Campaign Managers
     Nov. 3, 2014 Senate Races


The Campaign Managers

Democrats
Republicans Third Party/
Independent
AL


no candidate 


Jeff Sessions:  ? 







AK

R+
Mark Begich:  Susanne Fleek-Green
(July 2013)  State director for Sen. Begich, Jan. 2009-July 2013.  Statewide coordinator on Alaskans for Begich, Apr.-Nov. 2008.  Community development specialist for the Municipality of Anchorage, 2006-08.  Climate program manager for the Alaska Conservation Foundation, May 2005-Aug. 2006.  Senio policy advisor, environment and natural resources to Sen. Patrick Leahy (VT), 2003-05.  Government relations manager at Environomental Working Group, 2000-02.  Legislative assistant to Sen. Leahy, 1996-2000.  Presidential management fellow at the U.S. Department of the Interior, 1994-96.  M.P.P. (1994) and bachelors degree (1990) from UC Berkeley.

Dan Sullivan:  Ben Sparks
Communications director for the New Jersey Republican Party.  Wisconsin communications director on Romney for President (2012 general election) and previously communications director at the Republican Party of Wisconsin.  Managed Margaret Ransone's successful state delegate race in Virginia.  Worked on Rob Portman's successful campaign for U.S. Senate in Ohio and earlier for the Ohio Republican Party.  Worked for two cycles at the NRSC. Graduate of St. John's College. Texas native.






AR

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[Mark Pryor:  Jeff Weaver
(Jan. 2013)  State director (July 2005-Jan. 2013) and project manager, office manager, field director (Jan. 2002-July 2005) to U.S. Rep. Marion Barry (AR-4).  Intern/staff assistant to U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln, Sept.-Dec. 2001.  Bachelor's degree in political science from University of Arkansas at Monticello, 1998.  Dumas native.

Tom Cotton:  Justin Brasell
Owner at Triumph Campaigns in Jackson, MS since 2010.  General consultant on U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem's 2012 re-election.  Campaign manager on Tate Reeves for Lt. Gov., 2011.  Campaign manager on Friends of John Thune, Jan. 2009-Nov. 2010.  Campaign manager on McConnell for Senate, July 2007-Nov. 2008.  Chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis, Jan. 2005-June 2007; campaign manager on Geoff Davis for Congress, Jan. 2003-Dec. 2004.  B.B.A. from University of Mississippi, 1998.  Also, sequence unclear, served as Midwest political director at the NRCC.






CO

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Mark Udall:  Adam Dunstone
(July 2013)  Senior associate at RBI Strategies, Jan. 2012-Dec. 2014.  Campaign manager for Proposition 103 (CO), Aug.-Nov. 2011.  Campaign manager on Romer for Denver Mayor, Dec. 2010-June 2011.  Deputy campaign manager on Bennet for Colorado, Jan. 2009-Nov. 2010.  Campaign director/media consultant at Fletcher Rowley Inc.-Apr.-Nov. 2008.  Field director and earlier deputy field director and regional field director in Davenport on Biden's 2007-08 Iowa caucus campaign.  Deputy campaign manager, Angie Paccione for Congress in Colorado, 2005-06.  Previously executive director of ThisMatters.org and Be the Change USA grassroots political organizations in Denver area.  B.A. from Michigan State University, 2004. 

Cory Gardner:  Chris Hansen
(Mar. 2014)  Campaign manager on Capito for West Virginia, July 2013-Feb. 2014.  Chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Gardner, Jan. 2011-June 2013.  Campaign manager on Coffman for Congress, June-Nov. 2012.  Campaign manager on Cory Gardner for Congress, Mar.-Nov. 2010.  Campaign manager on Green for Congress, Sept. 2009-Feb. 2010.  Director of outreach and planning in the Office of San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio, Dec. 2008-Aug. 2009.  Campaign manager on April Boling for San Diego City Council, June-Nov. 2008.  Campaign manager on John McCann for Assembly (78th District, San Diego), Sept. 2007-June 2008.  Legislative assistant to Assemblywoman Shirley Horton (78th District), Dec. 2006-Sept. 2007.  Deputy campaign manager on Horton for Assembly, July-Nov. 2006.  Account executive at Coronado Communications, Jan.-June 2006.  Bachelor's degree in political science from UCLA, 2005.






DE
Chris Coons:  Christy Gleason
(Jan. 2014)  Senior policy advisor to Sen. Chris Coons, Nov. 2010-Jan. 2014.  Campaign manager on Chris Coons for Delaware, Feb.-Nov. 2010.  Deputy chief administration office in New Castle County, Sept. 2009-Feb. 2010.  Executive director of the Camden County Democratic Committee, Jan. 2008-Sep. 2009.  Communications director for New Castle County, Nov. 2005-Jan. 2008.  Chief of staff for NJ 4th Legislative District, Jan.-Nov. 2005.  Political director for the Camden County Democratic Committee, Nov. 2003-Jan. 2005.  Campaign manager for NJ 4th Legislative District, Mar.-Nov. 2003.  Campaign manager on Carl Schnee for Attorney General, Apr.-Nov. 2002.  Program coordinator at the Center for American Women and Politics, 2000-02.  Clerk to Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Peter Paul Olszewski, Sept. 1998-99.  J.D. from St. John's University, 1998; B.A. in political science from American University, 1993.

