Barbara Boxer, a former four-term U.S. Senator from California, has joined Mercury as co-chair.
The global public strategy firm has a large presence in New Jersey, where Michael DuHaime, Michael Soliman and Mo Butler serve as partners. DuHaime spent eight years as the top outside political strategist to former Gov. Chris Christie. Soliman and Butler headed the New Jersey governmental operations for U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, respectively, and both continue to serve as top political advisors.
Former U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-Louisiana) is also a co-chair of the firm, and several former congressmen are also affiliated with Mercury.
“Senator Boxer is a force who has earned respect from both sides of the aisle nationally among her colleagues in the House and Senate and also around the world as a dedicated public servant and model for female leadership in the political sphere, “said Mercury CEO Kieran Mahoney. “Her depth of experience is unparalleled, and we are pleased that the Senator has chosen to join our team.
Mahoney also has ties to New Jersey. In 1981, he managed State Sen. James Wallwork’s campaign for the Republican gubernatorial nomination. He was a consultant on Wallwork’s 1993 run for governor.
Boxer, a Democrat, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982 and to the Senate in 1992. She retired in 2016 and was succeeded by Kamala Harris.