Madeleine K. Albright
Madeleine Albright is the first woman to become a United States Secretary of State. She was appointed by U.S. President Bill Clinton on December 5, 1996, and was unanimously confirmed by a U.S. Senate vote of 99-0. She was sworn in on January 23, 1997.
Albright now serves as a Professor of International Relations at Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service. In addition to her PhD from Columbia University, she also holds Honorary Doctors of Laws from the University of Washington in 2002, Smith College in 2003, University of Winnipeg in 2005, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2007 and Knox College in 2008. Secretary Albright also serves as a Director on the Board of the Council on Foreign Relations
Maen Rashid Areikat is the Palestinian Ambassador to Washington. Prior
to his appointment to Washington, Mr. Areikat was bestowed the
rank of Ambassador by Chairman of the PLO and Palestinian National
Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Maen Areikat served for 11
years at the Negotiations Affairs Department (NAD) of the PLO in
Ramallah, most recently as its Deputy Head and Coordinator-General
(2008-2009). Areikat first joined NAD in 1998, when it was headed by
current Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), and served as
its Director-General until March 2008. In addition to overseeing NAD’s
day-to-day operations, Mr. Areikat was responsible for overseeing the
work of the Negotiations Support Unit (NSU), which provides legal,
policy, communication and technical support to Palestinian Negotiating
Teams and to the Palestinian Leadership.
Dick Armey is a former U.S. Representative from Texas's 26th congressional district (1985-2003) and House Majority Leader (1995-2003).
He was one of the architects of the "Republican Revolution" of the 1990s, in which Republicans were elected to majorities of both houses of Congress for the first time in four decades, and the chief author of the Republican Contract with America.
He is now the chairman of FreedomWorks, an organization that fights for less government, lower taxes, and more freedom.
Governor Haley Barbour
Haley Barbour was born in Yazoo City, Mississippi. He earned a law degree from the University of Mississippi Law School in 1973. He advised President Ronald Reagan as Director of the White House Office of Political Affairs, and served two terms as Chairman of the Republican National Committee.
Prior to his election as governor, he headed Barbour Griffith and Rogers, one of the nation's top lobbying firms. In November 2003, Barbour was elected Mississippi's governor in the largest voter turnout in a gubernatorial election in state history.
John Andrew Boehner is a Republican American politician who is currently serving as the House Minority Leader in the 111th Congress. He serves as a U.S. Representative from Ohio's 8th congressional district, which includes several rural and suburban areas near Cincinnati and Dayton and a small portion of Dayton itself.
Glen Bolger is one of the Republican Party's leading political strategists and pollsters. He is a partner and co-founder of Public Opinion Strategies, a national political and public affairs survey research firm whose clients include leading political figures, Fortune 500 companies, and major associations. Public Opinion Strategies has 18 U.S. Senators, eight governors, and more than 50 Members of Congress as clients.
Roll Call newspaper, a newspaper that covers Capitol Hill, noted Glen "has quickly emerged as the pollster of choice for House and Senate Republicans."
In the 2006 elections, Glen handled the polling for two winning Senate campaigns, including Bob Corker of Tennessee, three winning Governor's races, and five new Republican Members of Congress.
In 2004, Glen handled the polling for six winning Senators, including John Thune of South Dakota, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Jim DeMint of South Carolina, Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, and Jim Bunning of Kentucky. Glen also polled for 27 members of Congress, including four freshmen. Overall, Glen polls for eleven U.S. Senators and five Governors.
For its work in the 2002 elections, Public Opinion Strategies won the "Pollster of the Year" Campaign Excellence Award from the American Association of Political Consultants.
Roll Call has noted for three election cycles that Glen was one of the "Money 20" - consultants in both parties who make a difference.
In state legislative races, Glen has polled for successful Republican legislative candidates in Alabama, Georgia, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Virginia, and Washington State.
Glen's corporate polling experience includes crisis management polling for some of the top issues in recent years, as well as image and message work for major clients such as Wal-Mart, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Tyson Foods, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroads, Intuit (the makers of Quicken), and numerous other Fortune 500 companies.
Prior to co-founding Public Opinion Strategies, Glen was the Director of Survey Research & Analysis for the National Republican Congressional Committee, the political arm of the House Republican Caucus. Glen is a graduate from The American University in Washington, D.C. Glen and his wife Carol have three daughters.
Erskine Boyce Bowles is an American businessman and political figure from North Carolina. He currently serves as the president of the University of North Carolina system. In 1997â€“98 he served as White House Chief of Staff.
John O. Brennan
Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezinski is a Polish-American author, political scientist, geostrategist, and statesman who served as United States National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981.
Major foreign policy events during his term of office included the normalization of relations with the People's Republic of China (and the severing of ties with the Republic of China - today's Taiwan), the signing of the second Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT II), the brokering of the Camp David Accords, the transition of Iran to an anti-Western Islamic state, encouraging reform in Eastern Europe, emphasizing human rights in U.S. foreign policy, the arming of the mujaheddin in Afghanistan to fight against the Soviet-friendly Afghan government and later to counter the Soviet invasion, and the signing of the Torrijos-Carter Treaties relinquishing U.S. control of the Panama Canal after 1999.
He is currently a professor of American foreign policy at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies, a scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and a member of various boards and councils. He appears frequently as an expert on the PBS program The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.
Brzezinski has written many books on political science. His most recent book is America and the World: Conversations on the Future of American Foreign Policy.
Representing Virginia's 7th District, Eric Cantor has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2001. Eric was elected by his colleagues in the House to serve as the Majority Leader for the 112th and 113th Congresses.
A former small businessman, Representative Cantor has emerged as a leading voice on the economy and job creation. His commentary is often featured in publications focusing on a wide range of issues including economic matters, health care and foreign policy. A proponent of a strong national defense, Representative Cantor formerly chaired the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare and remains committed to providing our nation's military and intelligence communities with the resources they need to keep the homeland safe.
In Congress, Representative Cantor has worked to lower taxes, eliminate excessive regulation, strengthen small businesses, and encourage entrepreneurship. He was the chief sponsor of a 2006 bill to make permanent the slashed individual income tax rates for capital gains and dividends, rewarding entrepreneurs, retirees and investors with the ability to create more opportunity for their families and jobs for our communities. He has long been a key player in health care, fighting for greater choice for families. He authored the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006, which made it easier for families to save for their health care needs through Health Savings Accounts. The legislation became law in late 2006.
As Minority Whip, Representative Cantor assembled a highly effective and energetic Republican whip team that served as the nerve center of the Republican Conference. In early 2009, the whip team coordinated the effort in which no Republicans voted for the nearly $1 trillion stimulus bill.
During the lead-up to the stimulus vote, then-Minority Leader John Boehner tapped Representative Cantor to head up the Republican Economic Solutions Group that produced the Republican alternative economic plan which would have created twice the jobs at half the cost of the stimulus bill signed into law. The group continued to develop and produce responsible solutions to a broad range of challenges, offering a window into GOP leadership in the 112th Congress. In December 2009, the group offered President Obama a no-cost jobs plan.
Representative Cantor also co-authored the New York Times best-selling book, Young Guns: A New Generation of Conservative Leaders, with Rep. Kevin McCarthy and Rep. Paul Ryan.
Representative Cantor is a lifelong resident of the Richmond area, where he got his start in politics as a driver for his predecessor Congressman Tom Bliley. Representative Cantor received his undergraduate degree from The George Washington University, his law degree from The College of William and Mary, and his master's degree from Columbia University in New York.
Representative Cantor and his wife, Diana, reside in Richmond, Virginia. They have three children: Evan, a recent graduate of The University of Virginia; Jenna, a junior at the University of Michigan; and Michael, in his first year at The University of Virginia.
Richard Caperton is the Director of Clean Energy Investment at the Center for American Progress.
James Carville's winning streak began in 1986, when he managed the gubernatorial victory of Robert Casey in Pennsylvania. A loser in three previous attempts (dubbed the Three-Time-Loss from Holy Cross by the media), Casey -- with Carville's guidance -- was able to defeat popular Lieutenant Governor William Scranton, Jr. in a remarkable come-from-behind win. In 1987, Carville helped Wallace Wilkinson -- a candidate with less than 1 percent of the vote in early polls -- win a hard-fought gubernatorial campaign in Kentucky.
The following year brought Carville to New Jersey, where he guided Frank Lautenberg's campaign for U.S. Senate to victory, defeating Rhodes Scholar and Heisman Trophy winner Pete Dawkins. Carville next managed the successful 1990 gubernatorial campaign of Georgia's Lt. Governor, Zell Miller, including a tough primary win over Atlanta mayor Andrew Young.
In 1991, Carville -- who had already become prominent in political circles -- drew national attention when he managed Senator Harris Wofford from 40 points behind in the polls to an upset landslide over former Pennsylvania Governor and U.S. Attorney General Richard Thornburgh. With the startling and unpredictable win, Carville had exposed the political vulnerability of George Bush, who had been enjoying a 91 percent approval ratings during the Gulf War.
Having wounded the sitting President in 1991, Carville finished the job the following year, when he guided William Jefferson Clinton to the Presidency in 1992. Carville was honored as Campaign Manager of the Year by the American Association of Political Consultants for his leadership of Clinton's fearsome and intense "War Room" at campaign headquarters in Little Rock. Carville was also the focus, along with George Stephanopoulos, of the feature-length Academy Award nominated documentary The War Room.
After the Clinton victory, Carville began to focus on foreign consulting. In 1999, Carville led Ehud Barak to Victory in his campaign to become Prime Minister of Israel. James Carville is also an author, speaker, restaurateur, and talk show host. He can be seen in television commercials and movies.
As United States Secretary of Energy, Dr. Steven Chu is charged with helping implement President Obama's ambitious agenda to invest in clean energy, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, address the global climate crisis, and create millions of new jobs.
Dr. Chu is a distinguished scientist and co-winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics (1997). He has devoted his recent scientific career to the search for new solutions to our energy challenges and stopping global climate change - a mission he continues with even greater urgency as Secretary of Energy.
Prior to his appointment, Dr. Chu was the Director of the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, where he led the lab in pursuit of alternative and renewable energy technologies. He also taught at the University of California as a Professor of Physics and Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology. Previously, he held positions at Stanford University and AT&T Bell Laboratories.
Dr. Chu's research in atomic physics, quantum electronics, polymer and biophysics includes tests of fundamental theories in physics, the development of methods to laser cool and trap atoms, atom interferometry, the development of the first atomic fountain, and the manipulation and study of polymers and biological systems at the single molecule level. While at Stanford, he helped start Bio-X, a multi-disciplinary initiative that brings together the physical and biological sciences with engineering and medicine.
The holder of 10 patents, Dr. Chu has published nearly 250 scientific and technical papers. He remains active with his research group and has recently published work on general relativity and single molecule biology and biophysics that includes sub-nanometer molecular imaging with optical microscopy, cadherin adhesion, neural vesicle fusion, and nerve growth factor transport. About 30 alumni of his research group have gone on to become professors in their own right and have been recognized by dozens of prizes and awards.
Dr. Chu is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Academia Sinica, the Korean Academy of Sciences and Technology and numerous other civic and professional organizations. He received an A.B. degree in mathematics, a B.S. degree in physics from the University of Rochester, and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley as well as honorary degrees from 15 universities.
Dr. Chu was born in Saint Louis, Missouri in 1948. He is married to Dr. Jean Chu, who holds a D.Phil. in Physics from Oxford and has served as chief of staff to two Stanford University presidents as well as Dean of Admissions. Secretary Chu has two grown sons, Geoffrey and Michael, by a previous marriage.
In announcing Dr. Chu's selection, President Obama said, "The future of our economy and national security is inextricably linked to one challenge: energy. Steven has blazed new trails as a scientist, teacher, and administrator, and has recently led the Berkeley National Laboratory in pursuit of new alternative and renewable energies. He is uniquely suited to be our next Secretary of Energy as we make this pursuit a guiding purpose of the Department of Energy, as well as a national mission." Dr. Chu was sworn into office as the 12th Secretary of Energy on January 21, 2009.
Norman Bertram Coleman, Jr. is an American attorney and politician. He was a United States senator from Minnesota from 2003 to 2009. Coleman was elected in 2002 and served in the 108th, 109th, and 110th Congresses. Before becoming a senator, he was mayor of Saint Paul, Minnesota, from 1994 to 2002. Previously a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL), Coleman became a Republican in 1996.
Coleman's 2008 US Senate re-election bid, in which he was challenged by Democrat Al Franken and former senator Dean Barkley, was long unresolved. His term ended on January 3, 2009, and after a six-month legal battle in which he lost each of his contests, the Minnesota Supreme Court unanimously declared Franken the election winner by 312 votes (out of over 3 million cast) on June 30, 2009, prompting Coleman to concede.
As of 2011, Coleman works as an adviser and board director with the Republican Jewish Coalition.
David Cook is Senior Editor and Washington bureau chief of The Christian Science Monitor. He oversees the Monitor's 9-person bureau in the nation's capital, hosts the Monitor's newsmaker breakfasts, and writes for csmonitor.com.
For over 40 years, Monitor breakfasts have brought journalists together with key public officials to talk about the issues of the day in a candid, in-depth fashion. Since their start in 1966, four US presidents, five vice presidents, and countless cabinet and congressional officials have been guests at the 3,600 breakfasts the Monitor has hosted.
When Monitor correspondent Jill Carroll was held captive in Iraq for 82 days in 2006, Cook served as the Monitor's spokesperson and appeared on numerous national broadcasts including "Today," "Nightline," "The News Hour with Jim Lehrer," and "ABC World News Tonight."
From August 1994 through July 2001, Cook served as editor of The Christian Science Monitor. During his term, the Monitor's print edition was redesigned, csmonitor.com was launched, and the paper won numerous awards including the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting.
Previously Cook was editor of Monitor Broadcasting which produced daily radio news programs heard on 200 public radio stations. He also served as managing editor of the Monitor's Emmy award-winning nightly television news program "World Monitor."
His current assignment is Cook's third tour in Washington. During two previous postings in the nation's capital he covered economic policy. He also has been a Detroit-based correspondent for Business Week.
Cook was awarded a Bagehot Fellowship in Business and Economic Journalism by Columbia University. He is a graduate of Principia College, attended the Advanced Management Program at Michigan State University, and served in the U.S. Army. He is a member of the Gridiron Club, Washington's oldest journalistic organization, and the father of three grown sons.
Senator John Cornyn
In 2008, Texans overwhelmingly re-elected Senator John Cornyn to represent them for a second six-year term in the U.S. Senate. Sen. Cornyn was first elected to the Senate in 2002 and previously served in Texas as a district judge, a member of the Texas Supreme Court, and as Texas Attorney General.
During his first term in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Cornyn distinguished himself as a leader in the Senate on a variety of issues important to Texans and has earned a national reputation as an articulate and powerful voice for conservative values in Washington. Sen. Cornyn is committed to bolstering our national defense, repairing our broken immigration system and securing our borders, boosting access to more affordable health care, improving educational opportunities for all Texans, strengthening the economy and expanding job opportunities, keeping taxes low, and reducing spending. He has been a tireless advocate for Texas military personnel, veterans and their families, and believes we must ensure that we provide them the best possible support, care and benefits.
Throughout his career in public service, Sen. Cornyn has been a champion of open government. In 2007, years of hard work yielded the OPEN Government Act, our nation’s most sweeping reform of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in a decade. The legislation expanded transparency by closing loopholes in the FOIA, helping requestors obtain timely responses and ensuring agencies have strong incentives to act on requests.
Sen. Cornyn served as a member of the Deputy Whip team after just one year in office, and has been a member of the Republican Senate leadership since 2006. He has served as the Vice Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference and was chosen in November 2008 by his colleagues to serve as the Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
While in the Senate, Sen. Cornyn has received various awards and recognitions, including the 2005 Border Texan of the Year Award; the National Child Support Enforcement Association’s Children’s Champion Award; the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Friend of Farm Bureau Award; the Texas Association of Business’s (TAB) Fighter for Free Enterprise Award; the National Federation of Independent Business’s (NFIB) Guardian of Small Business Award; the National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leader’s (CONLAMIC) Latino Leadership Award; and the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce’s (TAMACC) International Leadership Legislative Award; among others.
