Denise DeCook is a Senior Director at Sterling and manages the firm’s Political and Campaigns practice.
Denise joined the Sterling team in 2014, bringing over 30 years of political campaign and consulting experience. As one of Michigan’s top political consultants, Denise specializes in developing winning strategies for political campaigns, providing expertise in message development, media and legislative relations, political finance management, and political and judicial fundraising.
Before coming to Sterling, Denise served as Legislative Director, Communications Director, and Political Director for the Michigan Senate and House GOP Caucuses from 1989 to 2006. Denise has also served as a key political strategist and communications professional for Governor John Engler, Lt. Governor Dick Posthumus, Congresswoman Candice Miller, the Michigan Senate Republican Caucus, Michigan House Republican Caucus, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof and numerous other candidates for state and federal office.
Denise holds the distinction of being the most successful architect of Republican majorities in the Michigan legislature in state history, participating in every Senate election since 1983, and helping Senate Republicans expand from 12 seats to 27 – the largest supermajority in modern Michigan politics.
Denise also worked at Marketing Resource Group as Vice President of Public Affairs from 2007 – 2014, where she managed coalition efforts, electoral campaigns and public relations for the firm’s business, insurance, education and political clients.
Denise has served on the board of an educational-focused childcare center in Lansing, parent-teacher council board for the East Lansing School District, and for 10 years as president of her neighborhood association.
Denise earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Affairs Management at Michigan State University.