Jason Bennett first plunged into politics when he interned at US Senator Patty Murray’s office in the spring of 1997. Shortly following the internship, Jason accepted a position in the Washington State Legislature with the office of State Rep. Jeff Morris. Nearly two years later, Jason caught the campaign bug and moved over to the House Democratic Campaign Committee as their Operations Director where he helped secure the majority for House Democrats in Nov. 2001. After five years working on Democratic campaigns, Jason was recruited to the office of US Senator Maria Cantwell and served as her State Outreach Director, managing an outreach team of seven.
In early 2005, he decided to take his extensive campaign experience and political contacts and form Argo Strategies, a political consulting firm based in Seattle. During the last several years, Argo Strategies has helped more than 375 federal, state and local campaigns win – either with award-winning direct mail, compliance and treasury consulting or web/technology work. A few of Argo’s successful clients include State Representatives Gael Tarleton, Nicole Macri, Cindy Ryu, and Lauren Davis, Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus, Seattle School Boardmember Zachary Pullin DeWolf, Burien City Councilmember Krystal Marx, and Yes on Referendum 71 campaign, the first gay-rights initiative to pass in the country. In 2018, Jason launched Election University, an online training program for down ballot campaigns and weekly podcast to provide support for folks interested in campaigns and elections.
In his spare time, Jason has served on the Seattle Mayor’s Citizens Technology and Telecommunications Advisory Board, was an elected Queen Anne Community Councilmember and was a “site restoration steward” for Pipers Creek in Carkeek Park. He has served on the boards of Equal Rights Washington, the National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington, the Young Democrats of Washington, and the 36th District Democrats, representing the Queen Anne, Magnolia, Greenwood, Belltown, Ballard and Phinney Ridge neighborhoods of Seattle. For nine years, Jason also served as Executive Director for the Institute for a Democratic Future, an intensive six-month civics program that cultivates the next generation of leaders in Washington state, and he now serves on its Board of Directors. Jason has been honored with the 2010 Magnuson Award by the Washington State Democrats for “Democrat of the Year,” the Young Democrats of Washington’s 2006 “Half Lifetime Achievement Award, Aristotle’s “Dream Team for Compliance” Award, and more than 30 Reed, Pollie, and Goldie Awards for his campaign work.
Jason was born and raised in Brookfield, Wisconsin. He attended Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona where he received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science. He moved to Seattle in February 1996 and currently resides in Queen Anne with his partner, Mike and their dog, Kasey.