Sen. Cornyn currently sits on the Senate Finance, Judiciary and Budget Committees. He serves as the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee’s Immigration, Refugees and Border Security subcommittee. For more information about Sen. Cornyn's committee assignments, and links to the committee websites, click here.
In addition to his legislative committees, Sen. Cornyn is the chairman of the Senate India Caucus, chairman of the Senate RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) Caucus, and Vice Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference Task Force on Hispanic Affairs. He is also a member of the Senate Republican High Tech Task Force, the Congressional Oversight Group on Trade and the President’s Export Council.
Sen. Cornyn was born in Houston on February 2, 1952, and was raised in San Antonio. He is the son of John and Gale Cornyn, both native Texans. His father, a B-17 pilot in World War II, served for 31 years in the U.S. Air Force and, later, taught at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. A graduate of Trinity University and St. Mary’s School of Law, both in San Antonio, Sen. Cornyn also earned a Masters of Law from the University of Virginia Law School in 1995. He was named the St. Mary’s Distinguished Law School Graduate in 1994 and a Trinity University Distinguished Alumnus in 2001.
Sen. Cornyn is married to Sandy, his wife of 29 years. They have two daughters.
John Claggett Danforth is a former United States Ambassador to the United Nations and former Republican United States Senator from Missouri.
Mitch Daniels is the 49th governor of the state of Indiana (R) and the author of the current best-selling book, Keeping the Republic: Saving America by Trusting Americans. As governor, he led Indiana to its first balanced budget in eight years and transformed a $700 million deficit into an annual surplus of $370 million. He also presided over record-breaking investment and job growth and earned Indiana, which now ranks near the top of every national ranking of business attractiveness, its first ever AAA credit rating. Daniels’s other accomplishments include the lease of the Indiana Toll Road, the largest privatization of public infrastructure in the United States to date; the creation of the Healthy Indiana Plan to provide health care coverage for uninsured Hoosier adults; a sweeping property tax reform in 2008 that resulted in the biggest tax cut in Indiana history; and the most expansive education reforms in the country in 2011.
Howard Brush Dean III is an American politician and physician from the U.S. state of Vermont. He served six terms as Governor of Vermont and ran unsuccessfully for the 2004 Democratic Presidential nomination. He was the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2005 to 2009.
Before entering politics, Dean received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1978. Dean was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives as a Democrat in 1982 and was elected lieutenant governor in 1986. Both were part-time positions that enabled him to continue practicing medicine.
In 1991, Dean became Governor of Vermont when Richard A. Snelling died in office. Dean was subsequently elected to five two-year terms, serving as governor from 1991 to 2003, making him the second longest-serving Governor in Vermont history, after Thomas Chittenden (1778–1789 and 1790–1797). Dean served as chairman of the National Governors Association from 1994 to 1995; during his term, Vermont paid off much of its public debt and had a balanced budget 11 times, lowering income taxes twice. Dean also oversaw the expansion of the "Dr. Dynasaur" program, which ensures universal health care for children and pregnant women in the state.
An early front-runner in the 2004 Democratic Presidential nomination, Dean denounced the 2003 invasion of Iraq and called on Democrats to more strongly oppose the Bush Administration. Dean showed strong fundraising ability, and was a pioneer of political fundraising via the internet; however, he eventually lost the nomination to Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts. Dean formed the organization Democracy for America and later was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee in February 2005.
Dean was named "chairman emeritus" of the DNC upon his retirement. He was mentioned as a possible candidate for Secretary of Health and Human Services and Surgeon General under the Obama administration.
General Martin E. Dempsey
General Martin E. Dempsey serves as the 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this capacity, he serves as the principal military adviser to the President, the Secretary of Defense and the National Security Council. By law, he is the nationâ€™s highest-ranking military officer. Prior to becoming Chairman, the general served as the Armyâ€™s 37th Chief of Staff.
Past assignments have taken him and his family across the globe during both peace and war from Platoon Leader to Combatant Commander. He is a 1974 graduate of the United States Military Academy and a career armor officer.
As a company grade officer, he served with the 2nd Cavalry in United States Army Europe and with the 10th Cavalry at Fort Carson. Following troop command he earned his Masters of Arts in English from Duke University and was assigned to the English Department at West Point. In 1991, GEN Dempsey deployed with the Third Armored Division in support of OPERATION DESERT STORM. Following DESERT STORM, he commanded 4th Battalion 67th Armor (Bandits) in Germany for two years and then departed to become Armor Branch Chief in US Army Personnel Command. From 1996-1998 he served as the 67th Colonel of the Third Armored Cavalry Regiment. Following this assignment as the Armyâ€™s â€œsenior scoutâ€ he served on the Joint Staff as an Assistant Deputy Director in J-5 and as Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. From September 2001 to June 2003, General Dempsey served in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia training and advising the Saudi Arabian National Guard. In June of 2003, General Dempsey took command of the 1st Armored Division in Baghdad, Iraq. After 14 months in Iraq, General Dempsey redeployed the division to Germany and completed his command tour in July of 2005. He then returned to Iraq for two years in August of 2005 to train and equip the Iraqi Security Forces as Commanding General of MNSTC-I. From August 2007 through October 2008, GEN Dempsey served as the Deputy Commander and then Acting Commander of U.S. Central Command. Before becoming Chief of Staff of the Army, he commanded US Army Training and Doctrine Command from December 2008-March 2011.
General Dempseyâ€™s awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Distinguished Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star with â€œVâ€ Device and Oak Leaf Cluster, the Combat Action Badge, and the Parachutist Badge. In addition to his Mastersâ€™ Degree in English, he holds Mastersâ€™ Degrees in Military Art and in National Security Studies.
Thomas J. Donohue
Thomas J. Donohue is the President and CEO of the United States Chamber of Commerce located in Washington, DC. The United State Chamber of Commerce is a generally conservative group that supports pro-business causes, and it is the largest and oldest trade association in the United States. As its president, Donohue has increased the Chamber's profile in Washington.
Before joining the Chamber in 1997, Donohue was the President and CEO of American Trucking Associations for 13 years.
Shaun Donovan was sworn in as the 40th Director of the Office of Management and Budget on July 28, 2014. Donovan has committed his life to public service focused on good government and smart investment, while also building his leadership skills in the private, non-profit, and academic sectors.
Secretary Arne Duncan
Arne Duncan is the ninth U.S. secretary of education. He has served in this post since his confirmation by the U.S. Senate on Jan. 20, 2009, following his nomination by President Barack Obama.
Duncan's tenure as secretary has been marked by a number of significant accomplishments on behalf of American students and teachers. He helped to secure congressional support for President Obama's investments in education, including the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's $100 billion to fund 325,000 teaching jobs, increases in Pell grants, reform efforts such as Race to the Top and Investing in Innovation, and interventions in low-performing schools. Additionally, he has helped secure an additional $10 billion to avoid teacher layoffs; the elimination of student loan subsidies to banks; and a $500 million national competition for early learning programs. Under Duncan's leadership at the Department, the Race to the Top program has the incentives, guidance, and flexibility it needs to support reforms in states. The Department also has focused billions of dollars to transform struggling schools, prompting nearly 1,000 low-performing schools nationwide to recruit new staff, adopt new teaching methods, and add learning time. He has led new efforts to encourage labor and management to work together as never before, and their new collaboration is helping to drive reform, strengthen teaching, create better educational options, and improve learning. During Duncan's tenure, the Department has launched a comprehensive effort to transform the teaching profession.
In support of President Obama's goal for the United States to produce the highest percentage of college graduates by the year 2020, Duncan has helped secure increases in the Pell grant program to boost the number of young Americans attending college and receiving postsecondary degrees. He has begun new efforts to ensure that colleges and universities provide more transparency around graduation, job placement, and student loan default rates. With the income-based repayment program introduced during Duncan's tenure, student loan payments are being reduced for college graduates in low-paying jobs, and loans will be forgiven after 10 years for persons in certain public service occupations, such as teachers, police officers and firefighters.
