Chris was elected to the Shoreline City Council in 2009, and reelected him in 2013 and 2017. He was selected by his colleagues to serve as Mayor in 2016 and 2017. On the Council, he represents the region as a member of the Puget Sound Regional Council Executive Board and the Association of Washington Cities Legislative Committee. Chris serves as the City’s representative to the Sound Cities Association.
As Mayor, Chris pushed for the adoption of a proclamation declaring Shoreline to be a safe and welcoming city for all, was honored as an "Advocacy All-Star" by the Association of Washington Cities for his work testifying in Olympia and in Washington DC. He is a member of the Against LGBT Discrimination coalition and a member the Safe Energy Leadership Alliance.
Chris is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and is a member of the National Writers Union.