Pete Kirkham is the president and founder of Red Maple Consulting, a government affairs and political strategy firm. He has over 20 years of experience in government, national politics, and industry. As a senior member of the House leadership staff, Kirkham was regularly included in Roll Call’s “Fabulous Fifty” list of the most powerful and influential staffers on Capitol Hill and in Washington, D.C. He served as the executive director of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) under NRCC Chairman, Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK). Prior, he served as chief of staff to Congressman Cole. Additional government service in management roles includes work for GOP Members of Congress, including Jim Gerlach (R-PA), Sam Graves (R-MO), Wes Watkins (R-OK), and the late Herb Bateman (R-VA). Kirkham has a successful track record of building winning coalitions for issue advocacy, legislative and regulatory initiatives, and political campaigns. His business background in the steel industry as a metallurgist focused on value-added sales through design-driven cost savings gives him a unique perspective on bringing products to market on time and under budget. Kirkham is a graduate of West Virginia University, where he earned his BA in political science and MA in international public policy analysis, and Pennsylvania State University, where he earned his BS in metals science and engineering.