Betsy Ankney

Political Director, NRSC

Betsy Ankney is a political operative with over a decade of experience on tough campaigns. She has been involved in campaigns at the state and local level and has played a role in some of the biggest upsets in Republican politics, including Ron Johnson for U.S. Senate, Chris Christie for Governor, and Scott Brown for U.S. Senate.

Ankney managed the successful reelection of Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson in one of the toughest races and biggest upsets of the 2016 cycle. She helped take the race from a double-digit deficit to a victory of 100,000 votes, securing the most Republican votes in Wisconsin’s history and outperforming the presidential nominee. For her work on Ron Johnson’s race, Ankney was named “Campaign Manager of the Year” by the American Association of Political Consultants for 2016.

In 2018, Ankney took on another tough race – Governor Bruce Rauner’s reelection campaign in Illinois. She successfully navigated a primary challenge from a well-funded insurgent candidate. She managed a budget of $75 million and a staff of 90 and oversaw the largest field organization in Illinois history, with over 11 million voter contacts made.

Ankney also has experience working in large national organizations, including the 2008 Republican National Convention and the Republican National Committee, where she served as Deputy Political Director during the 2012 presidential cycle. She also served as a Regional Political Director at the NRSC, overseeing some of the most competitive senate races in the country for the 2018 cycle. Additionally, she worked as a grassroots consultant for various associations and corporate clients as an Associate at Collins Anderson Philp Public Affairs.

She is currently the Political Director at the NRSC for the 2020 cycle. She is from Toledo, Ohio and attended Vanderbilt University.