Donald R. Bramer
Chairman & President, Bramer Group
Don Bramer, founder and Chairman of Bramer Group, is a veteran of both combat and Capitol Hill having served the offices and campaigns of U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell at both the state and national levels. He has served as an appointee under the administration of President George H. W. Bush in the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce focusing on Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, as well as the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services on the Advisory Council on Social Security. Additionally, Bramer has worked at the state and national levels of several key presidential and congressional campaigns, as well as gubernatorial races in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and continues to be actively engaged in the political process.
After 9/11, Bramer left the political arena and enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he joined a family heritage of military service stretching back to World War II. Over the years, Bramer was called up for multiple deployments with the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force (CJSOTF) from 2005–2007 where he operated throughout Iraq as an intelligence officer and senior interrogator. For his tours in Iraq, Bramer was awarded two Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medals, two Combat Action Badges, the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Iraq Campaign Medal with two stars from the U.S. Department of Defense. In 2009, he received his commission as a Naval Officer and continued his service as a member of the reserve intelligence staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). He resigned his commission in 2020 after 18 years of service. In 2021, Bramer accepted a commission with Kentucky National Guard.
Upon leaving active duty, Bramer joined the team of Phoenix Consulting, LLC in Alexandria, VA as an instructor & project manager for the development and implementation of intelligence training programs for the Defense Intelligence Agency and other federal agencies. Bramer has previously served as the deputy executive director at the national headquarters of Log Cabin Republicans; director of membership for the National Association of Manufacturers, where he worked to engage with business leaders across the country representing their views in Washington.
Don Bramer is a graduate of DeSales High School in Louisville, completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Louisville and has a Masters in Strategic Public Relations from George Washington University. He has published numerous academic articles on homelessness among veterans and the effects of the Repeal of DADT. Bramer contributes routinely to Fox News and Fox Business and has been a routine guest on the Ingram Angle, Fox & Friends, Outnumbered Overtime, CBS News and various other media outlets across the globe on national security, congressional and military matters.
Today, he serves as a Founder and Executive Director of Defend Our Nation PAC; Co-Founder and Chairman of American Freedom Fund; and, as Chairman of the Bramer Group advocating on issues that relate to defense, intelligence, and small / medium manufacturers.
Find Bramer on Twitter at @donaldrbramer