AICPA Enhances Washington Advocacy, Expands Congressional and Political Affairs Team

Jack Humphrey, Regulatory journalist
May 04, 2012 /

The American Institute of CPAs has increased its federal government affairs capabilities with the hiring of Kate Schmucker, director of congressional and political affairs, and Brady King, director of congressional and political affairs, in its Washington office. Schmucker and King will both report to Mark Peterson, AICPA’s senior vice president for governmental and public affairs.

Peterson said that Schmucker and King provide the AICPA with broad additional experience in Congressional and political affairs focused on Washington. “Kate and Brady both had distinguished careers on Capitol Hill,” he said.

“They will contribute to the AICPA the type of bi-partisan, policy-oriented expertise for which we have always been known. They will be great resources to AICPA members in the years ahead as they work with members of Congress and their staffs and with regulatory agencies to help promote sound policymaking on behalf of the profession and in the public interest.”

Schmucker comes to AICPA from the office of Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM) where she was legislative director and led the Congressman’s work on the House Financial Services Committee. She has also worked as the senior legislative assistant to Rep. Donald A. Manzullo (R-IL). She has a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College and a BA from the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, MN.

Prior to joining the AICPA, King served as director of congressional affairs at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. government’s development finance institution. He also has almost 20 years of legislative experience, including as the chief of staff to former Senator Roland Burris (D-IL) and national security advisor to Senators Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and Mark Dayton (D-MN).

While working toward his PhD in U.S. political history at Temple University, King served as an adjunct professor of history at Penn State University, Valley Forge Military College, and Temple. He earned his master’s degree in history at Baylor University and his bachelor’s degree in history at Texas A&M University.


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