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Webinar: A U.S. 2020 Elections Outlook

Event Type: Education
Venue: Online
Member Price: $0 | Nonmember Price: $29
Credit Hour(s): 1

1-2 p.m.

Join Bill Schneider, leading U.S. political analyst, CNN political contributor and Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University, for an exclusive webinar detailing what to expect in the upcoming 2020 U.S. elections.

Bill has been labeled “the nation’s electionmeister” by the Washington Times and “the Aristotle of American Politics” by the Boston Globe. He will provide IAAPA members with an examination of key election dynamics and predictions on what he sees happening in the 2020 congressional and presidential elections.

A question and answer session will follow.


Bill Schneider

Bill Schneider

Professor, The Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University

Bill Schneider, Professor, The Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University
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Bill Schneider is Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University.   He was the Cable News Network’s senior political analyst from 1990 to 2009.  He has been a visiting professor at the University of California at Los Angeles, Boston College and Brandeis University.

Schneider is the author of Standoff: How America Became Ungovernable, published by Simon & Schuster in May 2018.   He is also an Opinion contributor to The Hill, a Washington newspaper and website, and to NBC News Think website.
Schneider has covered every U.S. presidential and midterm election since 1976 for The Los Angeles Times, the Atlantic Monthly, CNN and Al Jazeera English.   Schneider has been labeled "the nation's electionmeister'' by The Washington Times and "the Aristotle of American politics'' by The Boston Globe.  Campaigns and Elections Magazine called him "the most consistently intelligent analyst on television.''  He was a member of the CNN political team that won an Emmy for its 2006 election coverage and a Peabody for its 2008 coverage.
Schneider received his B.A. from Brandeis University and his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University.  From 1990 through 1995, he was the Speaker Thomas P. O'Neill Jr. Visiting Professor of American Politics at Boston College.  In 2002, he was the Fred and Rita Richman Distinguished Visiting Professor at Brandeis University.  

In 2003, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University awarded Schneider its Centennial Medal for contributions to society.  In 2001, he received the Julian P. Kanter Award for Excellence in Television from the American Association of Political Consultants.  He is also the recipient of an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Brandeis University in 2008.

In 2009, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems presented Schneider with a special award “for his extensive coverage and keen insight of the 2008 United States presidential elections . . . showcasing democracy in action'' to the world.

Bill Schneider is co-author, with Seymour Martin Lipset, of The Confidence Gap: Business, Labor and Government in the Public Mind.  He has also written extensively on politics and public opinion for The Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Politico, Reuters, National Journal, NBC News Think, HuffPost, and The Hill.

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Erika Scheffer

Director, State Government Affairs, IAAPA


Erika Scheffer is a seasoned government affairs professional with extensive experience working on a wide range of policy issues for large trade associations and small, privately-held companies. She has a successful track record in legislative and regulatory advocacy, strategic planning, grassroots engagement and networking with elected officials.

Erika is Director, State Advocacy at IAAPA, the Global Association for the Attractions Industry and is the Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Washington Area State Relations Group, a member of Women in Government Relation’s State Relations Task Force and a member of the State Government Affairs Council. 

She earned a Master of Public Policy and Bachelor of Arts in Government and International Affairs from George Mason University. A Pennsylvania native, Erika and her husband, Wes, live in Vienna, Virginia with their two dogs.