Prior to his service in the Administration, Mr. Burkhardt served 20 years as a member of an Illinois commercial law firm. There he engaged in a utility legal and government relations practice representing Fortune 500 electric, natural gas, water, sewer and telecommunications utility companies before the state and federal courts and the Illinois General Assembly. In addition, he represented Fortune 500 financial, health insurance and construction management companies as well as a large public university before the Illinois General Assembly. Earlier in his career at the Illinois firm, he served as Counsel to the Republican Leader of the Illinois House of Representatives, General Counsel of the Illinois Republican Party and National President of the Republican National Lawyers Association. Mr. Burkhardt has represented statewide, congressional, and presidential candidates and political and corporate committees before state and federal courts and administrative agencies with respect to election law issues. He is a member of the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and Vice-Chairman of its National Venturing Committee. Mr. Burkhardt received his J.D. from St. Louis University in 1984, and his B.A. in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.