Jim most recently served as the senior communications advisor and spokesman for the Senate Majority Leader, where he spent six years at the nexus of communications, politics and policy for every issue facing the Senate. As a strategist, he worked with the White House and leadership in the House of Representatives to set the Democratic tone for legislative initiatives. As the Leader's top spokesman, he dealt extensively with the national and regional media on a daily basis to advance the Democratic agenda. He is a regarded as a top Democratic strategist in Washington and continues to serve as a trusted resource for many of the nation's leading reporters.
With a keen understanding of the dynamics on Capitol Hill, Jim has helped QGA clients translate corporate and communications strategies into a message that resonates with Congressional offices and the national media. He has years of experience building the broad and diverse coalitions necessary to enact significant legislation, and brings that expertise to QGA.
Before he was tapped to join Reid's leadership office, Jim spent nearly 12 years as press secretary for Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) and the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education Labor and Pensions. In that role, he worked on communications and press strategies for legislation, including minimum wage and pension reform, reauthorizations of the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA), the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and No Child Left Behind. Prior to that, Jim worked in the press office of then Majority Leader George Mitchell (D-ME).