Brian Reich is a political junkie. In the womb, he unknowingly joined his parents for literature drops and fundraisers. As a small boy, he wore t-shirts and campaign buttons collected on the trail. If there had been re-elect Jimmy Carter lunch boxes, he probably would have carried one. Throughout high school Brian volunteered for phone banks and yard-sign duty, earning his first paying campaign job at the age of 14. For the past five years, he has worked dozens of campaigns across the country: student elections at college in Michigan; local initiatives and city council races in Seattle; he was even Campaign Manager for a Congressional campaign in Connecticut, the youngest person in the nation to hold such a position.
Beginning in 1999, Brian served as the Vice President's briefing book director - responsible for pulling together the materials that Al Gore used to prepare for his day. During his tenure at the White House and traveling on the campaign trail, Brian wore three pagers and two cell phones, carried two Palm Pilots and operated two different laptops each day. He traveled the country with the Vice President - visiting four and five cities and attending literally dozens of events each day. He was nicknamed the "Mouse" (for the character in the Matrix and his technological understanding) and wore a proud smile as the Vice President ridiculed him openly in front of the national media for his quirky work habits and ability to fall asleep in any position, anywhere.
Brian graduated in 1996 from The Northwest School in Seattle, Washington and moved to Connecticut and assumed the position of Campaign Manager and Finance Director for Bill Finch, a local Congressional candidate. For helping to bring in nearly 40% of the vote for a Democratic candidate in a staunchly Republican district, the local media affectionately dubbed Brian a "Political Whiz Kid." Following the '96 election cycle, Brian moved to Washington, D.C. to work with the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities and the Presidential Inaugural Committee. Brian also served as Assistant to the Director of Speechwriting at the White House, a job he loved so much, he worked for free.
Brian has attended Columbia University since January 2001. A political science major and coxswain for the Columbia Men's Heavyweight Crew, Brian looks forward to finishing his studies and returning full-time to the world of politics in December '02.
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