About Chris

Chris Stearns has spent his 30 year career as an attorney, government leader, and public policy advocate fighting for justice and human rights.  He is Of Counsel to Hobbs Straus Dean & Walker, a national law firm specializing in representing Native American tribes across the United States. Chris is also a Commissioner and past Chairman of the Washington State Gambling Commission, a law enforcement agency responsible for keeping gambling safe and honest in what is one of the largest markets in the nation.


Chris is the Board President of the Seattle Indian Health Board, a community health clinic that provides health and human services for 6,000 patients and also operates the Thunderbird Treatment Center. 


Chris has served as Democratic Counsel for the Committee on Natural Resources in the U.S. House of Representatives where he oversaw national legislation on gambling, tribal self-governance, health care, and federal recognition. He was appointed by President Bill Clinton as the first-ever Director of Indian Affairs for the U.S. Department of Energy. Chris later spent four years as the political advisor to the President of the National Congress of American Indians.


Chris graduated with Honors in History from Williams College and received his law degree from Cornell Law School.


Chris lives in Auburn with his wife Pamela and their dog Lovey. They have two adult children, Alexandria and Stephanie, and one grandchild, Carter.

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