Alfonse D’Amato served as United States Senator from New York from 1981 to 1999.
During that time he led as Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. In addition, as a member of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator D’Amato worked on tax-relief initiatives for working, middle class families.
His decades of public service and deep understanding of the political process will be instrumental in our efforts to ensure that you can continue to enjoy the game of poker in the venue of your choosing.
John PappasExecutive Director
John Pappas has been engaged in high-level policy and political consulting in Washington, D.C., for the last 16 years. Prior to taking a full-time position as vice president of government affairs for the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) he was a public affairs consultant for the Washington PR firm Dittus Communications. During his four years at Dittus, Pappas served as a media and policy advisor for dozens of Fortune 500 companies, start-up firms, trade associations and grassroots organizations like the PPA.
Linda JohnsonProfessional Poker Player, Publisher, Entrepreneur
Referred to as the “first lady of poker”, Linda Johnson taught herself to play the game at an early age. In 1980, after finishing 5th in the WSOP Ladies Seven-Card Stud Tournament, Linda quit her job to move to Las Vegas and become a professional poker player. In 1997, she became the second woman in history to win a World Series open event.
Rich MunyVice President of Player Relations
Rich Muny has been a tireless advocate for poker rights since passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act in 2006. He has successfully organized like-minded poker enthusiasts to work together on many campaigns for poker rights. These efforts led to his being named to the PPA Board of Directors in 2007 and to his current role of vice president of player relations in 2011. Prior to being named vice president of player relations, Rich made his living at the tables as a professional poker player. Prior to that, Rich was a mechanical engineer for GE Aviation, where he developed extensive project management, problem solving, and other skills that he brings to his role at PPA.
Patrick FlemingPPA Litigation Support Director
Patrick W. Fleming serves as the director of the Poker Players Alliance’s Litigation Support Network. An attorney with his own private practice in Portsmouth, NH, Fleming specializes in criminal defense and civil rights litigation.
Fleming has always had a love of competitive gaming, from chess to complex military history simulations. His father taught him how to play poker when he was in his early teens, and Fleming frequently played in his father’s regular game and throughout his college and law school years. In 2004, Fleming discovered online poker and quickly became a frequent player under the screen name “skallagrim.”