Kevin Wade:  ?






GA
Michelle Nunn:  Jeff DeSantis
(Oct. 2013)  A longtime political consultant in Georgia and the South; he worked for Roy Barnes and served as executive director of the Georgia Democratic Party.  J.D. from Emory University School of Law, 1994; A.B in political science from The University of Georgia, 1991.


David Perdue:  Derrick Dickey
Principal at Dickey Strategic Relations from Nov. 2006.  Director of communications on Perdue for A New Georgia, Apr.-Nov. 2006.  Deputy director of communications to Gov. Sonny Perdue, Jan. 2003-Apr. 2006.  Press secretary on Perdue for A New Georgia, Apr. 2002-Jan. 2003.  Bachelor's degree in political science from Kennesaw State University, 2005.






HI(s)
Brian Schatz:  Sarah Kaopuiki
(Sept. 2014...previously grassroots director, Jan.-Aug. 2014)  Executive assistant and director of special projects to Sen. Schatz, Jan.-Dec. 2013.  Political director for the Hawaii Democratic Coordinated Campaign, Sept.-Nov. 2012.  State coordinator on Ed Case for U.S. Senate campaign, Apr. 2011-Sept. 2012.  Legislative fellow in the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Jan.-Aug. 2011.  Campaign manager on Anthony Marzi for Puna, Mar.-Sept. 2010.  Legal fellow on the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, May 2009-July 2010.  Legislative aide to state Sen. Russell Kokubun, Jan.-May 2009.  Office manager to state Sen. J. Kalani English, Jan.-Aug. 2008.  Community development specialist with the Council for Native American Advancement, Sept.-Dec. 2007.  J.D. from University of Hawai'i at Manoa, 2011; B.A. in public policy from Stanford University, 2007.

Cam Cavasso: ?
 







ID
Nels Mitchell:  ?

Jim Risch:  Melinda Smyser
(announced June 22, 2014)  Southwest Idaho regional director for Sen. Risch from June 2012.  Served two terms in the Idaho Senate representing District 11.  Coordinator with the Caldwell School District from 1998.  Counselor for Caldwell Alternative High Schoolk, 1989-97.  Counselor for the Parma School District, 1984-89.  Teacher in the Wilder School District, 1982-84.  M.S. in education and counseling from College of Idaho; B.S. from University of Idaho (Moscow).  Originally from Parma, ID.






IL
Dick Durbin:  Anna Valencia
(Feb. 2014)  Assistant to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, May 2011-Feb. 2014; field director on Chicago for Rahm Emanuel, Nov. 2010-Feb. 2011.  Deputy director at the Illinois Senate Democratic Victory Fund, Mar.-Nov. 2010.  Communications staffer in the Office of Senate President John Cullerton, Aug. 2009-Mar. 2010.  Field director on Mike Quigley's primary campaign, Jan.-Apr. 2009.  Field director on Gary Peters for Congress (MI), Apr.-Nov. 2008.  B.S. in international studies from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007.

Jim Oberweis:  Tom Mannix
Principal at Dolfin Consulting and also serving as a Forest Park Commissioner, elected in 2011.  Has worked on campaigns since 2002 and did communications for Illinois Senate Republicans, 2004-08.  Graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University, 2002.






IA

R+
Bruce Braley:  Sarah Benzing
(Sept. 3, 2013)  Campaign manager on Ed Markey for Senate, Jan.-June 2013.  Campaign manager on Friends of Sherrod Brown, Feb. 2011-Dec. 2012.  Campaign manager on Gillibrand for Senate, Aug. 2009-Dec. 2010.  Chief of staff to Rep. Braley,  Jan. 2007-July 2009.  Campaign manager on Braley for Congress, Feb.-Dec. 2006.  Field director on Tim Kaine for Governor, Mar. 2005-Jan. 2006.  Ohio voter contact director for America Coming Together, Nov. 2004-Nov. 2004.  Iowa Caucus/field director on Bob Graham's campaign for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination, announced May 1, 2003 served through end of the campaign in October.  Canvass/field director for the IDP's 2002 Coordinated Campaign; worked for the Iowa Democratic Party, June 2001-Dec. 2002.  Organizer for AFSCME in Gainesville, FL, Jan.-June 2001.  Regional director in Waterloo for the Iowa Democratic Party, June-Nov. 2020.  Field coordinator for Butler, Bremer, Franklin, Grundy and Hardin counties on Al Gore's 2000 Iowa caucus campaign, then in Olympia, WA, Sept. 1999-Apr. 2000.  Bachelor's degree in political science and government from University of Northern Iowa, 2000.  Native of Neola, Iowa.

