Chris Barkley joined NMPA in 2024 and serves as Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. A seasoned political strategist, he spent over two decades working in high-ranking positions on Capitol Hill beginning in the House of Representatives and spending the majority of his career in the United States Senate.
Mr. Barkley most recently served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy for Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT), advising on all policy and legislation as well as supporting his role on the Whip Team. He helped negotiate several of the biggest bipartisan legislative deals in recent years. He previously was Policy Director for the Senate Republican Policy Committee under Senator John Barrasso (R-WY).
Chris was Senior Policy Advisor to Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) following his time as Deputy Staff Director of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. He previously worked in Senator Tom Coburn’s (R-OK) office as well as the U.S. House Committee on Government Reform.
Since 2022 he has been an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania Carey School of Law. He is a graduate of the University of Mary Washington.