As a member of The Mellman Group since 1999, Nathan Henry has offered research-based strategy and strategic advice for a wide variety of candidates, political organizations and independent expenditure committees. Past clients have included Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the DSCC’s independent expenditure effort on behalf of Senator Al Franken, Congressman Jim Langevin and Congressman Ben Chandler. In 2010, Henry worked closely with Mark Mellman to engineer Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s come-from-behind victory in Nevada. In 2012, Henry again worked with Mellman to help bring about perhaps the biggest upset of the cycle by electing Senator Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota. Henry also helped Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard erase a 26-point deficit to her primary opponent to win Hawaii’s open 2nd Congressional District. Internationally, Henry has worked on behalf of Presidential candidates and parliamentary parties in Romania, Costa Rica, Israel, The Republic of Georgia, and The Philippines – most recently on Yesh Atid’s surprise 2nd-place finish in the 2013 Israeli Knesset elections.
Since 2005, Henry has been based in the Midwest, operating out of Madison, Wisconsin since 2007. Henry has successfully worked to combine the firm’s national expertise with extensive knowledge of local issues and political dynamics. Henry directed research on behalf of Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson’s successful re-election campaign, worked with the Greater Wisconsin Committee to help Democrats take control of both houses of the state legislature in 2008, and helped re-elect Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle in 2006. In 2011 and 2012, Henry helped the Wisconsin State Senate Democratic Committee take over the State Senate through the successful recall of three incumbent Republicans.
Henry’s work in the Midwest also extends into the non-profit and corporate sectors, having directed research on behalf of the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Cancer Society, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, Eco-Energy, the Forest County Potawatomi Tribe, and nearly a dozen county public health departments in Minnesota.
During his time at The Mellman Group, Henry has developed substantial expertise on tobacco-control issues. He has conducted more than 50 surveys and focus groups at the national, state, county and municipal level for clients such as the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and numerous state and local anti-tobacco coalitions. Henry has also worked extensively on health care, environmental, and national security issues for a wide variety of clients.
Prior to joining The Mellman Group, Henry served as Field Director on two Congressional campaigns in Wisconsin, and as a finance assistant on a U.S. Senate campaign in Delaware. He also served as a policy advisor and legislative aide in the Wisconsin State Assembly, working primarily on issues dealing with the state budget, tax policy and the state’s budget stabilization, or “rainy day” fund.
Originally from Wilmington, Delaware, Henry graduated with distinction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Political Science, and studied at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary, where he researched post-communist social and economic transformations in former Soviet-bloc countries. While in Hungary, Henry helped edit and organize a publication called “Fortifying the Foundations” for the Institute of International Education, which detailed the activities of US-funded NGOs involved in the democratization process in Central and Eastern Europe.