Joni Ernst:  Jon Kohan
[won campaign manager of the year award from the AAPC for this race]... (June 2014) Chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford (SC), May 2013-June 2014.  Campaign manager on Sanford for Congress (SC) special election, Jan.-May 2013.  Account executive (Jan. 2012-Jan. 2013) and deputy to the EVP (Jan. 2011-Jan. 2012) at Jamestown Associates.  Staff assistant to U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (NJ), Jan. 2009-Jan. 2011.   Director of operations on Zimmer for U.S. Senate, Apr.-Nov. 2008.  Legislative aide in the NJ General Assembly, Jan.-Aug. 2006.  B.A. in government from Georgetown University, 2011.  New Jersey native.








KS
no candidate [Democratic nominee Chad Taylor withdrew Sept. 3, not on ballot]

Pat Roberts:  Corry Bliss
(early Sept. 2014)  Campaign manager on Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel's campaign in the May 2014 U.S. Senate primary.  Campaign manager on Linda McMahon's second run for U.S. Senate in Connecticut in 2012.  Campaign manager on Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie's run for governor of Vermont in 2010.  Campaign manager on U.S. Rep. Thelma Drake's (VA) unsuccessful re-election in 2008.  J.D. from CUNY School of Law, 2006; undergraduate degree from Boston University.
Greg Orman: 
Jim Jonas

(Mar. 2014)  Public affairs consultant with JKJ Partners in Denver from Jan. 2011.  Co-founder / partner and senior strategist at Peak Creative in Denver, June 2000-Dec. 2013.  Director of marketing and comms. for the University of Colorado Foundation, Mar. 2011-May 2012.  Employee comms. for US West, Jan. 1998-Apr. 2000.  Political media and comms. consultant at Jim Jonas Media, Jan. 1995-Mar. 1997.  Comms. strategist for Lamar Alexander in the lead-up to his 1996 presidential campaign, Jan. 1993-Feb. 1995.  Writer/producer with Ailes Communications, Jan. 1991-Jan. 1993.  M.P.A. from The GSPM at GWU, 1991; bachelor's degree in political science and government from Guilford College, 1988.






KY


Alison Lundergan Grimes:  Jonathan Hurst
"a controversial Kentucky campaign consultant"

Mitch McConnell:  Josh Holmes
(succeeding Jesse Benton)  Also serving as senior advisor to the NRSC.  Chief of staff to Sen. McConnell, Dec. 2010-Aug. 2013.  Staff director of the Senate Republican Communications Center-Office of the Republican Leader, Jan. 2007-Jan. 2011.  Director of rapid response at the RNC, 2005-07.  Policy director on George Nethercutt for U.S. Senate, Apr.-Dec. 2004.  Legislative correspondent to U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman, Jan. 2003-Apr. 2004.  Central Minnesota field director on Norm Coleman for U.S. Senate, May-Dec. 2002.  Bachelor's degree  from Arizona State University, 2002.

>Very early on, in Sept. 2012, McConnell surprisingly named Jesse Benton, who had chaired Rand Paul's 2010 U.S. Senate campaign and managed Ron Paul's 2012 presidential campaign, as his campaign manager.  Benton continued on the campaign to  Aug. 29, 2014 when he resigned amid a federal investigation over a scandal that occured when he managed Ron Paul's 2012 presidential campaign.






LA

R+
Mary Landrieu:  Ryan Berni
(reported Oct. 9, 2014, replacing Sullivan who continued as an advisor)  Campaign manager on New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's 2014 re-election. Chief of staff for political strategist James Carville, where he directed Carville’s media, research, writing, and new business development operations.  B.A. in political science from Louisiana State University.

Adam Sullivan
Regional political director (West) for the DCCC in the 2010 cycle.  Managed Scott Murphy’s March 31, 2009 special election win for Congress in NY-20 after running U.S. Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand's 2008 re-election campaign in NY-20.  Consultant on John Hall's congressional campaign in NY-19.  Field director on Bruce Lunsford's campaign for governor in the 2007 Kentucky Democratic primary.

Bill Cassidy:  Joel M. DiGrado
(Mar. 2013)  Communications director and press secretary to U.S. Sen. David Vitter, Aug. 2006-Mar. 2013.  Radio producer for the Senate Republican Conference, Oct. 2005-Aug. 2006.  Staff assistant to Sen. Vitter, Apr.-Oct. 2005.  M.A. in American politics from American University, 2006; B.A. in philosophy from College of the Holy Cross, 2003.






ME Shenna Bellows:  ?

Susan Collins:  Steve Abbott
Campaign manager on Sen. Collins' re-election campaigns in 2002 and 2008, and chief of staff to Sen. Collins since 1997; started as a volunteer for Collins on her 1994 campaign for the Republican nomination for governor.  Director of athletics at University of Maine, 2011-13.  Abbott was a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor in 2010, finishing fourth in the June primary.  Practiced law at Pierce Atwood in Maine.  J.D. from University of Maine School of Law, 1991; undergraduate degree in history from Harvard University, where he was the football captain.  Orono native.






