The Honorable Preston Rutledge is founder and principal of Rutledge Policy Group, LLC. He most recently served as the Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Employee Benefits Administration at the Department of Labor.
Prior to his service in the Administration, Mr. Rutledge served as senior tax and benefits counsel for Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) on the Majority Tax Staff of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, where his responsibilities included employee benefits, retirement, and charities and tax-exempt organizations, among others.
Before joining the Finance Committee, Mr. Rutledge served as a senior tax law specialist on the Headquarters Staff of the Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division of the Internal Revenue Service, and as a senior technical reviewer in the Qualified Pension Plans Branch of the IRS office of Chief Counsel. Mr. Rutledge also served as a law clerk on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and worked in private law practice as an employee benefits counselor and ERISA litigator.
Mr. Rutledge earned a B.S. in business, cum laude, from the University of Idaho; J.D., with high honors, from the George Washington University School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review, and an L.L.M. – taxation, with distinction, including a certificate in employee benefits law, from the Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to law school, Mr. Rutledge was a Naval Officer and served on the U.S.S. Bagley (FF-1069).