Jordan Russell is an experienced political and public affairs consultant who has worked on successful campaigns in the Southeast, Washington, D.C., and across the country.
Jordan began his career as a field director for Governor Phil Bryant’s successful campaign for Lieutenant Governor in 2007. He went on to serve in various capacities for Congressman Alan Nunnelee, beginning as aide-de-camp on Nunnelee’s successful challenge to incumbent Congressman Travis Childers in 2010 and rising up the ranks to Communications Director in the Nunnelee congressional office.
During the 2014 cycle, Jordan served as Communications Director for Senator Thad Cochran’s successful re-election campaign. At a time when many incumbents went down to defeat against insurgent challengers, Senator Cochran’s team won a runoff victory against State Senator Chris McDaniel that was named the most improbable comeback of the cycle. The Cochran campaign drew praise from across the political spectrum, including President Barack Obama’s top political aide, David Plouffe, who tweeted on election night, “Impressive to watch a campaign embark on unorthodox strategy & succeed. Hats off to Cochran. Campaign quality still matters.”
During the 2016 cycle, Jordan served as Communications Director for Governor Rick Perry’s Super PAC and then on Senator Marco Rubio’s communications team in Iowa, South Carolina, and Florida. He was responsible for interactions with local, state, and national media in the run up to the votes in each of these states, and as a result developed strong relationships with political reporters from Des Moines to Washington, D.C. Following the 2016 cycle, Jordan worked for Senator Rubio’s PAC, Reclaim America.
In 2018, Jordan served as Campaign Manager for Cindy Hyde-Smith’s victory in Mississippi’s historic special election. Jordan and the campaign team focused on building the most extensive grassroots campaign in the history of Mississippi politics, as well as investing record resources in cutting-edge digital advertising and email fundraising. Senator Hyde-Smith soundly defeated Chris McDaniel in the first round of balloting and then went on to beat the best-funded, most energetic Democratic campaign in recent Mississippi history in the runoff election.
Most recently, Jordan was a partner at a consulting firm based in Mississippi and Arkansas, working on projects including public affairs campaigns for corporate clients, general consulting for a statewide campaign, and multiple legislative races. Jordan also helped guide Tony Gonzales’ successful campaign for Texas’ 23rd Congressional District. The race was the number one open seat target for the Democrats to flip in the 2020 cycle, and despite being outspent more than three to one, Tony Gonzales won the race decisively.
Jordan is a 2009 graduate of the University of Mississippi. After living in D.C. for seven years, he now resides in Oxford, Mississippi with his wife, Lee, and his two children Campbell and Maggie.