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Chris Ingram, Political Analyst (R)
Christopher (Chris) Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications, a boutique project management, research, public relations, and communications firm founded in 1999. As the former chief of staff to United States Rep. Max Burns (R-GA) and Washington, D.C. press secretary to the late U.S. Senator Paul Coverdell (R-GA), Chris is well versed in the language of Capitol Hill. Chris also served on the staff of U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) in the congressman’s district office.
Chris is frequently requested to provide commentary and political analysis on television and radio news programs. He has appeared on a variety of programs including The O’Reilly Factor, Inside Politics, The Big Show, Newsstand, and Dayside, as well as other programs on CNN, BBC World News, Fox News Channel, C-SPAN, MSNBC and National Public Radio, among others. Chris is also called to provide colorful quotes and commentary for the print media. He has been featured or quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Miami Herald, The St. Petersburg Times, Campaigns & Elections, PR Weekly and Roll Call as well as others.
An accomplished writer and editor, Chris headed the re-write of the Language of the 21st Century for Luntz Research. The book is a political communications manual for Republican candidates. Chris is a contributing columnist to the Washington Times, National Review Online, United Press International, and is the publisher of IrreverentView.com. He has also ghost-written op-eds and speeches for numerous members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and Fortune 500 company executives.
Chris has worked for clients including: American Express, the Republican National Committee, the National Rifle Association, Mirage Resorts, and countless political candidates including former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Sen. Mel Martinez. Chris also has extensive experience promoting brands for Procter and Gamble and Seagrams Spirits, and legislative issues for clients including the Employment Policies Institute, and the Nature Conservancy. Chris’ work on behalf of these clients has included “hits” in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and many other major newspapers, trade magazines, and journals. His work on behalf of Seagrams included promoting athletes at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.
Chris has extensive experience in politics, campaigns, public speaking and grassroots political organization. He has served in a number of political leadership roles including Republican State Committeeman, and as a Delegate to the 1996 Republican National Convention. In 1994, at the age of 23, Chris was elected the youngest county party chairman in Georgia GOP history. He has also served as a trainer or guest lecturer for the Republican National Committee, the Leadership Institute, the Close-up Foundation, the National League of Cities, the American Council of Young Political Leaders, the International Republican Institute, and the U.S. Department of State.
A native of Naples, Florida, Chris graduated from the Georgia Southern University with a Bachelors of Arts degree in history and a minor in political science. He is currently a candidate for a Masters Degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of South Florida. Chris is a member of Rotary International, the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, and is on the advisory board of the OASIS Network, a children’s charity of Tampa. He and his wife Amy live in Tampa with their three daughters.