The Honorable Elizabeth L. King is the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs. In this capacity, she serves as the legislative advisor to the Secretary of Defense and promotes the Department’s strategy, legislative priorities, policies, and budget to the United States Congress.
She was nominated by President Obama on April 20, 2009 and was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 7, 2009.
Prior to her joining the Office of Legislative Affairs, Elizabeth King was the Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor for Defense, Foreign Affairs, and Veterans for Senator Jack Reed. For the past twelve years, Ms. King has been Senator Reed’s primary liaison to the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee in the areas of defense, military construction, veterans and foreign operations. Ms. King has traveled with Senator Reed and other Members of Congress to Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, Korea, Colombia and East Timor.
Before joining the staff of Senator Reed, Ms. King was the Legislative Director for Representative Marty Meehan, a member of the House Armed Services Committee. She was also a counsel on the 1995 Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission. Ms. King began her career on Capitol Hill as a Legislative Aide for Senator Alan J. Dixon.
Ms. King was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She received a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in American history and international relations from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987 and a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center in 1993. She is a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies.