Emerson W. George is the Communications Manager for the James Madison Institute. He is responsible for implementing communications strategies to grow the Institute’s brand to local and national audiences, while increasing the engagement of current supporters and members through timely and effective targeted issue campaigns, earned and paid media, podcast and video content, social media messaging, and more.
A veteran political communicator with an emphasis on crisis management and rapid response, Emerson has served as the Communications Director for several members of Congress, including Congressman John Rutherford (FL-04) and Congressman Gregg Harper (MS-03). During that time, Emerson worked on various nationally high-profile messaging campaigns, including the STOP School Violence Act, which strengthened security and awareness in schools following the shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, as well as the Congressional Accountability Act review of the sexual harassment policies for members of Congress.
Before joining the team at JMI, Emerson served as the Communications Director for the Florida Department of Health, and has worked on several political campaigns, including the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections, and the 2018 Florida gubernatorial election, among others.
A Tallahassee native, Emerson attended the University of Mississippi where he served as the Vice President of the Student Body, President of the Campus Senate, and President of the College Republicans. Emerson graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science.
Emerson enjoys spending time with his golden retriever, Archie, his two brothers, his nieces: Taylor and Sophia, and his nephew: Roman.