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Jen Olson

Jen Olson

National Journal

If there is a bipartisan solution to be had, Olson is well suited to find it.

Jen’s reputation as a bipartisan consensus builder was developed from years as a senior legislative advisor to one of Washington’s best GOP dealmakers. It is said the commodity in Senate is floor time, and few in Washington possess the policy expertise, procedural knowledge, and political reach of Jen Olson.

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Craig Albright, Vice President, Legislative Strategy at BSA | The Software Alliance

Jen’s a major asset on our team and has the whole package. She has strong relationships in Leadership, committees and personal offices, and knows the process inside out. Her execution is fantastic and sets a great example. She can also go deep on policy across a range of issues. You put it all together and you can see why we want her involved in everything we do.

At a Glance

Career Highlights

  • Director, U.S. Government Relations, The ONE Campaign
  • Senior Vice President, Mercury/Clark & Weinstock
  • Legislative Director, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
  • Legislative Assistant, Representative Jim Kolbe (R-AZ)

Areas of Expertise

  • GOP Politics
  • Senate Tactics and Procedure
  • Judiciary Committee
  • Budget and Appropriations
  • Foreign Policy

Key Legislation

  • Anti-Trust and Competition Policy
  • Budget Policy and Strategy
  • International Affairs
  • Appropriations Bills
  • Electrify Africa Act
  • Toxic Substances Control Act
  • Immigration


  • BA, Bucknell University


Jen Olson joined Peck Madigan Jones in October 2014 with more than a decade of government and public affairs experience. During her service on Capitol Hill, Jen served as senior policy staff to Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Representative Jim Kolbe (R-AZ), including more than 6 years as Senator Graham’s Legislative Director. While on Senator Graham’s staff, Jen led his efforts to build bipartisan consensus around some of the country’s most serious challenges, including comprehensive immigration reform, energy and climate legislation, entitlement reform and national security policy.

Prior to joining the firm, Jen led Republican outreach strategy for The ONE Campaign, an advocacy organization co-founded by Bono aimed at ending extreme poverty in Africa. While at ONE, Jen led efforts to increase private investment in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in the energy sector.

National Journal named Jen one of the “Hill 100,” a list of congressional staffers playing key behind-the-scenes roles. She is known for her expertise in legislative strategy from start to finish. From drafting legislative language to navigating complex Senate procedures and politics, Jen is able to help our clients achieve their advocacy goals in a highly partisan environment.