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Brent Gardner is the Chief Government Affairs Officer and Senior Vice President at Americans for Prosperity.

Brent grew up in Western New York, where his interest in politics led him to begin working and volunteering on political campaigns at the local, state, and federal levels. Upon graduating from college, Brent joined the Leadership Institute’s Conservative Leadership Program (CLP), where he worked on field recruitment efforts. Brent specialized in conservative political development on college campuses, helping to identify, recruit, train, and place conservative students in campus organizations and throughout the public policy arena.

Following his time at the Leadership Institute, Brent accepted a position with the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action as a national grassroots coordinator, and later as an NRA state and local lobbyist. During his time at NRA-ILA, Brent directed the grassroots, legislative, electoral, and PAC efforts for 26 states on behalf of the association, scoring major victories for gun owners and sportsmen on a wide range of policy objectives.

Brent has served as Chief Government Affairs Officer and Senior Vice President since he accepted the role in 2014. In this capacity, Brent currently leads the Federal, and State government affairs teams, as well as the coalition divisions in support of our legislative agenda.