Scott DeFife joins N.R.A. in government affairs role

by Eric Schroeder
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WASHINGTON — Scott DeFife has joined the National Restaurant Association as executive vice-president of policy and government affairs, effective Jan. 11, 2010. Mr. DeFife, who most recently led government affairs at the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, will be responsible for spearheading the N.R.A.’s federal and state legislative and lobbying efforts.

“We’re very excited to have Scott at the helm of our government affairs effort,” said Dawn Sweeney, president and chief executive officer of the N.R.A. “His advocacy experience in complex policy and legislation, superlative bipartisan credentials, and substantive approach will be of great benefit to the National Restaurant Association, our members, and the restaurant industry. His unique blend of federal and state government affairs experience in politics and trade associations will enhance our government affairs efforts in key areas.”

Mr. DeFife previously was a senior policy adviser to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and also has held senior legislative positions in the offices of Representative Bart Gordon of Tennessee, Representative Karen McCarthy of Missouri, and Representative Michael Andrews of Texas. He also has represented the American Public Power Association and the National Conference of State Legislatures.

He received a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree in public affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.

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