Senior Vice President, Federal Policy and Government Relations
Peter Chandler serves as TechNet’s Senior Vice President of Federal Policy and Government Relations. Based in Washington, D.C., Peter engages with Congress and the administration on the issues that matter most to the innovation economy.
A native of Biddeford, Maine, Peter has 22 years of campaign, political, and legislative experience at both the state and federal levels. He most recently concluded three and a half years as Chief of Staff to Representative Debbie Dingell (D-MI), who was appointed to the Energy and Commerce Committee in her second term. Peter’s first role on Capitol Hill was Chief of Staff to Maine Congressman Mike Michaud (D), a position he held for 12 years. In 2008, Peter ran the Maine Democratic Coordinated Campaign and built the most expansive field program in Maine history, helping win the largest Democratic majorities in the Maine House and Senate in 20 and 10 years, respectively, re-elect both members of Congress, and deliver Maine’s four electoral votes to Barack Obama. Peter has also done extensive political consulting and training during the last two decades, including work for the ACLU, the Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute, and the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee in 1998, where he helped to win a Democratic majority in the New Hampshire State Senate for the first time since 1912.
Peter, an Eagle Scout, graduated with Highest Honors from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and lives in Washington, D.C., with his rescue beagle, Pebbles. In 2020, Peter was elected to the Board of Directors of the National LGBTQ Task Force, the country’s oldest national LGBTQ advocacy group working to end discrimination in housing, employment, healthcare, retirement, and basic human rights.