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Michael DuHaime
Adjunct Faculty, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University

Mike DuHaime is a Partner at Mercury. Mike has long been among the most accomplished political operatives in the country and is one of the most sought-after strategists in the corporate and non-profit public affairs space.

Mike is one of 17 Partners that run Mercury's global operations. His unparalleled knowledge of the nation's politics, government, journalism and business sectors provide an invaluable resource to private sector clients across the globe. Mike founded and oversees Mercury's operations in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Tennessee. He also works closely with Mercury's New York, London and Washington, DC offices providing counsel on public awareness campaigns and policy initiatives.

In 2014, Mike served as the senior advisor to the Republican Governors Association where he helped oversee the committee's efforts on behalf of Gov. Rick Scott (FL), Gov. Rick Snyder (MI), Gov. Scott Walker (WI), Gov. Bruce Rauner (IL), Gov Terry Branstad (IA), Gov. Charlie Baker (MA), Gov. Paul LePage (ME), Gov. Nikki Haley (SC), Gov. Asa Hutchinson (AR) and Gov. Larry Hogan (MD).

In both 2009 and 2013, Mike was the lead strategist for Governor Christie's gubernatorial election. His first victory marked the first GOP statewide win in New Jersey since 1997 and the largest win for a GOP challenger since 1942.

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 New Jersey aggressively deals with the dozens of state and multi-state authorities under its jurisdiction.

In 2010 and again in 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, on behalf of the Republican Governors Association Mike served as an advisor to North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory's successful election campaign.

In 2011, Mike served as the Chairman of the Republican Delegation for New Jersey's bipartisan Congressional Redistricting Commission. Mike 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 and for Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Senator John McCain during their presidential bids.

Mike 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 clients have included such varied and accomplished companies as Johnson & Johnson, Walmart, Uber, Tesla, NBC Universal, Spectra Energy, Hewlett Packard, Caesars Entertainment, the New Jersey Devils and the New York Jets.

In recognition of his work, Mike was awarded the 2014 Campaign Strategist of the Year by The American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC).  PolitickerNJ has recognized Mike as one of New Jersey's most powerful people every single year since 2001, and he was the second most powerful on the 2013 Power 100 List. His industry leading counsel led NJBIZ, New Jersey's preeminent business publication, to name Mike as one of the 10 most powerful people in the state. Additionally, Mike's expertise in public affairs strategy in the health care industry earned him a spot on NJBIZ's Power 50: Health Care in 2013. Earlier in his career, Mike was named by Time Magazine as one of the 40 under 40 rising stars of American politics.

A graduate of Rutgers University with a BA in journalism and political science, Mike now serves as an adjunct professor at his alma mater's renowned Eagleton Institute of Politics. Mike has spoken on politics and public affairs at Princeton, Harvard, NYU, UCLA and the University of Chicago, among many other colleges and universities. In 2016, Rutgers University awarded Mike a prestigious "Rutgers 250 Fellowship" recognizing him as one of the university's most distinguished living alumni. Mike is a sought after guest on both television and radio offering his political and public policy perspectives on shows and networks including Good Morning America, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, CNBC, FOX Business, BBC, CBC in Canada and many more. In print, he has appeared in TheNewYorkTimes,WashingtonPost,WallStreetJournal,LosAngelesTimesand scores of other state and regional publications. He was also 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.