At a Glance
- Career History:
Communications director Sen.
(2003 to 2006); Deputy press secretary for Sen. Phil Gramm (2000 to 2003); Regional director for Sen. Paul Coverdell (1997 to 2000)
- Birthday: July 3, 1967
- Hometown: Riverside, Calif.
- Alma Mater: Armstrong Atlantic State University, B.A. (political science), 1997
- DC Office: 361-A Russell Senate Office Building, 202-224-2541
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Path to Power
Stewart wsa born in Riverside, Calif., in 1967. He spent four years in Army intelligence before heading to college at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Ga., where he studied political science.
After graduating, he got his start in politics in the Georgia office of Sen. Paul Coverdell (R-Ga.). When Coverdell died in 2000, Stewart began working for Sen. Phil Gramm (R-Texas) as deputy press secretary. Three years later, Gramm retired and the man who took his place, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), made Stewart a part of his staff. It was with Cornyn that Stewart really began to make a name for himself, helping to turn a first-term senator from Texas into a go-to guy in Washington for the press, especially on judicial issues such as Supreme Court nominations.
Stewart's game is definitely media and message control, and he became one of Washington's best and most aggressive communication directors while working for Cornyn.
The Texas Senator was one of the more visible Republican senators though he was a first-termer. Cornyn was front and center during the confirmation hearings for President George W. Bush's Supreme Court nominations. Minutes after Justice Sandra Day O'Connor retired, Stewart released a statement from Cornyn's office praising O'Connor for her service and warning Democrats against blocking whomever the president chose to succeed her.
Stewart has worked in McConnell's office since the start of 2007. But his job puts him in direct contact with other members of the Senate Republican leadership, including aides to Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) and Senate GOP Conference Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.). In particular, Stewart has strong Texas connections. Before working for McConnell, he spent three years as communications director for Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and three years in the press office of Sen. Phil Gramm (R-Texas).
In McConnell's office, Stewart has worked alongside Chief of Staff Kyle Simmons, Simmons' deputy Sharon Soderstrom and Press Secretary Jennifer Morris.