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L. David Cherington developed a breadth of knowledge focused on impacting federal budgets and policy. Cherington has worked on Capitol Hill for a Congressman on the Appropriations Committee, on the Professional Staff of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and for an Ivy League University. Off the Hill, Cherington worked on behalf of science and technology giant Battelle, where he worked to increase federal funding for key science and technology programs, changed laws to drive competitive advantage for his employer, and raised Battelle's profile on Capitol Hill, at the White House and across the key agencies.  


David Cherington has more than 25 years of experience working on and off Capitol Hill, where he As Executive Director of Government Relations for Battelle, Cherington served as the primary liaison between Battelle’s National Security Division and Congress and the White House. In this role, Cherington worked to grow business for the National Security business units that focused on national and homeland security, the intelligence community,  environmental, critical infrastructure, and transportation. Cherington also

represented to Congress and the White House the Battelle managed National Labs in their role in National and Homeland Security. 


As Counsel for the Senate Armed Services Committee, Cherington was assigned to oversee the nations’ nuclear weapons program within the National Nuclear Security Administration at the Department of Energy, the legacy cleanup program of the former nuclear weapons complex, and the defense environmental programs. In this role, Cherington helped draft major changes in law, including robust support for the nations’ stockpile stewardship program, completion of the accelerated clean up and closure of the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant including the creation of the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge—a nine year effort that began while Cherington served on the staff of the U.S. House of Representatives. 


Cherington began his career working for a Member of the House Appropriations Committee where he supported his boss who became a national leader on several issues including the cleanup and closure of the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant in ten years or less. Next for Princeton University, Cherington worked to secure and increase federal funding for the Fusion Energy Program within the Department of Energy Office of Science. 


Cherington received a Juris Doctor from Western Michigan University’s Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing in 1993 and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado in Boulder in 1989. 


In 2014, Cherington created DC Government Relations, LLC to work on behalf of business, academic and government clients as an independent consultant.  As Principal for DC Government Relations, Cherington has created an opportunity to take his experience and knowledge to deliver results for his clients.

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