Rick Sklarz is a Senior Vice President in FM3 Research’s Los Angeles office and conducts research on behalf of candidates for public office, ballot measure campaigns, nonprofit organizations, trade associations, private sector companies, and government agencies.
Rick has played a key role in working to secure major victories around the nation, which includes conducting research for independent expenditure campaigns to reelect U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and on behalf of Krysten Sinema, who was elected Arizona’s first female U.S. Senator in 2018. He has also conducted research for U.S. Senator Patty Murray of Washington State for more than a decade and was part of the team that helped former Senator Doug Jones win a special election and become the first Alabama Democrat elected to the U.S. Senate in more than a quarter century.
Rick has also conducted research for a number of current U.S. Representatives including Greg Stanton (AZ-9), Derek Kilmer (WA-6), Ro Khanna (CA-17), Norma Torres (CA-35), and Lou Correa (CA-46). In 2020, he conducted research for independent expenditure groups working to reelect Democratic incumbents around the nation, including Tom O’Halleran (AZ-1), Josh Harder (CA-10), Katie Porter (CA-45) and Mike Levin (CA-49). Rick also provided research to Congressional Progressive Caucus’ PAC, which played a key role in helping to elect Mondaire Jones (NY-17) to Congress. Rick also conducted research for the current Mayors of Long Beach, CA and Houston, TX, and he has helped to elect state legislators, county supervisors, city councilmembers and schools board members.
Rick also frequently provides research for ballot measure campaigns across the country. This includes campaigns to provide funding for infrastructure, K-12 public education and natural resource conservation. Additionally, his research has been used by organizations to help pass voting rights and anti-gerrymandering initiatives in Ohio, Michigan, Missouri and Nevada, and he has worked with campaigns to pass marijuana legalizations initiatives in several states.
Rick also provides research and strategic advice to private sector companies in a variety of industries, including utilities, sports and entertainment, land-use/development firms, health care providers, logistics and transportation. His research is also utilized by not-for-profits, trade associations, and government agencies to guide strategic planning, improve outreach and enhance the quality of services
Prior to joining FM3, Rick worked as a member of U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman’s staff in Washington, D.C. where he worked on a variety of issues, including transportation, budget and taxation, and government oversight. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Southern California and graduated from Colgate University.