Barney Keller | Partner
Barney Keller is a Partner at Jamestown Associates, and an award-winning Republican media strategist.
In 2018, Barney was the lead media strategist for the campaign of United States Senator Mike Braun. An unknown businessman, Barney’s ad campaign helped Braun go from zero in the polls to defeating two incumbent Members of Congress in a Republican primary. One of the ads Barney produced for Braun – depicting the two incumbent Congressmen as “cardboard cutouts” – was called “one of the best ads in Indiana political history” by the local media and was named one of Roll Call’s “5 Best Campaign Ads of 2018.” For Jamestown’s work on the Braun campaign, the firm was awarded a Reed Award and a “Gold” Pollie Award for producing the best TV Ad for a U.S. Senate candidate in 2018.
Braun’s campaign went on to decisively defeat the incumbent Democratic Senator in a race that ultimately ended up costing $112 million between the candidates and outside groups – making Braun the only candidate in the country that year to win a tough primary and then beat an incumbent Democrat.
Barney’s other clients have included people like Governor Chris Sununu (NH), Congressman Trey Hollingsworth (IN), and Congressman Mark Green (TN), and he has produced dozens of ads and direct mail pieces for independent expenditure campaigns, issue advocacy groups, and ballot measures. In 2016, Barney also produced the winning TV ads and direct mail for Congressman Warren Davidson (OH). In less than three months, Davidson, who started as an unknown businessman, came from behind to win a 20-candidate special election to replace Speaker John Boehner in the House of Representatives.
Barney came to Jamestown after serving four years as the Communications Director of the Club for Growth. During his tenure at the Club, Barney helped lead the organization’s political activity, and acted as their primary spokesman. Prior to joining the Club for Growth, Barney served as the Deputy Communications Director on Pat Toomey’s winning campaign for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania. He also worked on Rick Lazio’s campaign for Governor of New York, and was Communications Director at the Massachusetts Republican Party, and Press Secretary at the New Hampshire Republican Party. He got his start in politics as Press Secretary on Jim Ogonowski’s campaign for Congress in Massachusetts.
A communications and political expert, Barney has been quoted by The New York Times, Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and newspapers across the country. He’s been a guest on FOX News, FOX Business Channel, MSNBC, and other TV news outlets.
A native of Belmont, Massachusetts, Barney graduated from the University of Chicago with degrees in both Economics and Sociology. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, daughter, and dog.