Democratic Committees-Organization
2008 Edition

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
updated July 30, 2008
Chairman U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer (NY)
Re-elected to a second term in 2004; elected to the U.S. Senate in 1998.  Elected to the U.S. House in 1980 at age 29; served nine terms.  Elected to the New York State Assembly in 1974 at age 23, served six years.  Graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.  Born on Nov. 23, 1950.

Vice Chair - Sen. Bob Menendez (NJ)

Outreach and Policy Chair - Sen. Amy Klobuchar (MN)
Executive Director J.B. Poersch
Poersch also served as DSCC executive director in the 2006 cycle.  Ohio State Director for the Kerry-Edwards campaign.  Ran Sen. Jack Reed’s (D-RI) Washington, DC office for fourteen years starting after his election to the U.S. House in 1990 and continuing with him to the Senate.  Directed Ohio Democrats' Coordinated Campaign in 2000.  Campaign manager on Scotty Baesler’s 1998 U.S. Senate campaign in Kentucky (narrowly lost to Jim Bunning).  Regional political director at the DCCC in the 1990 cycle.  Worked for the National Association of Letter Carriers.  In 1987 he joined the presidential campaign of then-Sen. Al Gore; he co-managed the campaign in Wyoming during the primaries.  Started his career in the Washington office of Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY).  Graduate of Providence College in Rhode Island.

Political Director Martha McKenna
(started late Sept./ea. Oct. 2007)  Previously campaign services director at EMILY's List for four years.  Campaign manager on U.S. Rep. Lynn Rivers' primary campaign against U.S. Rep. John Dingell in 2002 (re-districted into one district).  Baltimore native.
Policy Director Michael Zamore
Previously policy advisor for U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy (D-RI).  Graduate of Harvard Law School, 1999.
Communications Director Matthew Miller
(started Feb. 2007)  Previously commmunications director for U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and earlier spokesman on Menendez's 2006 campaign and when he served in the House.  Florida communications director for Kerry-Edwards '04, before that worked for Public Strategies.  Graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.

Deputy Communications Director Hannah August
Previously deputy press secretary to U.S. Sen. Bob Martinez (D-NJ).  Graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

Director of Online Communications Mike Liddell
Liddell also served as director of online communications in the 2006 cycle.  Director of Internet Strategy for Joe Lieberman for President (started July 2003).  Founder of Campaign Momentum, an online communications firm based in Austin, TX, where he worked with a number of Democratic candidates including Tony Sanchez, Governor and John Sharp for Lt. Governor, and current Austin Mayor Will Wynn.  Before that he worked at Public Strategies, Inc. where he helped develop their Internet shop.
Director of Information Systems Jude Meche
Meche also served as the IT Director in the 2006 cycle.  Senior IT Advisor for Kerry-Edwards campaign starting in May 2004 where he oversaw IT infrastructure and technology for the Democratic Convention and the Presidential Debates.  Director of Field Technology for America Coming Together in February 2004.  Director of Information Technology for Gephardt for President starting in February 2003.  Director of Managed Information Systems for the DCCC for the 1998 and 2002 cycles.  Worked in the corporate sector as a Senior IT Consultant for Sprint Enterprise Network Services and Grace International Consulting from 1998-2001.  Graduate of Tulane University School of Engineering, 1997.

Finance Director Tom Lopach
Experience includes finance director on Kennedy for Senate.  B.A. degree from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA, 1996.  Originally from Helena, MT.

Comptroller Darlene Setter


Independent Expenditures
Jim Jordan
Founder and principal of The Thunder Road Group.  Campaign manager of John Kerry for President to Nov. 2003.  Executive Director of the DSCC for the duration of the 2002 cycle [Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), chair].  Political Director at the DSCC, May 1999-Dec. 2000 [Sen. Robert Torricelli (D-NJ), chair].  Communications Director for Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), Jan.-May 1999.  Spokesman for Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee during the 1998 impeachment hearings of President Clinton and for Democrats on the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee during the 1997 campaign finance investigation.  Communications Director for Sen. Robert Torricelli (D-NJ) in 1997.  Press Secretary for Tim Johnson's (D-SD) successful campaign for U.S. Senate in 1996.  Did non-profit fundraising.  Press Secretary to Rep. David Price (D-NC,4), Jan. 1987-1988.  Originally from North Carolina, Jordan earned his B.A. from Hampden-Sydney College and his J.D. from University of North Carolina law school (1986).

Counsel Robert Bauer
Chair of the Political Law Group of Perkins Coie LLP.  Also serves as counsel to Obama for America and to the DCCC.  B.A. from Harvard University, 1973; J.D. from University of Virginia School of Law, 1976.

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