Chris grew up in Cleburne, Texas. He has over a quarter of a century of experience working in public affairs and government. Chris’ career began in journalism working as a reporter in Oklahoma City and later with NBC Radio News as an editor in Washington, D.C. Following his work in the media he worked for the U.S. Senate Republican Conference where he was a senior producer responsible for media relations. Chris has worked in senior roles for three United States Senators; Phil Gramm of Texas, as well as Fred Thompson and Bob Corker of Tennessee.
He has also worked on numerous campaigns in his more than twenty five years of experience. Chris was elected chair of the Tennessee Republican Party in 2009. Under his leadership, the State Party was successful in helping to elect a Governor, a United States Senator, an historic majority of Tennessee’s U.S. Congressional Delegation, and super-majorities in both chambers of the Tennessee State Legislature. In 2015 Chris stepped down from his leadership role with the Tennessee Republican State Party.
Today he provides senior consulting services to clients on public policy issues, government relations, strategy, communication, grassroots, coalition building and stakeholder outreach. In addition, he leads the Children’s Nutrition Program of Haiti. Chris is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and government. He lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee.