Annual Assembly 2016

Annual Assembly

2016 Annual Assembly Speaker - James Carville

James Carville PhotoJames "The Ragin' Cajun" Carville is America's best-known political consultant. His long list of electoral successes evidences a knack for steering overlooked campaigns to unexpected landslide victories, and for re-making political underdogs into upset winners.  

His winning streak began in 1986, when he managed the gubernatorial victory of Robert Casey in Pennsylvania, and helped guide Wallace Wilkinson to the governor's seat in Kentucky the following year. Carville’s streak continued when Frank Lautenberg was elected to the U.S. Senate. He next managed the 1990 gubernatorial campaign of Georgia's Lieutenant Governor Zell Miller, including a tough primary win over Atlanta mayor Andrew Young, and in 1991, Carville drew national attention when he led Senator Harris Wofford from 40 points behind in the polls to an upset landslide victory over former Pennsylvania Governor and U.S. Attorney General Richard Thornburgh. But his most prominent victory was in 1992, when he helped William Jefferson Clinton win the Presidency.

In recent years, Carville has not been a paid political consultant for any domestic politicians or candidates, instead focusing on campaigns in more than 20 countries around the world, including leading Ehud Barak to victory to become the Prime Minister of Israel in 1999.

Carville is also a best-selling author, actor, producer, talk-show host, speaker and restaurateur. Along with pollster Stanley Greenberg, Carville founded Democracy Corps, an independent, non-profit polling organization dedicated to making government more responsive to the American people.

Carville can be seen on news networks worldwide. He is also a columnist for The Hill newspaper, which publishes daily when Congress is in-session and serves as a Professor of Practice at Tulane University in New Orleans, where he lives with his wife Mary Matalin.