Liesl Hickey

Fall 2016 Resident Fellow

Republican Strategist

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Seminar Information | "The Down-Ballot Problem: Running for Congress with Trump and Clinton at the Top of the Ticket," 10/20 - 11/10 (Thursdays) at 12 - 1:15 pm. All seminars are at the IOP, 5707 S Woodlawn Ave. Learn more.

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Liesl Hickey is a veteran political strategist who has spent her career helping Republicans expand their reach in swing areas across the country. This election cycle, she has been an advisor to the National Republican Congressional Committee, the Jeb Bush-affiliated Right to Rise Super PAC, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and ClearPath Action Fund.

During the 2013-2014 cycle, she was executive director of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), where she oversaw a historic 13-seat pickup. This new Republican majority — the largest since 1928 — included a large number of members representing traditionally Democratic constituencies. During her tenure at the NRCC, the committee grew its online fundraising by over 400 percent, created a strategy and data division to run more effective campaigns, and focused its offensive efforts on electing a diverse Republican class.

In 2011 and 2012, Hickey led the NRCC’s Patriot Program, a dedicated effort to re-elect Republican incumbents in competitive districts. During this cycle, she raised an unprecedented $6 million for members’ campaigns and helped navigate their efforts through a tough political environment. Hickey also served as a consultant to the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) in 2010. Hickey previously was chief of staff to then-Rep. Mark Kirk (IL), where she helped author the Suburban Agenda, a first-time effort by national Republicans to craft a set of policies targeted at independent, suburban voters — a program that was instrumental to surviving the 2006 Democratic wave election. Hickey has worked on many congressional and statewide races across the country and served as former U.S. Senator Peter Fitzgerald’s finance director during his successful 1998 campaign in Illinois.

Hickey also was a senior director for campaigns at Bono’s ONE Campaign during the 2008 cycle where she oversaw a $40 million advocacy effort to fight global poverty and disease. Hickey is a 1996 graduate of Southern Methodist University.