Trent Duffy

image001Trent Duffy has over twenty years of experience in media relations, strategic communications and public affairs, and has served in top positions in both the White House and on Capitol Hill.   As a founding partner of the Washington-based public affairs firm HDMK, he currently provides media and strategic communications counsel to private sector corporations, trade associations, and non-profits, while appearing regularly as a television news commentator.

Duffy served in the White House for four years, most recently as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Press Secretary.  In that role, he worked as a spokesperson andmedia strategist on numerous public policy issues, including: economic policy, energy, health care, homeland security, telecommunications, taxes and trade.

Prior to that, Duffy served as Communications Director for the White House Office of Management and Budget.  There, he developed and led government-wide communications strategies for the President’s 2003 and 2004 budget, and was heavily involved in promoting the President’s economic program, and the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003.

Duffy also has extensive experience on Capitol Hill.  As Communications Director for the powerful House Ways & Means Committee, he developed a strong policy background and an ability to understand, translate and persuasively advocate on highly technical issues such as tax and trade policy, Medicare and Social Security.

In 2001, Duffy served as Press Secretary for the Republican National Committee.  He has also worked as Communications Director for Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) andLegislative Aide to Rep. Harold Rogers (R-KY).  In 1997, he was a spokesperson for New Jersey Governor Christie Todd Whitman’s successful re-election campaign.  Duffy has also worked as assistant manager for federal affairs for Parsons Brinckerhoff, an international engineering consulting firm.

Trent can be reached at

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