Joe Lockhart

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Joe Lockhart
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21st White House Press Secretary
In office
August 4, 1998 – September 29, 2000
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Mike McCurry
Succeeded by Jake Siewert
Personal details
Born Joseph Patrick Lockhart
(1959-07-13) July 13, 1959 (age 57)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Education Georgetown University (BA)

Joseph Patrick "Joe" Lockhart (born July 13, 1959) is a spokesman and communications consultant, best known for being the White House Press Secretary from October 5, 1998 to September 29, 2000, during the administration of U.S. President Bill Clinton. He worked as press secretary for several Democratic politicians, including Walter Mondale, Paul Simon, and Michael Dukakis; he was an advisor to John Kerry during his 2004 presidential campaign. He subsequently founded and became managing director of the communications consulting firm Glover Park Group, a position he held until June 2011, when Facebook recruited him to become its company spokesman.[1] In 2013, he rejoined Glover Park Group.[2]

Early life and career[edit]

Born in The Bronx,[3] Lockhart is the son of Raymond Lockhart, a longtime NBC producer associated with the Huntley-Brinkley Report and special-events coverage. He was born in the Bronx, and grew up in Suffern, New York. In 1978 he moved to Washington D.C. to attend Georgetown University where he received a BA in History. In 1980, he worked on Jimmy Carter's presidential reelection campaign.

He was press secretary for the 1984 presidential campaign of Walter Mondale, then worked for Paul Simon in the Senate. Stints with ABC and CNN followed, then the Michael Dukakis campaign. He moved to Robinson, Lake, Lerer & Montgomery with Mike McCurry, then back to ABC when they hired his (former) wife and colleague from the Mondale campaign Laura Logan. Another gig with NBC covering the Romanian Revolution of 1989 preceded his first on-air job with Sky News reporting on the Gulf War and then business. Private practice with Robinson, Lake followed, where he handled publicity for the Al Nahayan family during parts of the BCCI scandal.

Clinton presidential campaign and the White House[edit]

At a time when Lockhart was considering working for AOL,[1] Mike McCurry recruited Lockhart back into politics, and he joined the 1996 Clinton re-election campaign.[4] He served as the campaign spokesman and, following President Clinton's successful reelection, as Deputy Press Secretary to McCurry. After standing in for him on occasion to brief the press, Lockhart eventually succeeded McCurry and delivered his first briefing as Press Secretary on October 5, 1998.[5]

Lockhart handled the press during the Clinton impeachment trials.

After the White House[edit]

Lockhart was brought on to the John Kerry presidential campaign as a senior advisor in September 2004.[6]

On September 8, 2004, CBS News aired a controversial report on presidential candidate George W. Bush's military record. The authenticity of the Killian documents used in that report are under scrutiny. In the course of the next few days, it was discovered that Joseph Lockhart, then senior advisor to presidential candidate John Kerry, had made a phone call to Texas National Guard officer, Bill Burkett on September 4, 2004.[7][8] Lockhart stated later that an unnamed female CBS producer asked him to contact Burkett.[7][8] Lockhart has denied that the call with Burkett had anything to do with the National Guard issue.[8]

Lockhart co-founded the consulting firm Glover Park Group, becoming its Managing Director.[9]

On February 15, 2016 Lockhart was introduced as the new executive vice president of communications and top public relations official for the National Football League.[10]

Personal life[edit]

In 2013, Lockhart married Giovanna Gray. [11] In 2016, it was announced that President Obama and his family planned to rent Lockhart's Kalorama home after he left office. [12]


  1. ^ a b Michelle Quinn (June 15, 2011). "The new face of Facebook: Lockhart". Politico. Retrieved 2011-06-16. 
  2. ^ Joe Lockhart-Founding Partner and Managing Director-The Glover Park Group
  3. ^ Stout, David (July 24, 1998). "New spokesman heeds hard lesson from 1988". New York Times. Retrieved December 2, 2016. Joseph Patrick Lockhart was born July 13, 1959, in the Bronx and grew up in Suffern, N.Y. 
  4. ^ Joe Lockhart's Insider Job washingtonpost
  5. ^ "William J Clinton Press Briefing by Joe Lockhart". The American Presidency Project. Retrieved March 6, 2011. 
  6. ^ Leibovich, Mark (September 17, 2004). "New Strategists Join Kerry Campaign". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 5, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Johnson, Kevin; Moniz, Dave; Drinkard, Jim (2004-09-20). "CBS arranged for meeting with Lockhart". USA Today. Retrieved 2009-08-21. 
  8. ^ a b c Kasindorf, Martin; Benedetto, Richard (2004-09-21). "Parties lob accusations over suspect papers". USA Today. Retrieved 2009-08-21. 
  9. ^ "The Glover Park Group :: Joe Lockhart". Retrieved March 5, 2011. 
  10. ^ Banks, Don New NFL PR czar Joe Lockhart talks Manning, CTE, Trump and more Sports Illustrated. March 22, 2016
  11. ^ LASKEY, Margaux (2012-12-29). "When the Timing Is Right". New York Times. Retrieved 2015-08-21. 
  12. ^ Sweet, Lynn (2015-05-25). "Obamas' post-White House home: Rental in DC Kalorama neighborhood". Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved 2015-05-25. 


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Political offices
Preceded by
Mike McCurry
White House Press Secretary
Succeeded by
Jake Siewert