Mike Thom currently serves as the political director at the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC). In this role, Mike oversees the political department’s candidate recruitment, paid media efforts, data and polling, and incumbent retention. Prior to his role as political director, he served as the NRCC’s Deputy Political Director during the 2020 cycle. As deputy political director, Mike oversaw all of the NRCC’s efforts in U.S. House special elections, recruitment, and internal GOTV operations. In 2020, the NRCC went undefeated in competitive special elections, including NC-09, the second most expensive U.S. House special election to date and CA-25, the first Republican House flip in California in 22 years. Additionally, House Republicans broke every recruitment record for Republican women and diverse candidates running successful campaigns, resulting in the most diverse class of House Republicans ever.
During the 2018 election cycle, Mike served as a regional political director for the Midwest region at the NRCC. In that role, Mike oversaw the only two competitive House seats to flip to the Republican Party in 2018, both in Minnesota. In the 2016 cycle, Mike managed Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick’s (PA-01) successful first congressional campaign, which was the most expensive open seat in the 2016 cycle. In the 2014 cycle, Mike worked as a state director for the Republican National Committee (RNC). Mike has also worked on three presidential campaigns and a U.S. Senate race. He’s a proud Iowan and resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Emily.