Philip G. Kiko
Phil Kiko began his career in Washington politics and public policy upon graduation from college, at the National Republican Congressional Committee, initially assisting with press and later becoming their associate legal counsel after finishing night law school. Kiko brings to The Smith-Free Group a distinguished career covering the legislative, oversight, and regulatory functions of government.
Kiko has been a familiar face on Capitol Hill. Prior to joining The Smith-Free Group in April 2013, he served as the Staff Director/General Counsel for the House Administration Committee. In that capacity, he was often referred to as the "Deputy Mayor of the House." Under the direction of the Committee Chairman and the Speaker's office, he provided executive leadership on all aspects of House operations including legal, budget, legislative, personnel, and administrative issues.
Under Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-WI), Kiko served as General Counsel/Chief of Staff for the Committee on the Judiciary and Deputy Chief of Staff of the Science Committee. Under the direction of the Chairman and House leadership, he drove legislative initiatives such as: the USA Patriot Act (and its first two extensions), bankruptcy and regulatory reforms, immigration reform, intellectual property issues relating to patents & copyright, class-action reform, criminal code reform, U.S. border security, the Voting Rights extension, the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, Department of Justice and NASA authorization legislation, and oversight of executive branch law enforcement agencies and science programs throughout the federal government, and the federal judiciary.
In the Department of Interior under Secretaries Don Hodel and Manuel Lujan, Kiko served in several capacities; first as Legislative Counsel, then responsible for budget development and execution and finally Acting Director of the Office of Hearings and Appeals. In the Department of Education under Secretary William Bennett, he served in the Office for Civil Rights and managed civil rights enforcement of the nation's education institutions. From 2007 to 2010, Kiko served as a senior member of the regulatory and public policy team at the law firm of Foley and Lardner, LLC. As Associate Administrator under the House CAO, he oversaw procurement reform in the House of Representatives and previously served as Chief of Staff and Legislative Director in Congressman Sensenbrenner's personal staff.
Kiko has filed successful amicus briefs, with other former Hill staffers, before the U.S. Supreme Court and the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on constitutional issues affecting the U.S. House of Representatives. Active in Republican Party politics at the national, state and local levels, he has worked on multiple campaigns and has attended numerous political conventions over the years. Most recently, he was part of the official proceedings group at the Republican National Convention in August 2012.
A native of Canton, Ohio, Kiko received his B.A. in History and Political Science from Mount Union College and J.D. from the International School of Law, now known as the George Mason University School of Law. He is an outdoorsman, who enjoys hunting, fishing and, above all, spending time with his wife, Colleen, his four children and two grandchildren. Kiko serves as the head of Arlington Cursillo, a lay Catholic movement in the Diocese of Arlington, and previously served as the President of the Knights of Columbus Holy Mackerels Swim Team, Scoutmaster for a Boy Scout Troop, and various leadership positions at St. Charles Borromeo Church and School, in Arlington, Virginia.
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