Craig Varoga

Craig Varoga

President, Varoga & Associates

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Craig Varoga has managed and consulted on hundreds of local, state and national campaigns in more than 40 states. In 2005, Varoga founded Patriot Majority widely recognized for its nonpartisan work on economic issues and citizen empowerment across the United States.

In 2014, Varoga was the chief strategist on two successful minimum-wage campaigns in Arkansas and South Dakota; six successful and nonpartisan state-based voter-registration campaigns; the independent communications helping to re-elect New Hampshire Senator Jean Shaheen; and Kentucky Family Values, the state-based Super PAC that won a 54-46 majority in the Kentucky House, thus preventing the passage of “right to work” legislation in Kentucky this year.

In 2012, Varoga was honored for his work as lead strategist in passing Maryland’s Question 7, which the American Association of Political Consultants called the “Best Initiative in the Country.” In 2010, Varoga led the successful independent expenditure campaign by Patriot Majority to re-elect Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid; Varoga was also chief strategist that year in the successful re-election of former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley. Varoga — singled out by Politico as one of its “50 Politicos to Watch” — has also managed or consulted on dozens of mayor’s races across the country. A native of Pittsburgh, graduate of Princeton University and once-and-future Texan, Varoga began his political career in Louisiana, was a national staffer on President Clinton’s 1996 re-election and led the Texas Truth Squad for Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign.

Varoga has appeared in numerous news media, including but not limited to The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Politico, National Journal, The Hill, Associated Press, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, CNN, CBS, MSNBC and Fox News, in addition to writing a monthly column (“Ask the Campaign Doctor”) for Campaigns & Elections. Varoga and his family live in Washington, DC.