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Hill Climbers: Campaign Junkie Joins Portman’s Press Shop

Tom Williams/Roll Call
Jeff Sadosky has left the campaign trail and settled in Washington, D.C., as freshman Sen. Rob Portman’s communications director.

After graduating from James Madison University in 2000 with a degree in international affairs, Sadosky said, he wasn’t sure what he wanted to do for a living. He took the job with the media firm, where his clients were mostly campaigns and political parties.

It was there that Sadosky realized he wanted to work on the campaign side of politics. So he took the graveyard intern shifts with the Bush campaign for several months until he was hired permanently as a communications coordinator for the Southwest region.

When the campaign ended, Sadosky’s communications experience landed him a job as deputy press secretary with then-Sen. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio). All his experience and long hours paid off as he was promoted to press secretary several months later.

But by 2006, Sadosky was itching to get back on the campaign trail. He moved to Florida to work as communications director for the state’s Republican Party, and he traveled to different parts of the country doing communications outreach.

“Every day was something different,” he said. “I spent more time in Iowa and New Hampshire than I ever would have imagined. I know the back roads of South Carolina better than I ever thought I would.”

Since starting with Portman, Sadosky has relied on his past experience to shape his new role. Even though they’ve only been working for several weeks, the team has managed to get out the lawmaker’s first piece of legislation, a comprehensive jobs bill.

Now that Sadosky is settled back on Capitol Hill, he plans to focus on his job with Portman and to bring elements of the campaign platform into the Senator’s daily routine. Sadosky said he sees himself staying planted in the Senate, at least for a while.

“And besides, I think my wife would kill me if I hopped on another campaign trail,” he said.

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