May 7 • 57M

Chris Campbell Remembering Senator Orrin Hatch

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Breaking Battlegrounds is the show that crashes head-on into the gridlock mess policies and politicians have made of our cities, state and Washington DC.

This week on Breaking Battlegrounds, Chuck and Sam are joined by Chris Campbell, former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Institutions and David Keene, Editor at Large at the Washington Times. 

The Honorable Christopher E Campbell is the Chief Strategist at Kroll, based in the New York office. As a Fellow of the Kroll Institute, he is a frequent guest commentator on national news programs on matters involving the economy.

Prior to Kroll, Chris was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Institutions from 2017 to 2018. In that role, he was responsible for coordinating the Department’s efforts regarding financial institutions legislation and regulation, legislation affecting federal agencies that regulate or insure financial institutions and securities markets legislation and regulation. Specific policy and program areas of oversight included government-sponsored enterprises, critical infrastructure protection (cyber security) and compliance policy, the Federal Insurance Office (FIO), small business, community development and affordable housing policy.

Chris was the Treasury board representative on the boards of the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation (PBGC) and the Financial Industry's Critical Infrastructure Group. He regularly met with the heads of the 15 federal financial regulators. Additionally, he oversaw the Deputy Assistant Secretaries for Financial Institutions Policy and Small Business, Community Development and Affordable Housing, and Cyber Security, in addition to a staff of 200.

Prior to his role at the Treasury department, Chris was the majority staff director to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance. He designed, managed and coordinated the U.S. Senate Republican agenda in the areas of international and domestic taxation, international trade, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, the U.S. National Debt, and oversight of three presidential cabinet secretaries. He was named by Roll Call Newspaper as one of the 50 most influential staffers on Capitol Hill, seven years running. Previously, he served as legislative director to Senator Orrin G. Hatch, where he coordinated and managed the senator’s legislative activities.

Immediately prior to rejoining Senator Hatch’s staff, Chris owned a business consulting firm that specialized in business strategy for clients from all-sized companies across the country, and from a variety of industries.

Chris is a director of Intrado, Coinstar, WeConnect Health Management, tZERO, and a board advisor at Cross River Bank. Additionally, he is a Professor of Practice at his alma matter, Thunderbird School of Global Management. He also serves as a strategic advisor and consultant to several large national and international organizations. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

He holds an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Business Management and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

David A. Keene is Editor at Large at The Washington Times, the nation’s largest conservative newspaper. His book Shall Not Be Infringed: The New Assaults on Your Second Amendment will be followed by a book on the modern conservative movement in America in 2018.

While serving as President of the National Rifle Association (NRA), Keene, along with NRA’s Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, led the “All-In” Campaign to elect Second Amendment supporters to federal and state office in 2012 and worked tirelessly to keep the U.S. from adopting further gun control legislation in 2013. NRA membership grew from four to five plus million members during his two traditional one-year terms. Keene remains on the NRA board and chairs the Publications Policy Committee, the International Affairs Subcommittee, and the National School Shield program.

From 1982 to 2011, Keene served as the elected Chairman of the American Conservative Union (ACU), the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots conservative advocacy group. ACU is the major organizer of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference or CPAC, which Keene grew from 200 to 11,000 conservative activists. CPAC meets in Washington, DC, each winter to hear conservative leaders and to network with fellow conservatives from around the country and the world. 

Keene remains on the boards of The Center for the National Interest, The Constitution Project, The Montana Policy Institute, and has served as National Chairman of Young Americans for Freedom, among others. He has been a John F. Kennedy Fellow at Harvard University's Institute of Policy, a First Amendment Fellow at Vanderbilt University’s Freedom Forum, and a member of the Board of Visitors at Duke University’s Public Policy School.

After earning his law degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1970, Keene served as a Special Assistant to Vice President Spiro Agnew during the Nixon Administration, Executive Assistant to New York Senator Jim Buckley, and as an advisor to the presidential campaigns of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bob Dole and Mitt Romney and many state and local campaigns. 

For more than ten years, Keene wrote a regular column for The Hill, which focuses on Capitol Hill. He has written extensively on politics, civil liberties and criminal justice issues for the Boston Globe, National Review, Human Events, and the American Spectator and others, and has contributed to numerous books and hundreds of radio and television programs, including as a consultant to CBS News His Lifetime Achievement Awards include those from CPAC, Young Americas Foundation, the Second Amendment Foundation and the Council of Racial Equality.

Keene is married to Donna Wiesner Keene and they enjoy the company of five children, seven grandchildren, and a great-grandchild. They work in Washington, DC, and protect their sanity with extended trips to Montana and West Virginia to hunt, fish and enjoy the outdoors.

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