Varoga & Associates provides public affairs assistance and campaign services to a select group of public, private and non-profit organizations. We offer clients strategic guidance in analyzing public opinion and developing strategies to achieve long-term goals. Our expertise and bottom-line approach enable clients to succeed with tested, cost-effective strategies.
Craig Varoga is president of Patriot Majority and one of America’s most successful political strategists. In 2010, Varoga ran the successful independent-expenditure campaign by Patriot Majority to re-elect Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid; Varoga was also chief strategist that year in the successful re-election of Maryland Governor and DGA Chair Martin O’Malley. In 2011, Varoga was chief strategist for Kentucky Family Values, an independent PAC that advocated for the re-election of Governor Steve Beshear; Varoga was also lead strategist and media consultant in 2011 for Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. A native of Pittsburgh, graduate of Princeton University and long-time resident of Texas, Varoga has worked on the Presidential campaigns of Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Wesley Clark, John Kerry and Tom Vilsack. A top consultant in the victorious gubernatorial campaigns of USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, Varoga began his political career in Louisiana and writes a monthly column (“Ask the Campaign Doctor”) for Campaigns & Elections magazine.
Nan Powers Varoga has extensive experience in journalism and public affairs. As former Director of Public Affairs for The Houston A+ Challenge, she directed all internal and external communications, media relations, technology, government relations and fundraising. She is a Houston native and graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Journalism degree. She is a co-founder of The Friends of the Times-Picayune Relief Fund and served on the Board of Directors of the Texas Public Relations Association from 2002-2009, where she served as Treasurer and chaired the Communications Committee. She is the 2008 winner of the Alan Scott Rising Star Award from TPRA. Nan previously served as Director of Communications with the Texas Gulf Coast Chapter of the March of Dimes. As a newspaper reporter for 15 years, Nan covered the Senate, House and the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.; economics and personal finance for the New Orleans Times-Picayune; and wrote for the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and USA Today.