Ward Baker currently serves as Executive Director for the NRSC, formally known as the National Republican Senatorial Committee. In Baker’s capacity as Executive Director, he is tasked with holding the newly minted U.S. Senate Majority, which he helped capture in the 2014 cycle.
Before signing on as Executive Director, Baker acted as the Political Director for the NRSC (2013 – 2014); overseeing the largest number of U.S. Senate seat gains by either party since 1980 with nine pick-ups and a total of twelve new Republican Senators being sworn into office into the 114th United States Congress. During his tenure as Political Director, Baker oversaw, what Leader McConnell called, one of the best recruitment classes of his lifetime. In addition, Baker controlled a $20 million dollar political budget as well as executed the formation and revitalization of the NRSC’s $40 million independent expenditure unit.
Prior to his work at the NRSC, Ward Baker has served as an advisor to over twenty members of Congress and many statewide elected officials, Baker has vast experience running Victory programs and overseeing independent expenditure campaigns.
During the 2012 Presidential campaign he served as a senior advisor to the Romney for President where he acted as the official liaison to the Republican National Committee overseeing a $100 million dollar budget. Prior to the 2012 cycle, Baker was a member of Majority Strategies. He has also served as a senior political advisor to Governor Rick Scott’s 2010 campaign, Republican State Legislative Committee, the Bush-Cheney Campaign in Florida 2004, Haley Barbour’s successful 2003 Gubernatorial campaign in Mississippi and campaign manager to Congressman Marsha Blackburn’s 2002 campaign in Tennessee. Ward and his wife Jennifer have one daughter Lillian.