William M. Christian
William M. Christian is the Director of Government Affairs for Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), a private, non-partisan, non-profit organization representing more than one million members and supporters nationwide. Prior to joining CAGW, Bill was the managing partner of the government relations firm, Austin Copelin & Reyes, LLC, and before that, he served in the administration of President George W. Bush as the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Selective Service System. Since 2011, he has also been the Executive Secretary of the Texas State Society of Washington, D.C., managing the day-to-day operations of a million-dollar, not-for-profit organization. A 1986 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, he served five years as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Federal Relations in the UT System’s Washington, D.C. office.
In 2003, Bill Christian returned to his home in Midland, Texas to run for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, in a special election to fill a vacancy created by the early retirement of then-Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, Congressman Larry Combest (R-Lubbock).
In addition to working in the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, the native West Texan served on the staffs of U.S. Senators John Tower, Phil Gramm, and U.S. Representative Tom Loeffler, while his last assignment on Capitol Hill was Chief of Staff for Congressman John Culberson. A graduate of the Naval War College, Bill retired from the United States Marine Corps Reserve with twenty years of commissioned service, following seven years as an enlisted reservist.
Christian serves on the Board of Advisors for both the Gamma Upsilon Chapter (UT Austin) and the Alpha Pi Chapter (George Washington University) of Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) Fraternity, while also representing TKE in the Capital Fraternal Caucus in Washington, D.C. A past president of the Texas State Society of Washington, D.C., he was re-elected to a third term as president of the National Conference of State Societies, the umbrella organization for all state and territorial societies in the National Capital Region. An active member of the Capitol Hill United Methodist Church, Bill’s hobbies include coaching a softball team (The RBIs of Texas) and serving as a commissioner in the U.S. Senate Softball League.