Presidential adviser continues Honors College Distinguished Lecture Series

January 13, 2015 | Events, UToday, Honors
By Jon Strunk

Former presidential adviser and political strategist Paul Begala will continue The University of Toledo’s Jesup Scott Honors College Distinguished Lecture Series speaking in Doermann Theater at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21.



Begala is a commentator and member of the CNN political team that won an Emmy for its coverage of the 2006 U.S. elections and a Peabody Award for its coverage of the 2008 presidential election.

In the 2012 presidential campaign, he was a senior adviser for the pro-Obama Super Political Action Committee. As a White House counselor to Bill Clinton, he functioned as one of the president’s closest aides. A consultant for political campaigns across the country and around the world, Begala has advised politicians in Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa.

Currently an affiliated professor of public policy at Georgetown University, Begala also has taught at the University of Texas and the University of Georgia. He is a member of the Board of Visitors of MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Board of Visitors of the University of Georgia. Along with his professional partner James Carville and GOP strategist Karl Rove, he was a 2012 inductee into the American Association of Political Consultants’ Hall of Fame.

Begala received his bachelor’s degree in government and his law degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was the student body president.

Rove, fellow Texan and political adversary, spoke at UT in September as part of the lecture series. Rove was a political adviser for George W. Bush and serves as a political strategist.

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