Peter Levine has served as the General Counsel of the Senate Armed Services Committee since January 2007. He served in the same position in 2001 and 2002. From 1996 to 2001 and 2003 to 2006, Mr. Levine served as minority counsel to the Committee. In both positions, Mr. Levine has been responsible for providing legal advice on legislation, nominations and other matters coming before the Committee. He also advises Members of the Committee on acquisition policy, environmental policy, and defense management issues impacting the Department of Defense. Mr. Levine played an important role in the enactment of the Military Commissions Act of 2009, the Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009, the Acquisition Improvement and Accountability Act of 2007, the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005, and numerous defense authorization acts.
Previously, Peter Levine served as counsel to Senator Carl Levin of Michigan (1995-1996), and counsel to the Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee from (1987-1994). In his capacity as counsel to Senator Levin and to the Oversight Subcommittee, Mr. Levine was a key participant in efforts to overhaul the lobbying disclosure laws and streamline the federal procurement system, resulting in the enactment of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 and the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1994. Mr. Levine also handled a number of oversight matters, including the 1987 congressional investigation of the Wedtech Corporation, congressional efforts to encourage broader use of commercial items and commercial practices in government procurement, and efforts to identify and eliminate wasteful practices in the management of defense inventory.
Prior to joining the Senate staff, Mr. Levine was an Associate at the law firm of Crowell & Moring. Mr. Levine graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in 1979 and magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review, in 1983.