Willy Brandt School of Public Policy

The 2024 U.S. Elections – A Bipartisan Outlook on Key Issues, Key States, and the Electoral Process.

23. Jan 2024, 6.00 pm - 8.00 pm
Lehrgebäude 4 (C18, teaching building / Campus)
Willy Brandt School of Public Policy and Lehrstuhl for North American History
Steve Israel, Tom Davis, moderation: Sudha David-Wilp
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On November 5, Election Day, Americans will head to the polls to cast their vote in the 60th presidential elections to choose the next U.S. President who is set to assume office in January of 2025. More than 160 million Americans are registered to vote in the 2024 elections, which will include Congressional, state, and local races.

We are honored and pleased to present the bipartisan expert duo of Steve Israel and Tom Davis, experienced former Congressmen who served as respective Chairmen of the National Democratic and Republican Congressional Committees and possess unique behind-the-scenes expertise on how Congress operates. Steve Israel and Tom Davis will provide insights and analyses on Democratic and Republican electoral prospects across the country, help explain the electoral process, and discuss key states and issues for the outcome of the 2024 U.S. elections. The event will be moderated by Sudha David-Wilp, regional director of the Berlin office and a senior fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States.

Steve Israel, a Democrat, is Professor of Practice and Director of the Institute of Politics and Global Affairs at Cornell University. He also served as a Tisch College Visiting Fellow at Tufts University and is an acclaimed book author of two satires on Washington. He was a Member of Congress for sixteen years representing his home state of New York and left in 2017, having served as the House Democrats chief political strategist and as Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. As an Institute of Politics Pritzker Fellow at the University of Chicago Steve Israel jointly taught a seminar on the U.S. elections with former Republican Congressman Tom Davis, who served on the other side of the aisle as the Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) from 1999 to 2003.

Tom Davis, a Republican, is a Washington, D.C., attorney who focuses his practice on handling a variety of congressional and regulatory affairs, including congressional investigations, land use, and legislative strategy. He served 14 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the 11th Congressional District of Virginia. He served as chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform from 2003 to 2007, where he led several high-profile investigations and was also elected chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. He has served as Rector (Chairman of the Board) at George Mason University, where he is also a distinguished professor of Public Policy at the Schar School of Policy and Government and has co-authored a book on partisanship in American politics.

The event takes place in cooperation with the U.S. Consulate General in Leipzig, the University of Erfurt’s Chair for North American History, and Cornell University Institute of Politics and Global Affairs.