Brock McCleary

VP, Polling / Broken Down Middle Infielder

Brock McCleary serves as pollster to Members of Congress, independent expenditure organizations, nonpartisan public policy groups and corporations across the country. In 2020, Brock served as Pollster to the campaign of President Donald J. Trump. Brock joined Cygnal in 2020 when it acquired Harper Polling. Brock previously served as Polling Director and Deputy Political Director at the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC). During his tenure as an NRCC strategist, Republicans picked up 63 seats in the House of Representatives in 2010, the largest gain since 1948, and secured the two largest majorities for Congressional Republicans since World War II. In the 2014 and 2016 election cycles, Republicans maintained control of Congress while Brock served as Senior Advisor to the NRCC providing strategic counsel to the committee’s Executive and Political Directors. In 2013, Brock left Washington, D.C. and headed home to Pennsylvania where he founded Harper Polling. As its President, Brock built Harper into a nationally recognized polling firm with a long list of top political and corporate clients. Brock began his career as a political operative and Capitol Hill aide. He began his career in 1998 as the Deputy Coalitions Director for the campaign of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge. Brock served as Political Director of the New Jersey Republican Party and as a political consultant to congressional and state legislative races in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, before heading to Washington, D.C. He served as Communications Director for Congressman Patrick McHenry of North Carolina. In 2010, he was presented with the “Rising Star” Award by Campaigns & Elections magazine. Brock is a RIVA-trained Moderator for focus groups.

What was your first job?
On my 16th birthday, I got a job as dishwasher at the Elks Lodge No. 731 in Waynesboro, PA and worked there on and off until I got my first job in politics.

What is your most significant accomplishment as a professional?
From Labor Day to Election Day 2020, our team conducted 62 polls for President Trump's campaign, providing insights and analysis that helped fuel the campaign's Fall resurgence.

Do you have any skills or talents that people don’t know about?
While it requires little talent or skill, I know more about the New York Mets franchise, both past and present, than any self-respecting adult with a child-like obsession with baseball really should.

What motivated you to select this career path?
At age 12, I volunteered on the 1988 presidential campaign of Richard Gephardt. I vividly recall the Cambria County Democratic Committee dinner in late October 1987 where I watched Gephardt inspire a room of hundreds; none more than me. A picture of he and I from that night has sat on the desk at every job, good and bad, I've ever had in politics.

Blog Post By Brock

Pa. Republicans’ ‘Summer of Toomey’ gives way to a political spring for gubernatorial and Senate hopefuls

“I’m skeptical of the idea that if Biden were to prevail that somehow that would trigger a reimagining of the Republican Party in the aftermath,” said Brock McCleary, a Harrisburg-based pollster whose political practice specializes in working for GOP campaigns and candidates.

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