In private practice prior to joining Bingham, Chris was a partner in the international law firm of Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles and Orange County, and a member of the firm’s national management. In 1986 he left Latham to work as a White House counsel to President Ronald Reagan.
During a 23-year Washington career, Chris was Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, chairman of the Homeland Security Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, the fifth-ranking elected leader in the House, and a 17-year member of Congress from California.
As a member of the House, in addition to his role as chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, Chris was chairman of the Select Committee on U.S. National Security and a senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and the Financial Services Committee. For 10 years he served as chairman of the House Policy Committee. In each of these capacities he was responsible for significant legislation, including the Internet Tax Freedom Act, the Securities Litigation Reform Act and the Support for Eastern European Democracy Act.
He earned his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He earned his Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, where he later taught corporate and individual income tax. He received his Bachelor of Arts in an accelerated three-year program at the University of Southern California.