Before becoming secretary of education, Duncan served as the chief executive officer of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), a position he held from June 2001 through December 2008. In that time, he won praise for uniting education reformers, teachers, principals and business stakeholders behind an aggressive education reform agenda that included opening more than 100 new schools, expanding after-school and summer learning programs, closing down underperforming schools, increasing early childhood and college access, dramatically boosting the caliber of teachers, and building public-private partnerships around a variety of education initiatives. Duncan is credited with significantly raising student performance on national and state tests, increasing graduation rates and the numbers of students taking Advanced Placement courses, and boosting the total number of scholarships secured by CPS students to more than $150 million. Also during his leadership of CPS, the district was recognized for its efforts to bring top teaching talent into the city's classrooms, where the number of teachers applying for positions almost tripled.
Prior to joining the Chicago Public Schools, from 1992 to 1998, Duncan ran the nonprofit education foundation Ariel Education Initiative, which helped fund a college education for a class of inner-city children under the I Have A Dream program. He was part of a team that later started a new public elementary school built around a financial literacy curriculum, the Ariel Community Academy, which today ranks among the top elementary schools in Chicago. From 1987 to 1991, Duncan played professional basketball in Australia, where he also worked with children who were wards of the state.
Duncan graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1987, after majoring in sociology. He was co-captain of Harvard's basketball team and was named a first team Academic All-American.
Duncan is married to Karen Duncan, and they have two children who attend public school in Arlington, Va.
Robert M. ("Mike") Duncan was the 60th Chairman of the Republican National Committee. He was elected in January 2007, replacing Ken Mehlman, and served until January 30, 2009, when he withdrew from renomination to the chairmanship. He is currently chairman of American Crossroads.
Douglas W. Elmendorf
Douglas W. Elmendorf is the eighth Director of the Congressional Budget Office. He was initially appointed on January 22, 2009, to complete the previous four-year term of office; he was later reappointed to serve through January 3, 2015.
The Honorable John Engler
John Engler is president of the Business Roundtable (BRT), an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. corporations with a combined workforce of more than 14 million workers and over $6 trillion in annual revenues.
A former three-term governor of Michigan, Engler assumed the leadership of Business Roundtable in January 2011 after serving six years as president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers.
As BRT president, Engler has helped bring CEO expertise and insights to bear on major challenges facing the United States, including global competitiveness, innovation, economic growth and job creation. BRT-member CEOs lead U.S.-headquartered companies that invest more than $150 billion annually in research and development and generate an estimated $420 billion in sales for small and medium-sized businesses annually.
Business Roundtable has accomplished significant public policy goals during Englerâ€™s tenure as BRT president, including enactment of trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea that will expand opportunities for U.S. exports and trade-related jobs. BRTâ€™s leadership on trade has been widely cited by the both White House and Congressional leaders.
Barnett "Barney" Frank is an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives. From 2007 to 2011, Frank served as chairman of the House Financial Services Committee.
He is a Democrat and has represented Massachusetts's 4th congressional district since 1981. The district includes many of Boston's southern suburbs--such as Brookline, Newton and Foxborough--as well as the South Coast.
Joshua Freed directs the Clean Energy Program at Third Way. He focuses on the policies and strategies needed to bring about clean energy reform and to address climate change. Prior to joining Third Way, Mr. Freed served for more than a decade as a political strategist for national, federal and local campaigns and was a senior staffer on Capitol Hill. Most recently, he was a Vice President at GMMB, where he was part of the media team for Obama for America and advised the senior leadership of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Mr. Freed also was the communications director for the Obama Colorado caucus campaign and advised the Obama for Colorado campaign in the general election.
Robert M. Gates
Dr. Robert M. Gates was sworn in on December 18, 2006, as the 22nd Secretary of Defense. Before entering his present post, Secretary Gates was the President of Texas AM University, the nation's seventh largest university. Prior to assuming the presidency of Texas AM on August 1, 2002, he served as Interim Dean of the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas AM from 1999 to 2001.
Secretary Gates served as Director of Central Intelligence from 1991 until 1993. He is the only career officer in CIA's history to rise from entry-level employee to Director. Secretary Gates served as Deputy Director of Central Intelligence from 1986 until 1989 and as Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Adviser at the White House from January 20, 1989, until November 6, 1991, for President George H.W. Bush.
Timothy Franz Geithner is the 75th and current United States Secretary of the Treasury, serving under President Barack Obama. He was previously the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Ed Gillespie is an American Republican political strategist and former Counselor to the President in the George W. Bush White House. Gillespie, along with Jack Quinn, former Chief of Staff to Vice President Al Gore, founded Quinn Gillespie & Associates, a bipartisan lobbying firm.
Newt Gingrich is former speaker of the US House of Representatives. Now a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, Gingrich continues to advocate for smaller government and what he terms "fundamental values." He is also the founder and General Chairman of the American Solutions for Winning the Future group. On May 11, 2011, Gingrich announced he will seek the Republican nomination to run against Barack Obama in the 2012 United States Presidential election.
Gingrich is the author of Rediscovering God in America and To Try Men's Souls: A Novel of George Washington and the Fight for American Freedom.
Austan Goolsbee is a member of the Council of Economic Advisers and the youngest member of the cabinet of President Barack Obama. Goolsbee is also serving as staff director and chief economist on the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board.
Goolsbee was the Robert P. Gwinn Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He was an economic adviser to Barack Obama's 2004 Senate race before becoming a senior economic adviser to Senator Obama's 2008 Presidential campaign.
He is a member of the panel of Economic Advisers to the Congressional Budget Office, a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a research fellow at the American Bar Foundation. He is a Senior Economist to the Democratic Leadership Council and the Progressive Policy Institute. He is also a frequent contributor to the New York Times. He was recently a Fulbright Scholar and a recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship.
His work focuses on the new economy, government policy, taxes, and technology.
Goolsbee was selected as one of Financial Times' six "'Gurus of the Future'/Best Under 40" (2005), named one of the Young Global Leaders at the 2005 World Economic Forum, and one of the 100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow at the 2002 World Economic Forum.
He was born on August 18, 1969, in Waco, Texas. He received his B.A. summa cum laude in economics from Yale University in 1991, his M.A. in economics from Yale University in 1991, and his Ph.D in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1995.
Dr. Stan Greenberg
Stan Greenberg has served as polling advisor to presidents and prime ministers, CEOs, and dozens of campaigns in the U.S. and around the world. His political clients have included President Bill Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and South Africa President Nelson
Mandela, and his corporate clients include Boeing, Microsoft, and other global companies. He also conducts the bi-partisan polls for NPR, The Los Angeles Times, and the Bipartisan Policy Center.
Dr. Greenberg was inducted into the American Association of Political Consultants’ Hall of Fame, and has been described as “the father of modern polling techniques.” He is the author of The Two Americas and Middle Class Dreams, which put the spotlight on “Reagan Democrats.” Those insights made him the principal polling advisor to the Democratic Leadership Council during the formative years of change for the Democratic Party between 1988 and 1994.
Dr. Greenberg founded his research firm in 1980 after a decade of teaching at Yale University where he received a Guggenheim Fellowship. He was educated at Miami University and Harvard University, where he earned his Ph.D.
Husain Haqqani is Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States in Washington, DC. A trusted advisor of late Pakistani Prime Minister, Ms. Benazir Bhutto, Ambassador Haqqani is known as a Professor at Boston University and Co-Chair of the Hudson Institute's Project on the Future of the Muslim World as well as editor of the journal ‘Current Trends in Islamist Thought' published from Washington DC.
Haqqani came to the U.S. in 2002 as a Visiting Scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington DC and an adjunct Professor at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University. He is a leading journalist, diplomat, and former advisor to Pakistani Prime ministers. His syndicated column is published in several newspapers in South Asia and the Middle East, including Oman Tribune, Jang, The Indian Express, Gulf News and The Nation (Pakistan).
Alec Hoppes is the Director of Congressional Affairs at AREVA.
