Jennifer Safavian

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Jennifer McLaughlin Safavian, was formerly the Chief Counsel for oversight and investigations on the United States Congress House Government Reform Committee, which is responsible for overseeing government procurement. As of December 16, 2010, she will be the General Counsel of the House Ways and Means Committee and Chief Counsel for the Subcommittee on Oversight.


Jennifer is the wife of David Safavian, a former White House official and former chief of staff at the United States General Services Administration. David Safavian was caught up in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, and in 2006, was convicted of one count of obstruction of agency proceedings (18 USC sec. 1505) and three counts of making false statements. However, on June 17, 2008, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia reversed these convictions, and ordered a new trial. On December 19, 2008, at his retrial, he was again convicted of perjury.

Jennifer married David Safavian in 1995, and they have a school age daughter. David and Jennifer are both alumni of the Michigan State University College of Law.


Jennifer Safavian is a graduate of Saint Louis University. In law school she served as a Managing Editor of the Law Review. From July 1997 until March 2000, she worked for the House Government Reform Committee where, in March 1998, she was named Chief Counsel and later named Deputy Staff Director for the Subcommittee on the Census. During her tenure at the Subcommittee on the Census, Ms. Safavian conducted oversight of the Department of Commerce's census operations and participated in negotiations with the Administration to resolve the dispute surrounding the use of statistical sampling in the 2000 census. Prior to government service, Ms. Safavian was in private law practice at Plunkett & Cooney in Detroit, Michigan and Dombroff & Gilmore in Washington, D.C. [1]

In March 2000, she joined the Office of the Independent Counsel as Associate Independent Counsel under Robert W. Ray (the successor to Kenneth Starr). Later she returned to Congress, as counsel for the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and currently as one of about 12 counsels on the staff of the House Government Reform Committee for oversight and investigations.

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