Jason is a prominent, nationally recognized government affairs leader at the forefront of the Washington, D.C. lobbying industry. As Shumaker Advisors’ Senior Vice President of Federal Affairs, he brings with him a unique and diverse legislative background to help clients navigate the federal and executive branches of government. Hardworking, honest, and decisive, Jason’s more than 20 years of knowledge of the U.S. legislative and executive level policymaking processes, paired with his work with appropriations committees, enables him to be the best advocate for his clients’ federal needs.
Prior to joining Shumaker Advisors, Jason served as the Executive Director of the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA), where he was responsible for overseeing and directing the political and legislative arm of the NRA, which includes seven divisions – Federal Affairs, State & Local Affairs, ILA Fiscal Operations, Hunting and Conservation, ILA Legal, External Affairs, and Grassroots. Before assuming the Executive Director role, he was the Director of Federal Affairs at ILA. His responsibilities included overseeing and implementing the Federal legislative and political agenda for NRA-ILA. In addition, Jason previously served as Deputy Director of the Federal Affairs Department at ILA and as Federal Affairs lobbyist for ILA–a position he held since joining NRA in January 2005.
In 2003, Jason was hired as a Legislative Assistant for Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, where he was responsible for the issue areas of Taxes, Homeland Security Appropriations, Transportation and Transportation Appropriations, Small Business, Social Security, Welfare, Science & Technology, Government Affairs, Commerce Justice State Appropriations, and Pensions. He also served as Staff Director of the Life Insurance Caucus of which Senator Chambliss was a co-chair.
Before working on Senator Chambliss’ personal staff, Jason held the position of Senior Research Analyst at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, where he compiled all applicable research for Senator Chambliss’ successful 2002 Senate race. He also compiled similar research for Senator Gordon Smith’s (R-OR) successful 2002 reelection to the United States Senate.
In 1999, Jason was hired by the Republican National Committee as a Junior Analyst, where he spent the better part of two years conducting field research for President Bush’s 2000 presidential campaign.
When Jason isn’t busy advocating for his clients, he can be found working out, coaching his kids’ basketball teams and volunteering at their swim meets, or shooting sporting clays. He is also member of the Knights of Columbus and a member of his parish council.