Susan Sullivan Lagon, Ph.D.



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After 21 years as a Senior Fellow with the Government Affairs Institute (GAI), Susan Sullivan Lagon took the position of Nonresident Senior Fellow with GAI in August, 2015. Before coming to GAI, she taught American Politics and Constitutional Law in the Government Department at Georgetown, and continues to teach Constitutional Law there as an adjunct. Her prior experience includes a stint as a book editor at Congressional Quarterly, where she was a frequent speaker on CQ’s “Understanding Congress” seminars. She has spoken to numerous groups including the Fulbright Scholars Program, the World Bank, various embassies, and more than 500 international visitors groups sponsored by the State Department.

Susan grew up “inside the Beltway” and holds a B.A. and M.A. in Government and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. Her Ph.D. is from Georgetown University.

Expertise:

  • Congressional Procedure
  • State of Partisanship
  • Congressional Hearings
  • House and Senate Differences
  • Constitutional Law

 

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Supreme Avoidance

Susan Sullivan Lagon | July 2, 2019

Those seeking relief from partisan gerrymandering shouldn’t bother knocking at the federal courthouse anymore. By a 5:4 majority vote along ideological lines, the Supreme Court has closed that door. At issue was North Carolina’s map to perpetuate Republicans’ 10-3 advantage in congressional districts despite just 53% of the statewide vote (Rucho v. Common Cause)

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Kavanaugh’s Inevitable Confirmation

Susan Sullivan Lagon | September 5, 2018

To no one’s surprise, the 176th nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court will likely soon become its 114th justice. Judge Brett Kavanaugh owes his nomination to President Donald Trump, but if confirmed, it will be thanks to former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and current Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Lowering the cloture

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