Introducing Jim Lee, Founder and President of SPR Blog
Welcome to the launch of our new polling blog in which we hope to enlighten and entertain you as well as share some of the knowledge we garner from the many public opinion surveys we conduct each year. I started Susquehanna Polling and Research in 2000 when Harrisburg had no polling or survey firm based right in the state capital. In fact, we established our headquarters right across the street from the Capitol building to make it convenient for clients.
From our early start with mostly political polling, primarily for Republican candidates, we have branched out to doing survey work for lobbying and communications firms, trade associations (both state and national), non-profit organizations and business groups.
We also started with just me and my wife and a handful of part-time interviewers. We have grown in the past eight years to four full-time associate, 30 survey research interviewers and a team of political consultants. Also, starting with a local market, we now conduct polling in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Nevada and nationwide.
In the political arena, we have been the primary pollster for the Pennsylvania Republican House Campaign Committee since 2000 and also for the Republican State Committees in Pennsylvania and Delaware. (For a full list of our clients and staff biographies, visit our website at Susquehannapolling.com)
My own interest in politics began at Lycoming College where I majored in political science and graduated in 1990. My first job out of college was with Pennsylvanians for Effective Government (PEG), a pro-business advocacy group, where I coordinated the organization’s political action committee programs. From 1993 to 1996, I was a Special Projects Field Coordinator for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives where I managed and coordinated incumbency programs for state lawmakers. From 1996 to 2000, I worked for the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry as a lobbyist for business interests and also as the director of the Chamber’s Political Action Committee, designed to help lawmakers who were helping the business community.
Since starting Susquehanna Polling and Research, I have frequently been asked to be an analyst or speaker before several political action groups including Capitol Blue Cross, PA State Education Association, PA Association of REALTORS and others. And, most recently, I have become the primary political analyst and official pollster for WHTM-TV, Channel 27, and the ABC affiliate in the Harrisburg/south central Pennsylvania television market. I’m happy to share the insights and other trends I observe day in and day out from continually probing the minds of Pennsylvanians from all four corners of the Commonwealth.
On a personal level, I am married to Kelly Lee, the firm’s office manager, and we have a daughter, Ava, and are expecting our second daughter later this spring.
Please enjoy this blog, share it with others, feel free to comment (as long as its professional and “above board” and hopefully the information we share will help you in whatever public policy decisions you have to make, be it in the private or public sector.
All the best,