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James Dechene

James has 20 years of experience in the legislative and government relations sector. Most recently he worked for the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce as Senior Vice President, Government Relations. He was responsible for developing the Chamber’s policy and advocacy positions on legislative and regulatory issues impacting Delaware businesses.

Before coming to the State Chamber, James was Senior Manager, Political Affairs and Federation Relations for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In this role, James helped shape the Chamber's political program and outreach to the member organizations that make up its grassroots and federation network.

James was also Senior Manager of the Eastern Region of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for five years where he was responsible for legislative and political grassroots strategy in the 11 states included in the Chamber's Eastern Region.

Before joining the U.S. Chamber staff in June 2007, James worked for state chapters of Associated Builders and Contractors in Syracuse, NY and Burlington, MA as Regional Vice President and Director of Public Affairs & Communications, respectively. During this time, he oversaw all facets of the association’s legislative, regulatory, and communications strategy, representing business interests before Local and State governments, as well as the media.

Prior to his work with the association, James worked in Washington, DC for the Grocery Manufacturers of America, the largest association representing the food and beverage manufacturing industry, as their Government Affairs Representative for Federal Affairs and International Trade, and for U.S. Congressman Tom Davis, from Virginia’s 11th Congressional District. In this role, James covered a variety of Federal issues, including transportation and Federal IT procurement.

A Delaware native, and University of Delaware graduate, James lives with his wife, son, and daughter in Newark.

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