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Author: Olympia Snowe

Olympia Snowe

Board Member and Senior Fellow; Former Senator from Maine

Olympia Snowe is a member of BPC’s board of directors, a BPC senior fellow, and a co-chair of BPC’s Commission on Political Reform. She was the first woman in U.S. history to serve in both houses of a state legislature and both houses of Congress.

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Author: Mike Beebe

Mike Beebe

Governors' Council Member; Former Governor of Arkansas

Mike Beebe is a member of BPC’s Governors’ Council. He served as governor of Arkansas from 2007 to 2015. Beebe’s education policies and initiatives garnered nationwide attention, and during his tenure, Arkansas ranked fifth in overall K-12 education.

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Author: Trent Lott

Trent Lott

Senior Fellow; Former Senate Majority Leader

Trent Lott is a BPC senior fellow and co-chairs its Commission on Political Reform and Energy Project. He represented the state of Mississippi in the Senate from 1989 to 2007, serving as majority leader from 1996 to 2001.

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Author: Linda Lingle

Linda Lingle

Governors' Council Member; Former Governor of Hawaii

Linda Lingle is a member of BPC’s Governors’ Council. She served as governor of Hawaii from 2002 to 2010. Lingle was the first Republican governor of Hawaii in more than 40 years and the first woman to hold the position.

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Author: Steven Beshear

Steven Beshear

Governors' Council Member; Former Governor of Kentucky

Steven Beshear is a member of BPC’s Governors’ Council. He served as governor of Kentucky from 2007-2015.

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Author: Jim Douglas

Jim Douglas

Governors' Council Member; Former Governor of Vermont

Jim Douglas is a member of BPC’s Governors’ Council and Commission on Retirement Security and Personal Savings. He served as governor of Vermont from 2003 to 2011.

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Author: Chris Gregoire

Chris Gregoire

Governors' Council Member; Former Governor of Washington

Chris Gregoire is a member of BPC’s Governors’ Council. She served as the governor of Washington from 2005 to 2013. During her two terms as governor, Gregoire proposed significant reforms to the state’s education system which went on to receive national recognition.

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Author: Dirk Kempthorne

Dirk Kempthorne

Co-Chair, Commission on Political Reform; Former Governor of Idaho and Secretary of the Interior

Dirk Kempthorne co-chairs BPC’s Commission on Political Reform. He served as a senator from Idaho from 1993 to 1998 and as the governor of Idaho from 1999 to 2006. He also served as the secretary of the interior from 2006 to 2009.

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Author: Tom Daschle

Tom Daschle

Co-Founder; Former Senate Majority Leader

Tom Daschle, a BPC co-founder, co-chairs its Commission on Political Reform and Health Project. He served as Senate minority leader from 1995 to 2001 and from 2003 to 2005, and as the majority leader from 2001 to 2003.

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Author: Dan Glickman

Dan Glickman

Senior Fellow; Former Secretary of Agriculture

Dan Glickman is a BPC senior fellow and co-chairs its Commission on Political Reform, Democracy Project, Prevention Initiative, and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Task Force. He served as the secretary of agriculture from March 1995 until January 2001.

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Author: Beverly G. Hudnut

Beverly G. Hudnut

Fellow

Beverly G. Hudnut is a BPC fellow with the Democracy Project. Hudnut works on several initiatives—including the Commission on Political Reform and the Presidential Commission on Election Administration—to facilitate outreach and collaboration with peer organizations.

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Author: Donald Palmer

Donald Palmer

Fellow

Donald Palmer is a BPC fellow focusing on the recommendations of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration. He was appointed secretary of the Virginia Board of Elections by former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell in 2011 and served as the commonwealth’s chief election official until July 2014.

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Author: Donald R. Wolfensberger

Donald R. Wolfensberger

Fellow

Donald R. Wolfensberger is a BPC fellow, and congressional scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He served as a staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives for 28 years, beginning as legislative director for his home district Representative John B. Anderson.

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Author: John C. Fortier

John C. Fortier

Director of the Democracy Project

John C. Fortier is the director of BPC’s Democracy Project. Prior to joining BPC, he was a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he served as the principal contributor to the AEI-Brookings Election Reform Project and the executive director of the Continuity of Government Commission.

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Author: Michele Nellenbach

Michele Nellenbach

Director of Strategic Initiatives and Governors' Council

Michele Nellenbach is director of BPC’s strategic initiatives and of its Governors’ Council. Prior to joining BPC, Nellenbach was the director of the National Governors Association’s (NGA) Natural Resources Committee where she directed and oversaw NGA’s federal legislative agenda.

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Author: John Richter

John Richter

Senior Advisor

John Richter is a BPC senior advisor. He worked for former Senator Olympia Snowe, serving in numerous capacities in her office, including as speechwriter, deputy legislative director, and most recently as chief of staff.

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Author: Matthew Weil

Matthew Weil

Associate Director of the Democracy Project

Matthew Weil is associate director of BPC’s Democracy Project. Prior to joining BPC in February 2013, he worked at the Department of the Treasury on domestic finance issues in the office of public affairs.

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Author: Tim Harper

Tim Harper

Policy Analyst

Tim Harper is a policy analyst for BPC’s Democracy Project. Prior to joining BPC in November 2015, Harper worked for the International Foundation for Electoral Systems on projects in Iraq and Libya.

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Author: Michael Thorning

Michael Thorning

Senior Policy Analyst

Michael Thorning is a senior policy analyst for BPC’s Democracy Project. Prior to joining BPC, Thorning worked on Capitol Hill for Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall.

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