Nicholas D. Choate

Senior Policy Advisor
Choate Nicholas
Nick Choate is a veteran of Capitol Hill who brings years of experience to clients who are seeking to influence policy in Washington, particularly with the Democratic Party in the House and Senate. Before joining Venable, Nick served as the deputy legislative director for former U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO). In this role, he coordinated telecommunications, appropriations, cybersecurity, and technology policy priorities on behalf of the senator and her work as a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Nick has extensive knowledge of the legislative process, having held several other positions with members of Congress, including legislative director, legislative assistant, and press secretary. He also served as director of government relations for a bipartisan Washington, DC government relations firm. On behalf of clients, Nick built relationships with members of Congress and their staffs, and tracked legislation related to agriculture, alternative energy, water policy, immigration, trade, and mortgage reform.


Government Experience

  • Legislative Director, Office of U.S. Congressman Bart Stupak (D-MI)
  • Legislative Assistant / Press Secretary, Office of U.S. Congressman Dan Boren (D-OK)
  • Legislative Director, Office of U.S. Congressman Jim Costa (D-CA)
  • Legislative and Communications Assistant, Office of U.S. Congresswoman Karen McCarthy (D-MO)
  • Deputy Legislative Director, Office of U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO)




  • B.A. Political Science and History University of Missouri 2004