Christopher Nicholas is an award-winning Republican political & public affairs consultant with a decades-long proven record of problem-solving and winning difficult campaigns.
PoliticsPa.com has named Chris one of the Pennsylvania’s top GOP operatives on multiple occasions and he is a recognized expert on the state’s politics, its demographic changes as well as political redistricting and reapportionment. He has managed tough campaigns and put together successful Independent Expenditure (IE) programs across the country.
From mid-2011 through 2105 he served as Political Director of the Pennsylvania Business Council, where he managed the activities of PEG PAC, the state’s oldest pro-business political action committee, directed the Council’s IE projects and wrote pegALERT, its widely-read weekly political newsletter.
In 2016 and 2018 Chris piloted the PA State Chamber as well as Commonwealth Partners to upset wins over incumbent legislators with IE projects across Pennsylvania. The IE project he created in 2019 for the PA Chamber’s endorsed candidates for Superior Court lifted their margins in every county in the two broadcast TV markets in which the program focused.
He worked on Sen. Arlen Specter’s 1992, 1998, 2004 and 2010 campaigns, managing the ‘04 & ‘10 races. The 2004 race in which Chris steered the Senator’s $21 million re-election campaign was one of the country’s most contentious Senate battles. Specter went on to receive the most votes ever for a Republican in Pennsylvania even as John Kerry carried the state. Chris managed the campaign’s day-to-day operations, oversaw the opposition research program, supervised compliance activities, served as campaign spokesperson and created the campaign’s multi-million dollar direct mail and phone programs.
He has garnered numerous industry ‘Pollie’ awards from the American Association of Political Consultants for the direct mail, digital and electronic media he has produced.
Originally from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Chris graduated from American University in Washington, D.C. A Junior Achievement volunteer and a former Cub Scout leader, Chris served as President of the Board of Directors of St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Harrisburg for five years. Chris and his family reside in central Pennsylvania.
Chris appears as the GOP commentator on the state-wide public affairs program, This Week in Pennsylvania