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TEAM MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: BRANDON BAUMGARTEN

January 5, 2018

 

What is your role in Tomahawk?

I serve as a Political Consultant within Tomahawk Strategies. My role is to build relationships, network, and engage in client development for the company. 

 

When were you first interested in politics?

When I was 8 years old, I recall watching the presidential debate between George W. Bush and Al Gore. The debate left a huge impact on me and even caused me to write a letter to President-elect Bush. Ever since that moment, I’ve been involved in numerous campaigns both issue and candidate driven. The first political campaign I ever worked on was my mothers when she was running for Oilton City Clerk.

 

She introduced me on how to connect with people while knocking doors and talking issues. In college, my interest in politics grew even more and led me to pursue a minor study in political science at Oklahoma State. This passion guided me to working as the OKGOP State Political Director although a brief time, a wonderful time altogether.

 

Since then, my schedule has kept busy in my professional speaking and leadership training careers. Although still very aware of political issues, I’m very excited to help Tomahawk elect the next generation of conservatives. In a nutshell, you can sum up my life into 3 categories: Faith. Sports. Politics. 

 

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in the small town of Oilton, Oklahoma which is in Northwest Creek County. 

 

Tell us about your FFA President experience, and how it could positively impact rural candidates running for office.

In college, I was elected to serve Oklahoma as State FFA Secretary and the following year as State FFA President. The FFA is a tremendous student organization and impacted my life in many ways. My experiences in that organization have helped shape my life greatly.

 

Learning how to communicate effectively, lead teams, articulate issues, and how to connect were all skills I learned through this organization. These skills can also help candidates running for office in both rural and urban areas not just to get elected, but can be a very valuable asset in serving their constituents.

 

Who has been your biggest role model?

Politically, my role model has always been Governor Mike Huckabee. His ability to connect and never shy from his principles were always inspiring factors which spoke to me. Personally, my hope is to strive to incorporate that with everything I do.

 

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