AICPA Expands Congressional and Political Affairs Team

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By Deanna White

On May 14, 2012, the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), the world's largest association representing the accounting profession, announced it has significantly 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, DC, 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", Peterson said. "They will contribute to the AICPA the type of bipartisan, 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 Representative Steve Pearce (R-NM) where she was legislative director and led the Congressman's work on the House Committee on Financial Services. She also has worked as the senior legislative assistant to Representative Donald A. Manzullo (R-IL). She has a master's degree in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College and a bachelor's degree from the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota.

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

While working toward his PhD in US political history at Temple University, King served as an adjunct professor of history at Penn State University, Valley Forge Military College, and Temple University. 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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