Ron Holmes is a Chicago-based government and political affairs consultant with ties to city, state and federal government.
Before starting his consulting practice, Ron served as Communications Director for U.S. Senator Dick Durbin’s re-election campaign or what one Chicago Sun-Times’ reporter dubbed “the race of his (Durbin’s) life”. In that capacity, Ron was responsible for shaping a winning vision and message in a cycle in which national Democrats would eventually lose control of the Senate and Illinois Democrats would lose the Governor’s mansion.
Prior to the Durbin campaign, Ron built a statewide network of elected officials and media contacts through his work as a spokesman and speechwriter for Illinois Senate President John J. Cullerton. At the time, Cullerton was the leader of the largest state senate caucus – Republican or Democrat – in the country and in Illinois history. Cullerton placed Ron at the center of reforms and initiatives to improve the well-being of the state and its taxpayers.
During his time in Springfield, Ron was tapped by leaders of both chambers to serve as the public facilitator of Illinois’ legislative redistricting process which included the signing of the first ever Illinois Voting Rights Act and was the most open and transparent redistricting in the state’s history.
Ron’s other experiences in public policy include serving time in the offices of IL Senate President Emil Jones Jr., the National Urban League’s Policy Institute and the Chicago Public Schools. Ron has also served as political advisor to candidates and officials across the state of Illinois.
Ron is an alumnus of Morehouse College where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and minor in Economics. While at Morehouse, Ron served in various leadership capacities including President Pro-Tempore of the Morehouse Senate and Vice-President of the Morehouse Chapter of the NAACP.