Whitaker “Whit” Askew joined Subject Matter in 2017 with more than fifteen years’ experience in politics, lobbying and integrated advocacy. Askew brings to Subject Matter extensive relationships and a successful track record on a diversified range of issues in tax and financial services, commerce, labor, hospitality and travel. He works with clients to build consensus, craft multidimensional political strategies and execute integrated campaigns that matter.
Most recently, Whit was vice president of government relations at the American Gaming Association where he was a senior leader and top lobbyist representing the $240 billion U.S. casino industry before Congress, federal agencies, and state/local governments.
Prior to that, he served Speaker of the House John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), over multiple election cycles, as executive director of The Freedom Project/Team Boehner, which played a critical role in the G.O.P.’s historic 2010 takeover of the U.S. House of Representatives. He was PAC director of the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America in 2005, following service in several capacities at the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) during the 2004 cycle.
- Rocks a bow tie every day; owns far more clothes than his wife and two daughters combined.
- Has played 75 of the top 100 golf courses in the U.S. (with varying degrees of success).
- Has slept at least one night in all of the lower 48 U.S. states.
- Overly-passionate Tennessee Volunteer football fan.