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Michael L. Stern Bio

Michael L. Stern specializes in legal issues affecting Congress and the legislative process, including congressional ethics, elections, investigations, lobbying and constitutional reform. He is the author of the “Rule on Information Requests and Subpoenas to the Executive Branch” Good Government Now is proposing to strengthen enforcement of congressional subpoenas of federal government officials.

Mr. Stern served as Senior Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives from 1996 to 2004. He later served as Deputy Staff Director for Investigations for the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and Special Counsel to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.  Prior to his congressional service, he was an associate at Shaw Pittman and clerked for Chief Judge Charles Clark, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  He has co-chaired the D.C. Bar’s Administrative Law and Agency Practice Section and served on the ABA Task Force on Lobbying Reform.

He currently serves on the board of the Committee for a Fiscal Responsibility Amendment, is a founding member of the Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force, and sits on the Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council. Michael is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and Haverford College where he majored in History. He blogs about congressional legal issues at