He served the National Republican Congressional Committee for eight years between 1981 and 1989, including six years as its Executive Director. At the NRCC he managed a 100+ member staff with biennial budgets of $100 million. He oversaw its campaigns, communications, public affairs, polling, fundraising, national advertising and management that was responsible for producing millions of dollars in cash directly to Republican Congressional campaigns as well as strategic assistance to hundreds of candidates.
Mr. Gaylord served as senior counselor to Speaker Newt Gingrich. He was Gingrich’s chief of operations for all political activities, schedules and time allocations. The Speaker dubbed him the “irreplaceable man” for his work as principal architect for the House leadership in mapping out and leading the effort to execute a blueprint to elect a Republican Majority in the House in 1994. For his achievement, his peers in the American Association of Political Consultants named him Co-Campaign Manager of the Year.
Mr. Gaylord led the successful effort for the House leadership to re-elect the Republican House majority in the both 1996 and 1998 – a feat that up until that time had not been accomplished since the 1920s. From 1993 through 1998, Mr. Gaylord was responsible for Gingrich raising in excess of $400 million for Republican causes and candidates.
He turned around the fortunes of Gingrich’s 527 political organization American Solutions for Winning the Future, taking it from a $1 million deficit to a $16 million operation.
Mr. Gaylord developed the Campaign Management College for the Republican National Committee. He supervised the program for the 1994-1998 cycles and the 2002 cycles. He also founded the American Campaign Academy, a school offering professionals an eleven week training course in campaign management, communications, and fundraising. He served as its Board Chairman for give years. He has trained thousands of campaign candidates and professionals.
Mr. Gaylord began his careers with the Republican State Central Committee in Iowa. During his seven years with the committee, he worked his way through the ranks from field representative to Executive Director. In 1975, he joined the Republican National Committee. He served with the RNC for six years through the chairmanship of Mary Louise Smith and Bill Brock. In 1977, he became the Eastern Director of that division until 1981. During this period, Republicans won a net gain of nearly 600 state legislative seats and doubled the number of legislative chambers in which Republicans gained a majority.
Mr. Gaylord also served on the Board of Directors of GOPAC, the preeminent GOP organization for the generation of ideas and training of GOP farm team from 1989-1999.
He is the author of three books to guide HOP candidates and incumbents Flying Upside Down, Flying Right-Side Up and Campaign Solutions, as well as numerous audio training tapes for candidates and campaign professionals.
He has worked with both the International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute, and has lectures not only across the United States but around the world in Brazil, Chile, Norway, Belgium, Russia, Croatia, Hong Kong, Morocco, and Egypt.
He is Visiting Adjunct Instructor of Political Science and President of the Advisory Board for the Political Science Department at the University of Iowa. He has been a Fellow at the John F. Kennedy Institute of Politics at Harvard University and a Fellow and Member of the Advisory Board at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at The University of Kansas.
Mr. Gaylord and his wife Molly reside in Belleair, Florida.