Kristin Amerling has over 20 years of experience in Congress and the Executive Branch that includes senior counsel positions on House and Senate Committees and in the Department of Transportation. Kristin was deputy general counsel at the Department of Transportation, where she advised the Secretary and other senior officials on congressional oversight, regulatory programs, and operational matters. In her work on Capitol Hill, she was chief counsel to two major House Committees: Energy and Commerce and Oversight and Government Reform. In the Senate, she was chief investigative counsel and director of oversight for the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Over the course of her career, she has advised members of Congress and staff on legal and procedural issues relating to high-profile investigations including inquiries into Hurricane Katrina and Iraq contracting mismanagement, the impact of steroid use on teen athletes, the 2008 financial market collapse, and campaign finance practices. She has developed and executed oversight plans to examine subjects such as data broker practices, e-cigarette marketing, and unauthorized charges on consumers’ phone bills. She also has provided counsel on complex jurisdictional and parliamentary questions relating to enactment of legislative measures including the Affordable Care Act, Food Safety Modernization Act, and comprehensive tobacco control.
Kristin is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of California Berkeley School of Law. Between college and law school she was a legislative aide to Representative Ted Weiss and served as State of Maine Press Secretary to Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell. She also spent several years as an associate at the law firm Steptoe and Johnson.