40 Under 40 2020 | Brendan Buck, Seven Letter, 38

40 Under 40 2020 | Brendan Buck, Seven Letter, 38

Despite joining in 2019 with no agency experience, Brendan Buck has already made a measurable difference at Seven Letter as a partner. The former political advisor to two Speakers of the House secured several new clients for the strategic communications firm by leveraging the contacts he’s cultivated in Washington, DC.

He has clients in financial services, healthcare and live entertainment. In helping them cut through rancorous public debate, they value his “even-keeled and thoughtful approach to complex topics,” says Seven Letter’s founding partner Erik Smith.

Buck never had a problem rolling up his sleeves. He started his career answering phones for a freshman member of Congress. At age 28, he became press secretary for Speaker of the House John Boehner.

On leave from that role in 2012, he served on the Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan presidential campaign as press secretary to VP nominee Ryan. After a stint at America’s Health Insurance Plan, where he was top spokesperson and led a campaign on healthcare affordability, Buck was called back to government service, leading communications at the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee under Paul Ryan.

He would go on to advise Ryan through his unexpected elevation to Speaker of the House — and continues to have close ties with Ryan, sitting on the advisory council of his American Ideas Foundation, which is dedicated to eradicating poverty.

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