Steve Schmidt’s net worth is $3 million. He was the senior campaign strategist and advisor to John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign and is one of the founders of The Lincoln Project, a Political Action Committee created to challenge Donald Trump. He has also appeared as a political analyst on MSNBC.
Schmidt was raised in North Plainfield, New Jersey and attended college at the University of Delaware from 1988-1993. He majored in political science but left school three credits short of graduating. He eventually took the final math course necessary to graduate in 2013.
Schmidt then worked on several political campaigns before joining the George W. Bush administration. He became a senior member of the Bush reelection campaign under Karl Rove. In 2006, he left the White House to become the campaign manager for California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s re-election campaign before being hired to work on the McCain campaign. During his time with McCain, he was instrumental in the selection of Sarah Palin to be McCain’s running mate. The 2012 film Game Change, in which role of Schmidt it played by Woody Harrelson, tells this story.
Schmidt co-founded The Lincoln Project to oppose the re-election of Donald Trump in 2020. Schmidt has since resigned from the project amid sexual harassment accusations against Lincoln Project employees and alleged cover-ups.
Steve Schmidt has three children with his former wife Angela.