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C. Richard D’Amato was reappointed to the U.S. China Economic and Security Review Commission on October 5, 2005, for a two-year term. He served as the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Commission beginning in April 2001 through December 20, 2005. He is a former delegate to the General Assembly of the State of Maryland and served on the Appropriations Committee.
D’Amato served on the Trade Deficit Review Commission, a Congressional advisory body, as a member from 1999-2000. He also served as senior foreign policy and defense advisor to the Democratic Senate leader and supervised work on major foreign policy, national security and trade policies, and was the co-director for the Senate Arms Control Observer Group.
He founded the annual Taste-of-the-Nation dinners in Annapolis as part of the nationwide “Share Our Strength” hunger relief organization, and created an annual scholarship for college bound African-American women in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. D’Amato currently serves on the boards of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Annapolis Maritime Museum, The Johns Hopkins Cuba Exchange Program, and the University of Oxford Congressional Visitors program.