Terry Allen is a veteran political and legislative strategist with expertise on a broad range of issues ranging from technology, energy, judiciary, and telecommunications, to tax, trade, health care and nutrition policy. With over 29 years of professional experience in government, politics and public policy, Allen delivers results for Fidelis’ clients through practical understanding of the legislative and decision-making processes and through building strategic partnerships and diverse policy and political coalitions. As founder and president of Fidelis Government Relations, a strategic consulting and government relations firm based in Washington, DC. Allen has represented some of America’s leading companies.
For over six years Allen served as Chief of Staff for former NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver and U.S. Rep. Steve Largent (R-OK) managing all aspects of the Congressman’s legislative and political agenda. In 1998, Allen managed Rep. Largent’s race for House Majority Leader which was decided on a third ballot -- an unprecedented feat for a two-term House Member.
In 1990, Allen founded and served as Executive Director of the Resource Institute of Oklahoma, a non-partisan public policy think tank in his native Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. While directing the institute, he co-edited Health Care in Oklahoma: Prescription for Reform, published by New Forums Press.
During the 101st Congress, Allen served as a Policy Analyst for the House Republican Study Committee, covering health care, labor and judiciary issues. During the Reagan Administration, Allen served as Legislative Liaison in the Office of Legislative Affairs under Secretary William Bennett at the U.S. Department of Education.
Allen is also recognized as a veteran political strategist. For over two decades he has advised dozens of campaigns throughout the nation and taught campaign schools in the U.S. and internationally. He has played senior roles in political campaigns for statewide offices, Congress, U.S. Senate and President.
He is the author of Wisdom: Life Lessons from the World's Wisest and Richest Man, published in 2018 by Lampion Press which examines the book of Proverbs as a usable tool for modern culture. For more, see www.wisdomthebook.com.
Allen received his B.A. in Communications in 1986 from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is married to the former Laurie Deitz of Fairfax, Virginia. They have five grown children and two grandchildren.
Fidelis operates in partnership with Sextons Creek Consulting founder Bill Smith, who served as chief political and policy advisor for Vice President-elect Mike Pence for 16 years. Smith served as chief-of-staff to Governor Mike Pence in the Governor's Office. In that capacity, he oversaw the Governor's policy and political operations. Prior to his service in the Governor's office, Bill served as chief-of-staff for Congressman Mike Pence.
Before his service with Pence, he was the founding director of the Indiana Family Institute, a public policy organization dedicated to the
strengthening of family life in the Hoosier State. He lead the non-profit organization as its executive director for more than a decade. He hosted a daily radio talk show called “Indiana Family Forum” and edited a monthly newsletter with a readership of more than 20,000 households.
Smith is the recipient of several commendations and awards, including the Indiana National Guard's Distinguished Service Medal and Indiana's Sagamore of the Wabash.
From 1983 until 1989, Smith worked as the legislative director and chief-of-staff for Congressman Dan Burton of Indiana.
Smith has managed and served with several political campaigns during his 30 years of involvement in the public square.
He has also advised not-for-profit organizations on how to improve their management structure, communications strategies and board development. He also serves as president and chairman of the board for The Attic Theatre, Inc, a local non-profit theatre guild.
Bill was born and raised in Madison County, Indiana. He and his wife, Karen, have five children and nine grandchildren.
Wayne King served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Congressman Mark Meadows from 2013-2019.
Wayne served as Vice-Chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party during the 2012 election cycle and helped lead the efforts to elect the first Republican governor in nearly twenty years in North Carolina, Governor Pat McCrory and worked to help win super majorities in the N.C. House of Representatives and N.C. Senate.
Wayne has served as a delegate to four Republican National Conventions since 2004 and served on the RNC Platform Committee in 2012.
Wayne was born and raised in Kings Mountain, North Carolina and has one son, Noah.
Joe Murray has worked in a wide array of legislative policy and leadership roles on Capitol Hill in both the United States Senate for Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and in the United States House of Representatives as Professional Policy Staffer with the Republican Study Committee under Chairman Jim Jordan of Ohio and Steve Scalise of Louisiana. He also served as current White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadow's Deputy Chief of Staff.
Joe had a policy emphasis in judiciary, health care, entitlement reform, & campaign finance issues. He currently serves as a senior government affairs advisor for a national rare disease patient advocacy group and consults for human rights, medical devices, dispute resolution/settlements, information governance/eDiscovery, early state biotech, and health care focused clients.
Joe has been a leader in a number of civic and political organizations including local, state, and national campaigns, a candidate for elective office for the Virginia General Assembly, and Vice President of his neighborhood’s civic association. He volunteered as the 2017 Deacon Chairman of the Diaconate as well as a Sunday school teacher to Fourth Grade boys in his local church. Joe also serves as a Specialist in the Virginia Defense Force, the Commonwealth of Virginia’s volunteer military organization whose mission is to assist the Virginia National Guard and is a State Senate appointee currently serving in the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Disability Commission in Richmond, VA.
Joe is a licensed attorney in Virginia, having earned his law degree from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law in Washington, DC and his BA in Political Science (Economics minor) from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He and his wife, Katie, reside in Northern Virginia and are proud parents of three young children, Ella, AJ, and Maggie Jo.