Dennis Shea is the founder and principal of Shea Public Strategies LLC, a government relations and public-policy firm based in Alexandria, Virginia. For more than 25 years, Mr. Shea has successfully navigated Washington, DC, combining a deep public-policy background with practical political and legislative experience.
During his career, he has served as one of the top staffers in the United States Congress (deputy chief of staff and counsel to Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole), as a high-level presidential campaign aide (policy director for the 1996 Dole for President campaign), and as a leading member of a Cabinet department (Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at HUD). Mr. Shea also served as senior advisor to the chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee during the 2006 election cycle and, in 1992, was the Republican and Conservative Party candidate for Congress from New York’s 7th Congressional District.
First appointed in 2007, Mr. Shea is currently vice chairman of the U.S.–China Economic and Security Review Commission. The Commission issues an annual report to Congress assessing the state of the U.S.-China relationship. As a member of the Commission, Mr. Shea has testified before Congress on issues ranging from China’s energy engagement with Central Asia, Chinese maritime disputes in the East and South China Seas, and the impact of international technology transfer on American research and development.
Mr. Shea received a J.D., an M.A. in History, and a B.A. in Government, all from Harvard University. He is admitted to the bar in New York and the District of Columbia and currently resides in Alexandria with his wife Elizabeth and 11-year old daughter Juliette.