Sean Cairncross formerly served as the Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel to the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Cairncross served in this role at the NRSC for two cycles (2009-2012) under Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), overseeing the NRSC’s day-to-day operations and legal matters, and during which time Republicans picked up 5 seats in the U.S. Senate. Sean previously served as Chief Counsel to the Republican National Committee, where he oversaw the RNC’s legal operations including its interactions with the McCain campaign. Cairncross joined the RNC in 2004, and served two and a half cycles under Chairmen Gillespie, Mehlman, and Duncan. Before that Cairncross worked as a litigation associate at the Washington D.C. offices of Covington & Burling.
Sean holds a J.D. from NYU School of Law, an M.Phil from Cambridge University, and a B.A., summa cum laude, from American University. Originally from Minnesota, he currently lives in Washington, D.C., and is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.
Sean is currently On Leave.