John Feehery

John Feehery is a columnist for The Hill, a partner at EFB Advocacy, a boutique lobbying and strategic advocacy firm Hill, a podcaster and blogger at The Feehery Theory, a published author of a children’s book, The Reluctant Ballerina, and well-respected political observer who spent 15 years working at the highest levels in the United States Congress.

He has appeared on such television programs as Real Time with Bill Maher, Hardball with Chris Matthews, and the Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. He is quoted regularly in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Examiner and the Washington Times.

Previously he was President of Communications and Director of Government Affairs for Quinn Gillespie and Associates, Washington, D.C.’s top public affairs firm.


Feehery served as Executive Vice President for Global Government Relations and Global Public Relations for the Motion Picture Association of America.

Feehery managed the communications operation for Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert. Feehery was the longest-serving top spokesman to a Speaker of the House in the history of the House of Representatives.

Before that stint, Feehery served from 1995 until 1998 as the Communications Director for Majority Whip Tom DeLay. Before becoming DeLay’s communications director, he served as the Whip office’s Chief Floor Assistant, during the historically notable “Contract with America”.

A double graduate from Marquette University, with both a BA and MA in history, Feehery was named the Young Alumni of the Year for Marquette’s School of Arts and Sciences in 2003. Feehery serves as an official Observer to the International Fund for Ireland, an organization dedicated to peace-building in the North of Ireland. He also serves on the Board of Governors of the Capitol Hill Club.

Feehery has run three marathons and has two holes-in-one. He married Kerry Fennelly Feehery in Killarney, Ireland in 2003, and they have one son, Jack Feehery, and a daughter, Molly Kathleen.


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