Jenni Byrne

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Jenni Byrne
Co-Deputy Chief of Staff, Prime Minister's Office
Assumed office
August 2013
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Preceded by Ray Novak
Director of Political Operations, Conservative Party of Canada
In office
2009 – August 2013
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Preceded by Doug Finley
Succeeded by Fred DeLorey
Personal details
Born 1977
Political party Conservative Party of Canada
Profession Political Advisor

Jenni Byrne is a political advisor for the Conservative Party of Canada and Prime Minister Stephen Harper. She has been called "the most powerful woman in Ottawa"[1] and "the other woman" behind Prime Minister Harper.[2]

Political career[edit]

Byrne became involved in politics at age 16, when she joined the Reform Party.

In 2009, she became the Director of Political Operations for the Conservative Party of Canada following the appointment of Doug Finley to the Senate of Canada.[2]

Byrne was the deputy national campaign manager in the 2006, 2008, and 2011 federal elections, serving under Doug Finley. In the 2011 campaign she was promoted to national campaign manager due to the ill health of the Doug Finley. Byrne's responsibilities were overseeing the day-to-day operations of what The Hill Times called "one the most efficient, richest, and iron-disciplined campaign machines in Canadian political history."[3]

Between elections, Byrne served in several roles in the Prime Minister's Office, including advisor to Chief of Staff Ian Brodie and Director of Issues Management, and at the headquarters of the Conservative Party of Canada.

As of August 2013, Byrne left her job as the Director of Political Operations and returned to the Prime Minister's Office as co-Deputy Chief of Staff.[4]

Byrne has gained a reputation for "possessing a volcanic temper with a penchant for yelling at cabinet ministers, staffers and senior bureaucrats alike", and as someone who has "cultivated a reputation where most people are terrified of being on the wrong side of her."[1] She has also been called Prime Minister Harper's "single best political organizer," a life-long Harper advisor who believed in the party during its darkest days.[2] She is also known for her tenacity and possesses "a single-minded unwillingness to put up with people screwing around."

Personal life[edit]


Byrne attended Georgian College and the University of Ottawa, where she organized campus clubs for the Reform Party of Canada.


Byrne is not married and does not have children. She previously dated Pierre Poilievre.[2]