|Address||915 Prince St |
Alexandria, Virginia , United States
|| August 01, 1961
Aug 09, 2017 02:32pm
|Info||Ed Gillespie was elected Chairman of the Republican National Committee in July 2003. Since taking over the reins of the Party, news accounts have touted Gillespie as a "media maestro and Republican strategist skilled in the art of political counterpunching" and, maybe more directly, "the President's political pit bull." |
In less than a year in the job, Republicans have elected new governors in California, Kentucky and Mississippi, Gillespie has set a fundraising record at the RNC, successfully urged CBS to abandon its plans to air an historically inaccurate and unfairly negative television movie about President and Mrs. Reagan, traveled to nearly half the states in the country, and as a constant presence on talk radio and cable and network television he vigorously defends President Bush and Republicans in Congress against the bitter partisan attacks of the Democrats running for President.
Chairman Gillespie's RNC tenure continues his dedicated political service to President Bush and the G.O.P. Past accomplishments include his management of the highly regarded convention program in Philadelphia in the summer of 2000; his service as senior communications advisor in Austin; his aggressive spokesman role during the historic recount in Florida; and his service as communications director for the President's inauguration in January of 2001.
He was general strategist for Elizabeth Dole's Senate campaign, in which she won the biggest margin of victory of any Senate candidate in North Carolina in over 25 years in the most expensive Senate race in 2002. The Dole campaign has been cited by numerous political analysts as one of the best of that election cycle.
In 1996, Gillespie was Director of Communications and Congressional Affairs at the R.N.C. under then Chairman Haley Barbour. Prior to that, he served for over a decade as a top aide to former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX). He was a principal drafter of 1994's "Contract with America," which helped Republicans win control of the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time in 40 years.
Gillespie is founder of Quinn Gillespie & Associates, a bipartisan public affairs firm that provides strategic advice, public relations services, and government representation to corporations, trade associations and issue-based coalitions. He is on leave from his firm while serving full-time as RNC chairman.
The 42-year-old New Jersey native is a graduate of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. While at CUA, he began his career on Capitol Hill as a Senate parking lot attendant. Gillespie is married to the former Cathy Hay, whom he met on a Capitol Hill softball team. They have three children: John Patrick, Carrie and Mollie Brigid.