Brian O. Walsh has spent more than fifteen (15) years working in American politics, holding leadership positions on Capitol Hill, political campaigns, at a national party committee and Republican-aligned outside groups.
Mr. Walsh currently serves as a Partner at RedPrint Strategy, an award winning media firm specializing in innovative campaign advertising and strategy for A-list political campaigns, PAC’s, State Parties, Trade Associations and National Campaign Committees. Mr. Walsh also serves as President of America First Action, “the primary super PAC dedicated to electing federal candidates who support the agenda of the Trump-Pence administration;” and as President of America First Policies, a “non-profit organization supporting key policy initiatives that will work for all citizens in our country and put America first”.
From 2011-2015, Mr. Walsh served as President of both the American Action Network, a 501(c)(4) ‘action tank’ and “one of the country’s most prominent conservative outside groups,” and the Congressional Leadership Fund, “the main super PAC supporting House Republicans” which “has the endorsement of the entire House Republican Leadership.” During Mr. Walsh’s tenure, AAN and CLF were the largest independent expenditure investors in support of House Republicans since the Supreme Court’s Citizen’s United decision.
Previously, Mr. Walsh held the position of Political Director for the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) in 2009-2010, serving as a senior strategist for House Republicans in their successful effort to win sixty-three (63) seats and the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. In this capacity, Mr. Walsh managed the staff and operations of the NRCC Political Department and provided strategic political assistance to Republican congressional candidates nationwide.
Mr. Walsh has also served as NRCC Deputy Political Director, Political Director for the Tom Kean, Jr. for U.S. Senate campaign in New Jersey, as Deputy Director of Incumbent Retention for the NRCC, and Campaign Manager to former NRCC Chairman and U.S. Representative Thomas M. Reynolds (R-NY). Mr. Walsh was also press secretary and advisor on State Senator Ginny Brown-Waite’s (R-FL) successful election in 2002, one of the closest in the nation. Later, at the age of just twenty-five, he served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Representative Ginny Brown-Waite (R-FL) (2003-2004).
Mr. Walsh also served as press secretary and Legislative Assistant to former Rep. Benjamin A. Gilman (R-NY), former Chairman of the House International Relations Committee and as a staff assistant on the Gilman for Congress campaigns.
Brian has been recognized as one of Campaign & Elections “Rising Stars,” a “a prominent GOP strategist” (Politico) and, following the 2010 House Republican wave, pundit Charlie Cook noted, “NRCC Political Director Brian Walsh and Communications Director Ken Spain were always laser-focused on a majority and matched the killer instinct of Democrat Rahm Emanuel and his lieutenants circa 2006.”
He is originally from Ringwood, New Jersey and lives in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife, Natasha, and their dog.
“From his time at the NRCC, when we traveled the country together recruiting the candidates our team needed to win the Republican Majority, to his leadership at American Action Network and the Congressional Leadership Fund, Brian Walsh has always been an excellent strategist, a trusted voice and a friend.” – House Majority Leader, Rep. Kevin O. McCarthy (R-CA)
“Brian Walsh defines ‘politically savvy.’ He’s one of the best strategic thinkers in the country, and while at the NRCC, helped engineer the historic return to the majority for Republicans in the House. He takes an impressive record of winning elections with him to Red Print Strategy, and I wish him every success.” – House Energy and Commerce Chairman (former NRCC Chairman) Greg Walden
Outside Trump Group Hires Brian Walsh (Axios)
GOP Operative Leaving American Action Network (Politico)
The newest dark money power player: American Action Network (MSNBC)
The “Shadow” Republican Party [Graphic; New York Times]
NRCC Veteran Walsh to Lead GOP Outside Group (Roll Call)