2013 PR People to Watch: Megan Whittemore

Megan Whittemore, Press Secretary, Office of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor

Taking complex policy and making it digestible for members of Congress, the media and the American people is not easy—Megan Whittemore does this every day. As press secretary for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Whittemore is a key member of the House leadership communications team helping to craft and execute media strategy for the Republican Majority.

Whittemore excels in the always-on political environment and combines a solid understanding of the issues with strong political instincts and sensible news judgment. As an on-the-record spokesperson for the second most powerful Republican in the House, Whittemore works under intense scrutiny and tight deadlines while dealing with every major piece of legislation and world event.

Through creative and innovative media tactics, Whittemore is able to influence policy debates, communicate complex issues and ensure the Majority Leader’s perspective is accurately reflected. She drives daily and long-term messaging and proactively maintains strong relationships with key reporters at the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Politico, Roll Call, The Hill and National Journal.