Mike Huckabee is a Republican politician, musician, political commentator and host for the Fox News Channel and ABC Radio who served as Governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007. Huckabee finished second in the 2008 United States Republican presidential primaries.
Huckabee is the author of several books, an ordained Southern Baptist minister and a public speaker.
Steve J. Israel is the U.S. Representative for New York's 2nd congressional district, serving since 2001. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district is located on Long Island and includes the towns of Huntington, Babylon, Islip, and Smithtown in Suffolk County, part of the town of Oyster Bay in Nassau County, and the communities of Huntington, Dix Hills, Melville, Northport, Commack, Brentwood, Central Islip, Bay Shore, Deer Park, North Amityville, and Wyandanch. Israel was tapped by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to head the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for the 2012 election cycle, which will make Israel the 5th highest ranking Democrat in the leadership.
First elected to Congress in 2000, Darrell Issa currently serves as Ranking Member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and also serves on the House Judiciary Committee.
He is a graduate of Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan and serves as a member of the University Board of Trustees. Darrell and Kathy Issa are longtime residents of Vista, California. They have one son, William.
Chris Jankowski has built a proven record solving complex problems in state politics, government service and currently in state government relations. His breadth of experience provides unique insights and answers for all types of groups including Fortune 500 companies, organizations and coalitions.
With experience ranging from early state political campaign work, to serving as an Assistant Attorney General in South Carolina, Chris successfully managed a wide range of legal, policy, and political challenges early in his career. While based in Washington, Chris gained valuable multi-state government affairs experience, representing the insurance and financial services industries in over a dozen states. Later, as Director of State Political Affairs for the American Council of Life Insurers, Chris built a political network of contacts and relationships in state capitals across the country, working with members of both political parties and leaders at all levels of state government.
This unique combination of political, legal, and public policy experience places Chris Jankowski among the leading innovators in crafting solutions to state government problems.
Tim Kaine has served people throughout his life as a missionary, civil rights lawyer, teacher and elected official. He is one of just 20 Americans (and the only Virginian) to have represented his community as a Mayor, Governor and United States Senator.
Tim was elected to the Senate in 2012 as a can-do optimist skilled in bringing people together across old lines of party, race or region. In the Senate, he serves on the Armed Services, Budget and Foreign Relations Committees. He is Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on the Near East, South and Central Asian Affairs, overseeing American foreign policy in this critical region, from Morocco to Bangladesh.
David Keene is the President of the National Rifle Association and former chairman of the American Conservative Union. Keene helped found "Right on Crime," a conservative criminal justice reform group. He also serves as a lobbyist with The Carmen Group, a governmental affairs and legislative relations firm based in Washington, DC.
On February 1, 2013, John Forbes Kerry was sworn in as the 68th Secretary of State of the United States, becoming the first sitting Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman to become Secretary in over a century.
Secretary Kerry joined the State Department after 28 years in the United States Senate, the last four as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Matt Kibbe is president and CEO of FreedomWorks. He has been with the organization (previously known as Citizens for a Sound Economy) for over 12 years. An economist by training, Matt Kibbe is a well-respected national public policy expert.
Before joining FreedomWorks, Mr. Kibbe's career spanned the worlds of academia, business, and lawmaking. He served as Chief of Staff and House Budget Committee Associate for U.S. Representative Dan Miller(R-FL); Director of Federal Budget Policy for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Senior Economist for the Republican National Committee during Lee Atwater's tenure as Chairman; and Managing Editor of Market Process, an academic economics journal published by the Center for the Study of Market Processes at George Mason University.
Mr. Kibbe started his professional career at Citizens for a Sound Economy, serving as a policy analyst in the mid 1980s. Matt did graduate work in the economics department at George Mason University and received his BA in Economics from Grove City College.
Mr. Kibbe has written extensively on economics, public policy and politics. His writings have appeared in outlets such as USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, TownHall.com; RedState.com; American Spectator; The Washington Times, and Reason Magazine.
As United States Trade Representative (USTR), Ambassador Kirk is a member of President Obama's Cabinet and serves as the President's principal trade advisor, negotiator and spokesperson on trade issues.
Ambassador Kirk was nominated to be United States Trade Representative by President Barack Obama and was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 18, 2009. During his tenure at USTR, Ambassador Kirk has led the office in developing trade policies that are proactive, responsible, and more responsive to American families' interests - recognizing that trade can be a job-creating pillar of economic recovery in the United States and around the world. Highlights have included a new focus on trade policy that assists America's small and medium-sized businesses, increased enforcement efforts to bring home the benefits of existing trade agreements, and changes to move forward the Doha Round of world trade negotiations.
Ambassador Kirk draws upon more than 25 years of diverse legislative and economic experience on local, state and federal levels. As the first African American mayor of Dallas from 1995 - 2001, Ambassador Kirk expanded Dallas' reach to the world through a range of trade programs, including numerous trade missions. Previously, he served as Texas Secretary of State under Governor Ann Richards; as a legislative aide to U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen (D-Tex.) and as chair of Texas' General Service Commission. Ambassador Kirk also served as a City of Dallas assistant city attorney.
Andrew Kohut is an American pollster. Kohut currently serves as the president of Pew Research Center and director of two of Pew's sub-projects: Pew Research Center for the People and the Press and Pew Global Attitudes Project.
Kohut is a regular guest on National Public Radio and television news programs such as the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, where he presents Pew's poll results and analysis.
Amy Kremer considers herself a true Southern Belle. She was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and attended Auburn University. She is a former Delta Airlines flight attendant who has traveled all over the world.
Prior to the Fall of 2008, Amy had never been involved in politics. During the campaign season, she found she had a real interest in politics and began blogging. Amy became politically active early in 2009 through social media. She was one of the original founders of the Atlanta Tea Party and was also the nationwide event coordinator for the first round of tea parties that took place across the country on February 27th. After the February 27th tea parties, Amy worked very closely with the Don't Go Movement, Smart Girl Politics, and TCOT (Top Conservatives on Twitter) as the Nationwide Event Coordinator for Tax Day Tea Party. She was instrumental in coordinating the efforts for Tax Day Tea Party 2009. During the first week of March 2009, after realizing through all of her hard work with activists across the country, there was a movement being born out of the tea parties, she founded the organization Tea Party Patriots.
In August of 2009, Amy joined the Tea Party Express bus tour and traveled across the country. After the first Tea Party Express tour, Amy was thrilled to be asked to be a part of the second Tea Party Express tour. Earlier this year, Amy joined the Tea Party Express PAC as the Director of Grassroots and Coalitions. In her position of Director, Grassroots and Coalitions, Amy is working with other organizations and individual activists across the country to build the grassroots movement.
Amy has spoken at many tea parties and rallies across the country. She was a speaker at the 9/12 March on D.C. and was a keynote speaker at the Tea Party Convention in Nashville. In the Fall of 2009, Amy also participated as a panelist at the Value Voters Summit in Washington, D.C. She has appeared on Fox News Channel, as well as CNN, NBC, and MSNBC and other media outlets as one of the original grassroots coordinators within the movement.
Steven J. Law is President and CEO of American Crossroads, and President of its sister organization CrossroadsGPS. He previously held the position of Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He served as Deputy Secretary of Labor in the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush. In 2005, Law chaired the Presidentâ€™s Management Council Subcommittee on E-Government.
Carl Milton Levin (born June 28, 1934) is a Democratic United States Senator from Michigan and is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services. He has been in the Senate since 1979 and Michigan's senior senator since 1995. He is the longest-serving US Senator ever to represent Michigan.
Levin attended Detroit public schools and graduated from Swarthmore College in 1956 and from Harvard Law School in 1959. Soon after earning his law degree, he was admitted to the Michigan bar and opened a practice in Detroit, where he still lives. He received honorary degrees from Michigan State University in 2004 and Wayne State University in 2005.
He was state assistant attorney general and general counsel for the Michigan civil rights commission from 1964-67. He was special assistant attorney general for the State of Michigan and chief appellate defender for the city of Detroit from 1968-69. He was a member of the Detroit City Council 1969-77, the last four years as council president.
