Washington, D.C.– Former Sen. Jim Talent, a Missouri Republican, has joined the Bipartisan Policy Center as a senior fellow. Talent has served as a co-chair of BPC’s Task Force on Defense Personnel, and will continue his work on defense and national security issues with the organization in this new role.
Talent represented Missouri in Congress for almost 14 years, first serving four terms in the House of Representatives and later serving from 2002 to 2007 in the Senate after winning a special election. Over more than 20 years in public service, Talent established a reputation as a principled conservative leader on a wide range of issues.
His belief in the wisdom of constructive engagement across the aisle, combined with his determination to remain a dedicated partisan, speaks clearly to what BPC stands for.
“We are pleased that Jim will be bolstering our Republican roster,” said BPC President Jason Grumet. “His belief in the wisdom of constructive engagement across the aisle, combined with his determination to remain a dedicated partisan, speaks clearly to what BPC stands for. His energy, vast experience, and contacts within the Republican party here in Washington, in Missouri, and across the nation will be valuable resources as we navigate these new political realities.”
“It’s an honor to join so many of my former House and Senate colleagues in a more formal role at BPC,” said Talent. “In these politically polarized times, it’s more important than ever to show that engaging with those with whom you disagree politically does not require abandoning your own beliefs and principles. BPC serves a valuable purpose in demonstrating that.