Jackson, Barry

Regarded as one of Washington's most dedicated strategic advisors, Barry brings his steadfast work ethic and years of high level leadership experience with the executive and legislative branch to his clients. One of only two people to have ever served as Chief of Staff to the Speaker of the House and Senior Staff to the President of the United States, Barry served as Chief of Staff for Speaker Boehner from 2010 to June 2012 as well as Speaker Boehner’s first Chief of Staff from 1991 thru 2001. Barry was also Executive Director of the House Republican Conference during Speaker Boehner’s tenure as Chairman from 1995 until 1999, as well as Executive Director of the Contract with America. Barry served in the White House of President George W. Bush as Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives and External Affairs, managing the White House offices of Political Affairs, Public Liaison, Intergovernmental Affairs, and Strategic Initiatives.

The New York Times called Barry "one of the most influential" figures in Washington and a "force in Republican politics for more than 20 years." Forbes named Barry to their list of "The World's 7 Most Powerful Conservatives."

Another of Barry's notable successes is his role in directing and helping draft the 1994 "Contract with America," a document outlining a national platform that vaulted Republicans into the House majority for the first time in four decades, and helped lead to Newt Gingrich (R-GA) becoming Speaker of the House. Former Speaker Gingrich said of Barry, "I find that he's not just thought through step No. 1, but also steps 7, 8 and 9." Barry also played a similar role in the Speaker's 2010 "Pledge to America" which outlined a legislative agenda to win back the House.

Born in Washington, DC and raised in Ohio, Barry graduated from the University of Iowa’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Barry currently serves as a Trustee of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; a director of the National Endowment for Democracy; a director of the Consortium of Catholic Academies and a member of the Professional Advisory Board of the University of Iowa School of Journalism.

Barry also serves as the Managing Director of The Lindsey Group.

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Board Member, American Action Network

Trustee, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Director, National Endowment for Democracy

Director, Consortium of Catholic Academies

Professional Advisory Board Member, University of Iowa School of Journalism

President, American Australian Council

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    • B.A., 1983, University of Iowa

    Roll Call's Fabulous 50, 2015