James M.N. Harris Principal
James Harris has been a political strategist for several years and has worked on campaigns at the local, state, and national levels. He founded The J. Harris Company, LLC, in 2006 to specialize in general political consulting, corporate and governmental relations, and grassroots solutions. Over the years, clients have included several members of Congress, gubernatorial campaigns, and Fortune 500 companies.
Harris has served as an advisor to several members of Congress, assisting the campaigns of Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-9), Congressman Billy Long (MO-7), and Congressman John Carter (TX-31).
In 2008, Harris managed the only successful Republican statewide campaign in Missouri for Lt. Governor Peter Kinder. In addition, Harris served on the national finance committee for U.S. Senator John McCains presidential campaign.
Before starting the company, Harris was appointed by Governor Blunt to serve as his Director of Boards and Commissions during his transition period in 2004. In this position, Harris oversaw more than 200 boards for which the Missouri Governor is the appointing authority. In addition to these appointments, Harris made all recommendations for judicial appointments. Through Governor-Elect Blunt's transition, Harris oversaw the initial hiring and placement for the administration as well as working with various task forces to select members of the Governors cabinet.
In 2004, Harris was recruited to serve as Political Director on Matt Blunt's gubernatorial campaign. Harris hired and managed the field staff, created a grassroots organization around the state, assembled coalitions, identified county coordinators, worked on voter registration and identification. In November 2004, Blunt was elected by winning 101 of 114 counties. Prior to working for Governor Blunts campaign, Harris was Chief of Staff to Congressman John Carter (TX-31) after managing Carters successful campaign in an eight way Republican primary.
In addition to providing federal and state governmental relations and political consulting services, Harris helps clients navigate entry into the emerging market of Mongolia, a young, vibrant, and increasingly wealthy democracy with many opportunities for investment from American companies. Harris can assist clients in interacting with top-level decision makers in the Mongolian government and in the private sector, ensuring projects have the best opportunity to succeed. In 2009, Harris served as an international election observer in Mongolia working to ensure fairness in their presidential election.
Harris has a bachelors degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Saint Louis University. Harris resides in Jefferson City, Missouri, with his wife Jillian, their daughter Margaux, and their son Jack.
Jillian C. Harris
Prior to starting her own government relations and political fundraising firm, Harris began her lobbying career in Missouri working for several clients as a member of the Jefferson City firm Patek & Associates. She also managed the fundraising and grassroots operations of Election Day Enterprises, LLC, a campaign consulting and fundraising firm in Jefferson City.
During that tenure, she helped obtain $1 million in additional funding for the UMKC School of Dentistry for additional clinical staffing and $250,000 in funding for Dental Hygienist Distance Learning Committee. In her efforts for Southeast Missouri State University, she worked to secure $17.2 million to fund renovation and construction of an addition at their River Campus, $4.5 million to build their business incubator facility, and over $2.6 million for a new autism center. Harris also coordinated statewide communications and grassroots efforts with The Direct Impact Company in an effort to assist Sikorsky Corporation with the promotion of their new VH-92 presidential demonstrator helicopter. Further, she organized facility tours and briefings for several HealthSouth surgery centers with key leaders of both legislative chambers as well as intensive life sciences briefings with more than 30 members of the General Assembly at the Stowers Institute.
Harris has experience working on behalf of Republican candidates throughout the state of Missouri. In 2008 Harris led the fundraising operations of Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer, Senators Bill Stouffer and Jane Cunningham, as well as Representatives Mark Bruns and Mike Lair. In the 2006 election cycle, she coordinated fundraising for Senators Norma Champion and Brad Lager. In 2004, she handled fundraising efforts for Senators Chuck Gross, Charlie Shields, David Klindt, Bill Stouffer, and Chuck Purgason and for Representatives Tom Dempsey and Brad Lager. She also assisted in fundraising and grassroots efforts for Governor Matt Blunt and the Missouri Republican Party. Also during the 2004 election cycle, Harris served as a political consultant to the Committee to Improve Missouri’s Roads and Bridges, which passed Constitutional Amendment 3 with notable success. Past municipal clients include the cities of Riverside and Excelsior Springs.
Previously Harris worked as an intern in the Virginia General Assembly for Senate President Pro Tem and Appropriations Chair John Chichester assisting in his constituent services, legislative tracking, and scheduling needs. She returned to Missouri in 2003 to serve in the office of then Secretary of State Matt Blunt’s Chief Deputy.
Harris graduated magna cum laude from the University of Richmond, Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies with a Concentration in World Politics and Diplomacy and a minor in Anthropology.
Chris Cain Director of Policy and Administration
Chris assists clients with bill tracking, legislative research, opposition research and grass-tops efforts. Chris graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in political science.
Lee Gorski Associate
Brittany Belt Associate
Originally from Sikeston, Missouri, Brittany graduated from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee where she studied Political Science. During her time in Tennessee, she gained campaign experience working on races at the local, state, and federal level. Upon returning to Missouri in 2010, Brittany served as field director for Senator Brian Munzlinger’s successful senate campaign. She has also worked in the Missouri House as a Legislative Assistant.