Jacob Lew became director of the White House's Office of Management and Budget in 2010, a position he previously held from 1998 to 2001. Before returning to OMB, Lew was the first deputy secretary of state for management and resources. Prior to joining the State Department, Lew served as managing director and chief operating officer of Citi Global Wealth Management and then Citi Alternative Investments. Lew came to Citi from New York University where he was responsible for budget, finance, and operations, as well as a professor of public administration. From 2004 to 2008, Lew chaired the management, administration, and governance committee for the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Board of Directors. During his first tenure at OMB, the US budget operated at a surplus for three years. As special assistant to President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1994, Lew helped design Americorps, the national service program.
Sen. Joe Lieberman
Joe Lieberman is the senior United States Senator from Connecticut. Lieberman was first elected to the United States Senate in 1988, and was elected to his fourth term on November 7, 2006. In the 2000 U.S. presidential election, Lieberman was the Democratic candidate for Vice President, running with presidential nominee Al Gore, becoming the first Jewish candidate on a major American political party presidential ticket. He and his running mate won the popular vote, but failed to gain the electoral votes needed to win the heavily controversial election. Lieberman ran for re-election to the U.S. Senate while he was also Gore's running-mate, and he was re-elected by the voters of Connecticut. He attempted to become the Democratic nominee in the 2004 Presidential election, but was unsuccessful.
During his re-election bid in 2006, he lost the Democratic Party primary election, but won re-election in the general election as a third party candidate under the party label "Connecticut for Lieberman." Lieberman is now officially listed in Senate records for the 110th Congress as an "Independent Democrat", and sits as part of the Democratic Senate caucus in the 110th Congress.
Richard Green "Dick" Lugar is the senior United States Senator from Indiana. He is a member of the Republican Party and served as the mayor of Indianapolis from 1968 to 1976 and was elected to the United States Senate in 1976 where he has been the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations from 1985 to 1987 and 2003 to 2007.
Jenny Beth Martin
Named among the top 100 most influential people in the world by Times 2010 list, Jenny Beth Martin is known for her involvement in the Tea Party movement. Jenny Beth is co-founder and CEO of Tea Party Patriots, a non-profit organization with 1,800 chapters and 15 million members around the country.
Senator John S. McCain III
John Sidney McCain III is the senior United States Senator from Arizona. He was the Republican nominee for president in the 2008 United States election.
Kevin McCarthy is the Majority Whip of the United States House of Representatives, having served in that position since 2011. A member of the Republican Party, he is the U.S. Congressman for California's 22nd congressional district (since 2007). He previously served two terms in the California State Assembly, including two years as the Republican Floor Leader.
Mitch McConnell, Jr. is the senior United States Senator from Kentucky. He was chosen by his Republican colleagues as the Minority Leader in November 2006, making him the top-ranking Republican in the 110th Congress, which convened January 3, 2007. He is a conservative, receiving a perfect score from the American Conservative Union in 2006. McConnell won re-election in 2008 against Democratic challenger Bruce Lunsford.
Bill McInturff is a partner and co-founder of Public Opinion Strategies, a leading Republican polling company. He was the lead pollster for John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign. Working with Democratic pollster Peter Hart, McInturff is also co-director of the NBC News/Wall Street Journal National Poll.
In addition to its work for major media outlets, Public Opinion Strategies has a wide variety of corporate clients. McInturff is an expert in the field of health care polling where he has completed more than 350 focus groups and more than 80 national surveys, including conducting the polling for the Harry and Louise campaign in 1993 and 94.
McInturff's corporate clients include the American Hospital Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, America's Health Insurance Plans, the Kaiser Family Foundation, Pfizer, Inc., and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
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Abraham McLaughlin is the Manager for Content Products and Sponsorship Sales at The Christian Science Monitor.
Mark Meckler is co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, one of the largest and most prominent Tea Party organizations.
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Admiral Michael Mullen
A native of Los Angeles, Calif., Admiral Michael Mullen graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1968. He has served in Allied, Joint and Navy positions, overseas and in both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets.
As a junior officer, he served in various leadership positions aboard USS Collett (DD 730), USS Blandy (DD 943), USS Fox (CG 33) and USS Sterett (CG 31). Adm. Mullen commanded three ships: USS Noxubee (AOG 56), USS Goldsborough (DDG 20), and USS Yorktown (CG 48). As a Flag Officer, he commanded Cruiser-Destroyer Group Two and the George Washington Battle Group. Adm. Mullen's last command at sea was as Commander, U.S. Second Fleet/Commander, NATO Striking Fleet Atlantic.
Ashore, Adm. Mullen served as Company Officer and Executive Assistant to the Commandant of Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy. He also served in the Bureau of Naval Personnel as Director, Surface Officer Distribution and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense on the staff of the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation. On the Chief of Naval Operations' staff, Adm. Mullen served as Deputy Director and Director of Surface Warfare; Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Resources, Requirements, and Assessments (N8); and as the 32nd Vice Chief of Naval Operations.
Janet Napolitano is the third Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and is leading our nation's collective efforts to secure our country from the threats we face - from terrorism to natural disasters.
To counter the threat of terrorism, Sec. Napolitano has forged new partnerships with international allies, and expanded information sharing with federal, state and local law enforcement - building a collaborative effort to detect and disrupt threats early on.
She has initiated a new, more strategic course to strengthen security along our southwest border, deploying additional personnel and advanced technology, while working closely with Mexico to combat violent international drug cartels - resulting in increased seizures of illegal contraband along the border and throughout our country's interior.
Napolitano also has forged a smart and effective approach to enforcing our immigration laws and prioritizing public safety while targeting criminal aliens and aggressively pursuing employers that knowingly take advantage of illegal labor.
She has strengthened the nation's ability to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters by cutting through red tape and expediting decision-making along the Gulf Coast, providing new resources to build resilient communities and bolster their response capabilities, and calling on all Americans to play a role in the shared responsibility of making our homeland secure.
In each of these areas - counterterrorism; border security; immigration enforcement; and disaster preparedness, response and recovery – Sec. Napolitano is building upon the skills and resources of this young department by deploying the best that science and technology have to offer; reinvigorating partnerships with state, local and tribal governments and the private sector - our nation's first detectors and first responders; and implementing a bold Efficiency Review that is making the Department a leaner, smarter agency better equipped to protect the nation.
Prior to becoming Secretary, Sec. Napolitano was in her second term as Governor of Arizona and was recognized as a national leader on homeland security, border security and immigration. She was the first woman to chair the National Governors Association and was named one of the top five governors in the country by Time Magazine. Napolitano was also the first female Attorney General of Arizona and served as U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona.
Sec. Napolitano was born in New York City and grew up in Pittsburgh, Penn., and Albuquerque, N.M. She graduated from Santa Clara University, where she won a Truman Scholarship and was the university's first female valedictorian, and received her Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law. Before entering public office, Sec. Napolitano served as a clerk for Judge Mary M. Schroeder on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and practiced law in Phoenix at the firm of Lewis and Roca.
Neil Newhouse is a partner and co-founder of Public Opinion Strategies, a national political and public affairs research firm which has been described by the New York Times as the leading Republican polling company in the country, and was named Pollster of the Year by the trade publication Campaigns and Elections for its work in the 2002 election cycle.
Margie Omero is president and founder of Momentum Analysis, a Democratic public opinion research firm based in Washington, D.C. The firm counts among its clients the Democratic National
Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, EMILY’s List, members of Congress, non-profit organizations, and labor unions. She is an award-winning pollster, recently named
one of “50 Politicos to Watch” by Politico, and a “Mover and Shaker” by Politics Magazine.
Prior to launching Momentum Analysis in 2001, Ms. Omero was a vice president at The Mellman Group, where she worked on the firm’s research for non-profits such as World Wildlife Fund, the Trust for Public Land, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the League of Women Voters. She also handled the firm’s research for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee as well as for numerous Democratic candidates such as Senators Maria Cantwell, Tim Johnson, and Tom Daschle.
