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Government Department Commencement Ceremony

Paul Begala Commencement Speaker

Fri, May 18, 2018 | Gregory Gym

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Paul Begala is a commentator for CNN, where he is part of the political team that has won both an Emmy Award and a Peabody Award.

After helping engineer Bill Clinton's presidential campaign with his partner, James Carville, Begala served in the White House as Counselor to the President, one of Clinton's closest aides. In the 2012 campaign, he was a senior adviser for the pro-Obama Super PAC, making Begala one of the few people to play a critical role in electing two different presidents.

 He has consulted for political campaigns across the country and around the world, including advising politicians in Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and Africa.

 He helped his friend John F. Kennedy, Jr. launch the political magazine George and wrote the "Capitol Hillbilly" column. Paul is the author of several New York Times best-selling political books.

Begala is an affiliated professor of Public Policy at Georgetown University.  He has also taught at the University of Texas and the University of Georgia.  Along with James Carville and GOP strategist Karl Rove, he was a recently inducted into the American Association of Political Consultants' Hall of Fame.

Begala received his bachelor's degree in Government and his law degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was the student body president.

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