WASHINGTON, May 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ryan McCormick, a former advisor to four U.S. Senators on budget, tax and economic policy matters, has joined The Real Estate Roundtable as vice president and counsel.
McCormick served most recently as senior tax and economic policy counsel for Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), where his legislative portfolio included tax, international trade, banking, Social Security, and general economic policy. In the 112th Congress, McCormick was staff director of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility & Economic Growth.
During the past 17 years, the former Fulbright scholar also served as a fiscal policy advisor to Sens. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), John Kerry (D-MA) and Bob Graham (D-FL), as well as tax research assistant on the Finance Committee staff of Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY). Outside the U.S. Senate, McCormick practiced tax law at Miller & Chevalier Chartered, the nation's oldest tax law firm, and was editor-in-chief of the University of Texas International Law Journal.
"With his deep understanding of economic and fiscal policy, Ryan will be invaluable in helping The Roundtable to develop and advance effective policy perspectives on a range of tax matters," said Roundtable President and CEO Jeffrey DeBoer. "Our goal is to advance sensible, long-term-oriented tax policies that reflect the economics of owning, developing and transferring real estate, and that help foster broad economic growth," DeBoer added.
The Roundtable continues working to reduce tax barriers to foreign investment in U.S. real estate (e.g., the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act of 1980 [FIRPTA]) and to foster comprehensive energy efficiency retrofits of commercial buildings (through reforms to the existing Section 179D tax deduction).
McCormick earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law; he is also a graduate of the Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Paris, France; and the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. He was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study the political economy of tax reform in West Africa; as well as the Vinson & Elkins Presidential Scholarship in International Law. McCormick is a licensed member of the Texas bar.
SOURCE Real Estate Roundtable