Arc of Power: The First Pelosi Speakership and the Coming Mid-Term Election

Encina Hall, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Author John A. Lawrence will give a talk on his book Arc of Power: Inside Nancy Pelosi’s Speakership, 2005–2010. Drawing from his thousands of pages of notes written while serving as Chief of Staff to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, John Lawrence has written a narrative documenting his insider perspective.

These momentous years included furious political and legislative battles over the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the economic recession, the 2008 presidential election, the productive first two years of Barack Obama’s presidency, as well as many key legislative products, such as the Troubled Assets Relief Program, the Affordable Care Act, and Wall Street reform. Lawrence offers valuable insights into the differing and often conflicting role played by the House and Senate given their design and composition, and shows how even a House led by powerful individuals is frequently undercut by the Senate, and how that weakness especially impacts the political power of minority populations.

The event will be held in the Oksenberg Conference Room, Encina Hall, Stanford University.

Please RSVP for the event. Lunch will be served.

Event Sponsors:

The Bill Lane Center for the American West

Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law