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Morris J. Amitay

Amitay began his Washington career in the Executive Office of the President (now OMB) during the first year of the Kennedy Administration following his graduation from the Harvard Law School. He received a Masters’ Degree in Public Administration from Harvard, and earned his undergraduate degree at Columbia.

After his appointment as a Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. Department of State, he served as a Vice Consul in Italy, as Senior Staff Assistant for the Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs, and as Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy in South Africa, with his specialization at State being Political-Military.

Amitay left the State Department after seven years and three promotions to work as a legislative assistant in the House of Representatives. The following year he moved over to the U.S. Senate in the same capacity for Senator Abe Ribicoff of Connecticut. For five years, Mr. Amitay handled defense, energy, and foreign affairs issues and dealt extensively with the State and Defense Departments at the highest levels, as well as with representatives of a number of foreign governments.

At the end of 1974, Amitay left Capitol Hill to become Executive Director of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). In this role, he frequently testified at Congressional hearings on foreign policy and national security issues and led successful lobbying efforts on issues affecting U.S.–Israel relations. During his tenure as head of AIPAC, the organization was described in the New York Times as “the most powerful, best-run, and effective foreign policy interest group in Washington”.

In 1981, Amitay entered the private sector and established the Morris J. Amitay, P.C. law/lobbying firm located on Capitol Hill.  Utilizing his wide range of contacts in both the Executive and Legislative branches and his broad-based experience, Mr. Amitay earned an excellent reputation for achieving tangible results for clients involved in national security, energy, and other issues of the day.

For many years, Amitay served as Vice Chairman of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, a 25,000 member national organization. He is also the founder and treasurer of the Washington Political Action Committee which has contributed almost four million dollars to Congressional candidates on a non-partisan basis over the past three decades. His Washington PAC Congressional elections newsletter is highly regarded on Capitol Hill.  Amitay’s expertise and advice on foreign and national security issues continues to be sought by numerous Congressional and by Presidential candidates of both political parties.

Mr. Amitay has addressed audiences at the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Enterprise Institute, leading universities and advocacy organizations around the country on the political process and international affairs. He has also written regular columns for a number of weekly newspapers and online. Amitay has been frequently quoted in the national print media and has been interviewed by national and international media, including CNN, Fox News, VOA, and NPR.


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