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Kennedy aide counsels RIAA as VP

Exec assisted on Senate Judiciary Committee matters

WASHINGTON — A seasoned congressional aide has ankled his Capitol Hill gig to join the lobbying shop at the Recording Industry Assn. of America. David Sutphen will serve as a veep and legislative counsel at the RIAA, the music industry’s chief trade org.

Previously, Sutphen served as a senior aide to Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) and to Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D-Tenn.).

“David is a superb addition to our team,” said RIAA senior veep for governmental relations Mitch Glazier, himself a former Capitol Hill aide. “He has an outstanding knowledge of the legislative process, and his insight and experience will greatly strengthen our ability to communicate the views of the recording industry to Washington’s leading policymakers,” he said.

For the past three or so years, Sutphen worked as Kennedy’s general counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee. He counseled Kennedy on intellectual property matters as well as antitrust, civil rights and piracy issues.

“David is a respected lawyer with skill and passion for the political process,” said RIAA chair-CEO Hilary Rosen.

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