Scott Jennings

CNN Contributor, Conservative Columnist, & Former Presidential Advisor
Scott Jennings
  • Served in senior positions on four presidential campaigns and numerous US Senate, congressional, state, and local races
  • One of the most experienced and successful operatives when it comes to blending grassroots campaigns, communications tactics, and political strategy
  • Has earned the respect of some of the country's most powerful political leaders, including former President George W. Bush

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“Scott Jennings is charming, he’s fun, he’s dressed prosperous-dad-casual in…polo shirt and khakis. He’s also lethal.” – New York Magazine

Strategic communications pro. Nationally known conservative commentator and writer. Harvard professor. Chicken farmer.

Scott Jennings is a founding partner of RunSwitch, providing senior level political, communications, public affairs, media relations, and crisis communications counsel for national and international clients.

Scott’s expertise often lands him in the national press. He’s an on-air Political Contributor for CNN, writes regular columns for Gannett, the LA Times, and, and is frequently quoted by reporters the world over because of his expert analysis.

Scott’s career has taken him across the country as part of four presidential campaigns and numerous U.S. Senate, congressional, state, and local races. He served in key roles in both of President George W. Bush’s campaigns in 2000 and 2004, before becoming Special Assistant to the President in 2005, working under Karl Rove. At the White House, Scott served as a liaison to members of Congress, state and local officials, and key business, political and community leaders nationwide. His office advised the president on numerous issues and was part of the confirmation process for two Supreme Court Justices.

Scott has served in senior positions and advisory roles on several highly targeted races, helping U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, Congressman Brett Guthrie, and numerous other candidates and organizations for over 20 years.

In 2018, Scott began his association with Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, first as a Resident Fellow in the Institute of Politics and now as an Adjunct Lecturer. He teaches a class called “Modern American Politics,” a popular offering for aspiring public servants that explores the nuts-and-bolts of modern campaigns. Scott has also taught at Tufts University and served as a Fellow at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics (Fall 2020).

Scott was born on October 26, 1977, in Princeton, Kentucky. He grew up in Dawson Springs, Kentucky, and graduated from the University of Louisville. Scott is married to the former Autumn Stiff of Whitesville, Kentucky, and they have four sons: Everett, Winston, Thatcher, and Harlan.

Oh, the chickens. Scott and his family raise a growing flock, routinely fighting off hungry hawks and delivering eggs to their friends and family.

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