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In more than 25 years in politics, LaCivita has advised candidates at all political levels, including presidential, U.S. Senate, gubernatorial, U.S. House, state legislative, as well as third party, super PAC and issue advocacy organizations nationally.
The Wall Street Journal called him a “behind-the-scenes mastermind” as he helped lead Senator Pat Roberts’ re-election campaign, which many called the comeback campaign of the year in 2014. A colorful 2011 profile story on LaCivita in the Richmond Times-Dispatch noted that “[D]uring his 20-year political career, the renegade Republican operative has become one of the most influential behind-the-scenes players in politics. As a political consultant and strategist, he has helped send dozens of Republicans from dozens of states to Capitol Hill, governor’s mansions and statehouses.”
LaCivita has served as the general consultant and strategist for some of the most competitive U.S. House and Senate races in the country. He also served as a top consultant to the National Republican Senatorial Committee, as well as serving as the national political director in two different election cycles. He also served as a top consultant to the Republican National Committee during the 2016 Republican Convention and the presidential general election.
LaCivita is also known for advising and running issue advocacy efforts nationwide. In the 2004 presidential campaign, he served as chief strategist for Swift Boat Veterans for Truth and co-producer of their award-winning television ads against Senator John Kerry. LaCivita has served as a political consultant to the United States Chamber of Commerce and advises other key advocacy groups and trade associations on national and local messaging and strategy.
LaCivita served as executive director of the Republican Party of Virginia where, under his watch, the GOP successfully captured control of both the Commonwealth’s House of Delegates and Senate for the first time since Reconstruction. He also served as political director for former Virginia Governor George Allen, as well as assistant secretary of administration, a cabinet post in which he had oversight of five state agencies.
Before entering politics, LaCivita served in the United States Marine Corps achieving the rank of Sergeant, seeing extensive action in the first Gulf War and was wounded in combat. He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University.