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Mr. Smith brings to his clients 13 years of experience in government and two decades of private sector representation.  He began his career as staff assistant to Senator Mark O. Hatfield (R-Oregon), which led to his appointment as Republican Staff Director of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration.

After nine years of service at the Senate, Mr. Smith assumed the position of Manager of Corporate Relations at Herman Miller, Inc., a leading American designer and producer of office furniture products.

Mr. Smith was called back to government service in 1981, when he was appointed as Senate Deputy Sergeant-at-Arms. In 1983, he was elected by the entire Senate to be the Sergeant-at-Arms, the Senate’s chief executive, law enforcement, and protocol officer, responsible for more than 1,300 Senate employees and managing a budget in excess of $80 million.  Serving under Majority Leaders Howard H. Baker, Jr. (R-Tennessee) and Robert J. Dole (R-Kansas), Mr. Smith worked closely with Senators from both parties, counterpart officers in the House, and representatives of the Executive Branch.

Following his tenure at the Senate, Mr. Smith became Senior Vice President and Director of the Government Relations Division of Burson-Marsteller. Thereafter he became a name partner at the firm of Johnson, Smith, Dover, Kitzmiller, & Stewart, Inc.

Mr. Smith is the Founder and President of Legislative Strategies, Inc., a bi-partisan government relations firm representing a diverse client base on a broad range of issues before the federal government. 

A graduate of The American University, Mr. Smith holds a Master’s Degree in government from George Washington University. 

RONNA A. FREIBERG

Ms. Freiberg provides clients with the knowledge, experience and judgment gained from playing a range of roles in government, politics and Washington advocacy.  She has developed strategies and managed government relations activities for corporate and international entities, in addition to serving in two Democratic administrations and in senior positions on Capitol Hill.

Most recently Ms. Freiberg served as Director of Legislative Affairs for Vice President Al Gore, managing his relations with the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and acting as liaison with the Democratic leadership of both bodies. Earlier in the Clinton Administration she was Director of the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Information Agency and Senior Policy Advisor in the Bureau of Legislative Affairs at the Department of State.

During the Carter Administration Ms. Freiberg was appointed Special Assistant for Congressional Liaison in the White House. Previously, she was Chief of Staff to former Congressman Peter W. Rodino (D-NJ), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. In addition, she has worked on presidential campaigns in many capacities.

Ms. Freiberg’s private sector experience includes serving as Senior Vice President with the public affairs firm Gray and Company, later Hill and Knowlton, and as Director of Legislative Affairs for the law firm Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam and Roberts.  She also established the Washington office of the Kenetech Corporation, a San Francisco-based energy company.

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Ms. Freiberg earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan and her master’s degree in Romance Languages at the Ohio State University.  For the past several years, she has been a lecturer and advisor in the Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute at American University.  She is also a member of the Public Diplomacy Council.

Ms. Freiberg serves as Senior Vice President of Legislative Strategies.
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