Gordon H. Hensley

Corporate Communications Consultant/Writer in Washington, DC

Gordon H. Hensley

Corporate Communications Consultant/Writer in Washington, DC

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Gordon H. Hensley is a DC-based communications strategist, writer and content creator with 25 years of Capitol Hill, private-sector and pres/sen/gov campaign experience. A longtime skeptic of Beltway-only campaign consultants, he has worked on the ground in over a dozen states.

His firm, sm/c/p inc., founded in 2005, collaborates with bipartisan consulting teams to create/manage strategic messaging for federal and state advocacy campaigns related to health/economic policy -- with a specific policy focus on Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement; post-acute care; pharma; tax reform, federal/state budget policy and small business issues.

Hensley is a fmr communications director and speechwriter for the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), a Governor, three members of Congress, and numerous U.S. Senate, House and gubernatorial campaigns. He served earlier in his career as state media director for Pres. George H.W. Bush.

His most recent political projects include collaborating on WI Gov. Scott Walker's 2016 presidential announcement speech and serving as senior communications advisor to U.S. Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN).

He has also served as consultant and/or speechwriter for Govs George Pataki (R-NY) and Buddy Roemer (R-LA); Sens. Al D'Amato (R-NY), Bob Dole (R-KS), Paul Coverdell (R-GA), Gordon Smith (R-OR); Strom Thurmond (R-SC); U.S. Reps. David Dreier (R-CA), Vito Fossella (R-NY), Helen Bentley (R-MD); the NRCC; NY State GOP; and CA State Sen. Jim Brulte (R-Rancho Cucamonga).

Hensley has appeared at the Harvard JFK School as a guest lecturer and as a panelist/speaker at the National Press Club, LSU, UT-Austin, Rutgers Univ/Eagleton Inst and National Journal/Hotline campaign forums.

Originally from Brooklyn NY, Hensley grew up in Chappaqua NY and Boston MA. Graduating from Milton Academy and studying intl. economics at Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland, he intended to enter Georgetown Foreign Service School to pursue a diplomatic career.

He instead got a $40/week job on Ronald Reagan's 1980 New Hampshire campaign, enrolled at GWU, and pursued his passion for GOP campaign work.

A 40 mi/week runner and fmr Grateful Dead touring devotee, Hensley serves on the Board of non-partisan NYC-based voter registration group, Headcount.

  • Work
    • sm/c/p
  • Education
    • George Washington University