At a Glance
- Career History:
Communications Director for Speaker of the House
(D-Calif.) (2007 to 2011); Communications director, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. (2003 to 2006); Communications director, House Minority Whip Nancy Pelosi (2002); Communications director Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (2001); Assistant representative for public affairs, Office of the
U.S. Trade Representative
(2000 to 2001); Press director, Peace Corps (1996 to 2002)
- Birthday: July 12, 1962
- Hometown: Chevy Chase, Md.
- Alma Mater: Duke University, B.A., political science, 1984
- Spouse: Julie Rasicot
- Religion: Catholic
Path to Power
Daly has Washington media in his blood.
The Chevy Chase, Md., native's great-grandfather was a pressman at The Washington Post. His grandfather, the Post's theater critic, was reviewing a play in the Knickerbocker Theater in 1922, when the roof collapsed, killing 98 people in one of the worst disasters in Washington history. John Jay Daly wrote the story for the Post.
"We're in charge of the Democratic message," Daly said of his team. "The message we want to send to our members and the public."
The Speaker's communications staff translates the House Democrats' agenda into understandable terms, and encourages members to convey the same, unified message to voters back home.
Daly got his start in politics working for Rep. Gerry Studds (D-Mass.) During his time in the Studds office, he worked with Judy Lemons, who was then chief of staff to Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Daly and Lemons kept in touch for years, and she eventually recuited him to work in Pelosi's leadership office. Lemons now works as a lobbyist for Dutko Worldwide.
In Pelosi's office, Daly and his deputies, Drew Hammill and Nadeam Elshami, worked under Chief of Staff John Lawrence and Deputy Chief of Staff George Kundanis. Elshami succeeded Daly as communications director.
In 2006 and 2007, Daly donated to the campaigns of Rep. Dan Maffei (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.), according to the Center for Responsive Politics.