David Walker advises issue campaigns and domestic political campaigns for Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research. In 2012, Walker played a lead role in the marijuana legalization campaign in Washington, helping elect Congressmen Ron Barber (open-seat winner) and Pete Gallego (challenger winner) to the new Congress and, more recently, helping elect Bill de Blasio as mayor of New York City. Walker has worked to improve voter participation for Women’s Voices, Women’s Vote, worked on equality issues for the Human Rights Campaign among others and leads the firm’s work for the Small Business Majority and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker.
Walker began his career as a junior analyst at Cooper & Secrest Associates, a national political polling firm, and quickly worked up to the top staff position in that firm. Between 1992 to 2002, David Walker advised well over 500 campaigns, ranging from county sheriff to U.S. Senator. Key wins include Governor Nebraska’s Ben Nelson, 1990 gubernatorial challenger winner, Georgia’s Zell Miller, open-seat gubernatorial winner in 1990, incumbent winner in 1994, Alabama’s Don Siegelman, gubernatorial challenger winner, 1994, North Carolina’s Mike Easley, gubernatorial open-seat winner, 2000 and Tom Suozzi, Nassau County Executive open-seat winner, 2001.
He is skilled in quantitative and qualitative research and has analyzed data for numerous non-political clients as well, including the Nature Conservancy and Circus Circus. In 1998, he was named a Rising Political Star by Campaigns and Elections magazine and has been published in a variety of public opinion and trade journals, including Campaigns & Elections magazine, Polling Report and Bill Shipp’s Georgia. David Walker also provided election night coverage for national cable station in 1994.
David Walker graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in history.