From the State House to the White House, BJ McCollister is a political strategist with a track record of delivering wins for his clients. He is the founder of The Resurgam Group, a full service government relations and public affairs firm.
McCollister has been considered a statewide leader in political campaign management, issue advocacy, and public policy for over a decade. As the Chief of Staff to Maine Senate President Troy Jackson, McCollister led policy development, coalition organization and management, and communication strategy to pass nationally recognized prescription drug, health care, and labor reforms. He served as the go-to staffer for developing and managing caucus priorities, negotiating the state budget, and acting as a chief liaison between the executive and legislative branches.
McCollister is widely regarded as a leading campaign strategist in Maine. In working for President Joe Biden, he helped lead the Biden for Maine campaign to a 52% victory, a six-point increase from Clinton’s 2016 election results. As Executive Director for the Maine Senate Democratic Campaign Committee, he helped lead Maine Senate Democrats to the largest majority for any political party in nearly 30 years. With Maine Citizens for Clean Elections, McCollister helped lead ballot initiative efforts to successfully improve the Maine Clean Election Act at the ballot box.
He is a 2014 recipient of the Portland Phoenix’s “Best of Awards” for advocacy work in the halls of the statehouse, has been twice nominated for the American Association of Political Consultants’ (AAPC) 40 under 40 award, and was awarded the Maine Educational Opportunity Association’s Rising Star Award in 2020. In 2021, he was elected to a three year term as Maine’s representative to the Democratic National Committee. He lives in Portland, Maine, with his partner and their dog Muskie.