Principal, Head of SKDKPolitical
Doug joined SKDK in 2011 and has served as a media strategist to House, Senate and Gubernatorial campaigns and progressive and civil rights organizations. Over his 19-year career, Doug has been a lead media strategist to the Democratic National Committee, the top spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, a senior aide at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, a top advisor to both Senator Chris Van Hollen and the Congressional Black Caucus as well as the traveling spokesman for Governor Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign.
Doug was a top House Democratic leadership aide from 2007 until 2011 and played a key role in the passage of the Affordable Care Act, Wall Street reform and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Doug began his political career as an organizer on the Gore Iowa campaign. Following the 2000 election, Doug worked as a press aide to Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro. PRWeek said this about Doug, “when it comes to the public affairs sphere, Doug Thornell knows the Beltway like few others.” Doug resides in Maryland and graduated from Cornell University where he played varsity football and earned a degree in government.