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Biography PhotoChristopher W. Frech
Senior Vice President, Global Government Affairs

Chris is responsible for managing global government affairs, public policy, community engagement, and the Emergent BioSolutions employees PAC. He first joined the company in February of 2009 as the vice president of government affairs.

Prior to joining Emergent, Chris established himself as an experienced senior government official with more than 15 years of legislative experience. He served in the George W. Bush Administration as the deputy assistant to the president for legislative affairs, overseeing and managing the House legislative affairs team. He served as President Bush’s chief liaison to the House of Representatives from January 2008 to January 2009, where he was responsible for providing legislative, strategic, and tactical advice to the president, vice president, cabinet and White House senior staff on all issues relating to working with the Congress to enact his priorities and policy objectives. In September 2003, Chris began serving as special assistant to the president, responsible for dealing with 85 Members of Congress from both political parties. He was the primary liaison for five separate committees covering financial services, judiciary, government operations, homeland security, and science and technology. Chris managed legislative strategy for several major initiatives, including: Immigration Reform, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Reform, Postal Reform, Patriot Act Reauthorization, Terrorism Risk Insurance Program, and Government Sponsored Enterprises Reform.

Prior to his service to the President, Chris was the deputy chief of staff and rules committee associate for the Honorable Deborah Pryce, who represented Ohio’s 15th Congressional District. Chris served with her for almost eleven years. As a senior staff member, he was responsible for managing a variety of the Congresswoman’s policy issues and political activities. Chris also served as the special assistant to the chairman of the House Republican Conference. he managed conference operations and logistics and was a chief liaison to the Republican members of the House. After the 1994 elections, Chris was detailed to the Minority Whip’s office to provide support for the office of the Honorable Newt Gingrich (R-GA), Speaker-elect of the House of Representatives.

Chris received a B.A. in International Studies from Wheeling Jesuit University, in Wheeling, West Virginia, and completed his M.A. in Public Policy with a concentration in international public policy and policy analysis at West Virginia University, in Morgantown. Chris participated in the University of New Orleans program in Belgium where he studied French, European Civilization, and worked on restoration of a 12th century Château. In 1988, Chris attended the Georgetown University summer session and studied modern middle-eastern military conflict and strategy.