After Democrats captured control of the U.S. House and Senate during the 2006 mid-term elections, Kevin Wright founded Old Dominion Research Group. To Kevin, it became apparent that a chasm had developed between the art of information gathering and the dissemination of analytical research for both the political and corporate spheres.
Prior to founding Old Dominion Research Group in the spring of 2007, Kevin spent the previous six years with the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC). At the NRSC, Kevin honed his skills, initially focusing on campaign finance issues, then broadening to all matters of background and legislative analysis and assumed a leadership position within the NRSC’s Research Department.
Kevin worked closely with the Committee’s legal team to file complaints with the Federal Election Commission and the Senate Ethics Committee. Kevin also worked directly with the Communications and Political Departments to ensure maximum impact of the information created by the Research Department. This included the direction of projects to be used as press releases, or on background to campaigns, consultants and the media.
Kevin’s time with the NRSC was largely successful: Republicans regained the Senate Majority in 2002 during an historic mid-term election and increased the Senate Majority for Republicans in 2004, even knocking off Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD).
Before joining the NRSC in 2001, Kevin advanced and coordinated the “Re-Elect America” national bus tour for the Center for the American Founding in McLean, Virginia. The bus tour was designed to engage elected officials and the general public in a national discussion on the “Four Points of America’s Compass” which was comprised of the “rule of law,” “property rights,” “a common American identity,” and “individual rights.” A documentary of the bus tour was produced by the Center, with Kevin’s assistance, and aired on PBS in July, 2001.
Kevin also spent some time in the United Kingdom with The Hansard Society for Parliamentary Government as a Hansard Scholar. While in the UK, Kevin studied British public policy at the London School of Economics and also performed research services for Nigel Waterson, Member of Parliament, who currently serves as the Shadow Minister for Pensions and Conservative Spokesman for Older People.
The first taste of politics for Kevin was in the office of former Vice President Dan Quayle’s leadership committee, Campaign America, where he researched issues for speeches, op-eds, the book “Worth Fighting For,” and various media. Kevin later transitioned into Quayle’s presidential campaign in early 1999 until the summer of that year.
Kevin was born in Bremerton, Washington, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Arizona State University, is married and lives in Alexandria, Virginia.