Prior to his move to the private sector, Burks most recently served as the chief of staff to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, where he managed a team of over 40 staff and served as the Speaker’s principal adviser on policy, strategy, and management. During his tenure as the Speaker’s chief of staff, Congress enacted the first comprehensive tax reform in over 30 years, reached a bipartisan budget agreement, and reformed the criminal sentencing and prison systems. Burks was promoted to chief of staff after having served as the Speaker’s national security adviser where he was responsible for advising the Speaker on sensitive intelligence, defense, and foreign policy issues.
Prior to joining the Speaker’s office, Burks advised Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on budget and appropriations issues where he was a principal negotiator of the 2015 Bipartisan Budget Act. Before going to the Senate, Burks served as policy director of the House Budget Committee, director of legislative affairs at the Securities and Exchange Commission, senior advisor (chief of staff) to the Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs, and policy advisor in the transition office of the newly created Director of National Intelligence. Burks also served as the deputy policy director on the 2012 Romney for President campaign.