Hoopes has been active in electoral politics for more than 25 years, getting his start in national campaigns in 1987 on then-Senator Joe Biden’s first run for President and later joining his Senate office in 1989. He also worked on the staffs of Senators Chris Dodd and Alan Dixon. Hoopes has worked on local, state and national political campaigns; most recently, he volunteered for the Obama/Biden 2008 presidential campaign and assisted with the Biden VP Transition Team.
Following his time on Capitol Hill, Hoopes has worked on campaigns and intense grassroots advocacy efforts on critical issues of the day. After working in the advance operation of the 1992 Clinton/Gore campaign, Hoopes joined the Independent Insurance Agents of America as the Political Director, overseeing campaign and election activities around the country and in Washington, DC. In 1996, he joined the world headquarters of MCI, where he directed grassroots, media and political outreach in support of passage of the 1996 Telecommunications Act and its eventual implementation. He left MCI to join Powell Tate as a Senior Managing Partner. At Powell Tate, he worked with some of the best-known Fortune 500 companies in the world.
Hoopes has attended and worked at every Democratic Convention since 1992. He also provides regular political commentary for Fox News, NPR, MSNBC, and BBC World News. He is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Since 1999, he has been an Adjunct Professor at the George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management, where he taught a course entitled “Managing Government Relations.” Hoopes now serves on the Council of American Politics at the George Washington University and is on the Board of Trustees at Colby College.
Hoopes grew up in Wilmington, Delaware, and attended Wilmington Friends School. He earned his BA in government from Colby College and a Master’s Degree in legislative affairs from the George Washington University. He has an Honorary Master’s Degree from Colby College.
Hoopes lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with his wife Hilary Barnes Hoopes, thirteen-year-old twins Penelope and Riter, and ten-year-old daughter Charlotte.