Christopher E. "Chris" Piper, Commissioner
Virginia Department of Elections
Christopher E. “Chris” Piper was appointed Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Elections in January 2018 by Governor Ralph S. Northam. He is a Board member of the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED), Vice Chair of the Electronic Registration and Information Center (ERIC), an Executive Committee member of the Election Assistance Commission’s (EAC) Standards Board, and a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Election Task Force.
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in political science from Virginia Commonwealth University, Chris began his career in elections and government ethics as a manager of a large trade association’s federal PAC before leading the Virginia State Board of Elections’ Campaign Finance Division. He then served as a political compliance consultant for a multi-national law firm before he returned to the State Board of Elections to manage the Election Services Division.
In 2014, Chris became the Commonwealth’s first Executive Director of the Virginia Conflict of Interests and Ethics Advisory Council. Today, Chris leads the Department of Elections with a focus on election security and the uniform application of laws, regulations, and policies and defending the integrity of the Commonwealth’s elections at a time when the administration of elections in the country is under more scrutiny than ever before.