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| KATHRYN DUNN TENPAS|
KATHRYN DUNN TENPAS is a nonresident senior fellow with Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution and a fellow and secretary of the Governance Institute. Dr. Tenpas’ research addresses the intersection between the presidency and politics, including presidential reelection campaigns, and trends in presidential travel and polling expenses. She has also looked at White House staffing, with a particular focus on turnover rates and individual White House entities like the Office of Political Affairs, Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives, and Staff Secretary.
Dr. Tenpas has authored the book Presidents as Candidates: Inside the White House for the Presidential Campaign, and published over thirty articles, book chapters and papers on these topics. Recent publications include, a Political Science Quarterly article, “First Term Presidential Travel from Eisenhower to George W. Bush: The Emergence of an ‘Electoral College’ Strategy” (with Charnock and McCann), a book chapter titled, “The State of the Union Address: Process, Politics and Promotion,” and a Public Opinion Quarterly article, “Testing the Permanence of the Permanent Campaign: An Analysis of Presidential Polling Expenditures, 1977-2002” (with McCann).
In addition to her scholarly contributions, she serves as a participant in the University of Virginia’s oral history project at the Miller Center, which involves high-level interviews with members of the Bush administration (1989-1993), Clinton administration and Bush II administration (2001-2009).
In preparation for the 2000-2001 and 2008-2009 presidential transitions, she was a member of The White House Project, in which she prepared a study of the White House Office of the Staff Secretary.
She also served two terms on the Board of the American Political Science Association’s Presidency Research Group, a national organization for presidency scholars. She has participated in numerous interviews with television, radio and print journalists, appearing in publications such as USA Today, The Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal and on national news programs with NPR, NBC, CNN and Fox News.
Her academic positions include her current affiliation with the University of Pennsylvania, as a Senior Fellow at the Weidenbaum Center at Washington University in St. Louis, and an Associate Professorship in the Department of Government and International Affairs at the University of South Florida. While there, she directed the Political Science Honors Program and the Washington, D.C. internship program. From 1992-1993, she was a guest scholar with Leiden University in the Netherlands.
Dr. Tenpas holds a PhD and MA from the University of Virginia, and a BA from Georgetown University.
Presidents as Candidates: Inside the White House for the Presidential Campaign
CLAUDIA THURBER, a veteran of over twenty-two years of federal government service, was the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Counsel for Health Standards until her retirement in February 2006. She is an expert on the regulatory process. Her responsibilities included working closely with OSHA management and the Office of the Solicitor of Labor in the development and promulgation of health and safety standards, serving as liaison to the Office of Management and Budget and other government agencies on regulatory issues. She planned and managed the standards work of staff attorneys, which gave her an opportunity to put into practice her experience as project attorney for some of OSHA's most important and far reaching standards that protect workers from the hazards of blood borne pathogens, petrochemicals, power generation, and fire in shipyards.
Ms. Thurber has spoken at numerous professional meetings, including the National Safety Council annual meeting. Most recently, she gave the keynote speech at the first meeting of the Ecuador chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers and presented current issues in regulation to a group of academics, government managers and graduate students at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. She has taught Political Science courses at The American University.
Ms. Thurber holds a JD from The Washington College of Law at The American University, an MA in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, and a BA from Washington State University.
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JAMES A. THURBER is University Distinguished Professor of Government and Founder (1979) and Founder and Former Director (1979-2016) of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies and Affiliate Distinguished Professor of Public Administration and Policy at American University in Washington, DC. He has been on the faculty at the American University since 1974 and was honored as the Scholar/Teacher of the Year in 1996.
Dr. Thurber is author and co-author of numerous books and more than fifty articles and chapters on Congress, congressional-presidential relations, congressional budgeting, congressional reform, interest groups and lobbying and campaigns and elections. His publications include He is author of numerous books and more than eighty articles and chapters on Congress, interest groups and lobbying, and campaigns and elections. His book American Gridlock: The Sources, Character and Impact of Political Polarization (with Antoine Yoshinaka) was published in December 2015. He is an author or editor of Rivals for Power: Presidential-Congressional Relations, Campaigns and Elections, American Style, Obama in Office: The First Two Years, Setting Course: A Congressional Management Guide, and Remaking Congress: The Politics of Congressional Stability and Change.
