Scott Jennings, Partner
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Scott Jennings is co-founder of RunSwitch and provides senior level communications, public affairs, and crisis communications counsel for national and international clients. Scott has been a strategist at the highest levels of American politics, serving in three presidential campaigns, two U.S. Senate races, three congressional campaigns, two gubernatorial races, and several other state and local efforts. He served as Special Assistant to President George W. Bush and Deputy White House Political Director from 2005-2007 after serving in both Bush-Cheney campaigns. When it comes to blending grassroots campaigns, communications strategy, and paid media efforts , Scott is one of the most experienced and successful operatives in the country.
Scott most recently served as Ohio State Director for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, managing an organization of 160 staffers across the Romney-Victory effort. Romney’s Ohio campaign delivered the most successful grassroots metrics of all the swing states, leading the nation in total doors knocked (2.89 million) and producing some of the largest events of the campaign. Scott was an on-the-record spokesman for the campaign and was frequently quoted by the nation’s largest media outlets. Despite the outcome, the grassroots piece of the effort shattered all goals and delivered more in-person contacts than any Republican effort in Ohio history.
The 2012 effort was Scott’s third presidential campaign. He served in both Bush-Cheney campaigns, first as Kentucky Political Director in 2000 and then as New Mexico Executive Director in 2004, managing one of two states that flipped from blue-to-red. Following his service in the 2004 campaign, Scott became Special Assistant to President George W. Bush and Deputy White House Political Director under Karl Rove and Sara Taylor from 2005-2007, after a brief stint as Associate White House Political Director for the Southeastern U.S. in 2005.
In his post at the White House Scott served as a liaison to members of Congress, state and local officials, and key business, political and community leaders nationwide, in addition to advising the President on personnel matters, political issues, and the President’s domestic travel. He attended meetings in the Oval Office and frequently traveled on Air Force One.
Scott has been part of several successful political campaigns. He served as political director on U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) 2002 reelection campaign, and was a senior communications advisor to Sen. McConnell’s highly targeted 2008 reelection effort. In 2008, Scott also served as the General Consultant and Senior Advisor to Congressman Brett Guthrie’s (R, KY-02) highly targeted congressional race, managing all aspects of a campaign that was outspent but successful nonetheless. Rep. Guthrie is now a key member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Scott has also served as a media consultant to several local candidates for State Senate in Kentucky, engineering the defeats of Democrat State Senators in 2010 in Owensboro and Bowling Green. No incumbent member of the State Senate had lost a race in Kentucky since 1996 before those wins.
Scott’s other political positions include stints as a political and communications advisor at the Republican Party of Kentucky, as Political Director for former Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher’s successful 2003 campaign, and as Press Secretary for the Kentucky Senate Republican Majority in 2001.
After leaving the White House in 2007, Scott returned to Kentucky where he joined Peritus Public Relations. As one of the firm’s chief business development officers, Scott helped grow the business by 300% during his tenure with the firm, while leading the public affairs and crisis communications practice. In 2012, Scott formed RunSwitch Public Relations with former Peritus executives Gary Gerdemann and Steve Bryant.
Scott has engaged in a number of the highest profile public policy battles, ranging from the fight over Obamacare to the campaign to stop card-check to keeping pseudoephedrine-based cold medicine available for over-the-counter purchase. For over five years, Scott and his partners have been among the leading public relations and public affairs operatives in the Midwestern United States, waging successful issue and grassroots campaigns for key issues at the state and federal level. Scott is also a skilled crisis communications professional, helping companies navigate tough situations that spill in to the media.
Prior to his work in political and public affairs Scott was a broadcast journalist for four years at one of the nation’s largest radio stations – 84WHAS in Louisville, Kentucky. Scott was an anchor and reporter, winning an Associated Press award for a radio documentary he produced on the plight of the homeless living in downtown Louisville. He covered four Kentucky Derbies and many other large news events.
Scott was born on October 26, 1977, in Princeton, Kentucky. He grew up in Dawson Springs, Kentucky, and graduated from the University of Louisville in 2000. In 2008, Scott was named by Business First of Louisville as one of the city’s “Top 40 Under 40.”
Scott is married to the former Autumn Stiff of Whitesville, Kentucky, and they have one son, Everett, who was born on May 23, 2009, and one basset hound, Rufus, who was rescued by the family in January of 2010.
Scott is a graduate of the University of Louisville
Founding Partner, RunSwitch Public Relations (2012-present)
Senior Advisor and Ohio State Director, Mitt Romney for President (2012)
General Consultant, Kentucky State Senator Damon Thayer re-election campaign (2012)
Media Consultant to the Kentucky state Senate campaigns of Joe Bowen and Mike Wilson (2010)
Senior Communications Advisor, U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell’s Re-Election Campaign (2008)
Senior Advisor and General Consultant, U.S. Congressman Brett Guthrie’s campaign committee (2008-present)
Senior Strategist, Peritus Public Relations (2007-2012)
Special Assistant to the President and Deputy White House Political Director (2005-2007)
Executive Director, Bush-Cheney for President New Mexico campaign (2004)
Political Director, Ernie Fletcher Gubernatorial Campaign (2003)
Political and Communications Director, U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell re-election campaign (2002)
Communications Director, Republican Party of Kentucky (2001)
Press Secretary, Kentucky Senate Majority Caucus (2001)
Staff Member, Presidential Inaugural Committee (2001)
Political and Communications Director, Bush-Cheney for President Kentucky campaign (2000)
Broadcast Journalist, WHAS Radio (1996-2000)