Randy DeCleene has almost 20 years experience working in both the private sector and government with expertise in communications, public affairs, public policy, government relations, marketing and branding.
In addition to serving as Vice President Dick Cheney’s Deputy Press Secretary at the White House, Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Army at the Pentagon and as a Senior Advisor to the Commanding General of the Third Infantry Division in northern Iraq, Randy has held significant positions at leading consulting firms. Randy’s work has taken him throughout the United States and he has spent significant time in Europe and Russia, as well as Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait.
Randy spent most of 2010 in Tikrit, Iraq, at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, as a Senior Advisor for International Politics and Strategic Communications to Major General (MG) Tony Cucolo, the Commanding General of more than 21,000 troops in the Third Infantry Division and Task Force Marne. The area of MG Cucolo’s responsibility encompassed all of Iraq north of Baghdad, bordering Iran, Syria and Turkey.
From May 2008 until January 2010, Randy worked in the Pentagon as a Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Army, former Congressman Pete Geren. In this capacity, he handled key projects and priorities on behalf of Mr. Geren, providing him daily counsel. For his service at the Pentagon and in Iraq, Randy was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for the Global War on Terrorism and two Department of the Army Superior Civilian Service Awards.
At Ogilvy and Ketchum, from April 2005 until May 2008, Randy worked on various domestic and international projects. His client roster included the Russian Federation, Gazprom, Louisiana Recovery Authority, Delta Air Lines and Global Health Initiative of the World Economic Forum, among others.
As Deputy Press Secretary to Vice President Cheney in 2004 and 2005, Randy was a member of the team that designed and implemented communications strategies for the Vice President and his senior staff. During his tenure, Randy traveled to 31 states with Cheney on Air Force Two.
Before moving to Washington, D.C., Randy was Press Secretary and Chief Grant Writer for the St. Joseph County (IN) District Attorney and held numerous other political and government positions in Indiana and Illinois. Randy has a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University (Bloomington), J.D. from the Valparaiso University School of Law and a Masters in Writing from Johns Hopkins University.
Under his own name or as a ghost writer, Randy has written for USA Today, New York Daily News, Washington Times, Washington Examiner, The Hill, Politico, Roll Call, Huffington Post and South Bend Tribune, among other publications. Randy hosts a political podcast called “The 202” that can be streamed online at The202Online.com, or is available through iTunes. He is a board member at The Fund for American Studies Institute on Political Journalism and a member of the National Press Club.
The 202 is a non-partisan interview program dedicated to talking with scribes, flacks and politicos about their adventures, experiences and memories from past political campaigns and news events. The show is non-partisan and focuses on history and keeping stories alive from generation to generation, as opposed to scoring political points or debating the issues of the day.
Greater than normal intuition. I think I’m part psychic.
Coffee. I drink way too much of it.
Dirty Little Secret:
I'm terrified of snakes.