A partner at Political Ink, Martin Baker is a veteran political operative who has advised successful candidates on some of the nation’s most high-profile races. With a focus on strategic consulting and voter contact mail, he has more than a decade of experience working with campaigns at the highest levels.
In the 2012 election cycle, two weeks before the Iowa Caucuses, Mr. Baker was tapped as the national political director of Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign. As a senior advisor to the campaign, he worked to develop a strategy for the early primary states and helped engineer Speaker Gingrich’s decisive victory in the South Carolina primary.
Mr. Baker was also a consultant to the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) in 2012 and served as an advisor to, and the primary liaison between, the NRSC and the campaigns of Senators Jeff Flake (AZ) and Deb Fischer (NE), two of the three Republicans elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012.
Before founding Political Ink in 2007, Mr. Baker served as the National Field Director and as a Regional Political Director for the National Republican Congressional Congressional Committee (NRCC) during the 2006 and 2004 election cycles.
Previously, Mr. Baker worked as Chief of Staff and Campaign Manager to Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, as the Campaign Director of the Republican Party of Virginia, and as Communications Director to Congressmen David Vitter of Louisiana and Dan Miller of Florida.
In addition to the aforementioned clients, Mr. Baker has worked with several other candidates and organizations across the country since joining Political Ink. His clients include NRCC Chairman Greg Walden, Speaker John Boehner’s “Boehner for Speaker” organization, Congressman David McKinley and Congressman Dave Reichert.
Martin lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Christin, their children, Avery and Ethan, and their dog Massey.
Ben Mitchell is a founding partner at Political Ink. In recent election cycles, Ben helped numerous congressional campaigns, state parties, and legislative caucuses to victory. These clients include the North Carolina Republican House Caucus, the North Carolina Republican Senate Caucus, Congressman Scott DesJarlais, Congressman Ted Budd, and Congresswoman Martha Roby.
Previous to co-founding Political Ink, Ben managed campaigns in Virginia, Alabama, Louisiana, and Tennessee, including Mike Rogers’ open seat victory in Alabama’s 3rd congressional district in 2002 and Bob Corker’s 2006 victory in Tennessee. In 2001, Ben managed his first campaign, helping Tom Rust win an open seat in the Virginia House of Delegates.
In the 2000 cycle, Mitchell worked in opposition research at the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), returning for the 2004 cycle as the Regional Political Director for twelve states. Mitchell began his political career in the Research Department of the Republican National Committee (RNC).
Ben is a graduate of The George Washington University and lives in Mount Pleasant, SC with his wife Sarah and their three children.