Ash Wright has had a long and successful career managing political campaigns and becoming a nationally recognized political strategist. He began his career in Abilene managing City Council and State Representative campaigns. During his long and successful career, he has gone on to serve as the chief strategist for campaigns in over twenty states and two nations. In addition, Wright is a frequent contributor on Fox and Friends First (Fox News Chanel) and Fox Business Network as well as the British Broadcasting Company. In 2012, Wright launched RAW Political Strategies. In 2015, he merged his company to become Wright Williams and Associates (WWA). Currently, the firm consults campaigns and large grassroots efforts across the nation. In 2017, WWA was recognized as a nationally acclaimed political strategies firm focused on direct voter contact and campaign management. The firm gained notoriety by playing a significant role in winning reelection for Senator Pat Toomey and partnering with the Republican National Committee. During the election cycle, Wright managed the Statewide Victory effort in Texas and statewide voter contact programs in Pennsylvania. In 2017, Wright was nominated for four Reed Awards for Campaign & Elections, winning Best Paid Grassroots Program. During the 2018 elections, Wright managed efforts in eight states, including six highly contested congressional campaigns.
In addition, Wright serves as the Senior Political Advisor to George P. Bush (son of Gov. Jeb Bush, nephew of President George W. Bush and Grandson of President George H.W. Bush). Wright has led Bush’s campaign since 2014, including the recent 2018 re-election campaign for Texas Land Commissioner.
Wright has campaigned at every level of government from Presidential to city council and has held several notable positions: former Political Director at the Republican Party of Texas, former Director at Republican Party of New Mexico, former Victory Director for the Republican National Committee.
Wright has been instrumental in growing the Republican Party’s diverse slate of candidates, including the historical campaign to Elect Susana Martinez as the first Hispanic female Governor in our nation’s history.
Patty Wright, Ash Wright’s wife, worked on the George P. Bush Campaign before working at the Texas General Land Office. Patty now works as an interior decorator on Instagram and as an Administrative Associate at WWA. They live in Leander, TX with their adopted son and serve the community as foster parents. The family attends New Hope Baptist Church.
AAPC: What does being a 2019 AAPC 40 Under 40 Award winner mean to you?
Ash: I was extremely honored to receive the 40 under 40 award. There are so many great professionals in this industry and to be recognized as one is very humbling.
AAPC: What’s next for you this year?
Ash: My company is growing, we’ve hired new people and expect to break into several new states. In addition, we’re launching new divisions focusing on General Consulting and Advocacy.
AAPC: Who do you look up to in the industry and why?
Ash: There are so many incredible individuals who have helped mentor me in this business. If I have to choose just one, it is Justin Furnace who has been a personal and professional mentor of mine for many years. His wisdom and guidance has been invaluable.
AAPC: Tell us about something you’re most proud of accomplishing in your professional career.
Ash: I’m most proud of two things: 1. Building a successful business that operates in several states. 2. George P. Bush’s 2018 re-election to the Texas Land Commission.
AAPC: To what do you credit your success at such a young age?
Ash: I never bought into the theory you should work smarter and not harder – I’ve always tried to work smarter and harder. I came from very little and I’ve worked tirelessly to achieve my goals.
AAPC: What advice would you give to a young professional who has their eye on being a future 40 Under 40 Award winner?
Ash: Never stop – some days are long and hard. Staying engaged is tough in down cycles and off years. Every career has ups and downs, but you have to stay focused and work just as hard in the bad times as the good times.
AAPC: What’s the most positive development in political campaigns since you started your career?
Ash: Technology – to think back to stacks of printed walk books and scan sheets to now tracking walkers with GPS technology is unbelievable. The private sector is often driven by emerging technologies and campaigns should be no different.