G.O.P. After Trump: The Future of the Republican Party
July 6, 2021
In the wake of a presidency that ended with a violent insurrection in the U.S. Capitol, the Grand Old Party (G.O.P.) has faced a bitter internal division among its members. Some Republicans have raised concern at the party's embrace of former President Donald Trump and his continued claims that the 2020 election was “stolen.” There’s a strong coalition fighting to reclaim their party, while other party leaders are threatening to split from the party altogether and form their own party in opposition to President Trump.
What is Donald Trump’s hold on the party? Has Trump permanently reshaped the party in his image? How does the party move beyond the 2020 election and build a national coalition to compete in future elections? Join the John Brademas Center and the United States Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC) for a panel discussion with former elected officials as they discuss the future of the Republican party.
The Hon. Jason Altmire, U.S. Congressman (D-PA, 2007-2013)
Dr. Jason Altmire is President and Chief Executive Officer of Career Education Colleges and Universities, the largest national trade association representing proprietary institutions in higher education. From 2007 to 2013, he served three terms as a Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives. During his time in office, the nonpartisan National Journal calculated Altmire's voting record to be at the exact midpoint of the House, giving him the most centrist voting record in Congress.
He is an adjunct professor at Texas Tech University and co-chairs the advisory board of the Center for Effective Lawmaking at the University of Virginia. He also serves on the board of the political reform group Unite America.
He earned his Doctorate in Business Administration from the University of Florida, a Master's degree in Health Administration from George Washington University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Florida State University.
The Hon. Tom Coleman, U.S. Congressman (R-MO, 1976-1993)
Tom Coleman is a former eight-term Member of Congress from Missouri and government affairs professional with forty years of experience in Washington, DC.
Prior to his congressional service he was an assistant attorney general of Missouri appointed by then Attorney General John C. Danforth. In 1972 he became the first Republican in the 150-year history of his home county to be elected to the Missouri House of Representatives.
More recently he has served as an adjunct professor and Senior Advisor to the Dean at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University and as an adjunct professor at American University teaching courses on the intersection of business and government and the congress, respectively.
He campaigned extensively for Ohio Governor John Kasich in the 2016 Republican presidential primary. He opposed Donald Trump’s candidacy for president during the general election. He serves on the Advisory Council to the Board of the Serve America Movement (SAM) that is committed to establishing a new national political party composed of centrist Democrats, Republicans and Independent voters. In addition, he is an Advisor to Protect Democracy, a non-profit organization formed to prevent American Democracy from declining into a more authoritarian form of government.
He served for sixteen years as a Republican Member of Congress from Missouri. After his public service he was Vice President, Government Relations for BASF Corporation, the U.S. subsidiary of BASF SE, a Fortune International 100 company with headquarters located in Germany. He also practiced government affairs with several law firms as well as his own self-directed firm.
Congressman Coleman was known as a consensus oriented legislator who served as a senior member of the House Agriculture and Education and Labor Committees. As the Ranking Member on the Agriculture Committee, he developed national agriculture policy and had enacted legislation improving rural development and farm credit programs. He served for twelve years as the senior Republican on the Post Secondary Education Subcommittee. During his service on the subcommittee, he had significant impact on three reauthorizations of the Higher Education Act. He authored the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need program that continues to provide financial support to graduate students pursuing a doctorate degree in science, math, and other critical areas. He played an instrumental role in assuring the survival of the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities defending freedom of expression of their publicly funded programs.
Recognizing his expertise in higher education, Yale University appointed him to its University Council Committee on the Graduate School that made recommendations on improvements to the graduate school at Yale. Additionally, he served as a consultant for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Task Force on Gender Equity.
In his various capacities he has traveled throughout Europe, Russia, China and Japan. For many years he served as a member of the U.S. Congress-European Parliament Delegation. Appointed by the Speaker of the House to be an Official Observer to the arms control talks in Geneva. He was the co-founder of the Congressional Study Group on Germany. For his contributions to strengthening U.S.-German relations, he was awarded the Commander’s Cross, Order of Merit by the president of Germany. He holds membership in the American Council on Germany.
He is past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society and is Trustee Emeritus of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. He earned his Juris Doctorate degree at Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri and has a Masters of Public Administration from New York University. His undergraduate degree in economics is from William Jewell College.
He is married and has three daughters and three granddaughters.
The Hon. Barbara Comstock, U.S. Congresswoman (R-VA, 2015-2019)
Barbara was elected to Congress in 2014, and served two terms representing Virginia's Tenth Congressional District, making her the first woman elected to that seat. She was named as one of the "Top Ten Most Effective Lawmakers" in the 115th Congress by the Center for Effective Lawmaking, a joint effort of the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University.
