- Former Speaker Newt Gingrich is the former Speaker of the House of Representatives. He represented Georgia’s 6th congressional district as a Republican from 1979 until his resignation in 1999, and served as the 58th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999. Gingrich was a candidate for the 2012 Republican Party presidential nomination.
While he was House speaker, the House enacted welfare reform, passed a capital gains tax cut in 1997, and in 1998 passed the first balanced budget since 1969. Since leaving the House, Gingrich has remained active in public policy debates and works as a political consultant and network political analyst. He is married to Callista Gingrich since 2000.
- Bob Jacobs is the senior NASA spokesperson who serves as Associate Administrator for the Office of Communications.
Mr. Jacobs has earned four NASA medals for exceptional achievement, exceptional service, and outstanding leadership. Jacobs developed, co-authored and edited books, including “Hubble: A Journey through Space and Time” and “Apollo: Through the Eyes of the Astronauts.”
A Nashville native, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University and a master’s degree from Seton Hall University.
- Former Senator Evan Bayh is a Democrat who served as the junior U.S. Senator from Indiana from 1999 to 2011. He earlier served as the 46th Governor of Indiana from 1989 to 1997.
Senator Bayh is the co-chairman of a political foundation entitled, “No Labels” composed of Republicans, Democrats, and independents, whose mission is to “move America from the old politics of point-scoring toward a new politics of problem-solving
Since his retirement, Senator Bayh became a partner with the law and lobbying firm McGuire Woods and is affiliated with and serves on a number of boards including: Apollo Global Management, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Berry Plastics Corp. and Marathon Petroleum.
- Dr. Mireya Solís is the Philip Knight Chair in Japan Studies and senior fellow at the Brookings Center for East Asia Policy Studies. An expert in Japan’s foreign economic policies, Solís earned a Ph.D. in government and an M.A. in East Asian studies from Harvard University, and a B.A. in international relations from El Colegio de México. Her main research interests include Japanese politics, political economy and foreign policy; international and comparative political economy; international relations; and government-business relations. She also has interests in broader issues in U.S.-Japan relations and East Asian multilateralism.
- Herbert London is President Emeritus of Hudson Institute. He served as the Institute’s President from December 1997 to March 2011. He is professor emeritus and the former John M. Olin Professor of Humanities at New York University.
Dr. London is a noted social critic whose work has appeared in every major newspaper and journal in the country. He is the author and editor of twenty-two books. Dr. London created the television program “Myths That Rule America,” and he created a 47-part CBS series entitled “The American Character.” He has been a guest lecturer on major radio and television news programs and at colleges and universities and has appeared as co-host on the popular CNN program, “Crossfire.”
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