Punke previously served as chief international trade counsel to the Senate Finance Committee. During his four years on the committee, Punke advised Chairman Max Baucus and other members of the committee on international trade and international tax issues, as well as international competitiveness policies.
Punke has taught classes on international trade dispute resolution at Georgetown University Law School, negotiating skills at the George Washington University Elliot School of International Affairs, and international business transactions at the University of Baltimore Law School. He speaks frequently on international trade topics, and has appeared as a witness before congressional committees. His legal background includes work as a partner at Preston Gates Ellis and as an associate at Dewey Ballantine. He was also a law clerk to Judge Sidney Thomas of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Punke is active in Democratic politics. He ran the 2000 Gore-Lieberman campaign for the state of Wyoming, and has been involved in numerous presidential and congressional campaigns. He currently serves on the steering committee for the New Democrat Caucus and is active with Third Way.
Punke received both his J.D. and B.A. from Cornell University. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a fellow of the U.S.-Japan Leadership Program. His interests include triathlons, running, and backpacking. « less
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