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

Fri October 28, 2022
Event Sponsor
Bill Lane Center for the American West
Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law
Encina Hall
616 Jane Stanford Way, Stanford, CA 94305
Oksenberg Conference Room, 2nd Floor

Join us for a book talk with John Lawrence, author of "Arc of Power: Inside Nancy Pelosi's Speakership, 2005-2010". Lunch will be served.

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 from 2005 to 2010. 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.