The Pennsylvania Chamber's Government Affairs Team
Gene Barr is the President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, the state's largest broad-based business advocacy association. He oversees all operations of the PA Chamber and its for-profit subsidiary, PA Chamber Insurance.
Barr joined the PA Chamber in February 2003. He served for more than eight years as Vice President of Government and Public Affairs prior to being elected President in October 2011. During his tenure, Barr has worked on a large number of significant legislative and regulatory efforts critical to Pennsylvania's business climate.
Barr has more than 40 years of experience in various facets of government, political and public affairs activity, as well as business operations. He worked for BP America (the U.S. subsidiary of British Petroleum) for more than 12 years. His career at BP included assignments in refining at the company's Marcus Hook, PA refinery, retail marketing at the U.S. headquarters in Cleveland, OH, and in state government affairs in BP's Atlanta, GA regional office, where he was responsible for all legislative activities in six states.
Sam Denisco serves as the vice president of Government Affairs for the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. As vice president, Denisco oversees the PA Chamber's lobbying, political, grassroots and communications operations. He specializes in the public policy areas of health care, tort and taxation.
Prior to joining the PA Chamber, Denisco served in executive capacities under the Ridge, Schweiker and Rendell administrations, most recently as the director of the Office of Legislative Affairs for the state Department of Revenue. Prior to that, he was director of the Office of Legislative Affairs for the Pennsylvania Department of State.
Denisco serves on the boards of the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council and the United Way of Pennsylvania.
Denisco graduated from the University of Scranton with a bachelor's degree in Political Science. He received his Juris Doctorate and Fellowship in Law and Government from Widener University School of Law.
Alex Halper joined the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry's Government Affairs team in 2011 as manager of Government Affairs.
Halper serves as a lobbyist for labor/employment policy, education, workforce development and international trade.
He is a member of the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Advisory Board and serves on the Governing Board of the Pennsylvania Compensation Rating Bureau.
Prior to joining the PA Chamber, Halper served as a legislative assistant in Washington, D.C. to former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter. In this capacity, he worked on numerous areas of public policy, including transportation and infrastructure, homeland security and appropriations.
Originally from Allentown, Halper graduated from the George Washington University in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in Political Science.
Jennifer Reis joined the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry’s Government Affairs team in 2012 as manager of Government Affairs.
Reis' primary responsibilities include managing ChamberPAC, the political arm of the PA Chamber; organizing Government Affairs events; and lobbying on general business issues.
Prior to joining the PA Chamber, Reis served as manager of Practice Advocacy and Government Affairs for the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians. Prior to that, she was director of Community Outreach for the Pennsylvania Alliance to Control Tobacco – American Lung Association.
Reis graduated from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in Communications and Journalism. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Association for Government Relations and the Women in Pennsylvania Government Relations.
Kevin Sunday joined the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry's Government Affairs team in 2014 as manager of Government Affairs. He was promoted to director in 2016.
Sunday serves as a lobbyist for energy and environmental issues, including legislation and policy matters relating to air, waste, water, land use, natural resources, power generation and transmission.
Prior to joining the PA Chamber, Sunday held a senior role at a Harrisburg-based public relations and issue advocacy firm. Before that, he served as deputy press secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
Sunday graduated magna cum laude from Towson University with a B.S. in Mass Communication. Sunday also serves on the board of directors for the Central Pennsylvania chapter of the American Red Cross, chairing the Government Relations subcommittee.