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Anne R. LeMay
Government Affairs Advisor
K&L Gates Adds Former Secretary of U.S. Army, Veteran N.Y. Congressman John M. McHugh and Longtime Advisor Anne R. LeMay to Public Policy Practice
8 June 2016
Public Policy and Law
M.A., George Washington University
B.A., Hood College
Anne LeMay is a government affairs advisor in the firm's Washington, D.C., office. She assists clients on a broad range of matters including those in the areas of defense and procurement, supply chain management, sustainable energy, logistics, healthcare, and postal issues.
Previously, Ms. LeMay served as Chief of Staff to Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh. She was the Secretary’s principal civilian advisor and a member of the Senior Executive Service, with the equivalent rank of a three-star general officer, the second highest rank in the Department of Defense. In this executive leadership role, Ms. LeMay provided oversight, guidance and expertise to the Army’s large and diverse staff to execute the Secretary’s priorities and statutory responsibilities.
She coordinated the Army’s most senior civilian leaders and military staff to ensure the timely implementation of policies and programs impacting the entire Army. Ms. LeMay also developed and executed strategies on some of the most complex issues facing the Army, formulating novel solutions to immediate challenges and crises that required coordination within the Army, the Department of Defense and external stakeholders.
Prior to her appointment, Ms. LeMay spent 16 years on Capitol Hill in positions of increasing leadership in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Ms. LeMay’s most recent Hill experience included service as a Professional Staff Member on the House Armed Services Committee, where she was the principal adviser to then-Congressman McHugh, who was the Committee’s Ranking Minority Member.
As Congressman McHugh’s Director for Defense and Foreign Affairs, Ms. LeMay, formulated, managed and completed strategic plans and tasks on a broad array of issues, including defense, foreign affairs, and veterans affairs. Her responsibilities included initiating and coordinating legislation, hearings, briefings and testimony. With an emphasis on critical national security policy issues, she developed and implemented Congressman McHugh’s legislative and oversight priorities within the House Armed Services Committee, House leadership, the House Appropriations Committee, and other House policy committees.
In addition, Ms. LeMay served as the Congressman’s senior staff member in his role as co-chairman of the House Army Caucus. In that capacity, she formulated and coordinated multiple opportunities for Army leadership to demonstrate the capabilities of the Army to members of Congress and their staffs. Equally important, she provided Army senior leaders the opportunity to understand the congressional perspective on an array of issues, legislation and policies. She also served as principal staff adviser on the United States Military Academy, facilitating Congressman McHugh’s responsibilities on the West Point Board of Visitors.
She began her legislative career in the United States Senate, where Ms. LeMay worked for the late-Senator Jim Jeffords on foreign policy and defense issues. Prior to joining the staff of the United States Senate, she worked in the newly independent Republic of Armenia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Program Officer with responsibility for United Nations matters.
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