Justin R. Clark

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Justin R. Clark
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Director of the Office of Public Liaison
In office
March 18, 2018 – December 7, 2018
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Johnny DeStefano
Succeeded by Steve Munisteri (Acting)
Director of Intergovernmental Affairs
In office
January 20, 2017 – March 13, 2018
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Jerry Abramson
Succeeded by Doug Hoelscher
Personal details
Justin Reilly Clark[1]

(1975-06-03) June 3, 1975 (age 44)
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
Political party Republican
Education Wesleyan University (BA)
University of Hartford (MPA)
University of Connecticut, Hartford (JD)

Justin Reilly "JC" Clark (born June 3, 1975) is an American lawyer and Senior Counsel to the re-election campaign of President Donald Trump.[2] He formerly held the positions of Director of Public Liaison and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House.[3][4] Prior to his government service, Clark was a partner at the law firm of Davis, Clark & Bonafonte LLC.[5]


Clark grew up in West Hartford, Connecticut and is a graduate of Conard High School and Wesleyan University.[5] While at Wesleyan he lettered as a midfielder and a defenseman for the varsity lacrosse team and was a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity.[6] He received his JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 2004.[5] Following law school, he clerked for Associate Justice Peter T. Zarella of the Connecticut Supreme Court and was appointed by Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell to serve on the Judicial Review Council from 2009-2013.[6][7]

Clark was a co-founder of the Connecticut based law firm of Davis, Clark & Bonafonte LLC where his practice focused on litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts. He also provided general counsel services to clients, advised them on compliance matters, and represented them before various regulatory bodies. As a part of that practice he served various state and national campaigns and committees. He served as General Counsel to the Connecticut Republican Party[6] and managed the Tom Foley gubernatorial campaigns in 2010 and 2014.[5] He was also political director for Linda McMahon's 2012 United States Senate campaign.[8] In 2015, he served as General Counsel to Matt Bevin's gubernatorial campaign in Kentucky where, among other things, he successfully developed and executed the plan to preserve an 83-vote margin in a recanvass of votes in the May primary.[9][10]

Prior to joining the presidential campaign of Donald Trump, Clark served as Director of Operations for Chris Christie for President where, working with other senior staff, he helped develop and manage the budget, helped develop and implement a fifty state ballot access program and managed the travel and advance staff.[11]

Clark was hired by Donald Trump's presidential campaign in March 2016 as the campaign's Connecticut state director and later served as an advisor to the campaign during the Indiana primary in May 2016.[12] In June 2016, he was named Deputy National Political Director of the campaign and served in that capacity through the end of the election.[11] In that role he developed and implemented a 50-state political and field strategy and during the 2016 Republican National Convention served as one of the chief whips for the campaign on the rules committee and on the floor.[13] He later headed the campaign's recount efforts in Michigan and served as the chief whip for the campaign in the electoral college.[14] [15] After the election Clark served on the Presidential transition team.[13]

Clark became the President's Director of Intergovernmental Affairs on January 20, 2017.[13] He was appointed the Director of Public Liaison in March 2018.[3] In December 2018, Clark and White House political director Bill Stepien were named Senior Political Advisors to the President's re-election campaign focusing on delegate and party organization.[16] Clark is also Senior Counsel to the President's re-election campaign focused on compliance and election day operations.[17]

Clark is also Senior Counsel to the President's re-election campaign focused on compliance and election day operations.[18] In 2019, the Associated Press acquired a recording of Clark telling Wisconsin Republicans that "traditionally it’s always been Republicans suppressing votes in places" and that 2020 would be the time to "start playing offense a little bit" to protect their voters. Clark asserted to the AP that he was speaking about how "Republicans historically have been falsely accused of voter suppression."[19]


  1. ^ https://www.martindale.com/washington/district-of-columbia/justin-reilly-clark-3414637-a/
  2. ^ Sherman, Jake (December 7, 2018). "POLITICO Playbook: White House moves". Politico. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Jacobs, Jennifer (March 13, 2018). "Trump Chooses Clark to Lead Public Liaison Office". Bloomberg. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  4. ^ @CTMirrorPaz, Follow. "Justin Clark named to White House staff". CT Mirror. Retrieved May 20, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d Pazniokas, Mark (January 20, 2017). "Justin Clark named to White House staff". Hartford Business Journal. Retrieved May 25, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c Lipman, Gili. "Clark '97 Joins the Trump Administration". The Wesleyan Argus. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
  7. ^ "Advanced Legislative Document Search". Connecticut General Assembly. Retrieved June 10, 2017.
  8. ^ Dixon, Ken (October 6, 2012). "McMahon, Murphy's Inner Circles a Sharp Contrast". Connecticut Post. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  9. ^ Blinder, Alan (May 29, 2015). "Matt Bevin Prevails as James Comer Concedes Kentucky Governor Primary". New York Times. Retrieved May 31, 2017.
  10. ^ "Bevin, Matt / Hampton, Jenean Slate - Statewide Primary - 05/19/2015 15 Day Pre - 05/04/201". Kentucky Registry of Election Finance. Retrieved May 31, 2017.
  11. ^ a b Vigdor, Neil (August 17, 2016). "Trump campaign shakeup reverberates in Conn". Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  12. ^ Keating, Christopher. "Suddenly It Matters: GOP And Democrats Gear Up For Connecticut Primary". Hartford Courant. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  13. ^ a b c Keating, Christopher. "West Hartford's Justin Clark Gets White House Post". courant.com. Retrieved May 20, 2017.
  14. ^ Sharp, Nick (December 9, 2017). "What I Saw at the Michigan Recount". medium.com. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  15. ^ "Exclusive: Clinton aides kept tabs on anti-Trump elector gambit". politico.com. Retrieved May 20, 2017.
  16. ^ Isenstadt, Alex (January 7, 2019). "Trump campaign moves to stave off mayhem at 2020 convention". Politico. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  17. ^ March 11, Lisa Dixon 41sc on; 2019. "2019 National Election Law Seminar (Day 1 of 2)". Republican National Lawyers Association. Retrieved August 13, 2019.
  18. ^ March 11, Lisa Dixon 41sc on; 2019. "2019 National Election Law Seminar (Day 1 of 2)". Republican National Lawyers Association. Retrieved August 13, 2019.
  19. ^ Bauer, Scott (December 20, 2019). "Trump adviser: Expect more aggressive poll watching in 2020". Associated Press. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
Political offices
Preceded by
Johnny DeStefano
Director of the Office of Public Liaison
Succeeded by
Steve Munisteri
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