Brendan Buck

Spring 2022
Resident Fellow
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Brendan Buck is one of Washington’s top communications strategists and a trusted political analyst. Having served two consecutive Speakers of the House, he was at the center of many of this era’s biggest policy and political battles. Brendan is currently a Partner at Seven Letter, a Washington and Boston based public affairs firm. Previously, he spent twelve years on Capitol Hill, all in the House. Most recently, he was Counselor to House Speaker Paul Ryan, leading messaging and communications strategy for the speaker and House GOP. Before that, Brendan served as Communications Director at the House Ways and Means Committee under Chairman Ryan and helped him navigate his unexpected ascension to the Speaker’s Office in 2015.

Earlier, Brendan was Press Secretary to House Speaker John Boehner, working primarily with the White House press corps to shape the coverage of the Obama administration. Brendan was also on the 2012 Romney-Ryan presidential campaign, serving as Press Secretary to the Vice President nominee. He’s held several other senior communications roles on Capitol Hill, including for now-Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy and former Rep. Tom Price.

Frequently quoted and a familiar face on television, Brendan is regularly sought out for his insights on politics and policy. In 2017, POLITICO named him to its inaugural Power 30 list, and in 2020, PR Week named him to its annual ’40 Under 40’. He was also named a ‘40 Under 40’ alumnus by the University of Georgia, which is where you can find him many Saturdays during football season.

Disclaimer: This information is accurate for the time period that this person was affiliated with the Institute of Politics.