Lewis "Scooter" Libby served from January 2001 to November 2005 as Assistant to the President of the United States and Chief of Staff to the Vice President of the United States. He also served during this period as the Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs. In this capacity, he was the primary advisor to Vice President Cheney on national security and homeland security matters.
During the George H. W. Bush administration, Mr. Libby served in the United States Department of Defense as Principal Deputy Under Secretary (Strategy and Resources), and later was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.
Mr. Libby first entered government service with the United States Department of State in 1981, as a member of the Policy Planning Staff in the Office of the Secretary. He also served in the United States Department of State as Director of Special Projects in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs from 1982 to 1985. Other service included Legal Adviser to the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on U.S. National Security and Military/Commercial Concerns with the Peoples Republic of China, commonly known as the “Cox Committee.”
Prior to joining the current Administration, Mr. Libby served as the Managing Partner of the Washington office of the international law firm of Dechert, Price & Rhoads. He was a member of the firm’s litigation department and chaired the Washington office’s Public Policy Practice Group.
In 1993, Mr. Libby was awarded the Department of Defense Distinguished Service Award and the Department of the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award. He received the Department of State’s Foreign Affairs Award for Public Service in 1985.
Mr. Libby graduated magna cum laude from Yale University in 1972, and as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar from Columbia University School of Law in 1975. He is a member of the Bar in the District of Columbia, a former member of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security, and he previously served on the Advisory Board of the Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies of the RAND Corporation. Mr. Libby is the author of a novel, The Apprentice, published in 1996.