MA


Ed Markey:  Mark Gallagher 
(Sept. 2014)  State director for Sen. Markey from July 2013.  Deputy manager on Markey’s special election to the U.S. Senate, Dec. 2012- July 2013.  District director to U.S. Rep. Markey, Dec. 2007-Dec. 2012.  Political and finance director/treasurer on Ed Markey for Congress, Feb. 2003-Dec. 2007.  Executive assistant (Apr. 1997-Feb. 2003) and aide (Aug. 1994-Apr. 1997) to U.S. Rep. Markey.  Graduate of Colby College, 1994.

Brian Herr:  ?







MI
Gary Peters:  Paul Tencher
(reported Mar. 2014, succeeding Julie Petrick)  Campaigns director at the DSCC, Mar. 2013-Apr. 2014.  Campaign manager on Joe for Indiana (Joe Donnelly's U.S. Senate campaign), July 2011-Nov. 2012.  Coordinated campaign manager for the Vermont Democratic Party, Sept.-Nov. 2010.  Campaign manager on Deb Markowitz for Governor (VT), Oct. 2009-Aug. 2010.  Communications director to U.S. Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy (OH), Jan.-Oct. 2009.  Director of communications and research on Judy Baker for Congress (MO), Aug.-Nov. 2008.  Director of strategic communications for the RI Free Clinic, June-Aug. 2008.  Chief of staff to Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts, Jan. 2007-May 2008.  Rhode Island political outreach on Hillary Clinton for President, 2008.  Campaign manager on Roberts for Lt. Governor, Jan.-Dec. 2006.  Press secretary to Secretary of State Matt Brown, 2004-06.  Account executive at Vision Strategies, Jan.-Sept. 2004.  Campaign manager for Camden County Democrats, 2003.  Deputy press secretary on Anne Sumers for Congress, 2002.  Bachelor's degree in communication, general from Seton Hall University, 2002.

Julie Petrick
(May 2013-Mar. 2014)  Political department at EMILY's List, Oct. 2009-May 2013.  Virginia state director on change that works, May-Oct. 2009.  Manager on Peters for Congress, Feb.-Nov. 2008.  South Florida regional director for the Florida Democratic Party, 2005-09.  Manager on Friends of Karen Schultz, 2007.  Organizer on Virginia Victory; Tim Kaine campaign, 2005.  B.S. in political science from University of South Florida, 2004; bachelor's degree in political science from University of Florida, 2003.

Terri Lynn Land:  ?





MN
Al Franken:   Matt Burgess
(Mar. 2013)  Campaign manager and inaugural director on Maggie Hassan for Governor (NH), Jan. 2012-Mar. 2013.  Consultant, Feb. 2011-Jan. 2012.  Political advisor at EMILY's List, Apr. 2007-Feb. 2011.  Senior associate at MacWilliams Robinson & Partner, Apr. 2006-Apr. 2007.  Communications director at Matt Brown for U.S. Senate, Jan. 2005-Apr. 2006.  Communications director on Betty Castor for U.S. Senate, Apr.-Nov. 2004.  Communications at SEIU, Feb. 2003-Mar. 2004.  Press secretary on Jill Long Thompson for Congress, Aug.-Nov. 2002.  Press secretary on Lynn Rivers for Congress, Apr.-Aug. 2002.  Assistant to the national field director/NH staff on Bill Bradley for President, 1999-2000.



Mike McFadden:  Carl Kuhl
(reported July 2, 2014...succeeding Brad Herold)  Co-founder / principal at Connolly Kuhl Group. 
Founder / managing partner at Kuhl Partners, Mar. 2009-Dec. 2010.  Spokesman on Tom Emmer's gubernatorial campaign, 2010.  Constituent policy liaison for U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman, Feb. 2006-Dec. 2008.  Director of communications for Saint Paul Mayor Randy Kelly, Sept. 2004-Dec. 2005.  Studied communications and public relations and Metropolitan State University.

Brad Herold
(Sept. 2013 to end of June / beg. of July 2014, reported moved to senior advisor, started in office of Sen. Marco Rubio in Aug. 2014)  Deputy staff director for the Majority Office in the Florida House, Nov. 2012-Sept. 2013.  Campaign manager on Adam Hasner for U.S. House (FL), Feb.-Nov. 2012; special assistant on Adam Hasner for U.S. Senate, May 2011-Jan. 2012.  Legislative affairs in Florida Dept. of Transportation, Jan.-May 2011.  Coalition director on Rick Scott for Governor, Sept.-Nov. 2010.  Executive director at the Broward County Republican Party, Mar.-Aug. 2010.  Director of field operations at the Republican Party of Florida, Nov. 2007-Feb. 2010.  Internship coordinator in the Florida Governor's Office, Feb.-Nov. 2007.






