Scott Jennings – Partner

Scott Jennings
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“Scott Jennings is charming, he’s fun, he’s dressed prosperous-dad-casual in…polo shirt and khakis. He’s also lethal.”New York Magazine

Strategic communications pro. Nationally known conservative commentator and writer. Harvard professor. Chicken farmer.

Scott Jennings is a founding partner of RunSwitch, providing senior level political, communications, public affairs, media relations, and crisis communications counsel for national and international clients.

Scott’s expertise often lands him in the national press. He’s an on-air Political Contributor for CNN, writes regular columns for Gannett, the LA Times, and CNN.com, and is frequently quoted by reporters the world over because of his expert analysis.

Scott’s career has taken him across the country as part of four presidential campaigns and numerous U.S. Senate, congressional, state, and local races. He served in key roles in both of President George W. Bush’s campaigns in 2000 and 2004, before becoming Special Assistant to the President in 2005, working under Karl Rove. 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. His office advised the president on numerous issues and was part of the confirmation process for two Supreme Court Justices.

Scott has served in senior positions and advisory roles on several highly targeted races, helping U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, Congressman Brett Guthrie, and numerous other candidates and organizations for over 20 years.

In 2018, Scott began his association with Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, first as a Resident Fellow in the Institute of Politics and now as an Adjunct Lecturer. He teaches a class called “Modern American Politics,” a popular offering for aspiring public servants that explores the nuts-and-bolts of modern campaigns. Scott has also taught at Tufts University and served as a Fellow at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics (Fall 2020).

Scott was born on October 26, 1977, in Princeton, Kentucky. He grew up in Dawson Springs, Kentucky, and graduated from the University of Louisville. Scott is married to the former Autumn Stiff of Whitesville, Kentucky, and they have four sons: Everett, Winston, Thatcher, and Harlan.

Oh, the chickens. Scott and his family raise a growing flock, routinely fighting off hungry hawks and delivering eggs to their friends and family.

Education

Scott is a graduate of the University of Louisville, and the U of L McConnell Center for Political Leadership. He has completed fellowships at Harvard and the University of Chicago, and now Lectures in the Kennedy School of Government.

Civic Involvement

Board Member
Louisville Forum

Volunteer
Boy Scouts of America

Bingham Fellows
Class of 2015

Leadership Kentucky
Class of 2014

Volunteer
McConnell Center for Political Leadership

Volunteer
Prospect City Parks

“Top 40 Under 40”
Business First of Louisville

Experience

Founding Partner
RunSwitch Public Relations (2012-present)

Resident Fellow
Harvard Institute of Politics (2018)

Lecturer
Harvard Kennedy School of Government (2019-present)

Visiting Professor
Tufts University (2020)

Fellowship
University of Chicago Institute of Politics (2020)

Political Commentator
CNN (2017-present)

Columnist
Louisville Courier-Journal/USA Today (2013-present), LA Times (2018-present), CNN.com (2017-present).

Senior Advisor and Spokesman
Kentuckians for Strong Leadership Super PAC (2013-2014)

Senior Advisor and Spokesman
Kentucky Opportunity Coalition 501(c)4 (2013-2014)

Senior Advisor and Ohio State Director
Mitt Romney for President (2012)

General Consultant
Kentucky Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer re-election (2012)

Media Consultant
Kentucky state Senate campaigns of Joe Bowen and Mike Wilson (2010)

Senior Communications Advisor
U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell’s Re-Election (2008)

Senior Advisor and General Campaign Consultant
Congressman Brett Guthrie, (2008-present)

Director of Strategic Development
Peritus Public Relations (2007-2012)

Special Assistant to the President and Deputy White House Political Director
The White House (2005-2007)

Executive Director
Bush-Cheney for President New Mexico (2004)

Political Director
Ernie Fletcher for Governor of Kentucky (2003)

Political and Communications Director
U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell’s re-election (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 (2000)

Broadcast Journalist
WHAS Radio (1996-2000)

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