Steptoe partner Jason Abel was featured in several articles discussing the transfer of power in the Senate as Sen. Chuck Schumer became majority leader. Abel previously served for almost five years in senior positions for the senator.
Reflecting on that time, Abel tells The Washington Examiner that Schumer "likes to lead when it comes to legislation and work across the aisle." He adds that Schumer attempted to "reach out to colleagues no matter how conservative they may be."
From 2009 – 2011, Abel served as chief counsel for Chairman Schumer on the Senate Committee on Rules & Administration and, from 2007 – 2009, as counsel for Sen. Schumer in his personal office. As counsel to Sen. Schumer, Abel managed a varied portfolio that involved the issues of many Senate committees, including Judiciary, Banking and Commerce. Abel was part of the team that investigated the Department of Justice's firing of US Attorneys, and led a successful effort to persuade Justice to reverse course and extend benefits to the family members of fallen firefighters and auxiliary police officers. As chief counsel of the Senate Committee on Rules & Administration, Abel led issues related to campaign finance and changes to the Senate rules. He was the lead staffer on bipartisan measures such as the MOVE Act, which granted voting protections to military and overseas voters.
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