Before serving with Ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback at the State Department, Peter Burns served as the Government Relations and Policy Director at IDC. He coordinated Congressional advocacy and U.S. government engagement for IDC. He formerly worked as the policy analyst for Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback. He studied political science at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where he was an active student advocate, founding the College Republican chapter and working as campus director for the Bruce Rauner Campaign for Governor. In 2015 he took a job with Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign and transferred to finish online at Thomas Edison State University. Peter worked as operations manager for The Forge Leadership Network, coordinating their yearly conference and managing the organization’s programming and outreach. He is a Philos Fellow and opinion writer for the Washington Examiner and The Region.