Dr. Thurber has served in government as a legislative assistant to the late Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey and Rep. James G. O'Hara; senior staff analyst for Rep. David Obey, and the Commission on Administrative Review of the House of Representatives, and for Sen. Adlai Stevenson. He was recently president of the National Capital Area Political Science Association and the APSA representative to the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences.
He was honored as the Centennial Professor for the 100th Anniversary of Washington State University in 1990, earned the American University School of Public Affairs award for the best Research and Publication in 1992 and the award for Outstanding Service to the University in 1993. He is interviewed frequently on CBS-TV, ABC-TV, NBC-TV, BBC radio and CNN-TV National Public Radio, C-SPAN, and for major newspapers as an expert on American politics and government. He has recently served as a consultant to BBC for a documentary on American politics.
Dr. Thurber earned his PhD in political science from Indiana University in 1973.
Campaigns and Elections American Style
American Gridlock: The Sources, Character, and Impact of Political Polarization
Rivals for Power: Presidential-Congressional Relations
Obama in Office
Battle for Congress: Consultants, Candidates, and Voters
PAT TOWELL is a specialist in national defense with the Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade Division at the Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress. Prior to joining CRS he was a Senior Fellow at The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA). Mr. Towell covered defense policy for Congressional Quarterly for more than 25 years. During that time, he covered the defense budget process each year from presidential submission through final congressional and presidential action. Prior to joining CQ, Mr. Towell was a political science lecturer at California State University in Bakersfield.
He received an AB from Georgetown University, MA from Northwestern University, and PhD from University of Illinois.
JIM TOZZI is a member of the Board of Advisors, Center for Regulatory Effectiveness. He is also the president of Multinational Business Services, Inc., representing clients before Federal agencies on regulatory issues.
Previously, Mr. Tozzi served in the Executive Office of the President of the United States as deputy administrator, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), supervising and implementing the Administration's program for overseeing, coordinating and approving all federal regulations. Before that, he served at OMB as assistant director and was responsible for developing a national regulatory policy, reviewing all U.S. governmental information requests affecting U.S. firms, and developing policies for automatic data processing and telecommunications equipment. As chief of the environmental branch of OMB, he served as principal advisor on the content and implementation of federal environmental programs.
From 1964 to 1972, Mr. Tozzi served at the Department of Defense in the Office of the Secretary of the Army and was responsible for the development of the Army Corps of Engineers budget, and served as congressional liaison for budget. He also served in the Office of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and was responsible for the development of strategic response plans.
Mr. Tozzi earned a BS in chemical engineering from the Carnegie Institute of Technology, a Masters in Retailing from the University of Pittsburgh, and a PhD in economics and business administration from the University of Florida.
GENE ULM, a partner at Public Opinion Strategies, is one of the Republican Party’s leading political strategists and pollsters. Active in Republican campaigns for more than 25 years, Gene has extensive experience on behalf of numerous successful U.S. Senate, gubernatorial, congressional and state legislative campaigns.
In 2014, Gene’s premier congressional clients included Paul Ryan (WI), Mike Bishop (MI), Jeff Denham (CA), and freshmen Bruce Poliquin (ME) and Alex Mooney (WV). Gene also polled on behalf of major independent expenditure efforts in nearly every major U.S. Senate race.
In addition to polling on behalf of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s public employee reforms in 2011, in 2012, Gene polled on behalf of an independent effort against the recall of Governor Walker as well as the successful effort to maintain a majority in the Wisconsin State Senate. Gene also completed research in support of Indiana’s right-to-work legislation.
