Name: Mitch Stewart
Title: Battleground States Director
Hometown: Vermillion, South Dakota
Based in: Chicago, Illinois
Q1. What does a day at work look like for you?
Meetings … Too many meetings.
Q2. How did you first come to the campaign?
I actually started on the campaign in January of 2007—I’ve been involved in this campaign a long time—as the Iowa caucus director. I’ve held many roles since my experience in Iowa and I feel incredibly fortunate to have seen the success of this President and of the movement from many different angles. I first heard then-Senator Obama speak in Minnesota in 2006. I made a promise to myself then that if I could help the Senator in any way, I would drop whatever I was doing and sign up. The rest is history.
Q3. What’s your favorite part of your job?
I love working with volunteers, who are the true leaders of this effort. They continue to inspire me and everyone else in Chicago with their tireless dedication. There would be no movement without them. I also enjoy the challenge of putting a winning strategy together and then watching it mature into a successful effort. Watching a plan on paper turn into hundreds of offices with tens of thousands of volunteers is a unique experience.
Q4. What’s the most unexpected part of your job?
I have come to expect the unexpected. Because I’ve been with this effort for so long, I have been exposed to tremendous highs—Iowa caucus night, celebrating Election Day in 2008, passing health insurance reform—and some pretty tough lows. Because of that, I have tried to emulate the President as much as possible—never get too high and never get too low.
Q5. Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I grew up in a great little town in South Dakota and Tom Brokaw grew up in a little town 25 miles away. He is also the most distinguished graduate of the University of South Dakota, where I went to college. Every time the Coyotes play, I tweet at Mr. Brokaw. He has yet to respond.