C. Richard D'Amato was reappointed to the United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission by Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid on October 5, 2005, for a two-year term expiring December 31, 2007. He served as the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Commission beginning in April 2001 through December 20, 2005. He is an attorney, and a member of the Maryland and D.C. bars. He is a former delegate to the General Assembly of the State of Maryland, (1998–2002), representing the Annapolis, Maryland, region, and served on the Appropriations Committee. He is a graduate of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.