WASHINGTON, D.C.—Kelley Drye & Warren LLP announced today that Beth Jafari will join the firm upon her departure from the office of U.S. Senator John Cornyn, where she has served as the Senator’s Chief of Staff since 2007. Beth brings strong relationships with Senate leadership and Executive Branch officials spanning four administrations to Kelley Drye’s expanding bipartisan government relations team.
Beth joined Senator Cornyn’s office in 2003 as Legislative Director and became his Chief of Staff in 2007. In that role, Beth helped Senator Cornyn secure six Senate leadership positions and oversaw three successful Senate reelection campaigns. She managed the 60-person office through several high profile national debates including immigration reform, criminal justice reform, eight Supreme Court nominations and the COVID pandemic. Beth is known for her strong grasp of the intersection of policy and politics and her institutional knowledge of the Senate and its relationship with other branches of the government. She is a widely respected bipartisan consensus builder and is known across Capitol Hill for her ability to easily communicate complex policy ideas.
The addition of Beth further bolsters the Government Relations Practice and strengthens its bi-partisan focus after the recent addition of Laurie Rubiner, who had served as Chief of Staff for Senator Richard Blumenthal.
Beth received her J.D. from George Mason School of Law, and B.A. in both Journalism and Political Science from Texas A&M University.