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Michael DuHaime
Adjunct Faculty, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University
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Mike DuHaime is a partner at Mercury, running their New Jersey and Pennsylvania public affairs operations. His offices serve private sector clients in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the entire Northeast. He works particularly closely with Mercury's Washington, D.C.-based national grassroots outfit providing counsel on public awareness campaigns and policy initiatives. In 2011, he headed the Republican team in the state's congressional redistricting process. In 2009 and again in 2013, DuHaime was the lead strategist for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's campaign; after Christie was first elected, DuHaime served as a member of the Governor's Executive Transition Team, chairing its subcommittee on Authorities.

More recently, DuHaime was a top strategist for Christie's presidential campaign. He was named by Time Magazine as one of the "40 under 40" rising stars of American politics. DuHaime also advises Fortune 500 companies, trade associations, sports teams, corporations and non-profits in the areas of public relations, grassroots organization, survey research, strategic planning and marketing. In 2012, he reprised his 2010 role directing the National Republican Senatorial Committee's independent expenditure efforts. He also served as a senior advisor for Congressman Jon Runyan's campaign in New Jersey's 3rd congressional district.

Previously, DuHaime was Mayor Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign manager. He has served as political director for the Republican National Committee, political director for Senator John McCain and as regional political director for President George W. Bush's 2004 re-election campaign. He was the executive director of the New Jersey Republican State Committee and operated his own political consulting firm, winning more than 87 percent of the federal, state and local races in which he was involved. A graduate of Rutgers University with a B.A degree in journalism and political science, DuHaime teaches a political campaigning course at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers. He frequently appears on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News. He has also lectured on politics and public affairs at Harvard, UCLA, NYU and other universities.