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Mr. John Chwat

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Phone: (703) ***-****  HQ Phone
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The Chwat Group Inc
1423 Powhatan Street, Suite 1
Alexandria , Virginia 22314
United States

Company Description: TCG provides state and federal government relations services to multi-billion dollar trade and industry associations, professional groups with membership over...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Master's Degree , American Government
    Georgetown University
  • Bachelor of Art degree , Political Science
    Long Island University
  • Juris Doctor
    American University's Washington College of Law
  • Masters Degree , American Government
    Georgetown University
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence
    American University
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John Chwat, President
John Chwat, a native Washingtonian, is a well-respected professional lobbyist who began his distinguished career on Capitol Hill in 1971. He has extensive experience at the federal and state level representing a multi-client base of corporations, trade and professional associations, industry coalitions, and foreign clients. As President of the government relations firm of The Chwat Group, he has maintained a strong Washington presence for the firm's clients, representing their interests at all levels of government.
Mr. Chwat has a unique background specializing on how the Congress works, having served both Democrats and Republicans as a "Hill Professional" in the capacity of Chief of Staff to the late Rep.
Mr. Chwat served as a Legislative Assistant to the late Rep.
A graduate of Georgetown University with a Master's Degree in American Government, Mr. Chwat holds a Juris Doctor from American University's Washington College of Law and a Bachelor of Art degree in Political Science from Long Island University. He has taught courses on lobbying the legislative process and American government at George Mason University, Trinity College, Northern Virginia Community College and The Washington Center.
Mr. Chwat teaches lobbying techniques and government-relations strategies to industry and trade association conventions, state and national groups, and corporate board of directors' meetings. He served on the Government Relations Council of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and as Chairman of ASAE's "Advanced Institute on Government Relations.
Over the years, our president John ..., 4 Nov 2014 [cached]
Over the years, our president John Chwat, has consulted with a wide variety of cultural, art, and nonprofit foundations and organizations.
John Chwat has a long record of successfully securing donor support for client projects and educational programs, both in the United States and the U.K., and has secured public placement of bronze sculpture and exhibitions at prominent locations around the country, including the U.S. State Department, Folger Shakespeare Library, and at a location on Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington D.C. honoring the first president of the Czech Republic, Tomas Garrigue Masaryk.
John Chwat, has over four decades of experience in government relations and consulting for corporations, trade and professional associations and other clients. He is a member of the American Associations of Museums (AAM) and the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), and the Capitol Hill Historical Society. He also serves as president of a 501 (c) (3) organization, the American Friends of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, which raises funds for educational programs by hosting student summer study at Stratford-upon-Avon, U.K.
ESA will be pushing hard on ..., 4 Nov 2014 [cached]
ESA will be pushing hard on each, John Chwat, ESA's director of government relations, told Security Systems News.
All are topics of pending bills, and there's a chance they could make their way into big budget bills at the end of the session, he said. Regardless, ESA will continue to pursue those issues until Congress adjourns in mid-December, all the while hoping to make a dent so that if they're not passed the topics will be picked up again with the 114th Congress.
"It's very difficult at the end of the session to get anything passed, especially with this political climate," Chwat said.
If the measures don't get passed, they will need to be reintroduced in January.
"For the next Congress, there seems to be some support for apprenticeship tax credits. I view this as a very critical issue for the 114th Congress because our industry needs qualified young people for future employment who know the technologies and are trained on them properly," Chwat said.
Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Maria Cantwell of Washington, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Tim Scott of South Carolina seem to be on board with a bipartisan bill that recognizes the importance of giving tax credits to security employers that offer apprenticeship programs, he said. He added that ESA has a nationally approved Department of Labor apprenticeship program.
"We're looking for any changes in policy that relate to the FCC and the impact on the industry as it transitions into the broadband security universe," Chwat said.
"We are focused on the 114th Congress to correct this, to allocate money to the states on top of state funding," Chwat said. He provided Indiana as an example of a state with $9 million in funding for school security, $5 million of which would be used for technology.
Tags: ESA, Congressional session, John Chwat
While that money has gone toward ..., 17 July 2014 [cached]
While that money has gone toward the production of reports, research, assessments and position papers, among other things, it has not gone toward the actual installation of electronic security systems, says John Chwat, director of government relations at the Electronic Security Association.
Through the past two fiscal cycles, $90 million and $75 million have been allocated, respectively, to the Department of Education and the Department of Justice to enhance school security.
"Not one dime of that money has been spent on security technology, for surveillance or other security equipment," Chwat said. He added: "We believe enough is enough. It's patently ridiculous; $300 million without any money for systems."
The news was a "complete shock" to ESA leadership when he and others met with the Department of Education during the association's annual Day on Capitol Hill event. The fiscal cycle for 2015 begins in October. Between now and that time, ESA will begin an educational campaign, in collaboration with the Security Industry Association and other security company representatives, to increase congressional awareness of the problem.
"We have to first call attention to the issue," Chwat said. "Because I believe most congressmen, if you were to confront them about this, would be shocked that with over $300 million allocated to school security, none of the money was for equipment."
With its industry partners, the ESA plans to first alert the Senate Appropriations Committee and advance the message that, while assessments and guidance have a place in the grand scheme of bolstering school security, there needs to be "some hardening and acquiring of equipment."
Another priority is to engage groups such as the National Parent Teacher Association and law enforcement groups whose main priority is to protect elementary and secondary schools. The plan, Chwat says, is to "acquaint them with the need to pursue a funding requirement in the appropriations process" before the 2016 fiscal process begins in January.
The ESA's education campaign will also focus on ensuring that the formula grants given to states will set aside resources intended specifically for schools to purchase security equipment. In Indiana, through the Indiana Secured School Fund, which is administered by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, $9 million of grant money was given to the state, with $5 million earmarked for school technology.
Chwat says that can be a model for other states to follow. "That's a good thing, and that's what we want to do for all 50 states," he said. "That's what we'll be focused on for the next six months."
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Government Relations » ESA Integrator [cached]
Any correspondence members have with their elected officials should be shared with both Kevin and ESA's Director of Government Relations John Chwat at and respectively.
ESA Director of Government Relations John Chwat and his team report there is very little time left in this session of Congress to pass Chairman Baucus' legislation.
Questions or concerns regarding the information contained within the report should be directed to our Director of Government Relations, John Chwat at
We need to make the case for this, and work with our Legislative Director John Chwat in Washington, D.C.
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