|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 11, 2007
CONTACT: Loren Monroe, COO
WASHINGTON, DC (January 11, 2007) - Barbour Griffith & Rogers, LLC (BGR), the nation’s leading Republican government affairs and consulting firm, announced today that Stephen G. Rademaker has joined the firm’s international practice, BGR International (BGRI), as a Vice President. Rademaker brings to BGR an exceptionally strong background in national security issues acquired over more than 20 years of service at the senior levels of the U.S. Congress and the Executive branch.
Most recently, Rademaker served as Policy Director for National Security Affairs and Senior Counsel to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. In this position he managed all aspects of the Senate legislative process relating to foreign policy, defense, intelligence, and homeland security, including authorization and appropriations bills, presidential nominations and treaties. Major accomplishments during his tenure included the enactment of laws tightening U.S. sanctions on Iran and North Korea, Senate ratification of the U.S.-U.K. Extradition Treaty, the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage and the Convention on Cybercrime, as well as the enactment of the "Henry J. Hyde United States-India Peaceful Atomic Energy Cooperation Act of 2006," which aids in improving ties between the United States and India.
"Steve's expertise with nearly every major national security issue and his working experience with Congressional, Executive and international policy decision-makers will add depth to our already strong team," said Ambassador Robert D. Blackwill, president of BGRI. "With his experience and contacts, we will be even better equipped to service the needs of our clients."
Prior to working for Majority Leader Frist, he served as an Assistant Secretary of State from 2002 to 2006, heading the State Department's Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, and before that the Bureau of Arms Control. While at the State Department he directed U.S. nonproliferation policy toward Iran and North Korea, as well as the Proliferation Security Initiative. He also supervised Comprehensive Threat Reduction Activities in the former Soviet Union, and the foreign policy aspects of missile defense. He led strategic dialogues with Russia, China, India, and Pakistan, including bi-annual meetings with his foreign government counterparts, and headed U.S. delegations to a large number of international conferences, including the Seventh Review Conference of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty in 2005, and Consultative Group Meetings of the Nuclear Suppliers Group.
Before joining the State Department, Rademaker was Chief Counsel to the House Select Committee on Homeland Security where he had lead responsibility on the Committee staff for drafting the legislation that created the Department of Homeland Security.
"After more than 20 years in Congress and the Executive branch, I've learned a great deal about the intersection of foreign policy, politics and business in Washington," said Rademaker. "I feel fortunate to be at a firm where I will be able to put my experience to good use on behalf of our clients."
BGR, founded in 1991, is a company of lawyers, policy specialists and other professionals based in Washington, D.C. The firm is actively involved in the shaping of public policy issues that dominate the American political and corporate agenda, serving as advocates in federal government relations, a vital link to state governments in every region of the country, and an ally in business development anywhere in the U.S. and in select markets around the world.
BGR International (BGRI), the firm’s international practice, specializes in government affairs and communications strategies for governments and businesses seeking assistance in dealing with the complex U.S. political and business decision-making processes and promoting international business development and market penetration strategies.