Before joining the Business Roundtable in November 2017, Mr. Astill served for a decade as a staff member in the United States Senate. Most recently, he served as Legislative Director for U.S. Senator Deb Fischer, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services, Commerce, and Environment and Public Works Committees. He managed the Senator’s legislative staff and served as lead policy advisor on all legislative and policy matters. He also coordinated the Senator’s leadership activities in her capacity as Republican Deputy Whip.
Prior to joining Senator Fischer’s team, Astill served as Staff Director of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Energy and Infrastructure and as Staff Director and Chief Counsel of the Congressional Joint Economic Committee. In these capacities, he focused on issues closely related to job creation, including tax, trade, financial services, and infrastructure. Earlier in his career, Astill served as Counsel for former Senators Dan Coats and Bob Bennett, covering a myriad of issues, including energy, environment, transportation, technology, immigration, and agriculture. He began his career on the staff of former Senator Jon Kyl.
Astill is a native of the Salt Lake City, Utah area. He received his Juris Doctorate degree with honors from Georgetown University Law Center and his Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University. He resides in Fairfax County, Virginia with his wife and four young children.