Omar Ashmawy
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Omar Ashmawy

Omar Ashmawy is staff director and chief counsel of the Office of Congressional Ethics.[1]

He was born in Jersey City but grew up in Westfield, New Jersey.[2] His father was an immigrant from Egypt. His mother was an immigrant from Italy.[3][2] His mother was Catholic, but Ashmawy was reared in his father's faith tradition and grew up as a practicing Muslim.[2]

Ashmawy attended George Washington University, earning both an undergraduate and a law degree.[4] He joined the United States Air Force after law school, serving in the Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAG).[4][2] As JAG staff, he was one of the four prosecutors on the Salim Hamdan terrorism case.[2][5]


  1. ^ Nixon, Ron (21 January 2001). "G.O.P. Grants Reprieve to House Ethics Office". New York Times. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e "WhoRunsGov: Omar Ashmawy". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ Goldmacher, Shane (3 March 2012). "Disparate Impact: Black Lawmakers and Ethics Investigations". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ a b Soni, Jimmy (5 October 2015). "Pocket Profile: Omar Ashmawy". Washington Examiner. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ Glaberson, William (26 July 2008). "Prosecutors State Case in First Guantánamo Trial". New York Times. Retrieved 2017.

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