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David Certner

David Certner is the Legislative Counsel and Director of Legislative Policy for Government Relations and Advocacy at AARP. He has been with AARP since 1982, and serves as counsel for the Association’s legislative, regulatory, and policy efforts at the federal and state level, as well as for litigation opportunities before the courts. Prior to assuming his current role in 2007, Mr. Certner had served as Director of AARP’s 25 person Federal Affairs shop, where he headed up all federal legislative and regulatory activity. In both roles, Mr. Certner has testified numerous times before both Congress and regulatory bodies, and has made frequent appearances on TV, on radio, as well as in print publications.

Mr. Certner also served as chairman of the 1994 ERISA Advisory Council of the Department of Labor, and was appointed as a delegate to the 1998, 2002, and 2006 National Summits on Retirement Savings. He is currently a member of BNA’s Pension and Benefits reporter advisory board. Mr. Certner, an attorney, received his law degree from the National LawCenter at George Washington University.

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