Christian B. Jones

Senior Advisor

Washington, D.C.
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Overview

With more than 25 years of federal government affairs experience – including serving as a senior congressional staffer – Chris Jones provides clients with actionable legislative intelligence and comprehensive lobbying strategies to shape legislative and regulatory outcomes that meet clients' business and strategic goals. He counsels Fortune 100 CEOs and corporate executives responsible for government affairs on lobbying strategies with the nuance that more than two decades’ experience on Capitol Hill and representing clients in the private sector provides.

Chris is a seasoned federal government affairs advisor and a registered federal lobbyist. He served on Capitol Hill for nearly 15 years, in both the House and Senate, including as a chief of staff before representing government affairs clients in the private sector. Chris has been a senior advisor with BakerHostetler’s Federal Policy team since 2016 and served for seven years before that as president of a Washington, D.C.-based government affairs and public policy consulting firm. Chris leverages that experience to represent companies in multiple sectors, providing each client with insight, context and advocacy that can only come from experience. Each client is unique and faces unique challenges in Washington. Chris designs government affairs and lobbying strategies specific to each client’s business and strategic goals. From developing relationships with key lawmakers to lobbying congressional offices and executive branch officials, Chris offers each client unique attention and services to recognize client risks and opportunities, develop legislative champions and lobby government officials to minimize threats and achieve business goals.

*[Not an Attorney]

Experience

  • Assists clients new to engaging with the federal government to design company-specific advocacy strategies, including creating client relationships with key lawmakers on Capitol Hill and developing long-lasting legislative champions.
  • Works as part of an advocacy team for clients that retain multiple lobbying firms, each with discreet responsibilities to advance clients’ business and strategic goals in Washington.
  • Represents multiple healthcare clients, including pharmaceutical and medical technology manufacturers, facing legislative, regulatory and reimbursement policy challenges. Designs government affairs advocacy strategies to overcome those challenges and lobbies directly with government officials to shape legislative outcomes.
  • Counsels CEOs and other corporate executives on government affairs activities, legislative developments and effective lobbying strategies to shape policy outcomes.
  • Counsels CEOs prior to congressional testimony, including participating in mock congressional hearings.
  • Represents clients in tax controversies and facing potentially harmful legislative changes or adverse IRS actions, leveraging congressional relationships to mitigate burdensome agency activity and legislation.
  • Represents clients in the technology sector facing legislative and political threats, providing legislative intelligence on future policy initiatives and congressional actions.
  • Represents financial services clients to advance legislative initiatives that spur innovation in consumer financial products and services as well as incentivizing capital formation. 

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • JD Supra Readers' Choice Awards: Top 10 Author in Healthcare (2020)

Services

Prior Positions

  • Ferguson Strategies, LLC: President (2009 to 2016)
  • Congressman Mike Ferguson: Chief of Staff (2001 to 2009)
  • Congressman David McIntosh: Deputy Chief of Staff (1995 to 2001)
    • House Government Reform and Oversight Committee: Press Secretary (1995 to 2001)
  • Congressman John Myers: Press Secretary (1994 to 1995)
  • Kansas City Star: Political Reporter (1991 to 1992)

Admissions

  • [Not an Attorney]

Education

  • University of Missouri, School of Journalism

Blog

In The Blogs

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Ohio Clock
Not so Fast: Why Congress May Not Raise Taxes This Year
By Christian B. Jones
May 26, 2021
When Democrats won the Georgia Senate elections in January, giving the party control of Washington for the first time in more than a decade, progressive lawmakers began promoting a series of sweeping tax increases that they said would help...
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Ohio Clock
Democrats Face Key Test Vote on COVID-19 Relief Bill
By Christian B. Jones
February 22, 2021
House Democrats plan to vote as soon as Friday on their $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill, a key initial hurdle as they race to renew federal unemployment benefits, provide stimulus checks to millions of Americans and inject billions...
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Ohio Clock
Reconciliation Primer: Democrats March Toward COVID-19 Relief Bill
By Christian B. Jones
February 5, 2021
The Senate on Friday took the first step toward advancing filibuster-proof legislation that congressional Democrats hope to enact by mid-March that would include $1.9 trillion in COVID-19 relief and other policy priorities. Democrats are...
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Ohio Clock
Congress Grants SEC New Authority in Securities Fraud Cases
By Christian B. Jones
January 4, 2021
Congress voted to give the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) sweeping new authority to prosecute violations by creating a 10-year statute of limitations for the agency to seek disgorgement of ill-gotten gains from securities fraud...
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Congress Targets $2.3 Trillion COVID-19 Relief, Government Funding Package
By Christian B. Jones
December 21, 2020
Congress is scheduled to wrap up legislative business only days before Christmas by voting on a $2.3 trillion package of COVID-19 relief and government spending amid reports that coronavirus infections are spiking nationwide and as the...
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