Jonathan D. Horn

Jonathan D. Horn

Jonathan D. Horn is the President and CEO of Jonathan Horn Communications, LLC. He is also a senior strategist at Oval Office Writers and a contributor at, where he writes the Capital Words column. During his career as a speechwriter and public affairs expert, Jonathan has advised leaders at the highest levels of the public and private sectors. Most notably, he served as a speechwriter and special assistant for President George W. Bush.

At the White House, Jonathan wrote major addresses on domestic and foreign policy issues, including the war on terror, the economy, energy, education and immigration. He was a writer on the team that crafted the 2008 State of the Union and the nationally televised prime-time address on the financial crisis.

After the Bush administration ended, Jonathan served as Director of Public Affairs at The McGraw-Hill Companies, a global leader in financial services and education. He advised the CEO and other senior executives on communications in the wake of the financial crisis as the company’s credit rating arm, Standard & Poor’s, navigated a changing regulatory landscape. He also drafted the chairman’s annual shareholder letter, speeches and op-eds in leading newspapers around the world.

Earlier in his career, Jonathan served as a speechwriter for U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings.

Jonathan’s commentary has appeared in publications including The Weekly Standard,, The Daily, Ricochet and The Daily Caller. He earned his B.A. with distinction in English at Yale University. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife, Caroline.