Frederick S. Yang is a partner with the Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group. He also serves as a senior vice president with Hart Research Associates, Garin-Hart-Yang’s parent company.
Mr. Yang has achieved a reputation for providing insightful analysis in his approach to political survey research, and for his hands-on involvement with his clients’ campaigns. Campaigns & Elections magazine has singled out Mr. Yang for “his ability to master the local nuances of a race.” And Capitol Hill’s newspaper, Roll Call, named Mr. Yang as one of 10 Democratic consultants on its list of “Consultants Who Make a Difference.”
Mr. Yang counts several US senators as his clients, including Maryland’s Barbara Mikulski and Pennsylvania’s Bob Casey (whose victory was the first for a Democratic senatorial candidate in a regular general election since 1962). Mr. Yang also is the pollster for several members of the US House of Representatives, including Maryland’s Chris Van Hollen, Connecticut’s Elizabeth Esty, and California’s Lois Capps. He also worked for several longtime veterans of the House, including John Dingell (MI-12), Rush Holt, Jr. (NJ-12), and Henry Waxman (CA-33).
Despite the tough political environment for Democrats in 2010, Mr. Yang helped Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley defeat Bob Ehrlich by 56% to 42%, more than DOUBLE the margin by which O’Malley defeated then-Governor Ehrlich in 2006. Mr. Yang was also the pollster for Bev Perdue, who in 2008 was the first woman to be elected governor of North Carolina.
Mr. Yang’s CURRENT clients include Governor Steve Beshear (Kentucky), Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (New York), Secretary of State Bill Galvin (Massachusetts), Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (Baltimore, MD), Mayor Michael Nutter (Philadelphia, PA), Mayor Francis Slay (St. Louis, MO), Mayor Eric Garcetti (Los Angeles, CA), and Washington DC’s newly elected mayor, Muriel Bowser.
Mr. Yang is a regular contributor to network and cable television news programs such as MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown,” and he has been part of NBC News coverage of the national election returns. Currently, Mr. Yang collaborates with Republican pollster Bill McInturff on the monthly NBC News/Wall Street Journal national survey.
Mr. Yang, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University, got his start in politics at age 14, when he worked in his state assemblyman’s district office. Before joining Hart Research, he worked on several political campaigns in a variety of roles, from precinct walker to field coordinator.
Mr. Yang and his wife Laurie are the proud parents of Grace (13 years old), Olivia (11), and Natalie (9).
Sarah Raker is assistant to Fred Yang.