- Food & Agribusiness
- Coalition & Nonprofit Services
- Federal Government Affairs & Lobbying
- Government Contracts
- Government Ethics & Election Law
- Public Policy
- Regulatory & Government Affairs
- State & Federal Regulatory Law
- Europe & Middle East
|Contact Info||Telephone: 202.378.2301|
|University ||George Washington University, B.S., 1983|
|Law School||American University, Washington College of Law, China Program, 1987; Creighton University School of Law, J.D., 1989|
|Admitted||1989, District of Columbia; 1989, Nebraska; 1989, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia; 1989, U.S. Court of Appeals, Armed Forces; 2005, U.S. Supreme Court; 1991, U.S. Court of Federal Claims|
Professional Associations and Memberships
•American Bar Association
•American Farm Bureau Federation
•District of Columbia Bar Association
•Nebraska State Bar Association
•Puerto Rico Farm Bureau
•United States Cattleman's Association
•World Presidents' Organization, Northeast Regional Board of Directors, 2012-present
•World Presidents' Organization, U.S. Capital Chapter, chair, 2008-2009
•Young Presidents' Organization, U.S. Capital Chapter, chair, 2008-2009
•YPO/WPO Food and Beverage Network
As managing partner of Husch Blackwell's Washington, D.C., office, Steve is well versed in public policy and understands the complexities of both the federal government and state and local issues. More important, he applies this unique knowledge for the advantage of food and agribusiness companies in:
•Regulatory compliance and enforcement issues by various departments and agencies of the federal government.
•Advocacy efforts before members of Congress on behalf of companies that produce, package and distribute food products.
•Advisory opinions for various rural agencies within the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Steve's government and public policy credentials comprise work for the White House Office of Management and Budget, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. House of Representatives. He also served as chief of staff to the mayor of Omaha and ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District in 1998.
Steve is a member of the Partner Board and is chair of the firm's political action committee (HB PAC).
Awards and Recognitions
•Young Presidents' Organization, Best of the Best Seminar Award, “Inside Washington Seminar,” 2013
•Boulder Crest Retreat for Wounded EOD Warrior Foundation, Board of Directors, 2010-present
•Bush for President Campaign, political liaison to the U.S. territories (American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands), 1999-2001
•The Economic Club of Washington, D.C.
•Museum Kampa, Prague, Czech Republic, Supervisory Board, 2008-2012
•Republican Governors Association Executive Roundtable Principal, 2014-present
•Advised clients on Rural Utilities Service loans at the Department of Agriculture.
•Assisted clients with financing and political risk insurance before the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC).
•Represented agribusiness interests before the House and Senate Agriculture Committees.
2.07.14 President Signs Long-Awaited Farm Bill: What You Need To Know
Food & Agribusiness Alert
1.03.13 Pulling U.S. Back from the Cliff, Congress Approves Tax and Spending Policies
12.06.12 Post-Election Update 2012
4.08.11 Government Shutdown 2011
2.16.10 Sentencing Commission Signals Change in Effective Compliance Program Requirements
2.09.10 Corporations and Unions Have the Right to Speak In Federal Elections
In The News
3.06.12 Young Presidents' Organization Honors Husch Blackwell's Steve Kupka with 2011 Best of the Best Personal Development Seminar Award
9.04.11 Puerto Rico Governor Visits Husch Blackwell's D.C. Office, Speaks on the Power of the Hispanic Vote
6.30.09 Husch Blackwell Sanders Hosts Meeting with Representatives of the Country of Mongolia
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President Signs Long-Awaited Farm Bill: What You Need To Know
Kyle J. Gilster,Steven M. Kupka, February 12, 2014
On Friday, February 7th, President Obama signed the Agricultural Act of 2014 (H.R. 2642), widely referred to as the 2014 Farm Bill, a comprehensive five-year farm policy package for agricultural and food assistance programs. The U.S. House of Representatives passed this legislation on January 29,...
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