Former Congressman Steve Israel is Director of the Institute of Politics and Global Affairs at Cornell University. Mr. Israel was a Member of Congress for sixteen years, from 2001-2017, and served as House Democrats’ chief political strategist for four. President Bill Clinton called him “one of the most thoughtful Members of Congress.” He also published two critically acclaimed satires of Washington entitled “The Global War on Morris” and “Big Guns.”
Israel is a regular political commentator on MSNBC. His insights appear regularly in The New York Times, Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, 6O minutes, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, FoxNews and elsewhere.
Israel graduated from George Washington University with a BA in Political Science. He has two daughters – one works as a farmer, the other in Pharma. His home is in Oyster Bay, Long Island.
Congressman Israel was instrumental in securing passage of funding for the Defense Department to research Alzheimer’s and potential links to bring injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).