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The National Restaurant Association has added Steven Hilton, vice president of Government Relations for McDonald's Corporation, to its Board of Directors.
Hilton was inducted at the NRA's fall 2011 board meeting in Washington, D.C., last month and will serve through Dec. 31, 2013, when he is eligible to renew his commitment.
In his role at McDonald's, Hilton leads the corporate government relations team, which manages the company's state, federal and international government activities.
Prior to joining McDonald's in 2009, Hilton was a lobbyist and attorney representing clients such as the National Football League, American Legion and Bombardier Aerospace. He has also worked closely with senior government leadership including holding a position on President Obama's transition team in 2008 and serving as deputy assistant to the President/Chief of staff under President Clinton. He also served as a senior legislative assistant and later Judiciary Committee Chief Counsel for Senator Arlen Specter.
Hilton is a 25-year veteran, having achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. President Clinton also appointed Hilton as a commissioner of the American Battle Monument Commission which was responsible for the construction of the World War II, and the Korean War Memorials on the National Mall.
He is a graduate of Princeton University as well as the Army's Command & General Staff College and he received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law School.
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