Staff

CPI is led by Senator Jim DeMint, who has spent his career serving in and building up the modern conservative movement. He and his team of veteran staff have over 50 years of combined Capitol Hill experience, and a shared mission of helping conservatives of all stripes become successful.

Meet Our Staff

Matt Buckham

Buckham came to the Hill in 2011 to fight for freedom after the passage of Obamacare. As a student of Austrian free market economics at Grove City College, he was armed with the principle that liberty brings the greatest prosperity. His first job was working as an intern in the Senate Steering Committee where he quickly learned of the appropriations cycle and reckless government spending. Every day at the office he was greeted with a quote on the wall from Senator Jesse Helms that stays with him to this day, “Compromise, hell! That’s what has happened to us all down the line-and that’s the very cause of all our woes. If Freedom is right and tyranny is wrong, why should those who believe in freedom treat it as if it were a roll of bologna to be bartered a slice at a time.” He later joined the legislative staff of Senator Jim DeMint where he worked on domestic policy issues.

In 2013, Buckham left the Senate to work at The Heritage Foundation in a role that would allow him promote conservative policy ideas through the education of Members and their staff. During this time he ran multiple Hill staff working groups, including two on healthcare focused on the need to repeal Obamacare. He is deeply passionate about bringing conservatives together to equip them with the skills, knowledge, and relationships necessary to secure conservative policy victories.

Buckham worked for the House Freedom Caucus in their first year as a policy and communications advisor. In this role he helped define and communicate the Caucus’ position on defunding Planned Parenthood, and daily assisted staff with navigating House rules and floor procedure. His love for preparing the conservative movement for battle led him back to The Heritage Foundation where he spent the last year working to better equip both the Hill and coalition partners. During this time he was able to assist President Trump’s transition team by placing conservatives in key positions within the administration through the personnel team.

Aside from his work in the conservative movement, Buckham takes on the persona of Samuel Adams on the weekends where he homebrews regularly with his college friend. He currently lives in Alexandria with his sister Abby, a kindergarten teacher.