John Weaver, Senior Partner
John Weaver is considered one of the nation’s leading legislative, political and communication strategists, is a senior partner in the Austin, TX-based BreakPoint Public Affairs, LLC and in the Austin, TX, firm The Network, LLC. He served as the chief political advisor to Senator John McCain and until recently as Chief Strategist to the Senator’s 2008 Presidential campaign, before forming both firms with his partners.
John served in a similar capacity as Senator McCain’s strategist in the 2000 campaign for the Republican nomination for president. His work on behalf of Senator McCain has been featured by every major news organization in the country. He also served as the outside strategist for many of Senator McCain’s signature legislative issues, including the Patients’ Bill of Rights, Campaign Finance Reform, Comprehensive Immigration Reform, The Treatment of Prisoners Under the Geneva Convention, among others, and was the principal and daily point of contact with high level Bush Administration officials.
The legislative efforts and victories required John to manage and lead the various components now needed for success of bi-partisan, sometimes controversial issues at the legislative level: grassroots organizations; special interest and common interest lobbyists and leaders; earned media aimed at impacting broad public and narrow opinion leader views; and understanding the nuances of legislative members and key staff.
A native Texan, John has played a leading role in many major winning Republican and referendum campaigns across America, beginning with Phil Gramm’s election to the U.S. Senate in 1984. He served as deputy campaign manager and political director for Bill Clements’ successful gubernatorial comeback bid in Texas in 1986 and was executive director of the Republican Party of Texas from 1987 through the 1988 GOP primary. After Senator Lloyd Bentsen was selected to serve on the Democrat ticket in 1988, John was tapped to head then Vice President George Bush’s Texas campaign team for the successful general election victory. In 1992, he served as the lead consultant to President Bush’s successful Texas campaign. While in Texas, John worked directly with the late Senator John Tower, late Governor John B. Connally, Governor Clements and other key leaders. As a leader in the party he helped recruit and assist many of the GOP officials of today, including Governor Rick Perry and Lt. Governor David Dewhurst.
In 1989, John launched Campaign Services Group (CSG), a firm which specialized in aggressive political campaigns, campaign and convention management, and direct voter contact. While at CSG, John oversaw the efforts of several U.S. Senators, House members and for scores of party organizations. He sold CSG in 1999 in order to lead the McCain effort.
Immediately following the terrorist attacks of September 11, John was asked by New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani to oversee the city’s communication efforts, a task John performed as a volunteer from September 13, 2001, to November 15, 2001.
In addition to his most recent work on behalf of Senator McCain, John represents other corporate and organization clients, including referendum campaigns for California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, on communication and political strategy.
He and his family currently reside in Austin, Texas.
John can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (202) 577-5397.