MS


Travis Childers:  Dustin Todd
(reported Aug. 4, 2014, replacing Trish Reilly)  Government affairs at the Semiconductor Industry Association from Jan. 2013.  Chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko (NY), Jan. 2009-Jan. 2013; campaign manager to Tonko and PAUL PAC, 2010-12.  Deputy campaign manager on Ronnie Musgrove's 2008 U.S. Senate campaign.  M.A. in political science and government from Johns Hopkins University Advanced Academic Programs, 2011; B.A. in political science, history from University of Mississippi, 2007.  Tupelo native.

Trish Reilly
(to Aug. 2014)  Chief of staff (Mar. 1998-Jan. 2013) and communications director (Jan. 1993-Mar. 1998) to U.S. Rep. Tim Holden (PA).

Thad Cochran:  Brad Davis
(reported July 9, 2014, taking over from Kirk Sims)  On leave from position as state office director and general counsel; started in that role in 2008, after serving as legislative aide and counsel, 2005-07; started with Cochran as an intern in 2000.  Undergraduate and law degrees from University of Mississippi. Native of Ripley. 

Kirk Sims
(Dec. 2013-July 2014, continuing as advisor)  Chief of staff to Gov. Phil Bryant; campaign manager to Bryant.  Campaign manager on Roger Wicker's run for Congress, 2006.  Policy director to Lt. Gov. Bryant.  Worked for Stratacomm, a strategic communications and public affairs company in Washington, DC.






MT
Amanda Curtis:  Clayton Elliott
(ea. Sept. 2014)  Outreach director at the Montana League of Rural Voters.  Lobbyist and community organizer for the Northern Plains Resource Council from Apr. 2010.  M.S. in environmental policy and administration from University of Michigan, 2010; B.S. in economics, environment and natural resources from University of Wyoming, 2008.

Steve Daines:  Jason Thielman
Campaign chairman on Daines' 2012 congressional campaign.  Vice president at Wiland Direct, 2009-12.  Campaign manager on Musgrave for Congress, 2009; district director to U.S. Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (CO), 2007-8.  Campaign manager on Bob Brown's campaign for Governor, 2004; chief of staff to Montana Secretary of State Bob Brown from 2001.  University of Montana graduate.  Chester, Montana native.






NE
Dave Domina:  ?

Jim Rogers
(to Mar. 2014)  Executive director of the Nebraska Democratic Party, Feb. 2009-Dec. 2013.  B.B.A. from University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Ben Sasse  Tyler Grassmeyer
(Oct. 2013)  Chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Tom Rice (SC), Jan.-Oct. 2013.  Chief of staff (Aug. 2011-Nov. 2012) and deputy chief of staff/legislative director (Jan.-July 2011) to U.S. Rep. Steve Austria (OH).  Director of government relations at Russ Reid Company, Mar. 2006-Dec. 2010.  Scheduler/deputy chief of staff to U.S Rep. Fortenberry Jan. 2005-Mar. 2006.  Director of operations on Jeff Fortenberry for Congress, July-Dec. 2004.  Staff assistant to U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel, Apr.-July 2004.  Degree in journalism, advertising and public relations from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2003.
 






NH
Jeanne Shaheen:  Mike Vlacich
(Jan. 2014)  State director for Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Jan. 2009-Jan. 2014.  Director of the Division of Economic Development in the NH Department of Resources and Economic Development, Dec. 2006-Dec. 2008.  Deputy chief of staff to Gov. John Lynch, Dec. 2004-Dec. 2006; manager of New Hampshire for John Lynch in 2006.  Executive director of the NH Democratic Party, June 2003-Dec. 2004.  Business recruitment and retention specialist in the NH Department of Resources and Economic Development, Dec. 2002-June 2003.  Special assistant for economic development to Gov. Jeanne Shaheen, March 1997-Dec. 2002.  B.A. in political science from University of New Hampshire, 1995.

Scott Brown:  Colin Reed
(Apr. 2014)  Deputy communications director to Gov. Chris Christie, Mar. 2013-Apr. 2014  Communications director on Scott Brown for Senate (MA), Sept. 2011-Nov. 2012.  Press secretary to U.S. Sen. Scott Brown (MA), Feb. 2010-Sept. 2011.  Deputy press secretary at the NRSC, Jan. 2009-Apr. 2010.  Rapid response director for vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin on the McCain campaign, Aug.-Nov. 2008.  Research analyst at Freedom's Watch, Apr.-Aug. 2008.  War room deputy on Romney for President, Jan. 2007-Feb. 2008.  Press office assistant for Gov. Mitt Romney, Nov. 2006-Jan. 2007.  B.A. in journalism and mass communication from UNC at Chapel Hill.






