Mike DuHaime is a Partner at Mercury. Mike has long been among the most accomplished political operatives in the country and is one of the most sought-after strategists in the corporate and non-profit public affairs space.
Awarded the 2014 Campaign Excellent Award for Campaign Strategist of the Year by The American Association of Political Consultants
Recognized by PolitickerNJ as one of New Jersey’s most powerful people every year since 2001, and the second most powerful on the 2013 Power 100 List
Named by NJBIZ as one of the 10 most powerful people in the state of New Jersey
Named by Time Magazine as one of the 40 under 40 rising stars of American politics
Recognized by Campaigns & Elections Magazine at age 24 as a “Rising Star in American Politics”
Senior Advisor to the Republican Governors Association in 2014, overseeing the committee’s efforts on behalf of Gov. Rick Scott (FL), Gov. Rick Snyder (MI), Gov. Scott Walker (WI), Gov. Bruce Rauner (IL), Gov. Terry Branstad (IA), Gov. Charlie Baker (MA), Gov. Paul LePage (ME), Gov. Nikki Haley (SC), Gov. Asa Hutchinson (AR), and Gov. Larry Hogan (MD)
Lead strategist for Governor Christie’s 2009 and 2013 gubernatorial campaigns
Subcommittee Chair on Authorities for Governor Christie’s Executive Transition Team
Spearheaded the 2010 and 2012 National Republican Senatorial Committee’s independent expenditure efforts, contributing to the victories of Senators Mark Kirk (IL), Pat Toomey (PA), Jeff Flake (AZ), and Dean Heller (NV)
2011 Chairman of the Republican Delegation for New Jersey’s bipartisan Congressional Redistricting Commission
Political Director of the Republican National Committee and held senior positions for President George W. Bush, Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and Senator John McCain
Advisor to multiple Fortune 500 companies, trade associations, sports teams, corporations, and nonprofits
Rutgers University, Journalism and Political Science (BA)Read Full Bio
Mike DuHaime is a Partner at Mercury. Along with being among been among the most accomplished political operatives in the country, Mike is now one of the country’s most sought-after strategists in the corporate and non-profit public affairs space.
His unparalleled knowledge of the nation’s politics, government, journalism and business sectors provide an invaluable resource to private sector clients across the globe. Mike founded and oversees Mercury’s operations in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Tennessee. He also works closely with Mercury’s New York, London and Washington, DC leadership in charting a path for the North American and global growth of the company.
While he made his reputation at the highest levels of national politics, Mike also advises multiple Fortune 500 companies, trade associations, sports teams, corporations and non-profits in the areas of public relations, crisis management, grassroots organization, survey research, strategic planning and marketing. His clients have included such varied and accomplished companies as Johnson & Johnson, Walmart, Uber, Tesla, NBC Universal, Spectra Energy, Hewlett Packard, Caesars Entertainment, the New Jersey Devils and the New York Jets.
In the political arena, Mike has served in senior positions for President George W. Bush, Senator John McCain, Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Governor Chris Christie, among many others. He was political director of the Republicans National Committee and has served in senior positions for the Republican Governors Association and National Republican Senatorial Committee.
Mike has worked on campaigns in more than 40 states including dozens of winning Governor, US Senate, US House and state legislative campaigns. In New Jersey, Mike was the lead campaign strategist for both of Governor Christie’s wins and served as an executive member of his transition team. He has also served in senior campaign positions for Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean and Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick. In 2011, Mike served as the Chairman of the Republican Delegation for New Jersey’s bipartisan Congressional Redistricting Commission. Mike led the Republicans to a significant win resulting in the Redistricting Commission adopting the Republicans’ congressional map by a 7-6 vote.
In recognition of his work, Mike was awarded the 2014 Campaign Strategist of the Year by The American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC). PolitickerNJ has recognized Mike as one of New Jersey’s most powerful people every single year since 2001,one of the very few to be on the list 17 years running, and he was the second most powerful on the 2013 Power 100 List. His industry leading counsel led NJBIZ, New Jersey’s preeminent business publication, to name Mike as one of the 10 most powerful people in the state. Additionally, Mike’s expertise in public affairs strategy in the health care industry earned him a spot on NJBIZ’s Power 50: Health Care in 2013. Earlier in his career, Mike was named by Time Magazine as one of the 40 under 40 rising stars of American politics.
A graduate of Rutgers University with a BA in journalism and political science, Mike now serves as an adjunct professor at his alma mater’s renowned Eagleton Institute of Politics. Mike is also a member of the Rutgers University Board of Trustees. Mike has spoken on politics and public affairs at Princeton, Harvard, NYU, UCLA and the University of Chicago, among many other colleges and universities. In 2016, Rutgers University awarded Mike a prestigious “Rutgers 250 Fellowship” recognizing him as one of the university’s most distinguished living alumni.
Mike is a sought after guest on both television and radio offering his political and public policy perspectives on shows and networks including Good Morning America, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, CNBC, FOX Business, BBC, CBC in Canada and many more. In print, he has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and scores of other state and regional publications.
He was also a four-year skater on the Rutgers Ice Hockey team where he served as a captain for championship teams his junior and senior seasons. He is a youth ice hockey, baseball, basketball and flag football coach.
Mike lives in Westfield, NJ with his wife, Dore, and their three children.