Josh Holmes is a proven political strategist and communicator with more than a decade of campaign and Capitol Hill experience, including serving as Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell. He managed McConnell’s 2014 re-election campaign, which was hailed by numerous pundits and publications as one of the best in modern history. Noted political observer Charlie Cook called the campaign “flawless.” In addition to the McConnell campaign, Holmes advised the National Republican Senatorial Committee during their successful effort to regain the Majority during the ‘14 election cycle.
In the three years leading up to the campaign, Holmes served as Chief of Staff to McConnell. He was initially hired to help create the Senate Republican Communications Center in 2007, immediately after McConnell was elected Republican Leader. Roll Call noted that under Holmes’ leadership, “the organization has become an integral part of the GOP’s successes.” Holmes was key in helping the Communications Center gain prominence for their successful branding and marketing efforts during the Obamacare debate. His infamous “Cornhusker Kickback” and the “Repeal and Replace” mantra became the Republican branding of the law for more than four years.
Earlier in his career, Holmes worked on several U.S. Senate campaigns including Senator Norm Coleman’s successful 2002 bid, McConnell’s 2008 reelection, and Senator Rand Paul’s 2010 victory. He also worked for Ken Mehlman at the Republican National Committee as the deputy national press secretary and director of rapid response.
Holmes has been featured on Fox News Sunday as a “Power Player of the Week,” and the Washington Post named him one of the “10 Staffers to Watch” in the 112th Congress. He was perennially listed on the “Roll Call Fabulous 50” for influential staff on Capitol Hill, and featured in POLITICO’s “50 Politicos To Watch” in 2011.
He is a native of Minnetonka, Minnesota, and a graduate of Arizona State University. He currently resides in Washington, D.C., with his wife Blair Latoff Holmes.
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