CPP Alumni Dinner with Dr. Norman Ornstein

Norman Ornstein is a long-time observer of Congress and politics. He is a contributing editor and columnist for National Journal and The Atlantic and is an election eve analyst for BBC News. He served as co-director of the AEI-Brookings Election Reform Project and participates in AEI’s Election Watch series. He also served as a senior counselor to the Continuity of Government Commission. Mr. Ornstein led a working group of scholars and practitioners that helped shape the law, known as McCain-Feingold, that reformed the campaign financing system. He was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004. His many books include The Permanent Campaign and Its Future (AEI Press, 2000); The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track, with Thomas E. Mann (Oxford University Press, 2006, named by the Washington Post one of the best books of 2006 and called by The Economist “a classic”); and, most recently, the New York Times bestseller, It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism, also with Tom Mann, published in May 2012 by Basic Books. It was named as one of 2012’s best books on pollitics by The New Yorker and one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post.


Contributing Editor and Columnist, National Journal and The Atlantic, 2013-present

Election Analyst, BBC News, 2012-present

Codirector, Project to Examine Alternatives to the Independent Counsel Statute, 1999-present

Member, Board of Contributors, USA Today, 1997-present

Founder and Director, Campaign Finance Reform Working Group, 1996-present

Columnist, “Congress Inside Out,” Roll Call, 1993-2012

Senior Adviser, Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, 1987-present Election Analyst, CBS News, 1982-2012

Codirector, AEI-Brookings Election Reform Project, 2005-2011

Senior Counselor, AEI-Brookings Continuity of Government Commission, 2002-2011

Director, Transition to Governing Project, 2000-2003

Member, Commission on the Future International Financial Architecture, Council on Foreign Relations, 2000

Cochair, President’s Advisory Committee on the Public Interest Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters, 1997-98

Codirector, Renewing Congress Project, 1992-96

Commentator and Pollster, Political Coverage, Comedy Central, 1992, 1996

Member, National Commission on Public Service Board, 1987-90

Faculty, Catholic University of America and Johns Hopkins University, 1971-84

Series Editor and Cohost, “Congress: We the People,” PBS, 1977-78


Ph.D., M.A., political science, University of Michigan

B.A., University of Minnesota