Rory Cooper
Rory Cooper

Rory Cooper, a veteran Republican operative and policy specialist, has joined Teneo’s Washington office as senior managing director in its strategy & communications practice.

He moves to the global CEO advisory firm from Purple Strategies, where Cooper rose to partner during a 10-year stint.

Earlier, he was communications director for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and director of communications for The Heritage Foundation.

Cooper served in the Bush/Cheney as associate director of intergovernmental affairs, and played a role in the creation of the Dept. of Homeland Security in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.

Teneo also added Kevin Seifert, a long-time aide to House Speaker and Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, as an advisor in DC.

Andrea Calise, who heads Teneo’s US strategy & comms. group, said the duo are strong additions to the firm’s PA offering.