For more than twenty-five years, Chris has delivered for clients and employers in the government relations, public affairs and political arenas.
Chris launched CP Strategies LLC in 2013 and since has advanced client interests in energy, health care, telecommunications, transportation, workforce development, education, commercial real estate and agriculture at the federal, state and local levels.
As director government affairs for Union Pacific Railroad, Chris managed state and local government relations in Arizona, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah and Washington, and served on the railroad’s federal PAC board. Chris worked four years in the proprietary education industry where he focused on strategic growth including new program development, regulatory approvals and real estate in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington state, and Washington, D.C.
Chris served as state senator’s staff in the Nebraska Legislature, as communications director and deputy chief of staff in the Governor’s office, and has managed successful statewide candidate and ballot issue campaigns.
Chris was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa, into a military family. He earned his degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Chris is a member of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, the Lincoln Independent Business Association, and is treasurer of his neighborhood association. Chris and his wife, Betsy, have three sons ages 23, 21 and 10, and a 5 year old daughter.
If your desire is to influence public policy, build and develop a strong reputation, and bring stakeholders together behind a common purpose, CP Strategies LLC is the partner you need. Our relationships extend beyond the Legislature to the executive branch of state government including the Governor’s Office, other constitutional officers, and state agencies, as well as to higher education and local government, and to Nebraska’s congressional delegation. We can advocate for your goals at many levels using a wide variety of tools.
Whether working to pass a new law or fighting someone else’s legislation, we have the relationships and experience to successfully advocate for you. We work with members of Nebraska’s unique non-partisan, one-house Legislature every day at the State Capitol and, when the Legislature isn’t in session, we work with them in their communities. These relationships built over years help us to help you with your legislative goals.
With ties across Nebraska including among elected officials at all levels, business and community leaders, and decision-makers in organizations representing a myriad of interests, we are ready to help open doors, make introductions and ensure your pitch and follow-up is heard and given a fair shake, and that you have the answers you need during the pre-bid process.
For nearly twenty-five years we have fostered relationships with reporters, editors and publishers for the benefit of our clients. We work to place news stories and guest opinion pieces, inform reporters, and pitch editorial writers. We have provided media training sessions for candidates, organizational leadership, and business executives.
Among the most successful and seasoned candidate and ballot issue campaign managers and consultants in Nebraska, we work with you to identify your objectives and a political strategy to achieve them.