Ted McCann is a BPC Fellow. He was previously Assistant to the Speaker for Policy, managing welfare, education, workforce, pension, telecom, and Social Security issues for Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. During his tenure he shepherded numerous pieces of legislation through the Congress, including the passage of the Evidence-Based Policymaking Commission Act, Family First Prevention Services Act, and the Social Impact Partnerships to Pay for Results Act. Additionally, he was the lead staffer in developing Speaker Ryan’s Better Way agenda on Poverty, Opportunity and Upward Mobility.
Previously, he was the Staff Director for the Social Security Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee under Speaker Ryan’s chairmanship. In that capacity he negotiated and drafted the Social Security Benefit Protection and Opportunity Enhancement Act of 2015 as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act, which included the largest improvement to Social Security’s finances since the 1983 reforms. Prior to his tenure at Ways and Means, Ted worked as a Budget Analyst for the Republican staff of the House Budget Committee. He developed Speaker Ryan’s recent project on Expanding Opportunity in America and was instrumental in the development of the Roadmap for America’s Future in 2010 and Speaker Ryan’s poverty agenda over the past decade.
He studied at the Naval War College and earned his B.A. in Foreign Affairs and Economics from Miami University. He lives with his wife and child in Maryland.