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Blair Latoff Holmes
Blair is the head of the Media and External Communications Team and handles the following issues:
- Free Speech
- Health Care
- Political Affairs
Blair Latoff Holmes is vice president of Media and External Communications at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Holmes, who has spent more than a decade working in communications at the highest levels of American government and advocacy in Washington, D.C., leads a team of top-flight communicators tasked with representing the interests of American businesses and promoting the Chamber’s policy priorities, agenda, and brand both domestically and internationally.
Holmes crafts messaging and drives media coverage of the Chamber’s advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill, for high-profile litigation, and for the Chamber’s political program. Working with the nation’s premier journalists and top political communicators, she serves as a spokesperson on behalf of the Chamber on a range of issues such as health care, labor, immigration, and trade, among others.
Prior to joining the Chamber in April 2009, Holmes worked at the Republican National Committee for Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign as regional press secretary. She was the primary spokesperson for the GOP in 12 states in the Northeast including Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New Hampshire. Holmes was responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive communications strategy in the region.
Earlier in her career, Holmes worked on the Senate Judiciary Committee for the late U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter. She helped manage communications related to the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., immigration reform negotiations, and countless other judicial issues during President George W. Bush’s administration.
PRNews named Holmes in 2013 to its “PR People to Watch” list.
Holmes graduated from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, with a bachelor’s degree in business and economics. She is also a graduate of the West Point Thayer Leadership Program. A proud native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, she and her husband currently reside in Arlington, Virginia.
There is one sentence in Danny Hakim’s latest attack on the U.S. Chamber that perfectly sums up his misguided four-part attempt to prove a thesis that doesn’t exist: “Mr. Donohue has transformed the chamber into a powerful lobbying force, an evolution most starkly epitomized by its aggressive advocacy for tobacco.” Hakim takes the undeniable fact that Tom Donohue has indeed transformed the U.S.