Harbinger Strategies is pleased to welcome is sixth partner, Parker Hamilton Poling, to the firm. Parker’s career in Washington has been defined by high-level leadership within Congress and on the national political campaign stage. As a 12-year Chief of Staff to former Chief Deputy Whip and current House Financial Services Committee Ranking Member, Patrick McHenry (R-NC), Parker has been a key figure in House Republican decision-making for the past decade. More recently, Parker defied the political pundits and led House Republicans to a stunningly successful 2020 election cycle as the Executive Director of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC).
During her time in the Office of the Chief Deputy Whip, Parker served as a top advisor to Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and the House Republican Elected Leadership (ELC) team.
Ranking Member McHenry released the following statement in response to Parker’s announcement:
“As my Chief of Staff and most trusted advisor for more than a decade, I could always count on Parker to provide sound and honest guidance. “Throughout our time working together, Parker displayed an exceptional understanding of the intersection of policy and politics, especially as it relates to the House Republican Conference. She possesses deep relationships with members and staff spanning the ideological and geographic spectrum, providing her an unrivaled insight into the Conference and the needs of individual members and their districts. She understands how decisions are made at the highest levels of government and has never been afraid to speak candidly when needed.”
“Personally, I’ve known Parker for most of my adult life and count her as one of my dearest friends. She is a devoted wife and mother who always seemed to manage the challenges of working and parenting with ease. She is a dedicated bulldog owner, huge Yankees fan, and—as anyone who knows her can attest—very proud of her Upstate New York roots. Parker is a tremendous addition to Harbinger’s impressive team.”
Leader McCarthy joined McHenry in praising Parker:
“Parker Poling has been a valuable staffer to House Republicans the past several years. As Chief of Staff to the Chief Deputy Whip, Parker’s strategic guidance was critical during some the most important policy debates—including the success of tax reform and countless other legislative victories.
“Parker’s work as Executive Director of the NRCC during the 2020 election cycle is perhaps her finest moment. Experts and the media guaranteed House Republicans would lose as many as 20 seats. Instead, Parker and the NRCC execute an incredible campaign strategy, picking up 15 new House Republican seats and putting the majority squarely in play.
“Parker is not only an excellent professional, she is a dear friend. I extend my best wishes to Parker and her family as she embarks on this next chapter of her career.”
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