In the spring of 2007, Kevin Wright founded Old Dominion Research Group, LLC. Since that time, Old Dominion Research Group has built a reputation as a top-notch political and corporate research firm. Recent clients include the American Action Network, American Crossroads, Citizens United, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the National Rifle Association, and the Republican Governors Association.
During the 2014 election cycle, Kevin also served as Research Director for the Republican Governors Association. There, Kevin helped to successfully defend numerous incumbents, including Governors Scott Walker (R-WI), Rick Scott (R-FL), Sam Brownback (R-KS) and Paul LePage (R-ME). The ranks of Republican-held governorships were also bolstered with wins in deep blue states such as Illinois, Maryland and Massachusetts. Republicans now hold 31 governorships, the most in nearly 20 years.
In addition to Old Dominion Research Group, Kevin founded ThinkFY.com, a research based political blog, in September 2009.
Prior to founding Old Dominion Research Group and ThinkFY, Kevin spent the previous six years in a leadership position within the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s (NRSC) Research Department.
Kevin’s time with the NRSC was immensely successful: Republicans regained the Senate Majority in 2002 and increased the Senate Majority for Republicans in 2004, even knocking off then-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 formerly served 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.