Terry A. Nelson is a consultant and Republican strategist in the United States. He was the political director of the Bush-Cheney 2004 campaign. In early 2006, Nelson was hired as a "senior adviser" to Senator John McCain; in December 2006 McCain's presidential exploratory committee said that Nelson was McCain's pick to be his national campaign manager, should McCain choose to turn his exploring into a full-blown run for the White House.
Nelson is a native of Marshalltown, Iowa. He graduated in 1994 from the University of Iowa with a B.S. in Political Science.
Nelson, his wife Marci, and their three children live in Falls Church, Virginia.