Rothwell, 42, brings to Delta’s Board of Directors an extensive background in legislation and governmental affairs at the federal level.

Since 2012, he’s been the managing director of federal government relations for the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Rothwell’s resume includes senior staff positions for a who’s who of U.S. legislators.

Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Rothwell is the son of a successful flour miller. His father’s career took the family to Arizona and Minnesota before settling in Norfolk, Massachusetts, where he grew up playing hockey, baseball and golf. There, in high school, he also learned to bird hunt and fly fish alongside his brother.

In 1997, Rothwell enrolled in Hobart College, where he majored in political science. Upon graduation in 2001, he moved to Washington, D.C., and began working on Capitol Hill as a paid intern with the office of Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. He quickly moved up to a full-time role with U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood of Georgia, then became legislative director for U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter of Michigan, followed by serving as chief of staff for the House Republican Policy Committee, and finally, as chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania.

He joined NSSF to combine his love of hunting with his experience as a senior congressional staffer.

He and his wife, Catherine, have twin girls, Jane and Charlotte.