Hari Sevugan

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Hari Sevugan is a current Spokesman at Obama for America[1], and the current National Press Secretary and head of rapid response for the Democratic National Committee. During the 2008 elections he was Barack Obama's top campaign spokesperson.[2]

Early Life

Sevugan was born on December 30, 1974 in Madras, India. His family moved to Glendale Heights, Illinois when he was 2 years old.[2]


Sevugan received a B.A. in Political Science at the University of Illinois, attending from 1992-1996, and attended Northwestern University School of Law from 1998-2001 where he received a J.D.[1]



After graduating from the University of Illinois in 1996, Hari Sevugan worked as a middle school teacher in New York City.[3]


Sevugan worked as an Associate for the Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg law practice from 2001-2003.[1]


Sevugan first worked on Daniel Hynes' unsuccessful primary election campaign in 2004 (Hynes ran against Obama).[2] He then went on to serve as research and policy director on Daniel Mongiardo's 2004 senatorial campaign, policy director for Tim Kaine's 2005 campaign for governor, communications director for Martin O'Malley's 2006 campaign for governor[4], Chris Dodd's 2008 presidential campaign, and finally as senior spokesperson for Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign.[2][1]


Sevugan considers himself a Chicago Cubs fan. His favorite writer is Bill Simmons.[2] He currently lives with housemate Shomik Dutta, who works at the Federal Communications Commission, and has named his puppy Ryne Sandberg. His girlfriend is a grad student at Princeton (not his housemate).[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 LinkedIn Profile
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 "Hari Sevugan", WhoRunsGov.com.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Amie Parnes, "Off the clock with Hari Sevugan", Politico, March 29, 2010.
  4. Rick Abbruzzese, "O'Malley Announces Senior Staff Additions", MartinOMalley.com, February 8, 2006.

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