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Jim Jordan
Personal details
Born (1961-01-26) January 26, 1961 (age 58)
Winston-Salem, North
, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationHampden-Sydney College (BA)
University of North Carolina,
Chapel Hill

James Jordan (born 1961) is an American political consultant. He has worked in Democratic politics in various capacities at the national, statewide, congressional and local levels since 1996. Jordan is best known as the first campaign manager for John Kerry’s unsuccessful 2004 presidential bid.[1]

Early political career

Jordan got his start in politics as Communications Director for then-Congressman Tim Johnson in his successful run for the Senate.[1][2]

Jordan went on to work as Communications Director for Senators Robert Torricelli and John Kerry.[2][3][4] He advised the Democrats on the Senate Government Affairs Committee during the 1997 hearings on the Clinton re-election campaign’s fundraising practices, and worked with House Judiciary Committee Democrats during the 1998 Impeachment hearings.[2]

Jordan spent the next two election cycles at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, where he served as Communications Director, Political Director and eventually as Executive Director.[1][2][5]

Jordan directed John Kerry’s political operation for more than five years.[1][2] This included the lead up to Kerry’s 2004 presidential bid, which Jordan managed until November 2003 when he was replaced by Mary Beth Cahill.[1][2][6]

Thunder Road Group

After leaving the Kerry campaign, Jordan founded The Thunder Road Group, a public relations firm.[7]

During the 2008 cycle, he managed the DSCC’s Independent Expenditure program and served as a consultant for Senator Chris Dodd’s failed presidential run. Jordan signed on with Dodd after working for Governor Mark Warner, who ultimately decided against a bid for the White House.[1][8][9][10]

Jordan spent the 2010 cycle working with Democratic media firm Shorr Johnson Magnus.[11]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Arena Profile: Jim Jordan". The Arena. Retrieved 13 July 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "John Kerry-Campaign Organization". Democracy in Action. Retrieved 13 July 2011.
  3. ^ Hook, Janet; Chen, Edwin (9 March 1997). "Capitol Hill Not Shy About Calling For Cash". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 13 July 2011.
  4. ^ Miller, Greg (12 May 2001). "Contribution Inquiry May Cool Torricelli's Hot Streak". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 13 July 2011.
  5. ^ "Oh, What a Sweet Soft-Money Scheme". Businessweek. Archived from the original on 2 November 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2011.
  6. ^ Halbfinger, David M.; Nagourney, Adam (11 November 2003). "KERRY DISMISSES CAMPAIGN CHIEF". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 July 2011.
  7. ^ "Bruce Springsteen means many things to many people in Washington". The Washington Post. September 14, 2012. Retrieved January 8, 2015.
  8. ^ Medina, Jennifer (22 December 2006). "Jordan Joins Dodd's Team". The New York Times - The Caucus. Retrieved 13 July 2011.
  9. ^ "NRSC Picks Independent Expenditure Director". The Rothenberg Political Report. Retrieved 13 July 2011.
  10. ^ "Why Did Mark Warner Quit?". Time Magazine. 12 October 2006. Retrieved 13 July 2011.
  11. ^ "Jordan Signs on With Saul Shorr". The Washington Post. Retrieved 13 July 2011.