Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee -- 2012

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Note: The Center for Responsive Politics reported that for the 2012 cycle the DSCC raised $145.9 million, spent $144.9 million and finished with cash on hand of $1.8 million (this included independent expenditures).

Chairman  Sen. Patty Murray (WA)

(accepted position on Nov. 30, 2010)  Murray also chaired the DSCC in the 2002 cycle.  Elected to the Senate in 1992 and re-elected to a fourth term in 2010.  Washington State Senate, 1988-92.  Instructor at Shoreline Community College, 1984-87.  Graduate of Washington State University, 1972.


Executive Director  Guy Cecil

(announced Dec. 22, 2010)  Chief of staff to Sen. Michael Bennet (CO) starting Oct, 19, 2009.  President of Thomas Circle Strategies, a public affairs and issue advocacy firm.  National political and field director on Hillary Clinton for President campaign.  Political director at the DSCC in the 2006 cycle.  Joined the Dewey Square Group in March 2003 and was a principal in the firm's grassroots campaign practice.  Directed the Arkansas Democratic Coordinated Campaign in the 2002 cycle.  National field director for the Children's Defense Fund and its Campaign to Leave No Child Behind, 2001.  Field director for the 2000 Missouri Democratic Coordinated Campaign.  Worked on Vice President Gore's campaign staff in New Hampshire and was the state director for the primary campaign in Vermont.  Program coordinator for Boston Partners in Education, a nonprofit.  A high school teacher and speech and debate coach.  Graduateof the University of Florida with a B.A. in political science.  Originally from Miami.

Assistant to the Executive Director  Katie Lewallen

(May 2011)  A regional deputy political director at the DNC from Aug. 2011.  Senior associate at Zata 3, 2008-10.  Receptionist at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.  Bachelor's degree in political science from Millsaps College, 2009.

Chief Operating Officer  Karen Hancox

Also served as COO in the 2006 cycle. CEO of the Kerry campaign (announced April 22, 2004). Deputy campaign manager on the Gephardt campaign starting April 2003.  Chief of staff for Gore 2000.  In early 1998 Hancox worked on Lewinsky damage control at the DNC.  From March 1995-Jan. 1997 she served as deputy political director at the White House under Doug Sosnik; she started in the Clinton administration in January 1993 in the Office of Legislative Affairs. Hancox handled congresssional relations on Clinton/Gore 1992.


Political Director  Crystal King

(announced Feb. 8, 2011)  Chief of staff to Sen. Kay Hagan (NC), after managing Hagan's successful 2008 campaign.  Chief of staff to Rep. Louise Slaughter (NY), 2007.  Midwest political desk at the DCCC in 2006.  Political director on the 2004 Democratic Coordinated Campaign in Ohio; earlier worked a political desk for the Kerry campaign.  Worked for SEIU in Washington, DC.  A west central coordinator (Montgomery County) on the 1996 Ohio coordinated campaign.  Dayton native.

Deputy Political Director  Anne Caprara

(May 2011)  Chief of staff to Congresswoman Betsy Markey, Jan. 2009-Jan. 2011, after managing her campaign.  Transition director and chief of staff to Congresswoman Betty Sutton, Nov. 2006-May 2007.  Research tracker, then deputy research director at EMILY's List, 2003-06.  Business development assistant at Cassidy & Associates, 2001-03.  M.A. in political management from The George Washington University, 2003.  B.A. from American University, 2001.

Deputy Political Director  Rory Steele

Principal at Argo Strategies in Seattle, from Dec. 2008.  General election director in Washington State on Obama's campaign in Fall 2008; started on the campaign as Southwest regional field director for the Iowa caucuses, then GOTV director in Northern Nevada, state director in Nebraska, and regional director for central Ohio.  Base vote and GOTV director of the Washington Democrats' 2006 Coordinated Campaign.  Outreach director for congressman Jay Inslee.  Regional director on Sen. Patty Murray's 2004 re-election campaign.  Worked on several statewide initiatives.  Campaign manager on State Rep. Geoff Simpson's re-election campaign, 2002.  Interned at the Washington State Labor Council.  Steele has also worked as a trucker in Seattle, and on a crab fishing boat in Alaska.  Served in the U.S. Marines Corps to Sept. 2000.  Born and raised in Edmonds, WA.

