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Jay McCleskey

Jay McCleskey is President of McCleskey Media Strategies and brings over 20 years of experience running campaigns.  His clients have included candidates at all levels, as well as major national party organizations such as the Republican Governors Association and the National Republican Congressional Committee.

In both 2010 and 2014, McCleskey served as the lead consultant for Susana Martinez for Governor and is currently Governor Martinez’s chief political advisor. During the first campaign, McCleskey produced all of her paid media, direct mail, and was the chief campaign strategist for Martinez, who became New Mexico’s first female governor and the first Hispanic female elected governor in U.S. history.

One of the ads McCleskey produced for the Martinez campaign was awarded the Best Statewide GOP Ad in America in 2010 by Campaigns and Elections Magazine.

In the re-election campaign, McCleskey served as chief strategist for Martinez, as well as producing all of her paid media. In a state President Obama carried twice, Martinez was re- elected by 15 percentage points, receiving 49 percent of the Hispanic vote and winning by the largest margin for a Republican gubernatorial candidate in state history.

In 2016, McCleskey produced television for the Republican Governors Association successful campaign in New Hampshire, helping elect Gov. John Sununu. In Vermont, McCleskey managed the direct mail campaign for the RGA that helped elect Governor Phil Scott, a remarkable election in a Bernie Sanders state. Back in New Mexico in 2016, McCleskey managed the independent expenditure effort that defeated State Senator Michael Sanchez, the majority leader who had served for over two decades. Two of the commercials in that race won 2017 Pollie Awards. McCleskey also served as the media consultant for the successful statewide campaign of Supreme Court Justice Judy Nakamura, the first Republican elected to the court in 36 years.

In addition to handling Governor Martinez’s re-election in 2014, McCleskey served as the chief strategist for the independent expenditure campaign effort that led to Republicans winning control of the New Mexico House of Representatives for the first time since 1952. That same cycle, McCleskey also served as the media consultant for two major statewide GOP victories — Secretary of State Dianna Duran’s successful re-election and Judge Miles Hanisee’s election to the New Mexico Court of Appeals.

McCleskey additionally served as the lead consultant for the Republican Governors Association independent expenditure effort in Arizona, which helped elect Governor Doug Ducey in 2014.

In both 2009 and 2013, McCleskey served as chief strategist for Richard Berry. Mayor Berry was the first Republican mayor in Albuquerque in 25 years in an upset victory over incumbent Marty Chavez. McCleskey won two National “Pollie” awards for a Berry ad entitled, “Truck.” In 2013, McCleskey led Berry’s campaign to a 39-point victory.

From 2005 to 2009, McCleskey served as the Regional Political Director (RPD) for the Republican National Committee. During his four years as RPD, McCleskey managed the RNC’s political operations in 10 states and assisted dozens of the most competitive campaigns in the country.

In 2004, McCleskey ran the RNC’s Victory operation for President Bush’s re-election campaign in New Mexico, which was one of only two states to change from blue to red.

Prior to that, McCleskey served as Executive Director of the Republican Party of New Mexico.

Jay is married to Nicole and are raising two children (and two yellow labs) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In his spare time, McCleskey coaches youth basketball.