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Graham "Rusty" Mathews

Graham "Rusty" Mathews focuses on energy,  climate change, cybersecurity, biogenetic technology policy and legislative matters. He is an experienced advisor, having served the Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate as assistant and minority clerk on the Senate Appropriations Committee, and as a legislative liaison for the Department of Energy. He has congressional and executive branch experience in the annual budget, appropriations, and legislative process. Rusty advises his clients on a variety of federal budget, appropriations and sequestration-related issues.

From 1995 to 1996, Rusty served as chief minority clerk for the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs (VA), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and Independent Agencies in the office of U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski. While in that role, he managed all aspects of Congress’s second largest discretionary appropriations bill ($90 billion). Rusty was also responsible for budget development and policy management for 25 federal departments and agencies, including HUD and VA, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, NASA and Federal Emergency Management Agency, and 15 independent boards, commissions and offices.

From 1989 to 1994, Rusty was the assistant majority clerk for the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of the Interior and Related Agencies in the office of U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd. He managed virtually all aspects of the Department of the Interior appropriations bill relating to annual budget requests and policy development for the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Bureau of Mines, the Office of Surface Mining, the Smithsonian Institution, and the fossil energy accounts for the Department of Energy. He also served as principal negotiator for the Eastern and Midwestern coal states during Congressional deliberations on the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990.

Rusty has also served on the Senate Democratic Policy Committee as deputy vice president for external affairs with the U.S. Synthetic Fuels Corporation, and as director of Senate Relations with the Department of Energy.


  • Government law and strategy
  • Energy and climate change
  • Biogenetic technology
  • Cybersecurity and data policy strategy


Recognition & Leadership

  • Team Member, Best Lawyers in America® "Top Listed – Government Relations," 2018


  • B.A., Ohio University, 1970
˘ Not admitted to the practice of law.