Political Assistant  Sonia Herman

(July 2011)  Research analyst at Penn Schoen Berland, Jan.-July 2011.  Legislative correspondent/legislative assistant to Congresswoman Dina Titus, Feb. 2009-Jan. 2011.  Staff assistant to Congressman Zack Space, Jan. 2008-Feb. 2009.  B.A. from American University, 2008.


Communications Director  Matt Canter

(start March 14, 2011)  Communications director to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). Feb. 2009-10.  Communications director to Gov. Jim Doyle.  Communications director on Jeff Merkley's successful 2008 campaign for U.S. Senate.  Press secretary to Rep. Anthoy Weiner (D-NY), and earlier research director on Weiner's campaign for Mayor of NYC in 2005.  Worked on Sen. Russ Feingold's 2004 and 1998 campaigns.  Graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Milwaukee native.

Press Secretary  Shripal Shah

(March 2011)  A regional press secretary at the DCCC in the 2010 cycle (NE and Florida).  Press secretary for Rep. Charlie Gonzales (D-TX), 2007-09; also served as communications director on Suzanne Kosmas' 2008 campaign for Congress.  Worked in the communcations division at the DNC, 2005-07.  Graduate of Eastern Michigan University.

Deputy Press Secretary  Nathan Click


Research Director  Patrick McHugh

(April 2012; previously deputy research director from Feb. 2011)  Research director at Blumenthal for Senate, July-Nov. 2010; research director at Fisher for Ohio, April-July 2010.  Research associate at the DNC, 2009-10.  Deputy research director on Kay Hagan for Senate, 2008.  Political on John Edwards for President Iowa caucus campaign, Aug. 2007-Jan. 2008.  Special assistant for political operations at Penn, Schoen & Berland, 2006-07.  Graduate of Hofstra University, 2006.

Research Associates including
Shawn Hils, Anjan Mukherjee, Stephanie Nielsen

Policy Director  Anna Chu

(reported by Roll Call on July 20, 2011) Fellow/policy advisor at the House Democratic Caucus, 2010-11.  B.A. in political science from UC Berkeley; law degree from the University of Southern California.  Native of San Francisco, California.


Digital Drector  Jason Rosenbaum

(March 2009) Previously deputy director of online communications at the DCCC, starting April 2007. B.A. in law and society and psychology from Michigan State University, 2000; M.A. in public policy and history from The George Washington University, 2004.


Director of IT  Jude Meche

(March 2005) Meche also served as technology site lead at Invesco Field for the Democratic National Convention. Senior IT advisor for John Kerry for President and the Kerry-Edwards campaign, starting May 2004. Four months as director of IT for America Coming Together. Director of IT on the Dick Gephardt for President campaign Feb. 2003-Feb. 2004. Director of management information systems at the DCCC, Sept. 2001-Feb. 2003. Consultant, 1992-2001. Degree in mechanical engineering from Tulane University, 1997.

Database Administrators

Deputy Director of Direct Marketing  Mike Cherry

(joined the DSCC in March 2008) Graduate of University of Maryland Baltimore County, 2007.


Finance Director  Angelique Cannon

(announced Feb. 8, 2011) Comes to the DSCC from position as director of major gifts at EMILY's List.  Development director for Third Way.  Finance director on Mark Warner's 2008 campaign for U.S. Senate; deputy finance director for Mark Warner's Forward Together PAC.  Worked on Patty Murray's 2004 re-election.  Finance director for Kathleen Kennedy Townsend's 2002 campaign for governor of Maryland.  Western regional finance director at the DSCC in 1999.

Assistant to the Finance Director  Meredith Jachowicz

(Feb. 2011) Previously membership services assistant and marketing intern at EMILY's List.  B.A. in sociology, Spanish Language from Americann University, 2010.

Deputy Finance Director  Addy Rummel

(Feb. 2011) Previously Western regional finance director at the DSCC from Sept. 2009.  Illinois finance director at the DNC, Feb.-Oct. 2009.  Western regional finance director at the DCCC, 2005-09.  Fundraiser at the DCCC, 2004-05.  Fundraiser at Dean for America, 2003-04.  B.A. in political science from University of Vermont, 2003.

