Jason Miller

Jason Miller

•Rudy Giuliani 2008 presidential

Jason Miller is a longtime communications strategist for conservative candidates and issues, primarily working to produce advertisements and speak to the press. After working on the presidential campaign of Ted Cruz in 2016, Miller became the senior communications advisor to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign in June 2016. [1]

As of May 2017, he was managing director of Teneo Strategy, a political strategy firm in Washington, D.C. [2]

Early career

Miller, a Seattle native, initially served as campaign manager for former Florida Rep. Ric Keller (R) in 2000. After Keller’s election, Miller became chief of staff for the congressman. He worked on Keller’s 2002 re-election campaign, and remained Keller’s chief of staff, according to the Orlando Business Journal. [3]

In 2004, Miller worked on several campaigns, including Mel Martinez’s (R-Fla.) successful campaign for U.S. Senate. [4] Miller also worked as Sen. Tom Coburn’s (R-Okla.) campaign manager in his successful run for the U.S. Senate. He was hired after Coburn’s initial campaign manager, Michael Schwartz, left. [5]

In 2006, Miller worked on Sen. George Allen’s (R-Va.) campaign for Senate as campaign manager. [6]

Rudy Giuliani 2008 presidential campaign

Miller worked on Rudy Giuliani’s (R) 2008 presidential campaign. He was Giuliani’s national deputy communications director and worked alongside Mark Campbell, Ted Cruz’s 2016 political director. [7] [8]

Following Miller’s tenure on Giuliani’s campaign team, he was hired by the Washington, D.C.-based communications firm Dezenhall Resources as the organization’s senior vice president. [9] [10]

Consulting work

Following Dezenhall Resources, Miller became a partner and vice president for Jamestown Associates, a campaign consulting firm. In 2012, Miller produced ads for the National Republican Congressional Committee, the Republican State Leadership Committee and the American Medical Association according to the Jamestown Associates website. [10]

Miller was an ad consultant for Richard Mourdock’s (R-Ind.) 2012 Senate campaign. During the campaign, Miller worked with Cruz’s 2016 campaign manager Jeff Roe. [11]

In 2013, Miller was part of Rep. Mark Sanford’s (R) campaign in a special election for South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District. Miller worked on ads and general strategy for Sanford’s 54 to 45 percent win over Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch. [12] Miller also consulted on Rep. Darrell Issa’s (R-Calif.) 2014 re-election. [13]

Presidential election, 2016

•David Bossie, Deputy campaign manager

•Jim Murphy, National political director

•Jason Miller, Senior communications advisor

•Sam Clovis, Co-chair and policy advisor

Miller was chosen as Ted Cruz’s 2016 presidential campaign senior communications advisor shortly after Cruz announced his candidacy on March 23, 2015. [13] National Review described him as part of Cruz’s «brain trust,» alongside campaign manager Jeff Roe and strategist Jason Johnson. [14]

Throughout the campaign, Miller worked as a national spokesperson. At the time of his hiring, Miller told Politico that he was brought in «to put together a more robust communications operation.» [15] Miller’s early communications were mostly positive reports on the campaign’s ability to raise money from large donors. He told Politico, «The excitement created by Sen. Cruz’s announcement has motivated conservative grass-roots donors and big donors alike. We’re energized by the early rush of donor activity and are very confident we can achieve our goals.» [16]

In the days before the Iowa caucuses, as Donald Trump’s (R) campaign began attacking Cruz, Miller’s communications team shifted away from counter-attacks to a more positive note. Miller told The Wall Street Journal, «He is making his closing argument, why he should be the next president of the United States. Every campaign, by definition, has different phases.» [17]

Cruz suspended his presidential campaign on May 3, 2016, after losing the Indiana Republican primary to Donald Trump. [18]

Donald Trump

On June 27, 2016, Donald Trump’s presidential campaign announced that Miller would join as a senior communications advisor. Bloomberg reported that Miller would «take the lead role over the Trump campaign’s message and interactions with the news media,» duties that were formerly performed solely by Hope Hicks. [19]

In December 2016, Trump offered Miller the position of White House communications director. Miller initially accepted but turned the job down two days later, citing his desire to spend more time with family. [20]

Teneo Strategy

Miller left Jamestown Associates in early 2017 and joined Teneo Strategy as the group’s managing director. [2] In March 2017, he also signed on as a commentator for CNN. [21]

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