Ari Zimmerman offers key insight into legislative strategies pertaining to national defense, foreign affairs, homeland security and the military. Ari joined Brownstein after eight years in the House of Representatives. Most recently, he served as a professional staff member on the House Armed Services Committee, part of a small group of senior staff tasked with carrying out Chair Mac Thornberry’s (R-TX) agenda, including securing annual bipartisan support for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
Before working on the committee, Ari served in various roles for three different members of Congress. Most recently, he served as a senior policy advisor for Rep. John Carter (R-TX), a member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee and then-Chairman of the Homeland Security Appropriations subcommittee, advising the member on national security budget activities. Prior, he served as a military legislative assistant to Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), and served as the director of the Missile Defense Caucus and Congressional Electromagnetic Caucus. Ari began his time in the House in the office of Rep. Allen West (R-FL), as a military legislative assistant.