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Trent Duffy


Trent Duffy
Partner

tduffy@hdmk.org 

Trent Duffy has over twenty-five years of exceptional experience in strategic communications, media relations, public affairs, campaign and coalition leadership, crisis management, speechwriting and executive media preparation, having served in top positions in the White House and Congress. For the past ten years, he has provided media and strategic counsel to clients ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to trade associations, issue advocacy coalitions, newsmakers, executives, and others through the strategic communications consulting company he helped found and still manages today. 

Duffy also served President George W. Bush in the White House for four years, rising to Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Press Secretary. In that role, he was the chief spokesperson and communications strategist on numerous public policy issues, including: economic policy, regulatory policy, energy, health care, homeland security, telecommunications, taxes and trade. Duffy regularly conducted the Official White House Briefing for the White House press corps.

Prior to serving in the West Wing, Duffy served as Communications Director for Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). There, he developed and led government-wide communication strategies for the president’s 2003 and 2004 budgets, and was heavily involved in promoting the president’s economic program and the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003. He also led communications strategy for the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) under Director John Graham.

Duffy also has extensive experience on Capitol Hill. As Communications Director for the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, he developed a strong policy background and an ability to understand, translate and persuasively advocate on highly technical issues such as tax and trade policy, Medicare and Social Security.

In 2001, Duffy served as Press Secretary for the Republican National Committee. He has also worked as Communications Director for the potential House Appropriations Committee Chairman U.S. Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) and Legislative Aide to U.S. Representative Harold Rogers (R-KY). In 1997, he was a spokesperson for New Jersey Governor Christie Todd Whitman’s successful re-election campaign. Duffy also worked as Assistant Manager for Federal Affairs at Parsons Brinckerhoff, an international engineering consulting firm.

Reporters still frequently seek Duffy’s views on current political news. U.S. News and World Report said he “easily gave the best quotes out of the West Wing during his three years,” and that “reporters like him because he was knowledgeable on tricky and technical issues … he was also honestly blunt.” Duffy has appeared regularly on cable and network news.