James M. McKay is a partner at New Troy Strategies.
A graduate of the George Washington University, Mr. McKay began his political career as the field director for Steve Merrill’s successful run for governor of New Hampshire in 1992. Following the campaign, he joined Governor Merrill’s staff as Liaison to the Executive Council, where he was responsible for overseeing all of the Governor’s appointments to state government and approval of state contracts.
The following year he became the Executive Director of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee, at the age of 23. During his tenure, the committee tripled the size of its donor base and strengthened the “grassroots” organization, helping to make 1994 one of the most successful election cycles for New Hampshire Republicans in years.
Since then Mr. McKay has worked on dozens of presidential, U.S. Senate, gubernatorial and congressional campaigns. In addition, he has consulted with numerous issue advocacy and grassroots organizations including: Americans for Job Security, American Trucking Association, The Center for Energy and Economic Development and The American Renewal Project.
Most recently, Mr. McKay served as General Consultant to Gregg Abbott’s successful campaign for Governor in Texas. In this role, he designed and oversaw the largest field operation in Texas history. This program combined cutting edge data management and modeling techniques with proven personal contact methods to identify and turn out nearly 2 million pro-Abbott voters, including record numbers of women and Hispanics for a Republican candidate.