Vice President, Government Affairs
Whitaker Askew is vice president of government affairs for the American Gaming Association (AGA), where he leads the AGA’s Congressional Champion Development efforts and oversees the Association’s business and public policy objectives.
With extensive knowledge of and experience on Capitol Hill, Askew joined the AGA after a five-year tenure working for then U.S. House Republican Leader and now Speaker of the House John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), where he served as executive director of The Freedom Project. In that position, he managed overall day-to-day political operations, led fundraising/advance efforts and served as Congressman Boehner’s key political contact for Members of Congress, candidates, businesses, donors and community leaders. In 2010, he was part of the team that helped lead House Republicans to win 63 net congressional seats, giving them their first House majority since 2006.
Prior to working with Mr. Boehner, Askew served as political action committee (PAC) coordinator at the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America. While there, he managed the association’s political fundraising operations, served as a liaison to the organization’s board of directors and members, and helped direct its annual Legislative Action Congressional Day.
From 2003-2005, Askew worked for the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) under the Chairmanship of Hon. Tom Reynolds (R-NY), where he worked on several congressional campaigns, research projects and fundraising initiatives, including a stint as liaison to the House Republican Conference for the 2004 President’s Dinner.
Askew is a graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with a Bachelor of Science in Communications/Public Relations and an additional concentration in Economics. During his time in Knoxville, he was a brother of the Kappa Alpha Order and member of the UT men’s varsity tennis team. He currently lives in Alexandria, VA with his wife and two daughters.