Timothy Hughes serves as Vice President and Chief Counsel for Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX). SpaceX is an emerging launch services provider developing a family of launch vehicles intended to reduce the cost and increase the reliability of access to space. As lead corporate attorney for SpaceX, Mr. Hughes is responsible for the company's legal, regulatory, and legislative affairs.
Prior to joining SpaceX, Mr. Hughes served as Majority Counsel to the Committee on Science in the U.S. House of Representatives, providing counsel to the Science Committee generally, with a particular focus on the Space Subcommittee, and drafting and managing legislation, including the 2005 NASA Authorization Act (later enacted as P.L. 109-155), amendments to the Iran Nonproliferation Act, and space prize legislation, and drafting and shepherding the passage of commercial human spaceflight legislation, H.R. 3752 and H.R. 5382, the Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act of 2004 (enacted as P.L. 108-492). He also provided legal counsel to the Science Committee during its review of the Space Shuttle Columbia accident and implementation of CAIB recommendations. Mr. Hughes was a senior associate with the Telecommunications and Litigation groups of Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP, and an attorney in the Office of the Chief Counsel for the United States Secret Service. He is a graduate of William and Mary Law School and Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. Mr. Hughes is a member of the Bar in both Maryland and the District of Columbia. Mr. Hughes is the co-author of "Space Travel Law and Politics: The Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act of 2004," Journal of Space Law, Vol. 31, No. 1 (2005).
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