Dick Wadhams is a Republican political consultant who served as Colorado Republican state chairman from 2007 to 2011. He is also a political analyst for KCNC-TV/CBS4 in Denver and writes a monthly column for the Denver Post.
He was campaign manager for Colorado Governor Bill Owens in 1998 when Owens became the first Republican governor to be elected in 28 years and was the governor’s press secretary from 1999 to 2001. Owens remains the only Republican governor to be elected in nearly fifty years.
He worked for U.S. Senator Bill Armstrong from 1981 to 1989 in Colorado and Washington, D.C. He was campaign manager for U.S. Senator Hank Brown in 1990 and for U.S. Senator Wayne Allard in 1996 and 2002.
Wadhams was campaign manager for U.S. Senator John Thune of South Dakota in 2004 when Thune unseated Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle which was the first time in 52 years a sitting Senate leader had been defeated for reelection.
He worked for U.S. Senator Conrad Burns of Montana in 1994 when Burns became the first Republican senator to be reelected in Montana history and helped Burns win reelection again in 2000. He served as chief of staff for U.S. Senator George Allen of Virginia in 2005-2006.