Biography of Samuel R. Berger

photo: Samuel R. BergerSamuel R. Berger is Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs.

Mr. Berger served as Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs during President Clinton's first term in office. In that position, Mr. Berger served as chairman of the Deputies Committee of the National Security Council, the sub-Cabinet interagency group charged with coordination of foreign policy.

Mr. Berger served as Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to Governor Clinton during the 1992 Presidential campaign and Assistant Transition Director for National Security of the 1992 Clinton-Gore Transition.

Mr. Berger has varied prior experience in government, having served as Special Assistant to former New York City Mayor John Lindsay; Legislative Assistant for former U.S. Senator Harold Hughes (Iowa) and Congressman Joseph Resnick (N.Y.); and Deputy Director of the Policy Planning Staff, U.S. Department of State, 1977-1980. During his tenure at the State Department, Mr. Berger was involved in a wide variety of international economic, security and foreign policy matters.

Prior to his service in the Clinton Administration, Mr. Berger practiced law with the Washington law firm of Hogan & Hartson (1973 - 1977, 1981 - 1992), where he was a partner and headed the firm's international trade group.

Mr. Berger received his B.A. degree from Cornell University in 1967 and his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 1971.

Mr. Berger is the author of Dollar Harvest (1971), a book on American rural politics, and numerous articles on international affairs.

NSC Home