Tony is a Senior Policy Advisor who represents clients before Congress and federal agencies on issues related to artificial intelligence (AI), national security, space and emerging technology, with a concentration on congressional strategies and appropriations.

Tony was recently named a "Top Lobbyist" by The Hill, a leading publication in Washington D.C, which stated: "The ranks of policy experts, influencers and advocates run deep in Washington, but these are the people who stand out for delivering results for their clients in the halls of Congress and the administration."

He leads DLA Piper's AI Practice in Washington D.C. and brings 12 years of experience working with members of Congress on emerging technologies having served as senior policy advisor to Senator Martin Heinrich, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

He was the founding director of the Senate Artificial Intelligence Caucus and was Senator Heinrich's principal author of US$2.2 billion legislation, the Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act (AI-IA), that was endorsed by 11 major associations and institutions to organize a national strategy for AI and invest in academia, national laboratories, and industry. Tony also advised the 15-member National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence. Tony led a legislative strategy in the National Defense Authorization Act to create new career tracks in the Department of Defense for digital engineering focusing on digital technologies like 5G, cloud computing and AI.

Tony served as the lead advisor to the Ranking Member of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee, Senate Armed Services Committee, overseeing over US$15 billion budget in space programs. Tony secured significant appropriations over 12 years to invest in satellite research and development capabilities and executed a legislative strategy to develop the military's leading responsive space program, which is now a nearly half-billion program and plays a critical role in the Space Force.

Tony helped found and manage the Congressional Directed Energy Caucus, and helped author, negotiate, and enact legislation on Directed Energy to (1) Create a US$100 million Directed Energy Weapon System Program to transition high-powered-microwave and high-energy-laser weapons systems to the military; (2) establish a Senior-level position at the Pentagon for the technology; and (3) require a Strategic Roadmap for fielding the technology.

Tony is also an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the bipartisan National Security Institute "dedicated to finding real-world answers to national security law and policy questions" based in Washington DC. 

Tony Samp is not a lawyer.