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Peter B. Davidson

Peter B. Davidson

Verizon Communications Inc.
Senior Vice President, Federal Government Relations
Washington, DC, USA

Peter Davidson is Senior Vice President - Federal Government Relations for Verizon, a position he has held since April 2003. Davidson is responsible for federal government policy and advocacy matters affecting Verizon's interests and for the company's relations with Congress and the Executive Branch.
Before joining Verizon, Davidson served as General Counsel at the United States Trade Representative supporting negotiation and implementation of trade agreements and supervising litigation at the World Trade Organization.

Prior to becoming General Counsel to the USTR in February 2001, Davidson was Vice President for Congressional Affairs at USWest, and then Quest, coordinating all federal legislative activities for that company.

From January 1995 until June 1999, Davidson served as the General Counsel and Policy Director to the Majority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, Dick Armey. In this capacity, he advised the Majority Leader on a broad range of legal matters and led the legislative planning team in charge of developing leadership priorities, working with committees, and negotiating with the Senate and the White House.

Davidson also served as General Counsel and Policy Director for the House Republican Conference and as Attorney-Advisor in the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel. Before that, he was law clerk to Judge John Porfilio on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, CO.

He is a 1984 graduate of Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., and received his J.D. degree in 1990 from the University of Virginia, where he served on the Virginia Law Review as Notes Editor.

Davidson is a native of Minnesota and now resides in Virginia with his wife, Kari. They have three children, Madeleine, Sophie and Bjorn.

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