I've spent fifteen years in the international relations and international security field, and eleven of them with the senior senator from Oregon on the Senate Intelligence Committee.
During my government service I traveled to over 40 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, where I met with US and foreign government officials to address local and international security issues.
Throughout my tenure in the Senate I had the opportunity to develop and negotiate significant pieces of legislation, including major reforms to US surveillance laws. I was also able to work on a wide range of national security policy initiatives, including several to increase transparency and reduce excessive secrecy.
I served on two major congressional investigations - one pertaining to the Iraq war and the other on the use of torture by the CIA - as well as a number of shorter investigations and oversight efforts.
In 2016 and 2017, I worked in the State Department's Office of Security and Human Rights. In that appointment I engaged with other parts of the US government - including the White House, the Department of Defense and US intelligence agencies - and foreign partners to ensure that discussions on counterterrorism and national security policy took US human rights priorities into account.