Scott Brown chooses Steven Schrage to be Chief of Staff

Scott Brown today chose Steven P. Schrage to be Chief of Staff of his U.S. Senate office.  According to AP reporter Glenn Johnson Greg Casey formally delivered Scott’s resignation letter to the State Senate today as well.

Most recently, Schrage served as the Scholl Chair in International Business at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C., a leading policy institution whose board includes noted former officials such as Henry Kissinger and Zbigniew Brzezinski.  His recent work has focused on how America can lead in the wake of the global economic crisis to create new jobs, rebuild our military strength and compete in the global economy.

“Steven Schrage is a professional who knows his way around Washington. He brings to the table expertise and background in a number of valuable areas – public policy, economic strategy, national security, business, counterterrorism, strategic planning and management. His knowledge and experience will be extremely useful in helping to advance the work of my office as we build the best team in the Senate to serve the people of Massachusetts,” said Brown.

Mr. Schrage formerly served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and acting Assistant Secretary under Colin Powell. During that time, he was selected by the White House and the State Department to lead anti-terrorism, law enforcement and homeland security efforts among America’s top allies as co-chair of the G-8’s Anti-Crime and Terrorism Group. At the State Department, he managed more than $2 billion in global assistance and worked with military and other officials on critical civilian security efforts in Iraq, Latin America, Asia, Europe, Africa, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, where he led efforts that trained more than 27,000 police officers and helped secure Afghanistan’s first historic presidential election.

Previously, Mr. Schrage served in the White House’s Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). He was the first senior administration official placed in USTR in 2001, and later served under USTR Robert Zoellick. Additionally, Mr. Schrage was international trade counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee and chief foreign policy and defense counsel for the late Senator Paul Coverdell, a member of the Senate’s Leadership and the third-ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Mr. Schrage grew up in a military family and conducted MBA and doctoral studies at Harvard Business School, earning distinction (honors) for his doctoral qualifying exam before returning to public service in 2000.  He is an honors graduate of Duke University and of the University of Michigan Law School.  

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