Ms. Omero is a professionally-trained focus group moderator who has personally conducted nearly a thousand focus groups and qualitative discussions. She is also a member of the American Association of Political Consultants, where she has been a frequent judge for the group’s annual awards for campaign advertising. Ms. Omero graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, where she studied psychology and research methodology.
Michael B. Oren
Michael B. Oren is an American-born Israeli historian and author and the Israeli ambassador to the United States. He has written books, articles, and essays on Middle Eastern history, and is the author of the best-selling Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East, which won the Los Angeles Times History Book of the Year Award. He was a Distinguished Fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem and a contributing editor to The New Republic and the Shalem Center's quarterly journal, Azure.
A graduate of Princeton and Columbia, Dr. Oren has received fellowships from the U.S. Departments of State and Defense, and from the British and Canadian governments. Formerly, he was the Lady Davis Fellow of Hebrew University, a Moshe Dayan Fellow at Tel-Aviv University, and the Distinguished Fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Yale, and Georgetown.
Dr. Rand Paul is the junior United States Senator for Kentucky. Elected in 2010, he has proven to be an outspoken champion for constitutional liberties and fiscal responsibility, and a warrior against government overreach. Among his first legislative proposals: cutting $500 billion in federal spending and a plan to balance the federal budget in just five years. He has since introduced similar bills with growing support. In the Senate, Rand serves on the Foreign Relations, Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Homeland Security and Government Affairs, and Small Business Committees.
A graduate of Duke University School of Medicine, Rand was a practicing ophthalmologist in Bowling Green, Ky., for 17 years.
In 1995, he founded the Southern Kentucky Lions Eye Clinic, an organization that provides eye exams and surgery to needy families and individuals. Today, even as a U.S. Senator, he continues to provide pro-bono eye surgery to Kentuckians in need of care.
Rand has been a vocal advocate for term limits, a balanced-budget amendment, a Read the Bills Act, and an audit of the Federal Reserve. He has gained prominence for his independent positions on many political issues.
Rand has been married for over 20 years to Kelley Ashby of Russellville, Ky., and they have three sons. He is the son of former Republican Congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul of Texas.
Congressman Ron Paul
Ronald Ernest Paul is a Republican United States Congressman from Lake Jackson, Texas, a physician, a bestselling author, and a former 2008 U.S. presidential candidate. Paul serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the Joint Economic Committee, the Committee on Financial Services and is Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy. He is a candidate for the Republican Party nomination for President of the United States in the 2012 election.
Tim Pawlenty serves as president and CEO of The Financial Services Roundtable which represents leading financial service companies in their efforts to protect the security, integrity and success of our nation’s financial system. He previously served as governor of the State of Minnesota (2003-2011). As his state’s CEO, he was responsible for a $50 billion biennial budget, 30,000 employees and over 20 agencies and departments. His work as governor included promoting international business opportunities through trade missions to nine countries. As governor, he was also responsible for disaster preparedness and response, appointment of judges, and for serving as commander in chief of Minnesota’s National Guard. As chair of the State Board of Investment, Mr. Pawlenty provided oversight over $60 billion in investments. His education, health care and energy initiatives were widely viewed as among the most innovative in the nation. He served as chair of the National Governor’s Association (2007-2008), chair of the Education Commission of the States (2008-2010), and chair of the Midwest Governor’s Association (2006-2007). From 1986 to 2000, Mr. Pawlenty practiced law in the areas of criminal prosecution, civil litigation and appeals. He also served as vice president of corporate development for Wizmo, an early stage technology services company. He has served as a board member for numerous companies. Mr. Pawlenty served in the Minnesota House of Representatives (1993-2003) where he was elected majority leader by his colleagues (1999-2003). He received a B.A. from the University of Minnesota with Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honors. He received his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.
Representative Nancy Pelosi
For 25 years, Nancy Pelosi has represented California's 12th District in the House of Representatives. The 12th District includes most of the City of San Francisco including the Bayview, Chinatown, the Mission, North Beach, Presidio, SOMA, the Sunset and many of the diverse neighborhoods that make San Francisco a vibrant and prosperous community.
As the Democratic Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives for the 113th Congress, Pelosi is focused on strengthening America's middle class through job creation, reforming the political system to create clean campaigns and fair elections, enacting comprehensive immigration reform, and ensuring safety in America’s communities, neighborhoods and schools. From 2007-2011, Pelosi served as Speaker of the House, the first woman to do so in American history. She first made history in November 2002 when House Democrats elected her the first woman to lead a major political party in Congress. Pelosi has led House Democrats for a decade and previously served as House Democratic Whip.
Dan Pfeiffer currently serves as Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor. In January 2009, Pfeiffer joined the White House as Deputy Communications Director and became the Communications Director in December 2009. He first joined the President's campaign as the Traveling Press Secretary and later became the Communications Director. Prior to working on the campaign, Pfeiffer previously worked for Vice President Al Gore, Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle and Senators Tim Johnson and Evan Bayh.
John S. Pistole was sworn in as the Transportation Security Administrationâ€™s (TSA) fifth Administrator in July 2010. As TSA Administrator, he oversees management of a 60,000-strong workforce, the security operations of more than 450 federalized airports throughout the U.S., the Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS), and the security for highways, railroads, ports, mass transit systems and pipelines.
Named 72nd Postmaster General of the United States of America on June 1, 2001, Jack Potter has led the Postal Service to record levels of service, customer satisfaction and efficiency.
With the 2006 enactment of the first comprehensive postal legislation since 1970, Potter has positioned the Postal Service to take advantage of the law’s pricing flexibility and other innovative features to drive the business growth necessary to support its mandate of providing affordable, universal service to the nation. This builds on his strong and continued focus on generating revenue, reducing costs, improving service, and achieving results with a customer-focused, performance-based culture.
Potter championed the development of a strong privacy program, resulting in the Postal Service being named the most trusted government agency -- and one of the 10 most trusted organizations in the nation -- by the respected Ponemon Institute. A recent Roper poll found that the American people view the Postal Service more favorably than any other federal agency.
His work to enhance the workplace environment and relationships with unions and management associations contributed to record levels of safety and employee satisfaction. Computerworld named the Postal Service one of the best places to work in information and technology. Fortune chose the Postal Service one of the 50 Best Companies for Minorities, and Careers & the dis-ABLED recognized it as public-sector employer of the year.
Reinhold Reince Priebus is the chairman of the Republican National Committee. He is also a previous chair of the Republican Party of Wisconsin.
Tom Reynolds is a politician from the U.S. state of New York, formerly representing the state's 26th Congressional district in the United States House of Representatives. Reynolds was chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, the official Republican House campaign organization, for the 2006 election cycle. He retired at the end of the 110th Congress.
Susan E. Rice
Susan Elizabeth Rice is the United States National Security Advisor. Rice is a former U.S. diplomat, former Brookings Institution fellow, and former United States Ambassador to the United Nations.
Marco Rubio served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2000 to 2008 and was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010. His committee assignments currently include Commerce, Science and Transportation; Foreign Relations; Intelligence; and Small Business and Entrepreneurship. He and his wife, Jeanette, have four young children and live in West Miami.
Representative Paul Ryan
Paul D. Ryan, Jr. is an American politician and Congressman from Wisconsin.
He is a member of the Republican Party, and represents Wisconsin's 1st congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Kenneth Lee "Ken" Salazar is the current United States Secretary of the Interior. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served as a United States Senator from Colorado from 2005 to 2009. He and Mel Martinez (R-Florida) were the first Hispanic U.S. Senators since 1977; they were joined by Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey) in January 2006. Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, he served as Attorney General of Colorado from 1999 to 2005.
Mary L. Schapiro served as the 29th chairman of the U.S. Securities and
Exchange Commission—the first woman to serve as the agency’s permanent chairman. During her 2009-12 tenure, the SEC brought a record number of enforcement actions; pursued scores of individuals and entities in connection with the financial crisis; bolstered
the resilience of U.S. equity market structure and reduced the likelihood of another “flash crash”; presided over one of the busiest rulemaking agendas in its history; obtained significant responsibilities for derivatives, hedge funds and credit rating agencies as a result of financial reform legislation; and underwent a comprehensive restructuring to become more effective in its investor protection mission. Prior to becoming SEC chairman, Schapiro was CEO of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and served as a director on the boards of Kraft Foods and Duke Energy.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Debbie Wasserman Schultz is the U.S. Representative for Florida's 20th congressional district, serving since 2005. She is a member of the Democratic Party and the Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. She previously served in the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate.
