Michael Steel

Senior Advisor for Policy and Communications, Governor Jeb Bush Presidential Campaign

Press Secretary, Speaker of the House John Boehner

Press Secretary, 2012 Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan 


After nearly two decades working in journalism, on Capitol Hill and for political campaigns, Michael Steel joined Hamilton Place Strategies in 2016, where he advises a range of clients on strategic communications and public policy.

Steel is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy. He is a former Rankin Visiting Professor at the University of North Carolina’s School of Media and Journalism and currently serves on their Board of Advisors.

Steel is a frequent guest on MSNBC, NPR, and Bloomberg TV and radio. He has written op-ed columns that have appeared in The Washington Post, The Washington Examiner, NBC’s ‘Think,’ and elsewhere. Steel is frequently quoted on Congressional and political issues, including in The EconomistAssociated PressThe Wall Street Journal, The New York TimesPOLITICORoll Call, and The Washington Post.

Before HPS, he was a senior policy and communications advisor for Governor Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign. Before that, Steel was the press secretary for Speaker of the House John Boehner. He was involved in debates over spending, taxes, health care, financial regulations, energy, and national security.

During the 2012 Presidential election campaign, he served as Press Secretary to Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan and traveled with him throughout the campaign.

Prior to working for Speaker Boehner, Steel was the Communications Director for Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee (which has jurisdiction over tax, trade, and health care policy) and the House Republican Policy Committee, in addition to serving as the Press Secretary for then-Reps. Jim McCrery of Louisiana and John Shaddegg of Arizona.

He also assisted several political campaigns, including Governor Mitt Romney’s 2008 primary campaign and Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn’s first senate race.

Before working on Capitol Hill, Steel was a journalist at National Journal, a leading publication covering politics and policy in Washington, DC. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and Columbia University’ s Graduate School of Journalism.