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National Political Director
FreedomWorks for America
R. Russell Walker is the National Political Director and Treasurer for FreedomWorks for America. Married for more than 20 years, he and his wife Lisa are the proud parents of two daughters and two sons and reside in Oregon.
Russ has been with the organization (formerly known as Citizens for a Sound Economy) for over 14 years. Previously he served as the Vice President of Grassroots and Political Campaigns and several other positions within the organization.
Before joining FreedomWorks, Russ’s career included work on Gubernatorial and Senate Campaigns throughout the western states. He served as the Political Director of one of Oregon’s largest conservative political action committees.
Russ founded three political action committees and has worked on more than two dozen ballot measures and referendums, qualifying seven to the ballot as the chief petitioner. His legislative victories include school choice, tax reform, pension reform and regulatory reform in several states.
He has conducted independent expenditures in more than a hundred candidate campaigns, including many that contributed to victories of fiscal conservatives. He led FreedomWorks’ independent expenditure campaigns including the organizations efforts to unseat Bob Bennett in 2010 and elect Mike Lee to the US Senate. In 2012 he lead FreedomWorks For America’s independent expenditure campaigns targeting and investing significant financial resources in 22 House and 7 Senate races. Including Ted Cruz, Jeff Flake, Justin Amash, Thomas Massie, David Schweikert and many more small government conservatives.
Russ is frequently quoted in the press and interviewed as a guest on radio and television. He has appeared on NPR, Fox News, CNN, Glenn Beck and many more.
He is a founding board member of the Peter R. Marsh Foundation and Common Sense for Oregon. He is a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Oregon State Advisory Committee. He served two years on the board of the Baker charter school in Salem Oregon and five years as the Vice Chairman of the Oregon Republican Party. He has been elected as a delegate to the Republican National Convention four times and has served on the credential and platform committees.
He is a graduate of Brigham Young University, served in the U.S. Armed Forces as an infantry officer and dreams of a Seattle Seahawk super bowl victory.