Gene Irisari is Director of Government Relations for Texas Instruments where he leads the company’s advocacy efforts for their innovation policy portfolio. Basic research funding, STEM education, high skilled immigration, intellectual property protection, patent law, energy, trade and automotive technology are among the policy issues that Gene is responsible for managing on a daily basis.
Gene also served as the Corporate Chair for the Task Force on American Innovation. The Task Force is a coalition of industry, trade associations, university groups and professional science societies all advocating for stable and robust funding for key research agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Department of Energy Office of Science and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Mr. Irisari came to Texas Instruments in 2010 after more than a decade of experience on Capitol Hill. Gene served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) for more than five years, helping start the Chairman’s office when he was a newly elected Freshman. Gene managed the Chairman’s DC office as well as his legislative team, where he was the Congressman’s lead staffer on technology policy as well as homeland security issues. He also served as the Congressman’s lead staffer for the Congressional High Technology Caucus, a bipartisan group of around forty Members of Congress with a strong interest in tech industry issues.
During his service with Chairman McCaul, Gene worked on legislation that was signed into law which would prohibit federal dollars from being spent to fund projects named after a current sitting Member of Congress in P.L. 110-329. He also worked on language which became law in P.L. 109-295 that reformed the FEMA Emergency Benefits program to help curtail waste, fraud and abuse in the system.
Before that, Gene served as Legislative Counsel for House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and was responsible for energy, environment, judiciary and transportation policy issues for the Congressman.
Mr. Irisari is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a Bachelors Degree in English Literature and European History. He is also a graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law where he was Vice President of the Student Bar Association and a member of the Clinical Law Program. Gene is active in the Texas State Society, where he is currently Second Vice President and with the Boy Scouts of America. He has also served as a coach in youth football and lacrosse. He and his wife, Catherine, have two sons and a daughter and live in Vienna, Virginia.