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Omar Ashmawy, Staff Director and Chief Counsel

Omar Ashmawy is the Staff Director and Chief Counsel with the Office of Congressional Ethics (“OCE”).

Immediately prior to joining the OCE, Mr. Ashmawy completed eight years of active duty service in the United States Air Force. Assigned to the Judge Advocate General Corps, he worked as a prosecutor and defense counsel representing both the United States government and active duty military members in a wide range of criminal and administrative matters, to include both high-profile and complex litigation. His final assignment on active duty was with the Office of the Chief Prosecutor, Office of Military Commissions where he prosecuted U.S. v. Hamdan, the first litigated U.S. war crimes tribunal since World War II.

Mr. Ashmawy was previously the OCE’s first Deputy Chief Counsel. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, with a focus on political theory and Middle East policy, from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. He received his Juris Doctor from The George Washington University School of Law.