Patrick Brennan

Patrick Brennan is a writer and policy analyst based in Washington, D.C. He was Director of Digital Content for Marco Rubio's presidential campaign, writing op-eds, policy content, and leading the campaign's Web content strategy and email fundraising.

Before that, he was the opinion editor at National Review Online, where he led editorial decision-making and covered economics, domestic policy, and foreign affairs. As a William F. Buckley Fellow at the National Review Institute from 2011 to 2013, he covered a special election in New York’s ninth congressional district, sparred with Senator Rand Paul over who should run the Federal Reserve, and became quite familiar with Mitt Romney’s tax returns. He has provided research for Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan and helped run her social-media presence.

He has also written for Politico, Forbes, and Opportunity Lives. He hosted a Ricochet podcast with Reihan Salam called "Wonky Town" and has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business Network, Canada’s Sun News (peace be upon it), Al Jazeera America, and a wide range of radio programs. He has been cited by, among others, The Economist, the Washington Post, the New Republic, and numerous books, and was once accused by Rolling Stone of "bro-ishly" dismissing a fight over an obscure Dodd-Frank regulation.

He has been a Hillsdale Fellow at the Allan P. Kirby Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship, and, in 2013, he was a Publius Fellow at the Claremont Institute. He graduated with a degree in Classics from Harvard College, where he was managing editor of The Harvard Salient, competed on the sailing team, and served as chancellor of the Knights of Columbus council. He also studied government, economics, and international development, and has worked for two non-governmental organizations in sub-Saharan Africa and an Africa-focused consulting firm.