Hildebrand served as Barack Obama’s Deputy National Campaign Manager during the historic 2008 presidential campaign. His work with Obama began in September 2006, long before Sen. Obama made a decision to seek the presidency. Hildebrand was at the forefront of all strategic decisions and helped craft the overall campaign from the beginning until Obama’s victory on Nov. 4, 2008.
Steve’s extensive political career has included managing races in South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota as well as running two political parties. He oversaw the Midwestern states for the Clinton-Gore re-election campaign in 1996 and served as Political Director at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in 1997-1998. In 1999 and 2000, Steve ran the Iowa caucuses for Vice President Al Gore and the Women Vote! Program for EMILY's List. He managed Senator Tim Johnson's campaign in 2002 and Senator Tom Daschle's campaign in 2004.
In 2005, Hildebrand opened his own consulting firm with a specialty in communications, research and grassroots strategy. The firm was built on the success of one of the most heralded grassroots issues campaigns in recent history the campaign that defeated President Bush’s plan to privatize Social Security. Hildebrand is considered to be one of the premier political strategists in the United States.
Clients have included Obama for America, Gore for President, Senator Tom Daschle, Senator Tim Johnson, Senator Robert C. Byrd, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Americans United to Protect Social Security, several international unions including AFSCME, SEIU and AFL-CIO, Environmental Defense, National Environmental Trust, Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America, The Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic Governor’s Association.
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