Board of Game and Inland Fisheries

Charles H. Cunningham

Charles H. Cunningham currently serves as Political Director and Director of State and Local Affairs for the National Rifle Association. He served as the Director of Federal Affairs for the NRA from 1999 to 2011. He returned to the NRA after a five-year hiatus at the Christian Coalition where he served as Director of National Operations and national Director of Voter Education.

Previously at the NRA between 1984 and 1994, Chuck served as Deputy Director of State and Local Affairs where he oversaw their legislative and political activities in the fifty states. He started as a State Liaison in 1984 handling nine states and initially worked at the NRA for ten years.

While he has worked in several political campaigns for state and federal offices early in his professional career, Chuck also served as Executive Director for New England Citizens for Right to Work from 1982-84.

A native of Hampton, Virginia, Chuck graduated with honors from James Madison University in 1981 with B.S. degrees in Public Administration and Political Science.

Chuck was appointed by Governor George Allen to the Board of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries in 1994 and the Board of Visitors for James Madison University in 1995, and Governor Jim Gilmore reappointed him to both boards. He was appointed in 1994 and reappointed in 1998 to the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries representing the second congressional district. After moving to Fairfax from Virginia Beach, he resigned in 1999 but was appointed in 2000 to represent the eleventh congressional district. Now representing the tenth congressional district, Chuck has been appointed four times to this regulatory board by three Governors to represent three different congressional districts.

Chuck and his wife have ten children and reside in Fairfax, Virginia. He enjoys hunting and fishing with his family and friends as time allows.