As President of O’Meara Public Affairs L.L.C., Jack O’Meara focuses his work on direct advocacy, strategy, message development, and alliance-building. He works directly with clients on a daily basis.
With more than 30 years experience in Wisconsin government and politics and experience working on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Jack has strong relationships with key people throughout state government, the Wisconsin congressional delegation, local governments, and fellow lobbyists. Jack has a keen understanding of the processes and players involved. He works effectively with people who have varying perspectives and from both sides of the political aisle.
Jack has strong writing and communication skills. He effectively advocates on behalf of clients to the media and through social media. He has received high marks as a speaker on advocacy and on various issues of concern to clients.
Prior to starting his firm, Jack served as a senior legislative and press assistant in both houses of the Wisconsin Legislature, and for Congressman Tom Barrett (now Milwaukee Mayor) on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. He has organized and advised many political campaigns.
A Milwaukee native, Jack is a graduate of St. Robert Grade School, Shorewood High School, and UW-Madison, where he earned a B.A. in Political Science. He began working as a page at the State Capitol while in college. He also worked for the Wisconsin State Journal Sports Department during college, and helped cover Milwaukee Brewer home games for the Associated Press when he was just out of college.
In his free time, Jack gets out on the tennis courts as much as he can. He served several years as coordinator of the Madison Rising Stars multicultural youth tennis program. He also plays some basketball and helped coach his kids’ basketball teams.
Jack and his wife Bridget, a special education teacher in the Madison public schools, have three grown daughters. Their one remaining “child” at home is Tuffy, a cairn terrier with a lot of personality.