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Mary Beth Cahill

Mary Beth Cahill (born December 1954) is an American political figure who served as the campaign manager of Senator John Kerry's campaign for the Democratic nomination for President. She was Kerry's second campaign manager; she replaced Jim Jordan in November 2003, after Jordan was fired by Kerry.[1] In February 2018, Cahill was named interim CEO of the Democratic National Committee.[2]

Mary Beth Cahill
Director of the Office of Public Liaison
In office
February 5, 1999 – January 20, 2001
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Minyon Moore
Succeeded by Lezlee Westine
Personal details
Born December 1954 (age 63)
Dorchester, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Steve Champlin
Education Emmanuel College, Massachusetts (BA)


Early life and educationEdit

She was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts and raised in Framingham, Massachusetts by a large, politically active, Irish-Catholic family. Cahill graduated from Emmanuel College, Boston, a small local Catholic liberal arts school with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science.[3]


Her first political job began when she worked for Congressman Robert Drinan, a Jesuit priest. She worked as his receptionist and caseworker, and then for Representative Barney Frank. In 1986, she was the campaign manager for Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT).[4] She was also an Assistant to the President and Director of Public Liaison[5] in Bill Clinton’s White House and chief of staff to Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA).

Following the Kerry campaign, Cahill was a fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government in the spring of 2005. She led a study group for undergraduates entitled "Campaigns 101."

Cahill last worked to raise funds for Massachusetts Democratic gubernatorial candidate Deval Patrick, who defeated Attorney General Tom Reilly and businessman Chris Gabrieli in the 2006 primary and Kerry Healey in the general election.

Cahill was the Executive Director of EMILY's List for five years and has trained women on how to run for political office in countries including Russia, Macedonia, and Ireland.

Further readingEdit


  1. ^ Associated Press (2003-11-10). "Kerry Fires Campaign Manager". New York Times. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  2. ^ Debenedetti, Gabriel; Dovere, Edward-Isaac (February 1, 2018). "DNC hires Mary Beth Cahill as interim CEO". Politico. Retrieved 2 February 2018. 
  3. ^ Johanna Neuman (2004-01-29). "Campaign Manager in Spotlight as Kerry Becomes Frontrunner". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  4. ^ Karen Tumulty (2004-03-08). "The Miracle Worker". Time. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  5. ^ "White House Transition Project Institutional Memory Series: The White House Office of Public Liaison" (PDF). p. 8. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-28. Retrieved 2009-07-25. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Minyon Moore
Director of the Office of Public Liaison
Succeeded by
Lezlee Westine