Michael Soliman is one of eleven Partners at Mercury, working out of the New Jersey and DC offices. His extensive knowledge and lifetime experience on the region’s politics, government relations, and strategic communications proves to be an invaluable resource to clients throughout the entire Northeast.
Strategic advisor to Congressman-elect Josh Gottheimer’s successful campaign against a 14 year incumbent
Lead strategist for U.S. Senator Cory Booker’s successful 2014 Senate campaign
Served as Senator Robert Menendez’s State Director and New Jersey Chief of Staff since 2007
Managed Senator Menendez’s successful re-election campaign in 2012
District Director for U.S. Congressman Steve Rothman
Advised the campaigns of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg, former Governor Jon Corzine, and Congressman Bill Pascrell
Worked on campaigns of various Democratic officials, including Mayor Glenn Cunningham of Jersey City and State Senator Bob Gordon
Frequent guest lecturer at academic institutions including St. Peter’s University and the Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics
Appeared on the PolitickerNJ Power List for the past 9 years
Selected as an influencer by Campaigns & Elections Magazine
St. Peter’s University, Political Science (BA)
Bloustein School at Rutgers University (MPP)Read Full Bio
Michael Soliman is a Partner at Mercury, working out of the New Jersey and Washington, DC offices. Mike is one of fifteen Partners that run the firm nationally. His extensive knowledge of the region’s politics, government and business sectors proves to be an invaluable resource to private sector clients throughout the entire Northeast.
Mike brings to Mercury a lifetime of experience in campaign management, government relations and strategic communications that offers clients creative solutions to their most pressing problems.
A fixture of the PolitickerNJ Power List for the past ten years and previously selected as an influencer by Campaigns & Elections Magazine, Mike has emerged as a top Democratic operative and trusted senior advisor to U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker, as well as several other high profile elected officials throughout New Jersey.
Most recently, Mike was named to Governor Phil Murphy’s Transition Team, serving on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Mike also served as strategic adviser to Congressman Josh Gottheimer’s successful campaign in a competitive 5th district race against a 14 year incumbent.
Mike’s next act as a political operative will be leading incumbent U.S. Senator Menendez’s 2018 re-election campaign, as lead strategist.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, “Until recently, Mike was Menendez’s state director and chief of staff in New Jersey, making him the senator’s eyes, ears and voice back home and allowing him to build relationships with key players in the Garden State. Soliman also managed Menendez’s 2012 re-election run. He still works as a Menendez ambassador and now keeps powerful bipartisan company at Mercury Public Affairs. Among the firm’s partners is Michael DuHaime, Gov. Christie’s top political strategist.”
As Senator Menendez’s state director and chief of staff in New Jersey, Mike managed the Senator’s staff in New Jersey and acted as principal liaison between Senator Menendez and New Jersey’s business leaders, legislators, county executives and mayors, for all of New Jersey’s 21 counties and 566 municipalities. Mike also worked hand-in- hand with the Senator’s DC-based staff mapping out legislative priorities.
He left his post temporarily in 2012 to manage the Senator’s successful re-election campaign. Mike led the coordination of all facets of the multi-million dollar campaign; including the communications, fundraising, advertising, polling and grassroots divisions. Senator Menendez won the election by 20 points, thereby solidifying his rise to become Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee and a senior member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs.
Previously, Mike served as lead strategist for US Senator Cory Booker’s successful 2014 Senate campaign, and as the District Director for US Congressman Steve Rothman. He ran the Congressman’s district offices in Hackensack and Jersey City where he managed day-to- day operations including community outreach and constituent support.
During his career in public service, he has also advised the campaigns of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg, former Governor Jon Corzine and Congressman Bill Pascrell.
Mike began his career working on the campaigns of various Democratic elected officials, including Mayor Glenn Cunningham of Jersey City and state Senator Bob Gordon.
Born, raised and educated in New Jersey, he earned a BA in Political Science from St. Peter’s University in 2001 and his Masters of Public Affairs and Politics from the Bloustein School at Rutgers University in 2006.
Mike resides in Hawthorne, NJ with his wife, Karen, and daughter.