transportation security; and law enforcement. Prior to his service at DHS, Verdery served as general counsel to Sen. Don Nickles (R-Okla.), Assistant Senate Majority Leader, from 1998 until 2002, where he shaped Congressional activity on numerous issues including crime and law enforcement, commerce, judicial nominations, constitutional law, campaign finance, and telecommunications. Verdery also oversaw the creation and management of the Senate Republican High Tech Task Force. Verdery also served as counsel to Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) on the Senate Judiciary Committee and as counsel to the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration from 1996-1998, working for Chairman John Warner (R-Va.). Verdery also is as an adjunct fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He received his B.A. from Williams College in 1989 and his J.D. from the University of Virginia in 1993.

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