Tyler Jones is the founder, president, and chief executive officer of SPEAK Strategic. A veteran political strategist and communicator, Jones has advised elected officials, candidates and businesses for over a decade.
Today, Jones is considered one of the top political strategists in the south.
In 2009, he was named Executive Director of the South Carolina House Democratic Caucus, becoming the youngest caucus director in the country.
From 2013 to 2016, he served as Senior Advisor and Spokesman for South Carolina House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford and the House Democratic Caucus, where, among other projects, he helped craft the legislative and political strategy to remove the Confederate flag from the statehouse grounds and pass the first roads bill in a generation.
In 2015, he was named State Director for Governor Martin O'Malley's Presidential campaign in South Carolina. Jones has also worked for former U.S. Senator John Edwards (D-NC).
In 2012, Jones was named to Campaign and Elections Magazine's "Top 500 Political Influencers" list. He is frequently quoted in national and state publications and has appeared as a political commentator on MSNBC, CNN, and PBS.
Most recently, Jones served as chief strategist and general consultant to Congressman Joe Cunningham's upset victory in SC-1 over Katie Arrington in an R+13 district that had not elected a Democrat in 40 years. On election day, FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver gave Cunningham a 9% chance of winning. The Charleston Post and Courier called Cunningham's win "the biggest upset in modern South Carolina history."
After Cunningham's historic upset, Jones led the Congressman-Elect's transition team, overseeing all senior staff hires.
Jones also led upset victories in other parts of the state including Columbia State Rep. Beth Bernstein, who defeated an eight-year incumbent Republican by 13 points in the biggest surprise of the 2012 election cycle and Charleston County Treasurer Mary Tinkler who defeated a 20-year Republican incumbent in 2016.
He is the former Third Vice Chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party.
Jones was born and raised in New Bern, North Carolina. He is a die-hard fan of the Chicago Cubs and the University of North Carolina Tar Heels. In his free time, Jones enjoys attending sporting events and concerts. He and his wife, Lauren, a clinical pharmacist at the Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Administration Hospital in Charleston, live with their dog, Leia, on Johns Island.