Pete Brodnitz is a partner at Benenson Strategy Group, leading the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. He brings more than twenty years of strategic research experience for his clients. These include thirteen presidents and prime ministers on four continents, domestic political leaders at all levels, Fortune 500 companies, and leading advocacy and nonprofit institutions.
In the U.S., Pete’s recent political work includes providing direct strategic, research-based advice to five new U.S. senators who have won election since 2006.
During the 2012 U.S. elections specifically, Pete provided strategic polling services for the winning campaigns of Senators Tim Kaine (VA) and Mazie Hirono (HI), Attorney General Kathleen Kane (PA), and U.S. Representatives Joe Garcia (FL), Tim Walz (MN), and Adam Smith (WA). His independent expenditure work also contributed to the House Majority PAC’s successful efforts to elect Congressmen Raul Ruiz (CA), Pete Gallego (TX), and John Barrow (GA).
That year, Pete also helped Danilo Medina win the presidential election in the Dominican Republic, leading President Medina to state, “Pete Brodnitz and Benenson Strategy Group’s in-depth analysis and recommendations played a pivotal role” in his come-from-behind victory.
In 2007, the American Association of Political Consultants named Pete “Pollster of the Year”—the top honor in the political polling profession—recognizing success and innovation in U.S. campaigns. The award honored Pete for his work on back-to-back victories in Virginia with Governor Kaine and Senator Webb based on strategies that helped turn Virginia into a battleground state.
Pete has also worked with major corporations, including Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, ESPN, and TIAA-CREF, to provide winning consumer targeting, marketing, and brand communications strategies.
In the advocacy and nonprofit sector, Pete has worked with leading organizations, including several major unions, Third Way, NDN, America’s Voice, the Human Rights Campaign, Healthy Families Ohio, The David & Lucile Packard Foundation, and America Votes.
Pete received an undergraduate degree in government from Clark University and a master’s degree in communications from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the American Association of Political Consultants and the International Association of Political Consultants.
Pete Brodnitz in the News
• Pete Brodnitz discusses the Colombian elections in The Economist:
Colombians cannot live on the promise of peace alone. “He’ll have to advance on social issues, on inequality, things that really touch people’s lives today because peace could take time,” says Pete Brodnitz, a political strategist who worked on the Santos campaign. Priorities include passing health-care and judicial reforms that were scuttled in his first term; redistributing royalty payments from mining and oil companies; and eliminating the option of presidential re-election, and increasing terms in this office to five or six years.
• Pete Brodnitz on the EU elections:
The European Union election results are a clear indication that voters remain concerned about economic conditions in Europe, that they are looking for solutions to the economic challenges they are facing, and that they are willing to turn to radical solutions when the major parties do not offer compelling ones. The fact that incumbents as disparate as Merkel in Germany and Renzi in Italy fared well while Hollande in France and the Liberal Democrats in the UK suffered indicates that the vote was not an ideological vote as much as a vote in favor of clear leadership in times of turbulence.
• Politico: A good night for Brodnitz
A reader points out that two late-breaking, hard-to-win Democratic primaries, Conway's win in Kentucky and Lincoln's in Arkansas, have something in common: their pollster, Pete Brodnitz, who is the partner of White House pollster Joel Benenson.
• Pete Brodnitz on making the case for immigration reform: