Jason McGrath, Vice President at GBA strategies, lives and works in Chicago and specializes in providing polling and strategic advice to Democratic candidates, labor unions and progressive organizations. With over 10 years of experience in Democratic politics, McGrath has helped elect leaders at all levels of government from city councils to Governors’ mansions and the US Senate.
Recently, McGrath advised David Wecht in his win for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, helping Democrats gain an advantage on the court, which will play an important role in reversing the Republican gerrymandering of the state’s Congressional delegation.
Previously, McGrath advised Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL-2) in her come-from-behind victory over 15 opponents to win a special election in Illinois’ 2nd Congressional District with a majority of the vote.
In 2012, he served as pollster and advisor to New Mexico’s new US Senator, Martin Heinrich. That same year, he polled for Congressman Bill Enyart (IL-12) and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), who both won election against well-funded Republican challengers.
McGrath was part of the research team for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s successful campaign in 2011. Working with a top-notch team of strategists, McGrath helped Emanuel capture 40 of the city’s 50 wards and win a majority 56 percent of the vote in a six-candidate field.
Over the past 4 election cycles, McGrath has worked with the DCCC, providing polling and advice on the independent expenditure campaigns of over 20 Congressional victories including multiple wins in conservative districts in Alabama, North Carolina, Virginia, Mississippi, and Florida.
Prior to joining GBA Strategies, McGrath worked at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research for 6 years. Before that, he worked as a Research Director on several federal campaigns in Pennsylvania and helped organize national political strategy for the Alliance for Retired Americans (AFL-CIO).
McGrath graduated from Georgetown University. He was born and raised in Pennsylvania and currently lives in Chicago with his wife and son.