Keynote Speakers and Panelists Announced for CQ Roll Call Election Impact Conference


Washington, D.C. (Oct. 9, 2014) – CQ Roll Call announced today that Rob Collins, executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and Guy Cecil, executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, will sit down together for the first time following the 2014 midterm elections for the morning keynote discussion at the CQ Roll Call Election Impact Conference on November 6, 2014 at the Liaison Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. Former Rep. Thomas M. Davis (R-VA) and former Gov. Ted Strickland (D-OH) will join the conference for the afternoon keynote, a bipartisan conversation putting the elections in context and looking forward to the legislative year ahead.

Collins and Cecil will bring a behind-the-scenes perspective directly from the front lines, with control of the Senate up for grabs this election cycle. Moderated by Roll Call Editor-in-Chief Christina Bellantoni, the conversation will look at the Senate races that came down to the wire (or have yet to be decided), examine the lessons learned from the 2014 midterms and look ahead to 2016.

In the afternoon, Rep. Davis and Gov. Strickland will bring their broad expertise on domestic and foreign affairs, and strong understanding of campaigns in the critical swing states they hail from, to discuss how the makeup of the new Congress will affect the legislative process.

The conference will also feature opening remarks from Stuart Rothenberg, editor and publisher of the Rothenberg Political Report and Roll Call contributor, reflecting on the 2014 midterms and breaking down the implications for 2016 and beyond.

In addition, Roll Call Politics Editor Shira T. Center will moderate the “What Happened?” panel, a deep-dive analysis of the candidates and causes that comprised the 2014 midterm elections, featuring Nathan Gonzales from the Rothenberg Political Report, Perry Bacon from NBC News, Huffington Post’s Mark Blumenthal and Roll Call staff writer Abby Livingston.

David Hawkings, senior editor for Roll Call, will moderate the forward-looking “What’s Next?” panel, focusing on what dynamics and policy issues are expected to shape the 114th Congress, with CQ Roll Call’s Niels Lesniewski, Emily Ethridge and Megan Scully and the Washington Examiner’s David Drucker.

Conference attendees will also have the opportunity to take part in facilitated conversations with CQ Roll Call editors and reporters on the key issues at play in the 114th Congress. These breakout sessions, led by Vice President of News David Ellis, will provide in-depth analyses of leading policy topics, including appropriations, defense, health care, transportation and more.

The CQ Roll Call Election Impact Conference is a biennial event examining the outcome of congressional elections and looking ahead to the future. Partners for the 2014 conference are GovLoop, National Review, Senior Executives Association, Federal News Radio, Federal Computer Week, Young Government Leaders, and the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

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