Gordon H. Hensley

Corporate Communications Consultant/Writer in Washington, DC

Gordon H. Hensley

Corporate Communications Consultant/Writer in Washington, DC

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Gordon H. Hensley is a communications strategist, writer and content creator with 25 years of Capitol Hill, private-sector and pres/sen/gov campaign experience in DC and on the ground in over a dozen states.

His firm, sm/c/p, collaborates with government relations/consulting teams to create and manage strategic messaging for federal and state advocacy campaigns related to health, tax and budget issues. Hensley's general policy focus is Medicare/Medicaid; the post-acute care and pharma sectors; tax reform, budget policy and small business issues.

Hensley is a former com director and speechwriter for the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), a Governor, three members of Congress, and served earlier in his career as state media director for Pres. George H.W. Bush. His most recent campaign projects include collaborating on WI Gov. Scott Walker's 2016 presidential announcement speech/policy roll-outs, and serving as senior communications advisor to U.S. Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN).

He has also served as consultant and/or speechwriter for Govs George Pataki (R-NY) and Buddy Roemer (R-LA); Sens. Al D'Amato (R-NY), Bob Dole (R-KS), Paul Coverdell (R-GA), Gordon Smith (R-OR); Strom Thurmond (R-SC); U.S. Reps. David Dreier (R-CA), Vito Fossella (R-NY), Helen Bentley (R-MD); the NRCC; NY State GOP; and CA State Sen. Jim Brulte (R-Rancho Cucamonga).

Hensley has appeared at the Harvard JFK School as a guest lecturer, and as a panelist or speaker at National Press Club, LSU, UT-Austin, Rutgers Univ/Eagleton Inst and National Journal/Hotline campaign forums.

Originally from Brooklyn NY, Hensley grew up in Chappaqua NY and Boston MA. He graduated from Milton Academy and studied intl. economics at Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland, intending to enter Georgetown Foreign Service School to pursue a diplomatic career.

Instead, he got a $40/week job on Ronald Reagan's 1980 New Hampshire campaign, enrolled at GWU, and pursued his passion for GOP campaign work.

A 40 mi/week runner and live music/touring devotee, Hensley is on the Board of the non-partisan NYC-based voter registration group, Headcount.

  • Work
    • sm/c/p
  • Education
    • George Washington University