NJ
Cory Booker:  Brendan Gill
(Jan. 2014)  An Essex Co. Freeholder since Jan. 2012.  Senior political advisor on Booker's 2013 special election campaign, July-Oct. 2013.  State director (Dec. 2009-Aug. 2013) and senior advisor (Nov. 2007-Dec. 2009) to U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg.  Campaign manager on Lautenberg for Senate, May-Nov. 2008.  Communications director for the NJ Dep't. of Transportation, Mar. 2005-Nov. 2007.  Campaign director on Menendez for Senate/NJ Coordinated Campaign, June-Nov. 2006.  District director to U.S. Rep. Steven Rothman, Sept. 2002-Jan. 2005.  Chief of staff to Assemblymen Eagler and Edwards, Nov. 2001-Sept. 2002.  Campaign manager for Gill, Eagler and Edwards for NJ Assembly LD 34, June-Nov. 2001.  Public information officer/law clerk to Passaic County Counsel, Jan.-June 2001.  Campaign manager on Pascrell for Congress, June-Nov. 2000.  District field director (Jan.-Aug. 1999) and field rep./scheduler (Jan. 1997-Dec. 1998) to U.S. Rep. Pascrell.  Essex Co. field director on Pascrell for Congress, May-Dec. 1996.  B.A. in political science and government from Seton Hall University, 1996.

Jeff Bell:  Rich Danker
(Feb. 2014) Economics director at American Principles Project, the conservative advocacy group headed by Bell, May 2010-Feb. 2014.  Columnist at Forbes.com, 2011-12.  Policy analyst at UCLA School of Public Health/RAND, May 2008-Jan. 2009.  M.P.P and M.B.A. from Pepperdine University, 2010; B.A. in political science, English from University of Lynchburg, 2005.






NM
Tom Udall:  Dan Sena
(June 2014)  Director of Share Our Strength/No Kid Hungry, Mar. 2013-June 2014.  Political director at the DGA, Jan. 2011-Feb. 2013.  Director of Latino messaging and minority vote mobilization in Nevada with Patriot Majority, a 527 group, I.E. effort supporting the re-election of Sen. Harry Reid, May-Nov. 2010.  Campaign director on Jim Balsillie's attempted purchase of the Phoenix Coyotes, Mar.-Sept. 2009.  General election director for Tom Udall for U.S. Senate, Mar.-Nov. 2008.  National field director on Gov. Bill Richardson's presidential campaign, Jan. 2007-Feb. 2008.  Deputy political director at the Democratic Governors' Association, Jan. 2005-Jan. 2007.  National program director at Richardson's Moving America Forward PAC, Jan.-Dec. 2004.  Principal at Sue Burnside & Associates in Los Angeles from May 1998-Dec. 2004.  Master's degree from GWU's Graduate School of Political Management, 1997; B.A. degrees in political science and economics from the University of Arizona.  Originally from Santa Fe, NM.

Allen Weh:  Diego Espinoza
Self employed political consultant since 2008.  Director of government programs (from Sept. 2013) and site supervisor (Nov. 2010-Aug. 2013) for CSI Aviation, Inc..  Community outreach director to U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, Jan. 2007-Dec. 2008.  B.A. in education from Eastern New Mexico University.






NC
Kay Hagan:  Preston Elliott
Campaign manager on Sen. Jon Tester's 2012 re-election campaign.  Nevada Coordinated Campaign director in 2010, helping to re-elect Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.  Deputy political director at the DSCC in 2008.  Worked as a field director on Montana Democrats' Coordinated Campaign in 2006; former Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles' 2004 U.S. Senate race; organier on Rep. Dick Gephardt's Iowa caucus campaign; Sen. Tim Johnson (SD)'s 2002 re-election campaign; and an Illinois legislative race in 2000.  Graduate of Lake Forest College.  Grew up in Billings, Montana.

Thom Tillis:  Jordan Shaw
(Oct. 2013)  Communications director to Speaker Tillis in the North Carolina General Assembly, Dec. 2010-Oct. 2013.  Communications director for the North Carolina Republican Party, Aug. 2009-Nov. 2010.  RNC regional Victory director for Greensboro/Winston-Salem, Aug.-Nov. 2008.  Communications and legislative staff in the Virginia House of Delegates, Dec. 2006-June 2008.  Campaign manager on Carrico for Delegate (Roanoke), May-Nov. 2007.  Campaign manager on Carrico for Congress (Roanoke), Jan.-Nov. 2006.  Deputy field director in Roanoke on Kilgore for Governor, Aug.-Nov. 2005.  B.A. in political science from Virginia Tech, 2005.






OK
Matt Silverstein:  ?



Jim Inhofe:  Rusty Appleton
Campaign manager and general consultant for the Friends of Inhofe Committee from Apr. 2013.; field representative and political director to Sen. Inhofe from Feb. 2011.  Operations manager at Sagac Public Affairs, Mar. 2009-Feb. 2011.  Assistant finance director on the Friends of Jim Inhofe Committee, Aug. 2007-Jan. 2009.  Project manager and analyst at Wilson Research Strategies, Aug. 2006-Aug. 2007.  B.A. in political science and government from University of Central Oklahoma, 2006.






