Perry Apelbaum, Minority Staff Director and Chief Counsel

Perry Apelbaum, Minority Staff Director and Chief Counsel
National Journal
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Billy House
Dec. 11, 2013, 3 p.m.

Apel­baum, 55, says the Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee deals with is­sues that “really are at the epi­cen­ter of what’s go­ing on, so­cially and eco­nom­ic­ally.” An Ak­ron, Ohio, nat­ive, Apel­baum has been with the pan­el since 1991, when then-Rep. Jack Brooks, D-Texas, was chair­man, and has seen two changes in ma­jor­ity con­trol. But a con­sist­ent be­ne­fit of his job, he says, is that he gets to come to work each day to be in­volved with many of the same top­ics that grabbed his in­terest in law school. Of course, those is­sues of­ten in­volve fric­tion with the oth­er side of the aisle, but Apel­baum does not take pot­shots at Re­pub­lic­ans. “Every­body kind of thinks that Ju­di­ciary’s fight­ing over everything,” he says. “But we’re one of the most — if not the most — pro­duct­ive com­mit­tees on the Hill in terms of pub­lic laws. So, there’s a lot of co­oper­a­tion across the aisle, more than people real­ize.”