As the in-house staff counsel for the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission, David Lovett acts as senior staff for the Governance Committee in addition to overseeing compliance issues and the maintenance of the Official Record of the Commission.

Lovett is an independent historian, consultant, researcher, writer, and bibliophile, with specific expertise in American studies and history. He has assisted several New York Times best-selling authors and has an ongoing relationship with Scholastic Press, Smithsonian Magazine, Kirkus Review, and numerous other major publishing houses. With expertise in the protection of American presidents, he has acted as consultant for the U.S. Secret Service, the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas, and major motion picture studios. He served for nearly two decades as deputy and then director of a Washington, D.C. non-profit medical association’s advocacy office, where he led a staff of 14 lobbyists and regulatory analysts in two cities. A native of Chicago, he was the legislative director for an Illinois Member of Congress for about ten years, overseeing all legislative operations.

A magna cum laude graduate of Brandeis University in American studies and political science, he received his juris doctor from Northwestern University School of Law. He is admitted to the practice of law in New York, Illinois, and the District of Columbia.