John Krieger is a staff attorney advocating for responsible and transparent federal budget policies that prioritize the public interest. Based in Washington, D.C., Mr. Krieger lobbies Congress to eliminate waste and fraud in the government contracting process and to reform the federal approach to transportation funding.
Mr. Krieger has testified as an expert witness before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. He has organized and spoken at numerous press conferences and legislative briefings with members of Congress, including the Chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Mayor of Washington, DC. He has been quoted by the New York Times, Associated Press, Wall Street Journal, CNN and National Public Radio. He is also a featured contributor to the National Journal's expert blog on federal transportation policy.
Last Spring, Mr. Krieger teamed up with Congressman Rahm Emanuel and Senator John Kerry to draft and pass legislation prohibiting the use of offshore tax havens by corporations receiving federal government contracts. Mr. Krieger built support for the measure in the national print media and among the leadership of both parties of Congress. After passing unanimously in both the House and Senate, the reform was signed into law by President George W. Bush.
Prior to joining U.S. PIRG, Mr. Krieger received a Master's in International Law from American University's Washington College of Law, where he specialized in comparative constitutional law and international protection of human rights. Mr. Krieger earned his law degree from the University of Richmond while serving as an associate editor of the Journal of Law and Public Interest and working as a counselor at the Richmond Children's Law Center focusing on alternative adjudication for non-violent juvenile drug offenders.
Mr. Krieger graduated with honors from Flagler College in 2002 with a degree in public relations. While attending Flagler, he served for two years as president of the Student Government Association and teamed with a local advocacy group to form Project Greater Good, a volunteer student-building project that provided transitional housing for the homeless.