Terry HoltManaging Director
Terry Holt is a Managing Director in Mercury’s Washington D.C. office, where he advises clients on communications, media strategy, and government affairs.
Worked on three presidential campaigns, including service as national spokesperson for Bush/Cheney ’04
Served as senior staff in both the US House and Senate
Served House Committee on the Budget, House Republican Conference and House Majority Leader’s office
Advisor to House Speaker John Boehner
Campaign manager, House Senate, Gubernatorial races
Senior advisor to the RNC
Founder of HDMK, a bipartisan public affairs practice working with high-profile clients on stories ranging from health care and cannabis to telecommunications, energy, and finance
Graduate of Purdue UniversityRead Full Bio
Holt began his political career on Senator Richard Lugar’s (R-IN) press staff during his Chairmanship of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. After Republicans lost the Senate in 1986, Terry was part of several historic congressional victories, including the defeat of then-sitting House Speaker Thomas Foley (D-WA). Terry also served as a National Republican Congressional Committee regional field director and gubernatorial and U.S. Senate campaign manager.
Terry also has deep experience on Capitol Hill, where he served as the communications advisor for the House Republican Conference, The House Committee on the Budget, and in the House Majority Leader’s office, where he helped to navigate the events and aftermath of 9-11. Holt has also served as a senior advisor to the Republican National Committee.
In 1995-96 he served as communication director and New England field representative for Lugar, whose presidential campaign announcement took place on the same day as the Oklahoma City Bombing. In 2000, Holt served as communication director for Victory 2000, the GOP campaign to support then Governor George W. Bush. He returned in 2004, serving as national spokesperson for BC/04 and senior advisor to the Republican National Committee.
Holt founded HDMK, a bipartisan public affairs practice working with high-profile clients on stories ranging from health care and cannabis to telecommunications, energy, and finance.
Terry is a close observer of national trends, specializing on the nexus between the President, the U.S. Congress and the media. He appears regularly on cable news shows across the media spectrum and is a graduate of Purdue University.