Martin Gold

Partner /

Martin B. Gold is a partner with Capitol Counsel, LLC. In service to our clients, he brings over 50 years of legislative and private practice experience. He is a recognized authority and author on matters of congressional rules and parliamentary strategies, and U.S. policy in Asia. He frequently advises senators and their staff and serves on the adjunct faculty at George Washington University. Before domestic business, professional, and academic audiences, he speaks about Congress as well as political and public policy developments. Gold has been a guest lecturer at Tsinghua University, the Beijing Foreign Studies University, the Beijing International Studies University, Moscow State University, the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, the State Parliament of Ukraine, and the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.


  • Washington College of Law at American University – J.D.
  • American University – M.P.A.
  • American University – B.A.
  • Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (Spanish)

Positions Held

  • Covington & Burling LLP, Washington, D.C. – Chair, Government Affairs Practice
  • Office of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN), Washington, D.C. – Floor Adviser and Counsel
  • The Legislative Strategies Group, Washington, D.C. – Co-founder
  • Johnson, Smith, Dover, Kitzmiller & Stewart, Inc., Washington, D.C. – Counsel
  • Gold and Liebengood, Washington, D.C. – President and Co-founder
  • Office of Senate Majority Leader Howard H. Baker, Jr. (R-TN), Washington, D.C. – Counsel
  • Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, Washington, D.C. – Republican Staff Director and Counsel
  • Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Washington, D.C. – Professional Staff Member
  • Office of Senator Mark O. Hatfield (R-OR), Washington, D.C. – Legal Assistant

Memberships / Recognition

  • National Committee on US-China Relations – Member
  • Council on Foreign Relations – Member
  • Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C. – Member since 2000 in recognition for excellence in the field of political science.
  • Friends of the Law Library, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. – Board Member
  • United States Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad – Appointed in 2006 by President George W. Bush. On the commission, Gold commemorated the work of Dr. Ho Feng Shan, a Chinese diplomat who, while serving as a consular officer in Austria, issued visas to Shanghai to save several thousand Jews from Nazi persecution. In 2008, the Senate adopted a resolution honoring Dr. Ho’s selfless heroism.
  • In 2011-2012 while co-chair of Covington & Burling’s government affairs practice, Gold was instrumental in securing adoption of congressional resolutions expressing regret for the Chinese exclusion laws. For this project, he received Covington’s James C. McKay pro bono award and the Champion of Justice Award by the Chinese American Citizens Alliance.


  • Crosscurrents: U.S. Relations with Nationalist China 1943-1960, 2023.
  • The Legislative Filibuster: Essential to the United States Senate, Hatch Center Policy Review 2022.
  • The Twenty-second Amendment and the Limits of Presidential Tenure: A Tradition Restored, November 2019. Lexington Books.
  • Senate Procedure and Practice, 2018 (Fourth Edition). A widely consulted primer on Senate floor procedure, now in its fourth edition.
  • A Legislative History of the Taiwan Relations Act: Bridging the Strait, 2017. Presented by podcast at the Richard Nixon Library and Museum
  • Forbidden Citizens: Chinese Exclusion and the U.S. Congress: A Legislative History, 2012. Awarded the Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal by the Independent Book Publishers of America and was named an Honor Book by the Asian and Pacific American Librarians Association.
  • The Grand Institution: A Profile of the United States Senate, 2011; published in China.
  • The Constitutional Option To Change Senate Rules And Procedures: A Majoritarian Means to Overcome The Filibuster, 2004 (with Dimple Gupta). Published in The Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.