Alixandria Lapp founded House Majority PAC in April 2011 to serve as the primary outside group supporting Democratic candidates for the U.S. House. In 2016, the organization raised and spent over $55 million in House races.
As President, Lapp guides House Majority PAC’s mission and strategy. She served as the organization’s Executive Director from its founding through 2017 where she oversaw the organization’s daily operations, including serving as House Majority PAC’s principal political strategist. Lapp currently serves on the board of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee.
In 2006, Lapp was at the epicenter of the political storm when Democrats last seized the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, serving first as the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s campaign director then as deputy director of the committee’s independent expenditure. In that role, she helped oversee all polling and voter communications programs for the $55 million effort that resulted in the Democrats’ 30 seat gain that year.
Lapp, a native of Kent, Washington and graduate of the University of Puget Sound, got her start in politics as an intern in the Washington State Senate. She worked on Congressman Adam Smith’s first congressional campaign in 1996 and served in several capacities in his Washington D.C. office, including as his Chief of Staff from 2001 to 2005. She ran Senator John Kerry’s successful Washington state caucus campaign in 2004 and has participated in every Democratic National Convention since 2000.
Liesl Hickey is the founding partner in Ascent Media and leads it’s Washington, D.C. office. Hickey is a veteran strategist who served at the highest levels of Republican politics and worked on numerous political and issue advocacy campaigns across the country. Hickey has spent her career helping Republicans expand their reach in swing areas across the country and winning in the toughest battlegrounds. She was a fellow at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics and was a contributor to the Wall Street Journal’s “Think Tank.”
During the 2013-2014 cycle, Hickey was the Executive Director of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), where she oversaw a historic 13-seat pickup. This Republican majority--the largest since 1928--included a large number of members representing traditionally Democratic constituencies.
In 2011 and 2012, Hickey led the NRCC’s Patriot Program, a dedicated effort to re-elect Republican incumbents in competitive districts. During this cycle, she raised an unprecedented $6M for members’ campaigns and helped navigate their efforts through a tough political environment. Hickey served as a consultant to the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) in 2010.
Hickey was previously Chief of Staff to then-Rep. Mark Kirk (IL), where she helped author the “Suburban Agenda,” a first-time effort by national Republicans to craft a set of policies targeted at independent, suburban voters--a program that was instrumental to surviving the 2006 Democratic wave election.
Hickey also was a Senior Director for Campaigns at Bono’s ONE Campaign during the 2008 cycle where she oversaw a $40M presidential advocacy effort to fight global poverty and disease.
Hickey is a graduate of Southern Methodist University. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and three children.