A veteran of politics since 1990, Douglas Heye has served in leading communications positions in the House of Representatives and United States Senate, the Republican National Committee and the George W. Bush Administration. He is currently a CNN Political Commentator, providing analysis on domestic and international political events.
As Deputy Chief of Staff for the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Heye garnered on the record bipartisan praise for his team-building, crisis communications and strategic planning abilities. Roll Call named Heye one of the “Fabulous 50,” noting his ability to “set the tone and frame the debate” as someone “in the room when decisions are made” in the Capitol.
Heye has been called a “pro’s pro” in POLITICO by his counterpart at the Democratic National Committee for his handling of what CNN labeled “one of the most demanding jobs in Washington.” Of his ability to reach an audience during television appearances, POLITICO remarked, “when the red camera light turns on, Heye doesn’t disappoint.”
Heye was a Fall 2015 Resident Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics, focusing on crisis communications, and serves on the Harvard Kennedy School/John F. Kennedy Library & Museum New Frontier Awards committee, helping identify a new generation of leaders changing their communities and the country with their commitment to public service.
Heye is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.