During her time in Congress, Barbara was a leader on technology and cybersecurity issues, chairing the Science, Space, and Technology Committee's Research and Technology subcommittee, as well as serving on the Joint Economic Committee, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and the House Administration Committee. Her legislative achievements include passing legislation to promote women and disadvantaged populations in STEM, as well as expanding research in the technology space. Barbara also was the leader on anti-sexual harassment legislation in Congress, and legislation to tackle the opioid crisis and gang crime. She partnered with Senator McCain to reauthorize multi-year firefighter grants to increase innovation and public safety. While in Congress, Barbara was the only woman in the Virginia congressional delegation and the only Virginia member to chair a subcommittee.
Prior to serving in Congress, Barbara served as a Member of the Virginia House of Delegates. There she was also a leader on technology issues serving as chairwoman of the Science and Technology Committee. She also served on the Commerce and Labor Committee and the General Laws Committee. Barbara was a go-to leader in technology, authoring and passing legislation such as the Research and Development Tax Credit, Data Center Tax Incentives, the first Telework bills in Virginia, and legislation on human trafficking and health care. She received the Virginia Chamber's Free Enterprise Award and Competitiveness Award.
Prior to elected office, Barbara co-founded her own public affairs firm and was a senior partner at Blank Rome Government Relations. She also served as Director of the Office of Public Affairs for the U.S. Department of Justice, overseeing the communications efforts at the Justice Department and FBI, handling communications dealing with major terrorism investigations, corporate fraud, and antitrust matters.
The Hon. Charlie Dent, U.S. Congressman (R-PA, 2005-2018)
Congressman Charlie Dent is Executive Director and Vice President of the Aspen Institute Congressional Program, where he leads bipartisan, bicameral policy education programs for sitting members of Congress. Congressman Dent also serves as a Senior Policy Advisor to DLA Piper where he provides strategic advice and counsel to clients on a variety of public policy issues. In addition to his roles with the Aspen Institute and DLA Piper, Congressman Dent is a Political Commentator for CNN, a Distinguished Advisor for Pew Charitable Trusts, and a former Visiting Fellow for the University of Pennsylvania (UPENN), Perry World House.
Prior to those positions, Congressman Dent served 7 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives representing the 15th Congressional District of Pennsylvania. During his time in Congress, Congressman Dent distinguished himself as a strong, independent leader who is well respected on both sides of the aisle. Congressman Dent was a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee where he chaired the Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies. Additionally, he served as the Chairman of the House Committee on Ethics from 2015 – 2017. In addition to his role as a senior Appropriator, Congressman Dent was the co-chair of the Tuesday Group, a caucus of more than 50 center-right Republicans, where he played an important role in many of the most challenging policy and political issues confronted by Congress. Congressman Dent was also a founding member of the Problem Solvers Caucus. Congressman Dent was a member of the Speaker of the House’s weekly cross section lunch and was a member of the Majority Leader’s Chairman’s Table.
Before his time in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Dent served for 6 years in the Pennsylvania State Senate and 8 years in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
Congressman Dent holds a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Service and International Politics from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master’s of Public Administration from Lehigh University. In 2015, Moravian College conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws upon Congressman Dent.
The Hon. Ron Christie, founder and President of Christie Strategies LLC (Moderator)
Ron Christie is founder and President of Christie Strategies LLC—an independent media and political strategy firm providing government relations, communications, and diversity consulting for a wide range of companies and organizations. A former special assistant to President George W. Bush and deputy assistant to Vice President Dick Cheney, he is the author of three books—Acting White: The Curious History of a Racial Slur (St. Martin's Press), Black in the White House: Life Inside George W. Bush's West Wing (Nelson Current), and his most recent book Blackwards: How Black Leadership is Returning America to the Days of Separate But Equal (Thomas Dunne Books).
Christie has served as an Instructor at the NYU Washington D.C. Campus since 2017 where he teaches courses on the American Presidency and Private Influence in Public Policy. Christie also serves on the Advisory Board to the Brademas Center at NYU. He is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy as well as a Senior Practitioner Fellow at the Miller Center at the University of Virginia. He previously served as a Resident Fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University as well as the Center for the Political Future at the University of Southern California..
He has been the North American Political Analyst for the BBC since 2014. In 2020, Christie was awarded the bronze medal for best documentary/editorial viewpoint in the world for his BBC Radio Documentary "The Trumped Republicans." https://bbc.in/3y1VaXA. Christie is a Life Member to the Council on Foreign Relations and received his B.A. from Haverford College and his J.D. from The George Washington University National Law Center.
Kevin Kurian, NYU Student (Moderator)
Kevin Kurian is a senior at NYU studying Politics and Economics. From Connecticut, he has worked for a number of successful Democratic campaigns. Notably, Kevin managed campaign operations in his hometown of Simsbury for Governor Ned Lamont's 2018 campaign. He is also involved in advocating for legislation within the Connecticut state legislature, most recently working with Desegregate Connecticut to pass zoning reform bill HB 6107 into law. This summer, he is serving as a policy intern for William Tong, the 25th and current Attorney General of Connecticut.