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2022 Legislative Conference: Speakers


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Keynote Address – Sunday, September 18 | 8 p.m. (ET)

Political News and Views from Washington
Geoff Bennett, PBS News Hour, chief Washington correspondent and weekend anchor

Geoff Bennett, PBS News Hour, chief Washington correspondent and weekend anchor

A veteran White House and congressional correspondent, anchor, and analyst for some of the country’s leading media outlets, Geoff Bennett is a trusted voice reporting on what’s happening in Washington, D.C. and what it means for the American people. Possessing a natural ability to cut through the noise and offer a detailed, smart, non-partisan analysis on the latest in Washington, in this talk, Mr. Bennett investigates the political issues that are the source of heated debates between lawmakers and the leading stories on news programs nationwide. He brings his expert insights from the television screen to his presentations as he shares the "what" and "why" of U.S. politics, as well as how individuals and organizations might be affected.

PBS NewsHour chief Washington correspondent and weekend anchor Mr. Bennett is a long-standing, sought-after presence on America’s leading media outlets known for his compelling breakdown of the political issues and current events shaping our country. An acclaimed journalist, he has reported from the White House under three presidents, covered five presidential elections, and his exclusive interviews with many of Washington, D.C.’s most influential figures, have grabbed national headlines. He has mastered the art of reporting first and accurately and is renowned for his ability to draw out in-depth insights that get to the heart of the matter and keep the American people informed.


Lunch Address – Monday, September 19 | 12 p.m. (ET)

Road Map to the 2022 Midterms
David Wasserman, The Cook Political Report, senior election analyst, and NBC contributor

David Wasserman, The Cook Political Report, senior election analyst, and NBC contributor

The November midterm elections are just around the corner. Change is coming to Washington. Partisan control of the House and Senate is on a knife's edge, and following a topsy-turvy round of redistricting, there could be more than 100 new members of Congress in 2023. In a lively, entertaining, and strictly nonpartisan presentation, Mr. Wasserman takes audiences on a tour of 2022's hottest elections and the ever-evolving D.C. landscape. Wasserman draws from his extensive research on voting patterns and interviews with both parties' candidates and strategists to shed light on the top issues on voters' minds and forecast election outcomes in November and beyond.

Mr. Wasserman is the Senior Election Analyst for the non-partisan newsletter, The Cook Political Report with Amy Walter, and a contributor to NBC News. Founded in 1984, The Cook Political Report with Amy Walter provides analyses of U.S. presidential, Senate, House, and gubernatorial races. The New York Times called The Cook Political Report with Amy Walter "a newsletter that both parties regard as authoritative." Mr. Wasserman has served as an analyst for the NBC News Election Night Decision Desk since 2008 and has also appeared on Fox News, CNN, and NPR. His commentary has been cited in numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, POLITICO, and the Washington Post. In 2018, his groundbreaking interactive collaboration with FiveThirtyEight, the "Atlas of Redistricting," took top prize for News Data App of the Year.


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