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 has managed and consulted on hundreds of local, state and national campaigns in more than 40 states. In 2005, Varoga founded Patriot Majority widely recognized for its nonpartisan work on economic issues and citizen empowerment across the United States.
In 2014, Varoga was the chief strategist on two successful minimum-wage campaigns in Arkansas and South Dakota; six successful and nonpartisan state-based voter-registration campaigns; the independent communications helping to re-elect New Hampshire Senator Jean Shaheen; and Kentucky Family Values, the state-based Super PAC that won a 54-46 majority in the Kentucky House, thus preventing the passage of “right to work” legislation in Kentucky this year.
In 2012, Varoga was honored for his work as lead strategist in passing Maryland's Question 7, which the American Association of Political Consultants called the “Best Initiative in the Country.” In 2010, Varoga led 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 former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley. Varoga -- singled out by Politico as one of its “50 Politicos to Watch” -- has also managed or consulted on dozens of mayor’s races across the country. A native of Pittsburgh, graduate of Princeton University and once-and-future Texan, Varoga began his political career in Louisiana, was a national staffer on President Clinton’s 1996 re-election and led the Texas Truth Squad for Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign.
Varoga has appeared in numerous news media, including but not limited to The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Politico, National Journal, The Hill, Associated Press, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, CNN, CBS, MSNBC and Fox News, in addition to writing a monthly column (“Ask the Campaign Doctor”) for Campaigns & Elections.
Varoga and his family live in Washington, DC.
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.