Tom Porter, as Legislative Director leads IAVA’s efforts to advocate for our nation’s veterans in Washington, D.C., while bringing greater attention to veterans’ issues by the American public. Prior to joining IAVA, Porter was Vice President at Morgan Meguire, a federal government relations firm, since 2004. He was successful in achieving goals on behalf of a nationwide client base through aggressive and bi-partisan advocacy before Congress and federal agencies. Prior to Morgan Meguire, he served nine years on the staffs of three Members of Congress, most recently with former House Armed Services Committee Chairman Duncan Hunter. Porter is also a veteran military public affairs officer with service on four continents, including deployments to Afghanistan and the Arabian Gulf. He is a California native and holds a B.A. in Political Science from California State University, San Bernardino. Porter is also a spokesman for IAVA policy priorities, and has recently contributed to POLITICO, NPR, PBS NewsHour, Military Times, Stars and Stripes.