Tad Devine
Thomas A. (Tad) Devine was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1955. Mr. Devine received his A.B.
in American History from Brown University, and his J.D. from Suffolk University School of Law. He is
a member of the Bar in Rhode Island and the District of Columbia.
Mr. Devine has extensive experience in national and international politics and is considered one of the
leading experts on the Democratic Party’s presidential nominating process and general election strategy.
His presidential campaign experience began in 1980 when he worked on President Carter’s reelection
campaign as a delegate tracker. He went on to serve as Deputy Director of Delegate Selection in the
nomination campaign of former Vice President Walter Mondale and Executive Assistant to the
Campaign Manager in the 1984 general election.
In 1987-88, Mr. Devine served as Director of Delegate Selection and Field Operations in the nomination
campaign of Governor Michael Dukakis. In the general election, Mr. Devine served as Campaign
Manager for the Vice Presidential nominee, Senator Lloyd Bentsen of Texas.
In 1992, Tad Devine was Campaign Manager for Senator Bob Kerrey’s campaign for President. Later
that year, Mr. Devine served as a member of the Democratic Party Rules Committee and was a
consultant to CBS News throughout their coverage of the Democratic National Convention in New
Mr. Devine has also worked in law, government, and academia. From 1982 - 83 he served as a law
clerk to the Rhode Island Superior Court, and from 1985 - 87 he worked as an Associate Attorney in the
Washington, D.C. office of the law firm of Winston & Strawn. From 1989 - 90, he served as a Chief of
Staff to the Mayor of Providence, R.I.
From 1991 to 1993, Mr. Devine served as Assistant to the President of Boston University. In addition to
his duties in the President’s office, Mr. Devine taught a course on presidential campaigns in the
Department of Political Science and was a frequent university lecturer.
Since early 1993, Mr. Devine has worked as a media consultant, writing, directing and producing
television and radio advertising for leading Democratic candidates in the U.S. and providing strategic
advice for national campaigns in Europe, the Middle East and South America. He has also taught
campaign management and strategy courses at the Graduate School of Political Management at The
George Washington University.
Tad Devine’s work as a strategist and media consultant has been recognized by leading media and
political consulting organizations. Mr. Devine has produced award-winning television advertising for
Sen. Edward Kennedy (MA), Sen. John Edwards (NC), and Gov. Parris Glendening (MD).
In the United States, Mr. Devine has worked at the highest levels of the last two campaigns for
President. In the 2000 general election, Mr. Devine served as a senior strategist to the Gore/Lieberman
2000 campaign and oversaw the day-to-day management of the campaign. In 2004, Mr. Devine served
as a senior advisor and strategist to Senator John Kerry’s campaign for President in both the primary and
the general election. He frequently represented the campaign on national television programs like Meet
the Press, Face the Nation and numerous other broadcasts.
Mr. Devine’s international experience includes his work as a strategist and media consultant for winning
campaigns in Columbia (President Andres Pastrana – 1998), Israel (Prime Minister Ehud Barak – 1999),
Peru (President Alejandro Toledo – 2001), Bolivia (President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada – 2002) and
Ireland (Taoiseach Bertie Ahern 1997 and 2002).
Mr. Devine lives in McLean, VA with his wife Ellen and their three children.