WASHINGTON – CompTIA, the Computing Technology Industry Association, announced Ron Barnes, head of state legislative affairs at Google, and Jon Burton, managing director of state government affairs at RELX, Inc., have been named as Chairman and Vice-Chairman, respectively, of the CompTIA National State Government Affairs Committee. The Committee reviews legislation and other policies impacting the technology industry from all 50 states, and sets the direction for CompTIA’s advocacy in the states.
Ron leads Google’s state policy advocacy before legislatures and governors, working closely with the company’s team of regional government affairs and community relations managers. Previously, Ron served as vice president, state affairs at the Direct Marketing Association where he was responsible for carrying out the Association’s mission to advance and protect responsible data-driven marketing at the state level.
Jon Burton, at RELX, Inc., the parent company of LexisNexis, leads a team of six government relations professionals and manages state legislative, regulatory and government procurement activities across the U.S. Formerly, Jon was vice president of government relations for ChoicePoint, where he oversaw and managed the 50-state legislative, regulatory and policy interests.
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Through its advocacy arm, CompTIA champions member-driven business and IT priorities that impact all information technology companies – from small managed solutions providers and software developers to large equipment manufacturers and communications service providers. CompTIA gives eyes, ears and a voice to technology companies, informing them of policy developments – and providing the means to do something about it.