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John E. Sununu

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Adjunct Senior Policy Advisor
Beginning in 1996, Sen. Sununu served for three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and, subsequently, for six years as the youngest member of the U.S. Senate. As one of the few members of Congress with a technical background, Sen. Sununu rose quickly to earn a seat on the House Appropriations Committee and serve as vice chairman of the Budget Committee. As a senator, he served on committees such as Commerce, Finance, Banking and Foreign Relations.

In the Senate, John Sununu took a lead role in pressing for regulatory reform, writing legislation that was signed into law in 2008 to reign in risk-taking at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. He was the author of a comprehensive proposal to establish federal oversight for national insurance firms and was widely recognized for his command of the complexities and unintended consequences of financial services regulation. He led the effort to protect broadband and wireless infrastructure from costly regulations and successfully negotiated a seven-year ban on Internet taxes. He was the author of the New England Wilderness Act, as well as legislation that ensured better protection for civil liberties under the PATRIOT Act. He served on the Congressional Oversight Panel for the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program from 2008 to 2009.

Sen. Sununu has traveled extensively in the Middle East and Central Asia, leading delegations to monitor the Palestinian presidential elections in 2005 and the Lebanese parliamentary elections in June 2009. He is a member of the Mid-East Working Group at the U.S. Institute for Peace. He currently serves on the boards of Time Warner Cable and Boston Scientific.

Before entering public service, Sen. Sununu worked for emerging high-tech firms as an engineer, a strategy consultant and a chief financial officer.