Shockey has more than two decades of experience working with and for the U.S. Congress at the highest leadership levels. During his service on Capitol Hill, Shockey was listed four times as one of the top 50 most influential staffers by Roll Call Newspaper and the National Journal dubbed him one of 20 “power players” at the beginning of the 112th Congress. He has spent the last six and a half years as the Republican Staff Director and Deputy Staff Director for the House Appropriations Committee, where he managed the Committee’s professional staff and oversaw the twelve annual appropriations bills, supplemental appropriations bills and continuing resolutions.
Most recently, Shockey helped the new leadership of the Appropriations Committee with transition and personnel and played a key role in staffing the comprehensive Fiscal Year 2011 appropriations bill. As Staff Director, he was the lead negotiator for House Republicans during several appropriations end-games and was also responsible for coordinating strategy with House and Senate leaders, authorizing committees, the Office of Management and Budget and the White House. During this time, Shockey also became well versed in classified Department of Defense and Intelligence programs and he maintains active top secret security clearances.
From 1999 to 2004, Shockey was a partner in the Government Relations firm of Copeland, Lowery, Jacquez, Denton & Shockey. His successful practice involved the federal representation of a wide range and variety of hospitals, universities, local governments and defense companies. He served in various capacities for Congressman Jerry Lewis (R-CA) from 1991 to 1999, starting out as a Staff Assistant and finishing his tenure as Legislative Director.