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Today, Speaker Kevin McCarthy (CA-20) appointed Matthew Berry to serve as the General Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives.

“I am very pleased to appoint Matthew Berry as General Counsel of the House of Representatives. Matthew is a seasoned litigator and experienced counselor with over 25 years of public and private sector experience. From his work as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to his time at the Department of Justice to his service as General Counsel at the Federal Communications Commission, Matthew brings the knowledge and skills necessary to restore the integrity of this institution and is the right choice to fill this vital role,” said Speaker McCarthy. “I also want to thank Todd Tatelman for serving as acting General Counsel and for his steadfast and continuing service to the institution of the House of Representatives and the Office of General Counsel.”

Matthew Berry started out his legal career as a law clerk for Judge Laurence Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, followed by a clerkship with Associate Justice Clarence Thomas of the United States Supreme Court. He has advised the U.S. government on a range of legal and policy issues in a variety of roles. He has served as General Counsel of the Federal Communications Commission, where he represented the Commission in a variety of high-profile litigation, and was later the FCC’s Chief of Staff, where he managed an agency of over 1,400 employees. His government service also includes roles at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel and Office of Legal Policy.  In addition, Matthew served as a litigator at the Institute for Justice and was most recently a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. Matthew is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Yale Law School.