Jim Ellis is the publisher of the Ellis Insight publication, a service of Weber Merritt Public Affairs webermerritt.com. For the past eight years, Jim distributed his daily political columns through the Performance Results International Strategic Management firm (PRIsm), where he was a Senior Consultant.
A thirty-year veteran of politics at the state and national levels, Jim began his career with the San Diego County Republican Party, and then served as an original staff member for then-Congressman Bill Lowery (R-CA). He specialized in corporate grass roots lobbying, campaign management and coalition building as President of the Ramhurst Corporation of North Carolina and as a manager of the Public Issues Department of R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in Winston-Salem, NC.
Jim’s positions as executive director for two national political action committees built well-recognized skills in advising, strategizing for, and evaluating campaigns. His close-up role as a leading political consultant to the Republican majority leadership of the House of Representatives resulted in a strong reputation for calling races correctly. Jim’s loyal following included political action committee directors, who today are clients gleaning key information and keen insight from his daily columns and other special request reports. Among other projects, he researches and writes on elections, candidates, and races for additional clients that include corporations and trade associations such as NACS, Walmart, Exelon, and UPS.
Over the years, Ellis has been a consultant to the three national Republican Party organizations in DC, the National Federation of Independent Business, and various national conservative groups. A natural and articulate speaker, he is sought after across the country for keynote speeches to national association meetings, university audiences, PAC member gatherings, and corporate client seminars. During his career, he has addressed numerous campaign schools, congressional orientation sessions, and media training seminars throughout the US, in addition to an international trade conference in Mexico City. Jim has appeared as a political debate participant for WUSA-TV, the CBS affiliate in Washington, DC, as a guest columnist for the Washington Times newspaper, and Glenn Beck’s The Blaze news site. He has appeared on the new CCTV network, which broadcasts worldwide, CNN International, Rai Italia, the Italian international network, and the Jim Bohannon national radio show, as well as many local programs around the country.
Jim Ellis was born and raised in Sacramento, California. He earned a B. A. in Political Science from the University of California at Davis in 1979. Jim raised his daughter, Jacqueline, alone after his wife died following a tragic car accident. He helped establish the Joan Ellis Victims Assistance Network in Rochester, NH. He is a member of the Northern Virginia Football Officials Association, which calls high school games throughout the local region.