Senior Vice President
Michael Matthews, working in the Washington, DC office of Rasky Baerlein, provides our clients with insight into the ways policy and politics align in the nation's Capitol. In addition he provides support for our national and multi-national clients with his extensive political network and expertise throughout the United States.
Michael has more than 25 years of campaign and political experience. He served as Political Director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) for the 2002 election cycle and the 2000 Gore/Lieberman presidential campaign. From 1997 to 2001 Matthews directed the national political training program for the AFL-CIO.
Michael has served as a senior staff member on the presidential campaigns of senators Bob Kerrey, Paul Simon and governor Michael Dukakis. And he has been a consultant to numerous campaigns and organizations including: Mabus for Governor (MS), NARAL Pro-Choice America, Project New West, Catalist, National Democratic Institute (NDI), the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democratic National Committee.
In 1986 he managed former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy's first congressional campaign. In that historic election Mr. Espy became the first African American elected to Congress from Mississippi since Reconstruction. As the general consultant for Harvey Johnson Jr. in 1997, Michael played a key part in another historical election when Mr. Johnson became Jackson, Mississippi's first African American mayor.
Prior to joining Rasky Baerlein, he was a partner with LSG Strategies, a national political consulting firm whose clients included Obama for America 2008 and numerous organizations.
Michael was a political science major at Denison University and is a graduate of American University's Campaign Management Institute.