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Former Hill Staffer Dies at Age 56

Cynthia O'Malley was previously legislative director for Rep. Robert Davis


(Photo courtesy of K&L Gates)
(Photo courtesy of K&L Gates)

Former Capitol Hill staffer Cynthia O’Malley fought a 15-year battle with cancer and died on March 30.  

For more than seven years, O’Malley served as legislative director for Rep. Robert Davis, R-Mich., who was in the House from 1979 to 1993.  

A 1985 graduate of Northern Michigan University, O’Malley was most recently a government affairs counselor at K&L Gates. Previously, she worked as a government affairs counselor for the Department of Energy’s Office of Defense Programs. Prior to that, she was a member of the professional staff for the House Armed Services Research and Development Subcommittee.  

Davis died in 2009 at 77 from heart and kidney failure. After serving in Congress, he also worked at K&L Gates as a lobbyist.  

O’Malley’s funeral will take place on Saturday at St. Ann Catholic Church in Arlington, Va. She is survived by her husband, Brian, and two children, Thomas and Mary Grace.  

In lieu of flowers, her family is asking for contributions to the Girls & Boys Club-Camp O’Malley in Grand Rapids, Mich., or a donation to the American Cancer Society.  

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