OK(s)
Connie Johnson:  ?
Wikipedia: "Bailey Perkins succeeded by Colletta Harper" [not confirmed]

James Lankford:  Holly Isch
Served as office manager to Rep. Lankford from Jan. 2011.  Previously worked at the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma.






OR
Jeff Merkley:  Alex Youn
(Feb. 2014)  Campaign manager on Tyler Olson for Governor (IA), Sept. 2013-Jan. 2014.  Executive director of the Ohio House Democratic Caucus, Mar. 2011-Mar. 2013.  Campaign manager on Chet Edwards for Congress (TX), Dec. 2009-Nov. 2010).  Campaign manager on Joe Bouchard for Delegate (Virginia Beach, VA), Mar.-Nov. 2009.  Campaign manager on Brad Ellsworth for Congress (IN), Apr.-Nov. 2008.  Field organizer in Sioux City on John Edwards for President, Sept. 2007-Jan. 2008.  Field director on David Briley for Mayor (Nashville, TN), May-Aug. 2007.  Regional field director  in Maryville on Phil Bredesen for Governor, May-Nov. 2006.  B.A. in political science from Maryville College.

Monica Wehby:  Michael Antonopoulos
(June 2014, succeeding Charlie Pearce who moved over to Richardson for Governor)  Campaign manager on Matt Whitaker's campaign for the 2014 U.S. Senate nomination in Iowa.  Associate at Axiom Strategies, Sept. 2013-June 2014.  Executive director of the College Republican National Committee, Aug. 2011-Aug. 2013.  District director for California Assemblyman, Jan.-July 2011.  Account executive at Revolvis Consulting, June 2009-Dec. 2010.  B.A. in history and politics from Saint Mary's College of California, 2009.

Charlie Pearce
(to June 2014)  Communications director on Winslow for U.S. Senate (MA), 2013.  Trip director on Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign.  Director of advance on Baker for Governor (Mass.), 2009-10.  National advance coordinator on Romney for President, 2007-08, then lead advance on the McCain campaign.  Scheduler to U.S. Rep. Turner, 2006-07.  Research assistant at the U.S. Senate Republican Policy Committee.  Originally from Mission Viejo, Calif..






RI Jack Reed:  ?


Mark Zaccaria:  Dominic Leonardo
(announced Aug. 6, 2014)  Student at Providence College.  Experiences includes work for U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta and with Terry Gorman and Rhode Islanders for Immigration Law Enforcement.  Rhode Island native.






SC
Brad Hutto:  Lachlan McIntosh
Owner of McIntosh Consulting, LLC since Jan. 2003; decades of experience in South Carolina politics including: South Carolina state director on Gov. Bill Richardson's presidential campaign, March 2007-Jan. 2008.  SCDP executive director from 2005-March 2, 2007; also served as campaign manager for Robert Barber for Lt. Governor in 2006 (the second closest general election in South Carolina history).  Lowcountry / Coastal field coordinator on Sen. John Edwards' 2004 SC primary campaign (started with the campaign in June 2003).  Served as an aide to Gov. Jim Hodges and has held positions for former U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings, Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, and former Attorney General Travis Medlock.  First staff position was with Tom Harkin’s presidential campaign in 1992.  

Lindsey Graham:  Scott Farmer
(Jan. 2013)  Longtime Graham advisor.  Owner of Farmer Strategies, LLC since Jan. 2009 and founder and partner of Lovell Investments LLC from Nov. 2008.  Campaign manager on Lindsey Graham for Senate, Jan. 2007-Dec. 2008.  Finance director on Lindsey Graham's campaign, Jan. 2001-Dec. 2006.  Finance director at the South Carolina Republican Party, 1998-2000.  Campaign coordinator on Mike Fair for Congress, 1997-98.  Polling division of the Dole-Kemp '96 campaign.  Bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University.








SC(s) Joyce Dickerson:  ?

Tim Scott: ?






SD
Rick Weiland:  Kris Swedin

Mike RoundsRob Skjonsberg
Partner at GSG Strategies, LLC and business consultant at Fischer Rounds & Associates from Mar. 2012. Senior vice president at POET LLC, Nov. 2007-Mar. 2012.  Chief of staff to Gov. Mike Rounds, Nov. 2002-Nov. 2007.  Assistant vice president / management at Wells Fargo Bank, July 1995-Nov. 2002.  B.S. in economics from South Dakota State University, 1995. 






TN
Gordon Ball:  Matt Kuhn
Partner and senior campaign strategist at New Blue Strategies in Memphis from Mar. 2012.  Project manager for The Saint Consulting Group, May 2011-Dec. 2012.  Development director for Caissa Public Strategy, Jan.-May 2012.  Policy advisor to the Mayor (Dec. 2009-Sept. 2010) and commissioner (Feb.-Dec. 2009) for Shelby County Government.  Senior director for franchise development for Lenny's Sub Shop, Jan. 2007-Feb. 2010.  Political operative at The Saint Consulting Group, Aug. 2002-June 2005.  CAO of the Shelby County Juvenile Court Clerk's Office, Aug. 2001-Aug. 2002.  Master's degree in political management from the Graduate School of Political Management at GWU, 1997; B.S. in political science and government from University of Evansvillle, 1994.

