From 2010 through the first half of 2014, Tripp Baird was the Director of Senate Relations and Senior Legislative Strategist at Heritage Action for America. He led Heritage Action’s efforts in the Senate, pushing for conservative policies and providing conservative analysis of upcoming votes. Baird also worked with Senators and their staffs to introduce Heritage-inspired legislation that advances conservative principles. Tripp has led legislative efforts against New START, PIPA, SOPA, Comprehensive Immigration Reform, GSE Reform, Law of the Sea Treaty, and Export Import Bank.
Prior to his work with Heritage Action, from 2005 to 2010, Tripp was a Partner at the Watts Consulting Group, leading business activities in corporate strategy and public affairs, with an emphasis on public policy matters before the U.S. Congress and the Bush Administration. In 2004 and 2005, Baird served as the Legislative Director for U.S. Senator Mel Martinez of Florida.
Additionally, Baird was the Director of U.S. Senate Relations for the Heritage Foundation from 2001 to 2004. Baird developed and implemented the Foundation’s Senate educational and legislative strategy.
As part of this strategy, Tripp educated Senators and staff regarding the latest Heritage Foundation research projects. He also identified and mobilized winning coalitions to further the goals of the conservative movement.
In the beginning of his career, from 1997 to 2001, Tripp Baird was a Floor Assistant for the U.S. Senate Majority Leader, Trent Lott. In this role, Baird informed Senators of legislative procedures and strategies, assisted the Secretary of the Majority in clearing legislative bills and nominations, and drafted and filed amendments on behalf of the Majority Leader.
Jenn Baird has been in the Washington, D.C. area for almost 17 years and has worked in various capacities on Capitol Hill for Congressman Porter Goss, Senator Orrin Hatch, and Congresswoman Mary Bono. Baird worked in the intellectual property unit of the Senate Judiciary Committee for Chairman Hatch and assisted Congresswoman Bono with technological and telecommunication issues on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Additionally, Jenn Baird worked at the law firm of McGuiness and Holch from 1997 until 2002 and ran her own consulting / lobbying business from 2004 until 2006. In 2012, Baird became the Legal Aid Coordinator for the Christian Legal Society; in this role, her job was to develop and implement strategies for CLS to support legal aid ministries across the country, helping people receive pro bono legal help who cannot afford to pay for legal help.
Baird received her B.A. at Florida State University in 1997 and her J.D. at the University of Baltimore in 2001, before becoming a member of the Maryland State Bar.