Steve Jarding

Lecturer in Public Policy
Shorenstein Center
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Steve Jarding


Steve Jarding, Lecturer in Public Policy, is recognized as an expert in campaign management and political strategies. He has managed campaigns or served in senior roles for US Senators Tom Daschle (D-SD), Bob Kerrey (D-NE), Jim Webb (D-VA), John Edwards (D-NC), Tim Johnson (D-SD), and Mark Warner (D-VA). He has run National Leadership Committees for Kerrey and Edwards and has served as senior advisor to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. In 1996 Roll Call magazine named Jarding one of the "50 most influential" political people in Washington" and in 2002, TheNew York Times Magazine profiled Jarding as someone who wins races in places he is not supposed to win. His management of Warner’s 2001 gubernatorial race was hailed the best run campaign in America and his work in Webb’s 2006 win over Senator George Allen was called the biggest upset victory in America. He has been a Fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics and a Fellow at the Congressional Studies Center at the University of Oklahoma where he received his Masters Degree in Government. He holds a BA degree from the University of South Dakota and is coauthor of the political book, Foxes in the Henhouse.



  • DPI-324 Running for Office and Managing Campaigns
  • DPI-330-A The Making of a Politician


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