Lamar Alexander:  Alice Rolli
(Jan. 2013)  Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development assistant commissioner for strategy from May 2012.  General manager and vice president at WorldStrides, May 2006-Apr. 2012.  Special assistant to Sen. Alexander, June 2002-Feb. 2005.  High school English teacher at Birmingham High School in the LAUSD, Aug. 2001-June 2002.  B.A. in international relations from Stanford University, 2001.








TX
David Alameel:  ?
Highest paid staffer was Cuauhtemoc "Temo" Figueroa, who was principal at Andres Gonzalez & Associates in San Antonio from Jan. 2009.  Deputy campaign manager was Sergio Cantu, who was VP of project management for EOS Consulting Group in Dallas from Feb. 2010.

John Cornyn:  Brendan Steinhauser
(June 2013)  Communications director for the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Dec. 2012-July 2013.  Director of federal and state campaigns (Aug. 2007-Dec. 2012) and grassroots manager (May 2005-Aug. 2007) at FreedomWorks.  Reporter for GalleryWatch in Austin, May 2002-June 2003.  M.A. in statecraft and international affairs from the Institute of World Politics, 2011; B.A. in government from The University of TExas at Austin, 2004.


 








VA
Mark Warner:  Trey Nix  
Campaign manager on Aneesh Chopra's 2013 campaign for lieutenant governor of Virginia.  Campaign manager on Paul Hirschbiel's challenge to U.S. Rep. Scott Rigell in VA-2 in 2012.  Originally from Alabama. 


Ed Gillespie:  Chris Leavitt
(Jan. 2014) Campaign manager on Mark Obenshain for Attorney General, Nov. 2012-Dec. 2013.  Campaign manager on Bob Goodlatte for Congress, Jan.-Nov. 2012.  Campaign manager on Bryce Reeves for VA Senate, Mar.-Nov. 2011.  Political director on Mike Bouchard for Governor (MI), Jan.-Aug. 2010.  Field director in the Charlottesville area for the Republican Party of Virginia, April-Dec. 2009.  Bachelor's degree in political science and government from the University of Maine, 2008.






WV
Natalie Tennant:  Simone Ward
Acting constituency outreach director/deputy constituency outreach director and director of women's outreach at the DNC in the 2012 cycle. Campaign manager on Sen. Barbara Mikulski's re-election campaign, 2009-10.  Served in the political department at EMILY's List from 2007 including as senior political tracker.  A deputy director of the DNC's American Majority Partnership under then-Chairman Howard Dean.  Executive director of Democratic GAIN in 2004.  Executive director of Young Democrats of America starting in June 2002.  Worked with Mercer & Associates in Washington, DC.  Finance assistant at the DNC; special assistant at the White House.  B.A. in political science from Oklahoma City University.  Interned on Al Gore's 2000 campaign.  Grew up in Kansas City, MO.  

Shelley Moore Capito:  Chuck Flannery
(Nov. 2012)  Campaign manager on Capito for Congress, Jan. 2010-Nov. 2012.  Field representative for U.S. Rep. Capito, July 2008-Dec. 2009.  Campaign finance specialist in the West Virginia Secretary of State's Office, Feb. 2005-July 2008.  Studied at West Virginia University.






WY Charlie Hardy:  ?

Mike Enzi:  Kristin Walker 
(Aug. 2013...campaign manager/communications director) Managing director at Brimmer Communications, Oct. 2010-Aug. 2013.  Communications director, press secretary to U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield (KY), Aug. 2007-Oct. 2010; scheduling coordinator/press secretary/executive assistant to U.S. Rep. Barbara Cubin (WY), Sept. 2005-Aug. 2007.  B.A. in political science and government from The College of William and Mary, 2005.




Gender of Campaign Managers for 2014 Major Party Nominees for U.S. Senate
36 races
Identified
No info., no
manager, unclear
Male   
Female
Democrats
24 of 34
10
18
6
Republicans
30 of 36
6
26
4
Total
54 of 70
16
44
10
Notes: 
See Campaign Managers: Methodological Considerations.


- 70 candidates: Democrats 34 (no candidate in Alabama and Kansas), Republicans 36. 

- No info., no manager, unclear is 16.
Democrats:
No info:  ID, ME, NE, OK, OK(s), RI, SC(s), SD, TX, WY.
Republicans:
No info: AL, DE, HI, MA, MI, SC(s).

- 54 campaign managers identified.

Summary
Of 54 people identified as working as campaign managers for the 2014 major party nominees for U.S. Senate at the close of the campaign, 44 (81.5%) were male and 10 (18.5%) female.  Democratic campaign managers were 75.0% male and Republican campaign managers 86.7% male.


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