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Tom Wickham: A Guide to the Major Issues on Congress’s Opening Day

Tom Wickham: A Guide to the Major Issues on Congress’s Opening Day As the 118th Congress gets underway, the Center for Effective Lawmaking is taking the opportunity to present insights from Tom Wickham, Senior Vice President of state and local policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; he is also a Member of our Advisory Board. Previously, he was the Parliamentarian of the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served in the Parliamentarian’s Office for 25 years, and helped referee 14 different elections for Speaker and advised on all aspects…

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2022: A Year in Review

2022: A Year in Review As 2022 draws to a close, we at the Center for Effective Lawmaking (CEL) wanted to take the time to reflect on our accomplishments and what lies ahead in the new year, as well as to thank you for your contributions to the CEL. We are proud to present the Center for Effective Lawmaking Annual Report for 2021-2022. Here you will see highlights from the last academic year, including: Hosting our 3rd and 4th Annual Research Conferences, as well as the respective recipients of the…

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Success in the States: How Outstanding State Lawmakers Lead and Govern

Success in the States: How Outstanding State Lawmakers Lead and Govern On Monday, December 12, the Center for Effective Lawmaking (CEL), along with the Levin Center for Oversight and Democracy, Lyceum Labs, and the Millennial Action Project (MAP), cohosted the event "Success in the States: How Outstanding State Lawmakers Lead and Govern" in Washington, DC. The forum brought together a bipartisan group of state lawmakers and nonprofit leaders dedicated to supporting better political leadership in the U.S. to reflect on the issues at stake for our democracy. The participants spoke about their experiences and research, and provided valuable insights into how…

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Meet our new Advisory Board Member: Congressman Tom Davis

Meet our new Advisory Board Member: Congressman Tom Davis The Center for Effective Lawmaking is excited to welcome Congressman Tom Davis to our Board of Advisors. Davis served seven terms in the United States House of Representatives from 1995-2008. He served as chairman of both the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, where he led a number of high-profile investigations, and the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC). When he joined Congress, he was the first freshman representative in 50 years to hold a subcommittee chairmanship, taking the gavel of the…

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Inside the Stennis Center Retreat

Inside the Stennis Center Retreat Last week, the Center for Effective Lawmaking co-hosted a retreat with the Stennis Center for Public Service, a federal, bipartisan legislative branch agency established by the U.S. Congress to provide a variety of public service programs and development opportunities.  The purpose of the retreat was to commemorate the Stennis Congressional Staff Fellows Program, a bipartisan, bicameral leadership development program for senior-level staff members of Congress, which was concluding the two-year program for the cohort who served during the 117th Congress. Taking place in Charlottesville with…

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Meet our Graduate Affiliates: Patrick Buhr and Emily Cottle Ommundsen

Meet our Graduate Affiliates: Patrick Buhr and Emily Cottle Ommundsen The Center For Effective Lawmaking is excited to introduce Patrick Buhr and Emily Cottle Ommundsen as two of our newest Graduate Affiliates.   Buhr is a doctoral student at Vanderbilt University studying the U.S. Congress and federal bureaucracy. He is also a teaching assistant for classes that discuss the legislative process and public administration, and seek to educate young Americans on the inner workings of the government and to engage them with current political processes. Buhr earned his undergraduate degree from the University of…

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Meet our Faculty Affiliate: Leah Rosenstiel

Meet our Faculty Affiliate: Leah Rosenstiel Members of the Center for Effective Lawmaking are excited to introduce one of our newest Faculty Affiliates,  Leah Rosenstiel. She is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University. Previously,  she worked as a research assistant on K-12 education policy at the Congressional Research Service.Professor Rosenstiel's teaching and research are primarily centered around American political institutions, seeking to understand how the structures of political institutions shape outcomes. Specifically, she concentrates on the disconnect between public policy goals and their effective implementation. Through her courses, she…

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Meet our Faculty Affiliate: Erinn Lauterbach

Meet our Faculty Affiliate: Erinn Lauterbach The Center for Effective Lawmaking is excited to introduce one of our newest Faculty Affiliates, Erinn Lauterbach. A self-described "political junkie," she is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Villanova University. Previously, she worked as both a scheduler and legislative aide for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. She also served as an intern for a member of the British Parliament while studying abroad. Professor Lauterbach specializes in American political institutions, especially the U.S. Congress and the separation of powers, lawmaking…

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Meet our Faculty Affiliate: Jesse Crosson

Meet our Faculty Affiliate: Jesse Crosson Members of the Center for Effective Lawmaking are excited to introduce one of our newest Faculty Affiliates, Jesse Crosson. He is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Purdue University, where he has "a strong passion for teaching" and is a proud member of the Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts faculty. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX and a Fellow and Visiting Research Scholar at Princeton University’s Center for the Study of Democratic Politics.  Professor Crosson's…

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Meet our Faculty Affiliate: David Barker
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Meet our Faculty Affiliate: David Barker

Meet Our Faculty Affiliate: David Barker The Center for Effective Lawmaking is excited to introduce one of our newest Faculty Affiliates, David Barker. He is a Professor of Government, Director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, and Co-Founder of the Program on Legislative Negotiation at American University. Formerly, he was Professor and Director of the Institute for Social Research at California State University-Sacramento, where he founded CALSPEAKS Opinion Research and co-founded the Public Health Survey Research Program. Before then, he was a professor of Political Science and Religious…

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