Tony advises clients on public policy issues related to artificial intelligence (AI), defense, space, and emerging technologies and specializes in congressional strategies, the legislative process, and the regulatory process. 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 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 Center for a New American Security, which is a bipartisan think tank based in Washington, D.C.

Tony Samp is not a lawyer.