Before turning 29, Ben had successfully managed the primary and general election campaigns of Texas Congressman Randy Weber (who replaced Congressman Ron Paul), and Governor Matt Bevin of Kentucky. In 2015, the Kentucky Governor’s race resulted in the election of only the second Republican to hold that office in 44 years, and elected Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton, the first-ever African American to win a statewide election in Kentucky.
In 2016, Ben’s independent expenditure work helped flip the Kentucky House of Representatives from Democrat control to Republican control for the first time since 1921. Then in 2018, Ben helped the Republican candidate for Connecticut Governor win a crowded, competitive Republican primary race for Governor through petition – the first time any Connecticut gubernatorial candidate has achieved that goal.
For the rest of 2018 Ben would go on to guide newly elected Congressman Michael Cloud to successful runoff, special election, and general election victories – in a single year. With Ben’s help, and against mathematical odds, Congressman Cloud won a 9-way special election outright with 55% of the vote, turning out a higher percentage of Republican voters in that district than in the 2016 presidential election less than two years prior.
Ben has also served as a political consultant for republican philanthropist Foster Friess, former Vi-Jon CEO John Brunner, and Connecticut businessman turned Gubernatorial candidate Bob Stefanowski.
Ben Hartman is a veteran of the United States Navy. A native of Houston, Texas, he now lives in Austin.