Mike DuHaime is a Partner at Mercury. He is among the most accomplished political operatives in the country and was recently awarded the 2014 Campaign Excellence Award for Campaign Strategist of the Year by The American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC).
Mike is one of eight Partners that runs the firm nationally and heads Mercury’s New Jersey and Pennsylvania public affairs operations, where his unparalleled knowledge of the region’s politics, government and business sectors prove as an invaluable resource to private sector clients in New York, New Jersey and the entire Northeast. He also works closely with Mercury’s Washington, DC-based national grassroots outfit providing counsel on public awareness campaigns and policy initiatives. In recognition of his work, PolitickerNJ ranked Mr. DuHaime as the second most powerful person in New Jersey in its most recent Power 100 List.
In both 2009 and 2013, Mike was lead strategist for Governor Christie's gubernatorial election. His first victory marked the first GOP statewide win in NJ since 1997 and the largest win for a GOP challenger since 1942. Last year's election built upon that success with a historic 22 point margin victory that included winning 57% of women and 51% of the Hispanic vote.
Mike served as a member of the Governor’s Executive Transition Team, chairing its subcommittee on Authorities. His recommendations presaged the fundamental shift in how that state aggressively deals with the dozens of state and multi-state authorities under its jurisdiction.
He 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 industry leading counsel led NJBIZ, New Jersey’s preeminent business magazine, to name Mike as one of the 10 most powerful people in the state.
In 2010 and 2012, he spearheaded the 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). Additionally, he served as an advisor to North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory’s successful election campaign on behalf of the Republican Governors Association.
In 2011, Mike served as the Chairman of the Republican Delegation for New Jersey’s bipartisan Congressional Redistricting Commission. He led the Republicans to a significant win resulting in the Redistricting Commission adopting the Republicans’ congressional map by a 7-6 vote.
Previously, Mike served as Political Director of the Republican National Committee and in senior positions for President George W. Bush, Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Senator John McCain. At the time he was named by Time Magazine as one of the 40 under 40 rising stars of American politics.
Former RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman said “Mike DuHaime is a huge talent - politically smart, an excellent manager, exceptional at grassroots and experienced at building and managing a hundred-million dollar budget.” Karl Rove called Mr. DuHaime “a remarkable talent” with “great judgment.” And Senator John Cornyn (TX) said “Mike DuHaime has an enormous amount of campaign experience and political expertise.”
Recognized for success early in his career,Campaigns & Elections Magazine named Mike, at age 24, as a “Rising Star in American Politics” after managing the only campaign that ousted a Democrat state senator in a 16-year period.
A graduate of Rutgers University with a BA in journalism and political science, Mike now teaches a course at Rutgers. Governor Christie has nominated Mike to serve on the Rutgers University Board of Trustees. Mike has also spoken on politics and public affairs at Princeton, Harvard, NYU and UCLA. He was a four-year skater on the Rutgers Ice Hockey team where he served as a captain for championship teams his junior and senior seasons.
Mike lives in Westfield, NJ with his wife, Dore, and their three children.