FM3 Senior Vice President Rick Sklarz, based in Los Angeles, conducts opinion research services on behalf of candidates for public office, state and local ballot measure campaigns, government agencies, nonprofits and private sector companies.
In 2022, Rick conducted research to help elect Democrats across the country, including U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) as well as members of Congress, including Derek Kilmer (WA-6), Greg Stanton (AZ-4) and Jimmy Panetta (CA-19). He also worked with independent expenditure campaigns on behalf of Katie Porter (CA-47) and Robert Garcia (CA-42). Rick also works frequently with a number of Democratic-party affiliated organizations, such as Senate Majority PAC, Democratic Senate Campaign Committee (DSCC), Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), and EMILY’s List to elect Democrats, including current members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.
Rick also served as a lead member of the polling team for the Communities United for Karen Bass independent expenditure campaign that helped Karen Bass make history as the first woman elected Mayor of Los Angeles. He also conducts polling for Los Angeles County Supervisors Janice Hahn, Lindsey Horvath and Hilda Solis, and more than a dozen members of the California State Legislature. Rick also conducted research to elect Mayors of Houston, TX; Phoenix, AZ; Long Beach, CA; and Madison, WI.
Additionally, Rick frequently provides research for state and local ballot measure campaigns across the country. In 2022, he worked with the No on Prop 27 campaign to defeat the gaming industry’s attempt to legalize online sports wagering in California. His research also helped to pass a package of infrastructure bonds raising nearly $1.7 billion for Harris County and Houston, Texas. In prior years, he worked with organizations and campaigns to pass initiatives to protect voting rights, prevent gerrymandering, legalize adult use cannabis, and raised billions of dollars for education, transportation and infrastructure, healthcare, and environmental conservation programs.
Rick also regularly provides research and strategic advice for government agencies, not-for-profits and trade associations to guide strategic planning, improve outreach and enhance the quality of services. He also works with private sector companies in a variety of industries, including utilities, sports and entertainment, land-use/development firms, health care providers, logistics and transportation.
Prior to joining FM3, Rick served on the staff of U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Southern California and graduated from Colgate University