He has completed research in Australia, New Zealand, Russia, the former Yugoslavia, Indonesia, Thailand, the United Kingdom, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Kenya, Pakistan, Qatar and Sri Lanka.
is the Executive Chairman of Wexler & Walker Public Policy Associates. He spent 20 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he was chairman of the House Science Committee and chairman of the House Republican leadership. Other key House positions held by Mr. Walker included vice chairman of the House Budget Committee, member of the Republican Steering Committee, and member of Speaker Gingrich's six-person Advisory Group.
As an advocate for scientific research, technology and space programs, Mr. Walker was the first sitting House member to be awarded NASA's Distinguished Service Medal in 1996. Mr. Walker has also been a frequent guest on CNN's "Crossfire" and National Public Radio shows.
Mr. Walker received a BA in education from Millersville University and an MA in political science from the University of Delaware. He taught high school social studies, and was a senior aide to Pennsylvania Representative Edwin Eshleman for 10 years.
STEPHEN WAYNE is a professor of government at Georgetown University, where he heads the American Government section. An expert on the American Presidency, he has written twelve books, several in multiple editions, and over 100 articles, chapters, and book reviews.
His major works include The Road to the White House, now in its ninth edition, Personality and Politics: Obama For and Against Himself, The Legislative Presidency, Presidential Leadership (with George C. Edwards), two co-authored introductory texts on American Government, The Politics of American Government, 3rd ed. and the most recent, Conflict and Consensus in American Politics published in 2006.
In addition Professor Wayne has authored or edited the following works: Is This Any Way to Run a Democratic Election?, 4th. ed.,The Election of the Century (with Clyde Wilcox), and Is This Any Way to Run a Democratic Government? ed. with contributions from graduate students, faculty and alumni of the Government Department of Georgetown University.
Professor Wayne has served as President of the Presidency Research Group and The National Capital Area Political Science Association. He regularly lectures to international visitors, senior federal executives, and college students in the United States and abroad on the presidency and electoral politics. He has testified before Congress, advised both the Republican and Democratic National Committees on the presidential nomination process, and worked as a consultant on various film documentaries on the American Presidency.
He is past president of the Presidency Research Group and the National Capitol Area Political Science Association.
Personality and Politics: Obama For and Against Himself
The Road to the White House 2016
The Road to the White House 2012
Presidential Leadership: Politics and Policy Making
Is This Any Way to Run a Democratic Electione
JEFFREY WEINBERG is a legislative attorney at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Executive Office of the President. He is responsible for coordination and clearance of the Administration's testimony before congressional committees on legislation; draft legislation for presentation to Congress; and positions on legislation being considered on the floor of the House and Senate. He also prepares memoranda for the President on legislation awaiting his approval or veto.
He is an adjunct professor at The Graduate School of Political Management, where he teaches graduate courses and lectures on the presidency. He has taught courses on the American Presidency and Executive Branch Decision Making in the Master’s in Legislative Affairs Program.
In 1995 at the OMB Awards Ceremony commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the founding of OMB, Mr. Weinberg received the Distinguished Service Award "For outstanding contributions over six Presidential Administrations in managing the legislative clearance process on behalf of the OMB Director and the President."
Mr. Weinberg is also Associate Professorial Lecturer in George Washington University's Masters in Legislative Affairs Program where he teaches a course on Executive Branch Decision-making.
MYRA ENGERS WEINBERG was Director of Research for the CQ Weekly before joining the National Restaurant Association. She worked as a reference librarian at Congressional Quarterly's Library from 1992 to 1998. In that capacity, she provided detailed research about Congress, politics, and the legislative process to CQ reporters and staff. She also responded to telephone inquiries from subscribers and the press, averaging 750 calls per month, on various topics including content and status of legislation, election process and results, and the workings of Congress. In addition, Ms. Weinberg provided extensive online searching support using Washington Alert, NEXIS, DIALOG, and DataTimes systems.
Previously, Ms. Weinberg worked for four years as a reference librarian in the Library and Information Center of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) in Washington, DC.
