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Picture of Matthew A. ReynoldsBIOGRAPHY

Matthew A. Reynolds
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Legislative Affairs
Term of Appointment: 10/06/2008 to present

Matthew A. Reynolds was appointed as Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs on October 6, 2008. Prior to this appointment he served as the bureau’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and intermittently as Acting Assistant Secretary beginning in March 2005.

Mr. Reynolds served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Senate Affairs from September 2004 to March 2005. He joined the State Department in May 2003 as the Director of House Affairs. In this position, he received the Department’s Superior Honor Award for Service.

Prior to coming to the State Department, Mr. Reynolds spent 17 years in numerous senior positions in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. He served as Staff Director of the powerful House Rules Committee, guiding legislation on the House Floor, and as professional staff on the House International Relations Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

In addition to congressional committee assignments, Mr. Reynolds has also served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Representative Jay Kim (R-CA) and Legislative Director to U.S. Representative Robert J. Lagomarsino (R-CA). He began his congressional career with Congressman Lagomarsino in 1986.

Mr. Reynolds is a native of Dover, Massachusetts and grew up in Kanpur, India and Beirut, Lebanon. He received his B.S.F.S. degree and the Dean’s Citation from the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.


Released on October 8, 2008

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