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Mr. Porter served 21 years as a U.S. Congressman from the 10th District in Illinois, where he served on the Appropriations Committee, and as Chair of the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. Under the jurisdiction of his subcommittee were all of the health agencies and programs, except military and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and all of the education agencies and programs of the federal government. He also served as Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Foreign Operations and Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Military Construction. Before his election to Congress, Mr. Porter served in the Illinois House of Representatives and prior to that as an honor law graduate attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice in the Kennedy Administration. He was founder and Co-chairman of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus, a voluntary association of more than 250 members of Congress working to identify, monitor, and end human rights violations worldwide. Mr. Porter authored the legislation creating Radio Free Asia and served as Chair of the Global Legislators Organized for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE USA).
Mr. Porter attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University. Following service in the U.S. Army, he graduated with distinction from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was an editor of the Law Review, and then went on to serve as an Honor Law Graduate Attorney with the U.S. Dept. of Justice during the Kennedy administration. From 1963 to 1980, Mr. Porter practiced law in Evanston, Illinois, and served three terms in the Illinois legislature.
Mr. Porter is the former Chair of the PBS Board of Directors where he led the PBS Executive Committee and served on a number of other committees such as National Policy Advisory, Nominating and Corporate Governance and Finance. He is a member of a number of other boards, including Research! America (Chair), the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (Acting Chair), The Brookings Institution, J.S. Kemper Foundation, the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, and the RAND Corporation (Emeritus). He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Bretton Woods Committee, the Inter-American Dialogue, a trustee emeritus of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and a former director of the American Heart Association.
Mr. Porter, a partner in the international law firm Hogan Lovells, was named one of Washington, D.C.'s "Top 50 Lobbyists" in 2007 by Washingtonian magazine, concentrates his practice on policy, strategy, and advocacy for clients primarily, but not exclusively, in the fields of health and education.
Hon. John Edward Porter Director
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