Elizabeth Pugh has enjoyed a 40-year distinguished career in government service. For the past 20 years, she has served as General Counsel of the Library of Congress. With three buildings on Capitol Hill (and several offsite locations), 850 miles of shelves, 23 reading rooms, 3300 employees, an award winning website, a collection of more than 168 million items, and some 10,000 new items arriving every day, the Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world. It's also the home of the U.S. Copyright Office and the Law Library of Congress, and serves as the research arm of Congress in the Congressional Research Office.

Ms. Pugh began her legal career as an attorney with the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Education. She then moved to the Department of Justice and held positions of increasing responsibility as a litigator and manager. After leaving the Department of Justice, she served as General Counsel to the National Archives and Records Administration, where she played a significant role in the resolution of a case that resulted in the opening of tape.

Prior positions:

  • General Counsel, National Archives and Records Administration
  • Assistant Branch Director, Federal Programs Branch, Department of Justice
  • Trial Attorney, Department of Justice
  • Attorney - Department of Education
  • Attorney - Department of Housing and Urban Development

  • BA - Sociology -University of Massachusetts/Amherst 1971
  • MA - Higher Education Administration - Ohio State University 1975
  • JD - Cleveland Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University 1978
  • Honorary Doctorate - Humane Letters 2008, Cleveland State University
Professional Affiliations:

  • Federal Bar Association –Secretary, Treasurer and President of the Capitol Hill Chapter
  • National Advisory Board- Cleveland Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University
  • Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capitol -Women’s Advisory Board
  • Wildcat Conservation Legal Aid Society- Board Member
*She also volunteers as a Docent for the Library of Congress, and as an Interpreter at the National Zoo in Washington, DC