Robert G. Stevenson
Principal, OB-C Group
"The Senate is losing a gifted communications professional and an icon on Capitol Hill,” stated United States Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist upon the retirement of Bob Stevenson as his counselor and communications director in 2006.
In fact, throughout his 26-year Senate career, Robert Stevenson was consistently described by congressional observers as one of Capitol Hill’s most effective and trusted congressional staffers. He was voted one of Capitol Hill’s “Fab 50” most influential congressional staffers by Roll Call Magazine for more than ten years running.
Mr. Stevenson had joined Senator Frist’s staff in 2002, and not only served as the Majority Leader’s chief spokesman and communications strategist, but also was a valued advisor on legislative and procedural matters.
Prior to working for the Majority Leader, Mr. Stevenson served for more than ten years as communications director for the U.S. Senate Budget Committee, where he served as the primary spokesman on all Senate budgetary and fiscal matters as well as national spokesman for the Committee’s Chairman, U. S. Senator Pete Domenici of New Mexico.
Stevenson began his Capitol Hill career in 1980 serving as communications director and political advisor to Senator Warren Rudman of New Hampshire, where he worked on the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings deficit reduction law, the Senate’s “Select Committee on the Iran-Contra Affair” and was chief press contact for the Senate Ethics Committee during the 1989 Keating Five investigation.
In addition to his work on Capitol Hill, Mr. Stevenson also served as a top communications staffer at five Republican National Conventions (1984-2000), was Deputy Communications Director for the Bush-Quayle Presidential campaign in 1992, and served on the press staff of Senator Bob Dole’s two presidential campaigns (1988 and 1996) where he also assisted with preparation for the Presidential debates. He has also served as a consultant and advisor to multiple U.S. Senate campaigns.
From 1991-1995 Mr. Stevenson also served as a “Democracy instructor and political trainer” in several former Soviet republics, primarily Latvia and Lithuania, making repeated annual trips abroad to help forge and strengthen democratic processes and institutions.
He and his wife Laura live in Alexandria, Va. with their three children.