Commissioner

Christopher E. “Chris” Piper, Commissioner
Virginia Department of Elections

Christopher E. “Chris” Piper, Commissioner


Christopher Piper was appointed Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Elections in January 2018. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in political science from Virginia Commonwealth University, Chris began his career in elections and governmental ethics as a manager of a large trade association’s federal PAC before leading the Virginia State Board of Elections’ Campaign Finance Division. After serving as a political compliance consultant for a multi-national law firm, he returned to the State Board of Elections to manage the Election Services Division before becoming the Commonwealth’s first Executive Director of the Virginia Conflict of Interests and Ethics Advisory Council. At a time when the country’s elections faces more challenges than ever before, Chris was more than happy to accept Governor Northam’s appointment to lead the Department of Elections. With a focus on election security and strong, uniform application of laws, regulations, and policies, he is dedicated to protecting the integrity of the Commonwealth’s elections.