Once-rare occurrences like government shutdowns and impeachment inquiries now occur with such regularity that it seems the system may be critically dysfunctional. Former US. Sen. Judd Gregg shares his insight on the current state of the US Senate and whether such apparent dysfunction really poses risks to American democracy.
Sen. Judd Gregg was born and raised in NH and has spent over 3 decades in public service. Most recently he served as the US Senator from NH from 1992-2011.
During his tenure in the Senate, Sen. Gregg served on key Senate Committees, including Budget; Appropriations; Government Affairs; Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs; Commerce, State & Justice; Foreign Relations; and Health, Education, Labor & Pensions. He was Chairman and Ranking member of Budget and Health, Education, Labor & Pensions.
Sen. Gregg was the chief negotiator of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (known as TARP); he wrote the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005; and with the late Sen. Edward Kennedy co-authored the No Child Left Behind Act. He was able to fund the purchase and protection of over 300,000 acres in NH, along with assisting NH colleges to dramatically increase opportunities for their students.
In March 2010, Sen. Gregg, along with Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) authored, promoted, and served on the Natl. Commission of Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (also known as the Bowles/Simpson Commission), the last serious effort to reduce the nation’s growing debt and deficit problem.
Before joining the U.S. Senate, Sen. Gregg served as Governor of NH where he championed fiscal responsibility, the State’s college education system, environmental protections, and promoted NH as a great place to operate a business and raise a family.
Prior to his service as Governor and in the Senate, he served 4 terms as the Congressman from the 2nd District in NH.
Sen. Gregg was named Dartmouth’s first distinguished fellow and he continues to teach there.
Dr. Anna Mahoney is the Executive Director of The Rockefeller Center and a Lecturer in the Government Department. Mahoney conducts research centered on women's representation and gendered institutions. Her current intersectional working projects (with co-authors) include: an investigation of Black women legislators as bridges between Black Caucuses and women's caucuses at the state and federal levels, a study of the demographic characteristics of bill sponsors of sex education policy throughout the U.S., and the quantification of racial discrimination in information provision by crisis pregnancy centers. Her work has been published in Politics and Gender, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, and Representation.
Kristin Smith's research focuses on gender inequality, earnings and employment, and work and family policy. She has researched labor force issues, including gender differences in job tenure and shifting determinants of women's labor supply and the consequences of those shifts. In addition, Smith has studied occupational variation in earnings, job retention and job flexibility, with a focus on care workers and STEM workers. Smith also studies family policy, including paid family and medical leave, examining inequity in access and impacts on labor supply decisions. Smith's expertise lies in examining trends in how work and family life interconnect, developing workforce policy recommendations, and applying a gender lens to her analysis. She has a broad background in demography and sociology, has extensive experience in survey design and implementation, and is proficient at quantitative data analysis of cross-sectional and longitudinal data.