Jack Oliver founded Bryan Cave Strategies in 2005 and currently serves as Senior Policy Advisor. Oliver also serves as a Senior Advisor to Barclays Capital (formerly Lehman Brothers) providing senior relationship management for top clients across investment banking, capital markets, and private wealth management. A native Missourian, Oliver has worked at the highest level of national and Missouri state politics, distinguishing himself as a dominant force in campaign fundraising.
During the 2004 presidential campaign, he served as an advisor and strategist for the Bush-Cheney ’04 presidential campaign. As National Finance Vice-Chairman for Bush-Cheney ’04 and Victory 2004, Oliver managed the campaign’s $240 million national finance plan. During the campaign, Time magazine described Oliver as “the man largely responsible for what is being heralded as the most formidable money machine in modern political history.”
Previously, he served as Deputy Chairman of the Republican National Committee, a prominent role that required him to oversee all the day-to-day operations of the 2002 congressional campaigns. Under Oliver’s leadership, the Republicans made historic mid-term gains in the House and Senate.
Oliver also served as the National Finance Director for then-Gov. George W. Bush’s 2000 presidential campaign and managed a fundraising effort in the primary and general elections that shattered all previous presidential fundraising records.
Before joining the Bush campaign in 1999, Oliver served in various political, financial and managerial roles in the campaign and congressional offices of Sen. John Ashcroft, Sen. John Danforth, Sen. Kit Bond, Congressman Jim Talent, Congressman Bill Emerson as well as the Missouri Republican Party.
Oliver was raised in Cape Girardeau and St. Louis, where he still resides.