Charlie Cook

Renowned Political Analyst and Founder of the Cook Political Report
  • Called “the man who knows more about politics than anyone else” by Washingtonian and “the Picasso of election analysis” by the Wall Street Journal
  • Discusses today’s political and legislative environments in a balanced, non-partisan way
  • Hugely popular speaker known for an encyclopedic knowledge and quick wit

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Charlie Cook is widely regarded as one of the nation’s leading authorities on U.S. elections and political trends. Charlie founded the independent, non-partisan Cook Political Report in 1984, serving as Editor and Publisher until August 1, 2021 when Amy Walter took over those roles, ownership and management of the venerable newsletter. Charlie will remain as a contributor to the renamed “Cook Political Report with Amy Walter.”

In addition to lecturing, Charlie will continue to write his weekly column for National Journal and serving as a political analyst for both National Journal and for NBC News. Cook is also a co-author of the 2020 and 2022 editions of The Almanac of American Politics.

Al Hunt in the Wall Street Journal has referred to Charlie as “the Picasso of election Analysis” while the New York Times has referred to the Cook Political Report as “a newsletter that both parties regard as authoritative.” In 2010, Charlie was the co-recipient of the American Political Science Association’s prestigious Carey McWilliams award to honor “a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics.” In 2013 Charlie served as a Resident Fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

For speaking engagements, Charlie will continue to be represented by Leading Authorities Inc, as he has for over 30 years. 

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The Current Political and Legislative Environment. For more than three decades, Charlie Cook has been delivering independent, non-partisan political analysis as the founder of The Cook Political Report – deemed by The New York Times as “a newsletter that both parties regard as authoritative.” In this talk, Cook discusses today’s political and legislative environments in a balanced way, providing insights into the latest from the Biden administration, the interplay between Congressional Democrats and Republicans, as well as an expert outlook for what will happen in Washington this year. He’ll also explore how President Biden and the Democratic agenda will play on Capitol Hill and across the country, and the impact this may have on the midterm elections.

Election Forecasting. Founder of the independent, nonpartisan Cook Political Report, Charlie shares a “lay of the land” for upcoming elections, including what the key dynamics are driving are and affecting the Democratic and Republican parties. He focuses on the implications of states’ electoral leanings, what it all means during Presidential contests, what will likely happen in the House and Senate moving forward, and what the results mean for the two parties (and the American people). It’s what audiences need to know to determine the outcome of the next election.

Ideal Political Pairing. Charlie Cook also engages in exciting point-counter-points with some of our other featured speakers. Among them, Stu Rothenberg provides a shrewd commentary on current political trends and hot-button issues, as he puts his own insight to work predicting the policy directions of the presidency. Book Cook to get a perceptive look at what lies ahead in politics; book him with Rothenberg to get two points of view on what policy decisions are forthcoming and what lies ahead for America. It’s a pairing up of two of the most respected and experienced political analysts in the business, not from the left or the right or from the Republican or Democratic perspectives, but right down the middle.

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