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Senior Professional Staff Member - Committee on Foreign Affairs

Fairfax, VA
December 29, 2020

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John O. Stapleton

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Foreign policy, national defense, and communications professional with experience on Capitol Hill in both the House and Senate. Strong background in national security and international affairs with a proven track record briefing Members of Congress on global conflicts and emerging threats.

Possesses excellent leadership, organizational, analytical, and writing skills. Capitol Hill Experience

Senior Professional Staff Member – House Foreign Affairs Committee (2019 – Present)

• Serve as a senior member of Ranking Member Michael McCaul’s foreign policy team

• Work closely with policy and communications staff on issues related to Iran, North Korea, Sudan, India, China, Russia, Afghanistan, NATO, the Middle East Peace Process, Weapons Sales, International Organizations, Terrorism, American hostages, Brexit, and other foreign policy and national security topics

• Assist with full committee and subcommittee hearings, statements, and testimonies Senior Advisor to the House Committee on Homeland Security (2017 – 2019)

• Advised Chairman Michael McCaul and Members of the Committee on topics that included international terrorism, U.S. foreign policy, border security, cyber-warfare, and other homeland security issues

• Oversaw all written communications for Committee related work for the Chairman - speeches, op-eds, opening statements, and talking points

• Worked closely with the Committee press team on broader messaging strategies, media booking, media prep, and press releases

Communications Director for Congressman David McKinley (2016-2017) and Congressman Marlin Stutzman (2014-2015)

• Served as office spokesperson with local and national media

• Wrote and placed op-eds, drafted press releases, talking points, newsletters, statements, speeches, and managed social media accounts

• Worked with other House committees and Conference communications teams to push clear and consistent policy messages

Speechwriter for Majority Leader Eric Cantor (2013-2014) & Senator Rob Portman (2015)

• Chief speechwriter and editor of major speeches, policy addresses, floor remarks, bi- weekly columns, and op-eds

• Lead writer for “Stop Government Abuse,” the Republican response to President Obama’s weekly address (July 27th, 2013); “Our Economic Recovery is Stuck in the Senate,” an op-ed for Speaker Boehner (September 8, 2014) in

• Contributed to talking points and press releases Campaign & Nonprofit Work

Republican Party of Virginia, Deputy Director of Election Day Operations, (2012)

• Managed and recruited Election Day Task Force for 134 VA counties and cities

• Worked with lawyers and poll workers to ensure a smooth voting process

• Assisted with possible statewide recount plan

Program Assistant for the International Republican Institute, (2008-2009)

• Helped oversee good governance and democracy promotion initiatives in Cambodia, Indonesia, Mongolia, Burma, Malaysia, Bangladesh, and Timor-Leste

• Assisted with developing long range plans for country programs and coordinated the logistics of two international election observation missions (Bangladesh & Mongolia)

• Contributed to concept papers and proposals that were submitted to the State Department and National Endowment for Democracy

Security Clearance

Cleared and granted access to TS information based on a Single Scope Background Investigation


Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Term Member (2019 – Present) Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD), National Security Network (2018 – Present)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED), Penn Kemble Fellow (2018-2019) Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) Future Leaders in Foreign Policy Program, (2013-2014) Free and Accepted Masons of (F.A.A.M) of the District of Columbia (2010 – Present) Education

George Mason University, M.A. Global Affairs – Global Conflict and Security (2019 – Present) American University, M.A. Political Science – Comparative Politics (2009) American University, B.A. Political Science (2005)

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