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Brendan Tate joined WWF in 2004 as senior administrative assistant for government relations. He was promoted to legislative associate in 2006, where he currently works with Congress to help shape legislation and appropriations issues. Brendan serves as liaison to congressional members and staff, administration officials and representatives from other groups on an array of issues such as increased funding for international biodiversity conservation, conservation programs in the Farm Bill, modernizing and strengthening the Endangered Species Act, and protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Prior to joining WWF, Brendan worked for Rep. David Obey (D-WI), the ranking member on the House Appropriations Committee. Brendan collaborated with the elections office to help promote and develop fundraising events and he represented Congressman Obey throughout the 7th district of Wisconsin. In 2002 Brendan worked for the DC based lobbying firm Jefferson Government Relations assisting on issues such as education, agriculture, appropriations, energy and water. Brendan is a 2003 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point with a degree in Political Science.