Fred's BioFred Clark, former chief counsel to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry under Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Ranking Member Sen. John Boozman (R-AR), returned to Cornerstone as a senior consultant focused on servicing the firm’s agriculture clients. After working at Cornerstone from 2003-2013, Clark served on the Senate Committee from 2017-2022.
During his tenure with the Senate Agriculture Committee under Chairman Roberts, Fred served as principal draftsperson for several bills enacted into law, including several titles of the 2018 farm bill, the U.S. Grain Standards Reauthorization Act of 2020 and the Agriculture Relief provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of FY 2021. During 2021-2022 Fred helped lead the transition of the Committee Republican staff from Chairman Roberts to Ranking Member Boozman and directed the Committee Minority’s work to ensure the compliance of budget reconciliation legislation with Senate rules.
Fred originally spent 10 years with Cornerstone between 2003 and 2013, first as a partner in the business and then as a senior consultant. Fred was an integral part of the team during those early years and contributed significantly to our growth and development in many ways, including serving as general counsel and a managing partner. Fred left Cornerstone in 2013 to pursue his passion in international mission work, until he returned to the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry in 2017. Prior to his joining Cornerstone, Fred represented agriculture, finance, and trade clients before Congress and the Executive branch, after having served as a staffer in the House of Representatives for over a decade, including as both associate counsel and deputy chief counsel to the House Committee on Agriculture.
Fred is a native Californian with a B.S. in agriculture business management from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He moved to Washington, D.C. in 1983, where he earned a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.