The Honorable Ed Gillespie
Ed Gillespie is the son of an Irish immigrant, was raised in a middle-class family in New Jersey, and his first job in Washington was as a parking lot attendant for the U.S. Senate. He started his political career working for a Democratic Congressman from Florida; when his boss changed parties, Ed changed with him, beginning his rise to prominence in the Grand Old Party.
In the early 1990s, Ed took a job as press secretary for an obscure freshman Congressman from Texas. Congressman Dick Armey and Ed Gillespie became an inseparable team in Washington for the next 10 years, as Mr. Armey rose from obscurity to Majority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, and Ed built a reputation as a talented political operative and an extraordinarily gifted communicator.
Ed helped craft the 1994 ďContract with America,Ē which provided the platform for Republican capture of the majority in the House of Representatives for the first time in 40 years, and he then led the communications effort as they enacted the policies outlined in that Contract, keeping the promises they made to American voters.
Leaving Capitol Hill in 1996, he became the Director of Communications and Congressional Liaison for the Republican National Committee. In 2000, he formed one of DCís most successful lobbying firms with Jack Quinn, former Counsel to President Clinton. Then-Governor George Bush asked for Edís help in his 2000 presidential bid, so he took a leave from Quinn Gillespie and moved to Austin, Texas, to serve as Senior Communications Advisor to the campaign. He was later asked by President Bush to serve as Chairman of the Republican National Committee, a position he held through the Presidentís successful re-election in 2004.