John Chwat, President
John Chwat, a native Washingtonian, is a well-respected professional lobbyist who began his distinguished career on Capitol Hill in 1971. He has extensive experience at the federal and state level representing a multi-client base of corporations, trade and professional associations, industry coalitions, and foreign clients. As President of the government relations firm of The Chwat Group, he has maintained a strong Washington presence for the firm’s clients, representing their interests at all levels of government.
Mr. Chwat has a unique background specializing on how the Congress works, having served both Democrats and Republicans as a “Hill Professional” in the capacity of Chief of Staff to the late Rep. John Breckinridge (D-KY), Chairman of the House Antitrust Subcommittee and a member of the House Armed Services Committee and former Rep. Bill Boner (D-TN), a member of the House Appropriations Committee. Mr. Chwat served as a Legislative Assistant to the late Rep. Seymour Halpern (R-NY), a member of the House Foreign Affairs and Banking Committees and staff member to the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee for the late Sen. Jacob Javits (R-NY). He also served as a national defense and foreign policy analyst for the Congressional Research Service (CRS) of the Library of Congress. In this capacity, he authored congressional documents and researched projects for the U.S. Congress. He was a senior specialist in congressional relations for the Communications Satellite Corporation (COMSAT) and also served in the Congressional Relations Office of the United States Department of Agriculture.
A graduate of Georgetown University with a Master’s Degree in American Government, Mr. Chwat holds a Juris Doctor from American University’s Washington College of Law and a Bachelor of Art degree in Political Science from Long Island University. He has taught courses on lobbying the legislative process and American government at George Mason University, Trinity College, Northern Virginia Community College and The Washington Center.
Mr. Chwat teaches lobbying techniques and government-relations strategies to industry and trade association conventions, state and national groups, and corporate board of directors’ meetings. He served on the Government Relations Council of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and as Chairman of ASAE’s “Advanced Institute on Government Relations.” He served on the faculty of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Organization Management. He is a past president of the House Chiefs of Staff Alumni Association (representing former Chiefs of Staff to Members of Congress). He is also a member of the American Association of Museums, American League of Lobbyists, the United States Capitol Historical Society, Capitol Hill Club and serves as president of The American Friends of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Inc.