Mark B. Harkins


Mark B. Harkins joined the Government Affairs Institute as a Senior Fellow in July 2013, having guest lectured numerous times for more than a decade and serving on Capitol Hill for 17 years.  Mark worked for two Members of Congress before joining the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology as a Professional Staff Member and later as Legislative Director for the House Science Committee Democrats. He served as Senior Legislative Assistant to Representative David Price (D-NC), where his portfolio included appropriations, before serving as Chief of Staff for Rep. Brad Miller (D-NC), where he created and ran all aspects of a three office, twenty person Congressional operation.

Following his tenure on the Hill, Mark was a government relations professional for more than five years where he focused on the representation of corporate, nonprofit, and government clients before Congress and the Executive Branch.

Mark has extensive experience with the federal appropriations and budgeting process, as well as issues handled by the Financial Services, Science, Ways and Means, and Homeland Security Committees.

Early in his career, Mark was the Sports Information Director at Swarthmore College. And, he was once a co-owner of a fantasy sports statistics service.

Education: BA, Swarthmore College, (Economics)


  • Communicating with Congress
  • Congressional Structure and Operation
  • Committee Practices and Procedures
  • Legislative Politics
  • Budget and Appropriations

Media: For interviews, events, and news stories, e-mail Mark[dot]Harkins[at]georgetown[dot]edu or you can call our office at 202-333-4838

Recent Media In The Media Center

The Appropriations Process from the Perspective of a Congressional Staffer

Mark Harkins | March 10, 2020

Welcome to appropriations season on Capitol Hill.  With the President’s budget officially submitted last month it is now up to Congress to decide what to keep, what to discard, and what to enhance. I want to focus on the third category, and I offer these thoughts from the perspective of someone with nearly two

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Appropriations Update

Mark Harkins | November 4, 2019

Here we go again. To keep the government funded past the start of the fiscal year on October 1st, Congress passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) that lasts until November 21st. Over the last decade, during non-election years, it has taken, on average, SIX months into the fiscal year before all 12 appropriations bills have been

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