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Eagleton Faculty/Staff Bios

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

DuHaime is a partner at Mercury and among the most accomplished political operatives in the country.  He was awarded the 2014 Campaign Excellence Award for Campaign Strategist of the Year by the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC). Currently, Mike serves as the Senior Strategist on the Chris Christie for President campaign. 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, DuHaime was the lead strategist for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's campaign. 2013's election built upon that success with a historic 22 point margin victory that included winning 57% of women and 51% of the Hispanic vote. In addition, DuHaime 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. In recognition of his work, PolitickerNJ ranked Mr. DuHaime as the second most powerful person in New Jersey in its 2013 Power 100 List. In 2010 and 2012, he spearheaded the National Republican Senatorial Committee's independent expenditure efforts contributing to the victories of Senators Mark Kirk (IL), Rand Paul (KY), Pat Toomey (PA), Jeff Flake (AZ) and Dean Heller (NV). In 2011, DuHaime chaired the Republican delegation for New Jersey's bipartisan Congressional Redistricting Commission, which adopted the Republicans' congressional map by a 7-6 vote.

Previously, DuHaime served as political director of the Republican National Committee and in senior positions for President George W. Bush, Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Senator John McCain. Recognized for success early in his career, DuHaime was named a "Rising Star in American Politics at age 24 by Campaigns & Elections Magazine after managing the only campaign that ousted a Democrat state senator in a 16-year period. He also previously had been named by Time Magazine as one of the 40 under 40 rising stars of American politics. A graduate of Rutgers University with a B.A. in journalism and political science, DuHaime now teaches the political campaigning course at Eagleton. He has also spoken on politics and public affairs at Harvard, Princeton, NYU and UCLA. He was a four-year skater on the Rutgers Ice Hockey team where he served as a captain for championship teams his junior and senior seasons. DuHaime lives in Westfield with his wife, Dore, and their three children.