J.B. Poersch oversees SKDKnickerbocker’s political division and uses his extensive political experience to develop strategy for both corporate and advocacy clients.
In 2012, J.B. played a key role in strategy and ad producing in Joe Donnelly’s upset victory for the Senate seat in Indiana. He is a cofounder and a general strategist for Senate Majority PAC – a Super PAC that won 16 of 19 Senate races that were active in the last cycle. Additionally, J.B. created ads and consulted on races for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Democratic Governors Association and successful House campaigns, including those of Rep. Mark Pocan and Rep. John Delaney.
Praised by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., as a “brilliant strategist,” J.B. served as executive director of the DSCC from 2005-2010. During that time, he led Democrats to a takeover of the Senate in 2006, achieving a 60-vote supermajority in 2008 and retaining the majority in 2010. While managing the $150 million senatorial party committee for six years, J.B. helped elect 20 new senators and played a critical role in ensuring success in many Senate incumbent races.
J.B. served as the Washington, D.C., chief of staff to Rep. Jack Reed, D-R.I., from 1990-1996 and then served for eight more years in the Senate for Reed. J.B. has served in a variety of campaign-management roles at the Senate and presidential levels, including Reed’s winning Senate race in 1996.
J.B. is a native of Schenectady, N.Y., and a graduate of Providence College. He lives in Alexandria, Va., with his wife Jennifer and two daughters.