West Coast  Emily Sullivan

(Feb. 2011) Previously a senior associate at Campaign Finance Consultants, 2007-11.  Field organizer on Whitehouse for Senate, 2006.  Graduate of Roger Williams University, 2004.

Midwest  Kate Singh

(June 2011) Donor relations manager at Share Our Strength, 2009-11.  Major gifts coordinator at America Votes, 2008-09.  Development director at NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin, 2007-08.  Finance assistant/assistant to the campaign manager at Fair Wisconsin, 2006.  B.A. in political science/women's studies from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2007.

Mid-Atlantic  Andrea Porter

(Jan. 2011)  Deputy finance director at People for Patty Murray, 2009-10.  Director of PAC fundraising at Friends of Max Baucus and at Glacier PAC, 2006-08.  M.S.M. in business from Case Western Reserve University, 2006; B.A. in political science from The College of Wooster, 2005.

Southern  Noam Lee

(Feb. 2011) Deputy finance director at Friends for Harry Reid, 2010.  Deputy finance director at Alex Sink for Governor, frist part of 2010.  Norther Virginia finance director at Virginians for Wagner, 2009.  Regional field director for the Democratic Party of Virginia, 2008.  Field organizer on John Edwards for President, July 2007-Jan. 2008.  Field organizer on Jeff Smith for Missouri Senate, 2006.  B.A. in political science from Washington University in St. Louis, 2007.

Campaign Services

Campaign Services Director  Lauren Dikis

(March 2011) Candidate fundraising director (2009-11) and regional candidate services director (2007-09) at the DCCC.  Finance director at the Montana Democratic Party, 2006-07.  Regional field organizer on Carry Oregon/Democratic Party of Oregon, 2004.  Graduate of Ohio University, 2001.

Campaign Services Director  Gina Ormand

(May 2011)  Director of major gifts at the Alliance for Climate Protection, from May 2009.  A regional political director on Hillary Clinton for President, 2007-08.  Director of scheduling for Sen. John Tester, Jan.-Oct. 2007.  Deputy director of campaign services at the DSCC, Feb-Dec. 2006.  Executive assistant in the Office of Sen. Mary Landrieu, 2003-06.  B.A. in communications from Tulane University, 2003.


Comptroller  Deanna Nesburg

(April 2011; deputy comptroller from Sept. 2007)  Staff accountant/senior staff accountant at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, 2006-07.  Bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Virginia, 2003.

Deputy Comptroller  Megan Mielnik

(April 2011; assistant comptroller from Jan. 2007).  B.A. in political science from University of Iowa, 2006.


Counsel  Marc Elias

Chair of the Perkins Coie Political Law practice.

Independent Expenditures

[IE, operating separately and independently from the DCCC, spends tens of millions of dollars largely on advertising, doled out to various consultants]

Director of Independent Expenditures  Martha McKenna

Partner at McKenna Pihlaja from Jan. 2011.  Political director at the DSCC from Oct. 2007.  Managed Sheila Dixon's campaign for Mayor of Baltimore.  Worked at EMILY's List for four years serving as campaign services director in the 2006 cycle and as tracker/liaison in the 2004 cycle. Paid communications on the Maryland Democratic Coordinated Campaign/Kathleen Townsend in Fall 2002.  Campaign manager on Rep. Lynn Rivers' primary campaign against Rep. John Dingell in 2002 in Michigan (re-districted into one district).  M.B.A. from The John Hopkins University, 2011; M.S. in public policy from the Eagleton Institute at Rutgers University, 1997; B.A. in political science from Bucknell University, 1996.  Baltimore native.

Amy Gooden

(Research director at the DSCC from May 2010 previously deputy research director starting in Feb. 2009)  Previously at the DCCC from January 2007 as a research analyst and then senior research analyst for the IE.  Deputy research director on the Harold Ford for U.S. Senate campaign. B.A. in economics and political science from Vanderbilt University.

Staff Assistant  Liz Richards

(March 2012)  B.A. in political science, philosophy from American University, 2012.