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Steve Schmidt is vice chairman of public affairs at Edelman. Schmidt has served on dozens of campaigns at the national, state and local levels. He resides in Granite Bay, California, with his wife, Angela, and two children, Madigan and Joseph.

June 2, 2010: Schmidt joined Edelman, the world’s largest independent public relations firm, as Vice Chairman, Public Affairs. Press release: http://old.edelman.com/news/ShowOne.asp?ID=249

Previously, Schmidt was a partner at Mercury Public Affairs in charge of Mercury's operations in California. Mercury is a part of Fleishman-Hillard International Communications.

Jan. 2009: Schmidt co-founded LFM Campaigns, a consulting firm expected shape to non-partisan ballot initiative campaigns. Other founders include: Democratic consultants Chris Lehane, Ace Smith and Mark Fabiani; Republican consultant Adam Mendelsohn.

July 2, 2008: Schmidt took over day-to-day operations of McCain's presidential campaign, including scheduling and messaging operations, according to a person familiar with the changes.

From The Wall Street Journal’s Capital Bureau:
"He will continue his role of driving the message of the day—both for McCain and against rival Barack Obama—but also oversee all travel planning as well as advertising and other political operations. Schmidt takes the helm at a time when McCain is trailing in national polls.
Schmidt, known for his intensity, runs a tight ship and is relentless in his determination to stay on message. Formerly a fixture on the campaign trail, Schmidt has been in the campaign’s Crystal City, Va. headquarters in recent weeks. In his new role, he will be based there but will commute home to California when he can to see his wife and children."
Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2008/07/02/staff-shake-up-for-mccain-campaign/


2008: Schmidt was named by PRWeek as one of the 25 most powerful industry leaders.

December 2006: Sen. John McCain signed Steve Schmidt as a senior adviser to his presidential campaign-in-waiting.
Source: http://blog.washingtonpost.com/thefix/2006/12/mccain_hires_another_bushie.html

2006: Schmidt served as campaign manager for the re-election of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

2005: Schmidt served as a member of the White House senior staff as Deputy Assistant to the President and Counselor to Vice President Dick Cheney. During his time at the White House, Mr. Schmidt directed strategic communications for the nomination to the Supreme Court of Chief Justice John Roberts and led the nomination team for Justice Samuel Alito. Prior to Justice Alito's nomination, Mr. Schmidt served in Baghdad, where he performed a month-long assessment of media relations in the war zone at the behest of U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalizad.

2004: Schmidt served as one of the top strategists on President Bush's re-election and was a member of the senior strategic planning group that directed the campaign. He was responsible for directing and implementing the campaign's daily tactical and strategic communications effort, overseeing rapid response, regional media, research, e-campaign, and television and radio operations.

2002: Prior to the President's re-election campaign, Schmidt worked on Capitol Hill as the communications director for the National Republican Congressional Committee where he served as chief communications and media strategist for the U.S. House of Representatives Republican majority during the historic 2002 midterm elections.

Links:
Schmidt's biography on Edelman website: http://www.edelman.com/people/steve-schmidt/

Washington Post biography page: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/steve-schmidt/gIQAPS7ZAP_topic.html

Last edited by Scott Flodin on Sept. 15, 2012

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