Mitch Stewart is a founding partner at 270 Strategies and a longtime political activist who has led several organizations in the past decade that have made their mark on American history. As the Battleground States Director for the Obama for America campaign, he oversaw a state strategy and program that garnered victories in nine of the ten battleground states in the 2012 presidential general election. In this role, he helped build what The Guardian called “a historic ground operation that will provide the model for political campaigns in America and around the world for years to come.”
Mitch first heard then-Senator Obama speak in Minnesota in 2006 and was inspired to help build a winning campaign. Since January 2007, Mitch has held a number of key positions critical to the President’s success – including serving as the Iowa State Caucus Director for the first Obama presidential campaign. The Iowa Caucus victory marked a turning point in the 2007-2008 primary election, which established Senator Obama as a serious challenger to then-front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton. Later, as the Virginia State Director during the 2008 general election, Mitch led the team that delivered Virginia for the Democratic candidate for the first time since 1964 – breaking a red streak spanning 44 years.
Prior to joining the 2012 campaign, Mitch served as the National Director of Organizing for America, the grassroots organization born out of the 2008 election and dedicated to supporting the President’s policy initiatives. During his tenure at Organizing for America, Mitch led a team that drove grassroots momentum for high-profile legislative victories including the passage of the Affordable Care Act, Wall Street Reform, and the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
Mitch has experience in both domestic and international politics – his career has included positions with the Minnesota Democratic Farmer Labor Party, the Environmental Defense Fund, the presidential campaign of then-Senator John Edwards, and the re-election campaign of Senator Tom Daschle.
Mitch holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of South Dakota where he also minored in Chemistry. He grew up in Vermillion, South Dakota – 25 miles from the hometown of Tom Brokaw. Mitch is a fanatic about his high school sports career and regularly tweets at Tom Brokaw about USD sports…we are still awaiting a response.
Follow Mitch’s political musings on Twitter: @Mitch_Stewart.