John Sweeney is a former four-term Republican Congressman, best known for leading the effort to send $20 billion in emergency federal aid to New York City after 9/11, and having to cross party lines to get this done.
Sweeney rose to power as a Republican member of Congress representing New York’s 20th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1999 to 2007. He proudly served as a member of the influential House Appropriations Committee and served as Vice Chairman of its Subcommittee on Transportation, Treasury, Housing and Urban Development and related agencies. He was also assigned to the Homeland Security and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittees.
In 2016, having known him through his many years in New York politics, Donald Trump hired Sweeney in April to help with his nascent campaign. Primarily, he was asked to organize the State of New York for the primary and handle its campaign compliance. Trump’s overwhelming primary victory in New York – the real estate mogul won 89 of the Empire State’s 95 delegates to the Republican National Convention – clearly helped launch the upstart campaign on the path towards the GOP nomination.
After Trump’s election day victory, Sweeney, as the campaign’s deputy counsel, led the effort on the ground in Wisconsin and Michigan to protect the campaign’s advantage in those two key swing states during the recounts initiated by the Green Party’s Jill Stein. On December 15, 2016, Sweeney was appointed to the executive committee on President-Elect Trump’s transition team, placing the former congressman at the center of the important personnel decision-making process.