Kansas Chamber Staff Changes

August 25, 2015

Topeka, Kan. (August 10, 2015) - Kansas Chamber President and CEO Mike O'Neal announced today the hiring of Rebecca McCormack as Vice President of Political Affairs, replacing Christie Kriegshauser, who has returned to the Capitol to serve as Speaker Ray Merrick's Chief of Staff. Prior to working for the Kansas Chamber, Kriegshauser served as Chief of Staff for then House Speaker Mike O'Neal, who is now CEO of the Kansas Chamber.

"We are excited to have Rebecca join the Chamber team where her knowledge and experience will be fully utilized to promote all aspects of our political affairs activity, including fundraising, investor relations, candidate recruitment, campaigns, re-election assistance and issue education" said President and CEO Mike O'Neal.

McCormack comes to the Chamber with a 20 year track record of professional success as an advocate, negotiator, and skilled communicator in forums from jury trials and briefings with high level government stakeholders to participation in political campaigns and press briefings.  Prior to joining the Chamber, McCormack spent the last 11 years as a trial attorney with the United States Department of Justice in Washington DC and Kansas, where she served in several capacities including as the Deputy Director of a classified investigation targeting international drug cartels and narco-terrorism and as the Assistant Director for terrorism, narcotics, money laundering, and leadership training with the DOJ Executive Office for United States Attorneys.  Prior to joining DOJ, McCormack spent nine years as a district attorney, civil litigator, and appellate attorney in Florida, where she also participated in several state-wide and local campaigns and fundraising for candidates.  McCormack has long believed in the need for smaller government and economic freedom and is eager to join the Chamber's strong tradition of advancing free, competitive market, pro-business principals in Kansas.

McCormack received her Juris Doctor in 1995 from Nova Southeastern Shepard Broad School of Law in Florida.

The Kansas Chamber, with headquarters in Topeka, is the leading statewide pro-business advocacy group moving Kansas towards becoming the best state in America to live and work. The Chamber represents small, medium and large employers all across Kansas. The mission of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce is to continually strive to improve the economic climate for the benefit of every business and citizen and to safeguard our system of free, competitive enterprise. 

  For more information on the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, visit www.kansaschamber.org.