Barrett Kaiser

Partner - Montana

2223 Montana Ave, Suite L02
Billings, MT 59101

Barrett Kaiser leads a team of seasoned campaign and public affairs professionals. Named one of America’s top “Influencers” by Campaigns & Elections Magazine in 2013, Kaiser draws on more than 20 years of political experience, including nearly 11 years as a top advisor to former U.S. Senator and Ambassador to China Max Baucus.

Barrett cut his teeth in politics working under his friend and mentor Jim Messina, architect of President Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign. From 1999 to 2010, Barrett served as Sen. Baucus’ communications director, speechwriter, and chief spokesman before running the senior senator’s statewide operation as Montana chief of staff.

Since joining Hilltop in 2010, Barrett has successfully led several high-profile projects on behalf of clients in states across the country. Those include corporate mergers, massive conservation funding coalitions, rebranding initiatives, and multi-state grasstops campaigns. Barrett also runs Hilltop’s conservation practice, serving clients who want to protect public lands and open space, and promote clean energy solutions.

Called upon to reset the struggling effort in Maine to establish a new National Park, Barrett was hired by the Burt’s Bees product line founder to manage a fully integrated campaign that, after nearly 5 years, led to then-President Obama establishing the 80,000 acre area as a National Monument in August of 2016. The Washington Post described the historic move as “creating what is likely to be the last large new national park ever established on the East Coast.”


  • As a senior strategist and advisor to Baucus during two reelection campaigns – in 2002 and again in 2008 – Barrett helped develop an aggressive communications strategy that helped the senator win reelection overwhelmingly in both cases.
  • Highly regarded as a political strategist, Barrett has assisted many federal, state, and local campaigns, including U.S. Senator Jon Tester’s dramatic upset over incumbent Conrad Burns in 2006.
  • Barrett and his team helped reelect Tester in 2012 by organizing an unprecedented mobilization amongst independent groups and deploying cutting-edge, independent paid media and field efforts.
  • Barrett served as a senior advisor to Montana Governor Steve Bullock’s successful campaign in 2012.

Having grown up around shotguns and fly rods, Barrett organized President Barack Obama’s first-ever fly-fishing trip on Montana’s East Gallatin River in 2009.

A native of Denver and formerly a registered fly-fishing guide, Barrett is a 1999 graduate of The University of Montana. He splits his time between Washington, D.C., and Billings, MT, where he lives with his wife, Kari, and young son, Rowan Leo.

[3/27/15, 3:27:01 PM] Ben Ostrower: