Norman J. Ornstein is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. He also serves as an election analyst for CBS News. In addition, Ornstein writes a weekly column called "Congress Inside Out" for RollCall newspaper. He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs and other major publications.
Mr. Ornstein frequently appears on television programs such as The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Nightline, and Charlie Rose. He serves as senior counselor to the Continuity of Government Commission, working to ensure that our institutions of government can be maintained in the event of a terrorist attack on Washington; his efforts in this area are recounted in a profile of him in the June 2003 Atlantic Monthly.
His campaign finance working group of scholars and practitioners helped shape the major law, known as McCain/Feingold, that reformed the campaign financing system. Legal Times referred to him as “a principal drafter of the law.” He also co-directed a multi-year effort, called the Transition to Governing Project, to create a better climate for governing in the era of the permanent campaign, and the AEI/Brookings Election Reform Project, and is working on new projects on redistricting and campaign finance reform, among others. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Campaign Legal Center and of the Center for US Global Engagement, and of UCB, a bio-pharmaceutical company based in Brussels.
His books include: