Jaime Harrison | Principal

Jaime Harrison | Principal

  • Orangeburg, SC
  • BA, Yale University | JD, Georgetown Law
  • Transportation, Democratic Leadership and Administration, Appropriations, Education
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  • Leverages his tested political savvy to navigate Democratic politics and the executive branch

  • A leader in the Democratic Party, and a former executive director of the House Democratic Caucus and director of floor operations and counsel for former House Majority Whip, Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC)

  • Recently, in a non-earmark climate, worked a legislative issue to garner support from the White House and Vice President’s office to secure funding for a client in the Presidential Budget

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  • Former high school teacher and member of the College Summit National Board of Directors

  • Liberty Fellow, as part of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, and British American Project Fellow

  • Chairman of the SC Democratic Party and member of the DNC Executive Committee; Association of State Democratic Chairs Representative for Southern States

  • Featured as one of Roll Call's Fabulous 50 staffers — five times

A rising star in the Democratic Party, Jaime R. Harrison draws on his mastery of the legislative process to help clients maneuver complex congressional alignments related to transportation and infrastructure issues, among others. In addition to his work on behalf of clients on Capitol Hill, Jaime provides strategic and political guidance to clients based in or doing work in South Carolina. As the former director of floor operations and counsel for former House Majority Whip, Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), he was responsible for the successful navigation and passage of key legislation and served as a senior political and legislative adviser. Accumulating a wealth of experience and a deep bench of relationships, Jaime worked closely with the House and Senate leadership.

Previously, Jaime served as executive director of the House Democratic Caucus. Widely recognized for his work, Jaime was named six times as one of Roll Call’s “Fabulous Fifty Movers and Shakers Behind the Scenes on Capitol Hill” and listed as one of The Hill’s “35 Stellar Staffers Under 35.” In 2010, The Root web magazine included Jaime on its list of 100 “emerging and established African-American leaders who are making extraordinary contributions.” He was also dubbed one of the “Top 40 lawyers under 40” by the National Bar Association and Impact DC.

Jaime has appeared as a political strategist on CNN, MSNBC and ATN’s "American Dream." He is a regular guest lecturer for the Brookings Institute and the Congressional Black Caucus Political Education Leadership Institute’s Political Training Boot Camp. In 2009, he served as a lecturer for the Harvard Kennedy School’s Black Policy Conference. Jaime has developed and conducted a small business development seminar and provided legal technical assistance to small business owners in Washington, DC. Before entering politics, Jaime worked in education serving as chief operating officer and director of program development for the College Summit, Inc., a national nonprofit organization that helps low-income students enroll in college.

A teacher at heart, Jaime once taught world geography at his high school alma mater in Orangeburg, South Carolina. A first-generation college graduate, Jaime earned a bachelor's from Yale University and Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center.


 

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