Senior Vice President
Stephen Bates joined SCM Associates in 1998 and has handled a number of high-profile national, statewide, and congressional campaigns over the last 20 plus years. His clients have included Governor Scott Walker, Senators Ron Johnson and Mark Kirk, Congressman Paul Ryan, and Prosperity PAC, among others.
Steve crafted and managed a national direct mail program that raised nearly $15 million while building the largest gubernatorial donor base in America for Governor Scott Walker’s recall election. Steve was also the direct response consultant for Congressman Paul Ryan.
Prior to Ryan joining Governor Mitt Romney on the national ticket, Steve helped to build Ryan’s congressional account to the largest cash-on-hand among all incumbent Members and his Prosperity PAC to one of the nation’s top leadership PACs.
Before joining SCM Associates, Steve worked on several statewide, congressional, and local campaigns. He holds a BA in Political Science from American University. Steve lives in Duxbury, Massachusetts with his wife, Nicole, and their two sons.