ANTHONY WILLETT is the Senior Speechwriter to the Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) where he researches, writes, and edits all executive communications and serves as policy advisor to the Administrator. From 1998 until 2003, Mr. Willett was Chief of Staff, Free Flight with the FAA. He devised and managed communications and legislative activities.
From 1997 until 1998 he was Chief of Staff in the Office of the Deputy Administrator, FAA where he served as senior advisor to the Deputy Administrator, conducted final review of proposed rulemaking and of congressional correspondence, and oversaw the FAA's 24-hour emergency response center.
From 1994 until 1997 Mr. Willett was Program Director, Public Affairs Field Operations, FAA. There he devised, executed, and managed internal and external national public affairs media strategies, prepared senior executives for media interviews, and wrote daily electronic news updates for agency-wide distribution. Mr. Willett was Manager, Management Systems Branch, FAA Boston and Manager, Planning, Appraisal & Legislative Affairs, FAA from 1989 until 1994 where he managed public affairs, management systems, legislative affairs, aviation education and forms management. He served as a Public Affairs Officer with the FAA Technical Center from 1986 until 1988 where he wrote press releases and speeches and edited a weekly newsletter. From 1982 until 1984 he was the Managing Editor with the Atlantic City Magazine.
He received a BS in English Education from Seton Hall University, Magna Cum Laude, and a Master of Journalism from Temple University, Magna Cum Laude.
G. KIM WINCUP is a senior adviser to the International Security Program at CSIS. Mr. Wincup is an attorney with broad career experience in both the legislative and executive branches of the federal government, in the private sector as a senior executive of a Fortune 500 company, and as chairman and member of a variety of boards and organizations in the defense policy, education, and technology fields.
He is currently a member and past chairman of the Board of Advisors of the Naval Postgraduate School and is on the Board of Advisors for the National Security Studies Program at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
He retired in May 2011 as senior vice president at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), where he had worked since 1995. Prior to joining CSIS, Mr. Wincup held several positions in Congress.
After serving on active duty for four years as a judge advocate in the Air Force, he began working as counsel for the House Committee on Armed Services. After 10 years as counsel, then assistant general counsel, he became the committee’s staff director responsible for all legislative and management activities for the remaining six years of his service. He also served as staff director of the Joint Committee for the Reorganization of the Congress in 1993.
Mr. Wincup has served as Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for acquisition and as the service acquisition executive responsible for the management and oversight of the Air Force’s acquisition program. Prior to this appointment, he served for three years as Assistant Secretary of the Army for manpower and reserve affairs. In this capacity, he was responsible for the Army’s active duty, reserve, and civilian personnel during the post–Cold War drawdown and Desert Storm.
Mr. Wincup has a BA in political science from DePauw University, and received his JD from the University of Illinois School of Law.
KERRY YOUNG is an associate editor for CQ HealthBeat. She draws on her deep knowledge of Congress and key federal health agencies (the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the FDA and the CDC), as well as the science and practice of medicine. She returned to the health beat last year after covering the federal budget for six years for CQ News. Earlier, she spent nine years on the health beat at Bloomberg News.
A graduate of Tulane University, Ms. Young started her career in journalism at small newspapers in New Jersey.
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WILLIAM H. ZELIFF, JR. is Senior Counselor at The Livingston Group. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1990 from the first district of New Hampshire and retired in 1997. As Deputy Whip, Mr. Zeliff helped create and implement the House agenda. His service as Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, International Affairs and Criminal Justice of the House Government Reform Committee was instrumental in moving the drug issue to center stage during the 1996 presidential election. He was a member of the House Transportation Committee and served with distinction on the Surface Transportation, Water Resources and Aviation Subcommittees. Mr. Zeliff authored the "A to Z Budget Cutting Tool" used by Members of Congress to encourage fiscal responsibility.
Mr. Zeliff successfully rebuilt and operated three small businesses, winning the New Hampshire Restaurant and Lodging Association's prestigious Innkeeper of the Year award in 1988.
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