CPI is led by Senator Jim DeMint, who has spent his career serving in and building up the modern conservative movement. He and his team of veteran staff have over 50 years of combined Capitol Hill experience, and a shared mission of helping conservatives of all stripes become successful.

Meet Our Staff

Wesley Denton

Denton has 17 years of Capitol Hill experience and is widely respected as one of the most skilled communications experts in the conservative movement. During more than a decade of service on Capitol Hill, he served as communications director for Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) from 2005 to 2013 and for Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) from 2002-2005.  He also served as a press assistant to the U.S. House Armed Services Committee in 2001.

Beginning in 2013, Denton worked at The Heritage Foundation as a senior policy advisor and launched the American Perceptions Initiative, a research project devoted to understanding how Americans view conservative policies and ways to better communicate their benefits to the individual. He went on to become group vice president of communications, where he oversaw the organization’s public relations, digital, video and marketing teams, as well as The Daily Signal, a leading conservative news outlet.

Denton was born in Evansville, IN, and grew up in Beaufort, SC. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Clemson University. He and his wife, Kari, have four children and reside in Virginia.

Follow Wesley on Twitter at @WesleyDenton.