• ABOUT PETE SEAT

  • The only child of immigrant parents, Pete Seat found success in the worlds of politics, media and the arts all before the age of 25.

    He is currently the executive director of strategic communications and talent development at The Indiana Republican where he oversees all the Party’s messaging and communications in addition to candidate and staff recruitment and training. Most recently, Pete was the communications director for Next Level Indiana, Inc., the non-profit entity charged with managing the transition and inauguration of the Holcomb-Crouch Administration. Prior to that role, he served in the same capacity on the historic gubernatorial campaign of Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb, which went from having no funds and low name identification to winning a majority in a three-person General Election field in just 106 days.

    Pete was previously the senior project manager at Hathaway Strategies, where he provided messaging development and management strategies to corporate and political clients, including Fortune 100 companies, utilizing a decade of experience at the local, state and federal levels of campaigns and government.

    As communications director for The Indiana Republican Party for nearly three years, Pete developed and executed innovative statewide messaging strategies that resulted in over $2.5 million in earned media coverage for campaigns and candidates. Prior to that, Pete held the same position on the 2010 campaign of former and current U.S. Senator Dan Coats, who successfully navigated a crowded primary field and convincingly won a competitive general election.    

    Pete has published columns in outlets around the country including POLITICO, CNN.com and MSNBC.com, appeared as a guest on CNN, FOX News, MSNBC and NewsMax TV programs including Fox & Friends, Meet the Press Daily with Chuck Todd and Hardball with Chris Matthews, and delivered lectures on communications and media at Purdue University, Northern Illinois University and other campuses. In addition, he is a regular panelist on WRTV’s Indianapolis This Week, an occasional fill-in on WFYI’s Indiana Week in Review and the author of the 2014 book The War on Millennials.

    From June 2005 to January 20, 2009, Pete served on President George W. Bush’s White House staff, including as Deputy Assistant Press Secretary. He worked in the Office of Appointments and Scheduling, in the Office of the Press Secretary for Tony Snow and Dana Perino, traveled to 23 countries with the president, logged thousands of miles aboard Air Force One and was one of only a handful of staff in the Oval Office during the first gathering of all our living presidents at The White House in twenty-five years. 

    A native of Schererville, Indiana, Pete is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a BA in Theatre Arts. While there he served as State Chairman of the Arizona College Republicans during the 2004 election cycle, setting new benchmarks for earned media and fundraising. He was an alternate delegate, the youngest in the state, from Arizona to the 2004 national convention and again in 2012 representing Indiana.

    Back home in the Hoosier State, while a junior at Lake Central High School, Pete founded the Northwest Indiana High School Theatre Foundation. In its six years of existence, the Foundation helped foster growth, creativity and collaboration between high school theatre programs in the Region and awarded the best and brightest actors, directors and technical crews for their work at an awards ceremony and revue each summer.

    In non-political news, Pete is bilingual (English & Serbian; with bits of German & Russian thrown in for good measure), has attended thirteen World Series games (including one in each of the past eleven years), has the autographs of twenty-five U.S. presidents (ranging from James Monroe to Barack Obama), danced on stage during an Elton John show in Las Vegas (thankfully no video exists) and performed live in-concert with Kenny Rogers (off-key, naturally).