Kathleen Sebelius was sworn in as the 21st Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on April 28, 2009. Since taking office, Secretary Sebelius has led ambitious efforts to improve America’s health and enhance the delivery of human services to some of the nation’s most vulnerable populations, including young children, those with disabilities, and the elderly.
As part of the historic Affordable Care Act, Secretary Sebelius is implementing reforms that end many of the insurance industry’s worst abuses, and will help 34 million uninsured Americans get health coverage. Under the law, she is also carrying out policies that put a new focus on wellness and prevention, support the adoption of electronic medical records, and help recruit and train more primary care health providers.
In addition, Secretary Sebelius is working closely with doctors, nurses, hospital leaders, employers, and patients to slow the growth in health care costs through better care and better health. And under her leadership, HHS has formed a historic partnership with the Department of Justice to stamp out health care fraud that has already returned record sums to the Medicare Trust Fund.
Secretary Sebelius is committed to ensuring that America continues to lead the world in innovation. Under her leadership, HHS is promoting public-private collaboration to bring life-saving treatments and medicines to market. The Department is also working to build a 21st century food safety system that will prevent outbreaks before they occur. And it is collaborating with the Department of Education, to help states increase the quality of early childhood education programs, and give parents more information to make the best choices for their children.
Secretary Sebelius also leads the nation’s emergency health response to crises and natural disasters, including the Haiti earthquake, the Gulf oil spill, and the Joplin, Missouri tornado. And as America’s top health official, she continues to work with our international partners to confront global health issues like polio, HIV/AIDS, and the growing costs of chronic disease around the world.
Forbes has named Secretary Sebelius one of the 100 most powerful women in the world. Before her Cabinet appointment in April, 2009, she served as Governor of Kansas beginning in 2003, where she was named one of America’s Top Five Governors by Time Magazine. From 1995 to 2003 she served as Kansas Insurance Commissioner. She was a member of the Kansas House of Representatives from 1987 to 1995.
Secretary Sebelius is the first daughter of a governor to be elected governor in American history; her father John Gilligan served as Ohio’s Governor from 1971-75. She holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity Washington University. She is married to Gary Sebelius, a federal magistrate judge. They have two sons, John and Ned, and a daughter-in-law, Lisa.
Daniel Simmons is the Director of Regulatory and State Affairs for the Institute for Energy Research.
Alan Simpson is a Republican politician who served from 1979 to 1997 as a United States Senator from Wyoming.
Hilda L. Solis
Secretary Hilda L. Solis was confirmed as Secretary of Labor on February 24, 2009. Prior to confirmation as Secretary of Labor, Secretary Solis represented the 32nd Congressional District in California, a position she held from 2001 – 2009. In the Congress, Solis’ priorities included expanding access to affordable health care, protecting the environment, and improving the lives of working families. A recognized leader on clean energy jobs, she authored the Green Jobs Act which provided funding for “green” collar job training for veterans, displaced workers, at risk youth, and individuals in families under 200 percent of the federal poverty line.
Gene B. Sperling
Gene B. Sperling is Director of the National Economic Council and Assistant to the President for Economic Policy. Upon his appointment on January 7, 2011, Mr. Sperling became the first person to serve as NEC Director and principal economic policy advisor for two presidents: first under President Clinton from 1997 to 2001, and now under President Obama.
In the Obama Administration, Sperling has played a key role representing the White House in budget negotiations with Congress as well as in designing several of the President’s economic initiatives including the American Jobs Act, the extension of Transition Adjustment Assistance, the universal dislocated workers program, and the small business tax credit. He also serves as the White House point person on several of the President’s top priorities including manufacturing policy, housing, and economic assistance for veterans.
During his eight years at the White House in the Clinton Administration, Sperling helped negotiate the 1993 and 1997 Deficit Reduction Acts and the increase in the earned-income tax credit and a champion of Saving Social Security First, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Hope Scholarship Tax Credit and the Direct Student Loan program.
Mr. Sperling’s work extends beyond economics. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Mr. Sperling was a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution where he focused on education in poor and conflict-affected nations. He was the founder and Director of the Center for Universal Education at the Council on Foreign Relations and co-authored a book entitled What Works in Girls’ Education: Evidence and Policies from the Developing World.
Mr. Sperling was also Senior Fellow for Economic Policy at the Center for American Progress, where he authored The Pro-Growth Progressive: An Economic Strategy for Shared Prosperity.
Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Sperling served as Counselor at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. In that role, Mr. Sperling served as a lead policy advisor on fiscal, budget, tax, job creation and small business issues.
Mr. Sperling graduated from the University of Minnesota and Yale Law School, and attended Wharton Business School. He is a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, where his parents still live.
Randall L. Stephenson
Randall L. Stephenson is chairman of the board, chief executive officer and president of AT&T Inc. He was appointed to the position in 2007.
Ambassador Namik Tan was appointed Ambassador of Turkey to the United States in February 2010. Prior to this appointment, Ambassador Tan was Deputy Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, responsible for bilateral political affairs and public diplomacy. He was previously Ambassador of Turkey to Israel from 2007 to 2009.
On Sept.16, 2009, Richard L. Trumka was elected president of the AFL-CIO by acclamation at the federation’s 26th convention in Pittsburgh, Pa., and re-elected in 2013 by AFL-CIO convention delegates in Los Angeles. His election, following 15 years of service as the AFL-CIO’s secretary-treasurer, capped Trumka’s rise to leadership of the nation’s largest labor federation from humble beginnings in the small coal mining communities of southwest Pennsylvania.
Chris Van Hollen
Congressman Chris Van Hollen was elected to Congress in 2002 and quickly earned a reputation as an active, engaged, and effective member of the House of Representatives. He is working to advance policies that support job creation and economic growth, reduce the deficit, and put America on a path to fiscal sustainability and broadly-shared prosperity. Throughout his career, he has been a champion of education, veterans, energy, the environment, health care, civil rights, and small business.
Chris Van Hollen
Christopher "Chris" Van Hollen, Jr. is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Maryland's 8th congressional district since 2003. The district includes most of Montgomery County, a suburban county adjacent to Washington, D.C., as well as parts of Prince George's County, another county that borders Washington, D.C. Van Hollen was elected as the ranking member on the House Budget Committee on November 17, 2010.
After the Democrats regained control of the House in the 2006 elections, Van Hollen became the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the fifth-ranking position among House Democrats. In this post, Van Hollen is responsible for leading efforts to get more Democrats elected to Congress.
Antonio R. Villaraigosa is the 41st mayor of Los Angeles and has held the office since 2005. During his first term, Villaraigosa built the police force to its largest size in history, oversaw the steepest reduction in crime since the 1950s, and developed LA’s first comprehensive anti-gang strategy. Having dedicated much of his first term to reforming LA’s public schools, he now oversees the Partnership for LA Schools, which runs ten of the lowest-performing schools. With the launching of Green LA, Villaraigosa has set the city on the path to becoming one of the greenest large cities in the nation. Among the many improvements in becoming greener, LA has met the Kyoto targets for reducing greenhouse gases four years ahead of schedule, has met the first target of getting 10 percent of energy from renewable sources, and is on track to reaching 40 percent by 2020.
Scott Kevin Walker is an American politician and a member of the Republican Party who currently serves as the 45th Governor of Wisconsin. Walker took office on January 3, 2011, after defeating Democratic candidate Tom Barrett, attaining 52% of the vote in the November 2010 general election. Previously, Walker had served as County Executive of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, from 2002 to 2010, and prior to that had been a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1993 to 2002.
Brian Walsh is President of the Congressional Leadership Fund, a Republican Super PAC.
Daphne Wysham is a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) and is the founder and co-director of the Sustainable Energy and Economy Network (SEEN).
Mark Zandi is an American economist and co-founder of Moody's Economy.com, a widely-cited source of economic analysis.