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James Reid brings more than 20 years of political, policy, and communications experience to Capitol Hill Policy Group. He has advised Senators, Members of Congress, and CEOs and has been at the intersection of key policy debates on Capitol Hill and in the private sector.
James served as Chief of Staff to former U.S. Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV (D-WV), where he oversaw every facet of the legislative, communications, political, and administrative operations in the Senator’s office. He also counseled Senator Rockefeller on all matters related to his Chairmanship of the Senate Commerce Committee and active memberships on the Senate Finance, Intelligence, and Veterans Affairs Committees.
As Deputy Staff Director of the Senate Commerce Committee, James oversaw the Senate’s work on cybersecurity, transportation, telecommunications, consumer protection, aviation, maritime, and science. He led successful efforts on the first long-term reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration in seven years, the creation of the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, a national public safety communications network in FirstNet, and doubled funding for the Federal Communications Commission’s E-Rate program to provide affordable communications services at rural and low-income schools and libraries.
James previously served as Senior Vice President of Government Affairs at the Telecommunications Industry Association. On behalf of a broad cross section of the global information and communications technology industry, he worked closely with key Members of Congress and the Executive Branch to achieve the industry’s strategic, legislative, and regulatory priorities.
James earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver.