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Karen  Christian

Karen Christian

U.S. House of Representatives
General Counsel, Committee on Energy and Commerce
Washington, DC, USA

Karen Christian is the General Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Christian was named General Counsel in September 2014.  In this role, she is responsible for developing and managing the committee’s legislative agenda and working with other committees and House leadership to advance legislation through the committee to the House floor. 

Before serving as General Counsel, Christian was chief counsel to the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations from 2012 through 2014.  The oversight subcommittee is responsible for providing oversight and investigating matters and controversies within the Committee’s jurisdiction which include the implementation of health care reform, energy policy, environmental regulation and management, public health, and communications.  From 2006 to 2012, Christian was a counsel with the oversight subcommittee.  During her time on the oversight subcommittee, Christian led the investigation of the failed loan guarantee of Solyndra by the U.S. Department of Energy in 2011; the fatal outbreak of fungal meningitis in the U.S. in 2012; the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and failed launch of HealthCare.gov in 2013; and the General Motors ignition switch controversy in 2014.  Christian has also led investigations of drug safety, highway safety, and consumer matters.

Prior to serving on the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Christian was an associate in the litigation department of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP and a law clerk to United States District Court Judge Richard J. Leon.

Christian is a 2001 graduate of the Ohio State University College of Law and a 1996 graduate of Ohio University.  She is married and the mother of three children, ages 11, 9, and 6.  In her spare time, she plays tennis and enjoys spending time with her family.


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