David Axelrod will be coming to Simpson Campus to speak with Culver Fellows and students about civic engagement, political strategy and how he has gotten so many notable candidates to the top.
Axelrod is tentatively scheduled for the fall of 2014.
Axelrod gained a passion for politics at a young age, after listening to President John F. Kennedy give a speech in New York. This inspired him to pursue his studies in political science at the University of Chicago.
After graduation, Axelrod began working for the Chicago Tribune and made a name for himself by being the youngest political writer in the history of the newspaper.
He then went on to be a campaign consultant, winning the seat for Congressman Paul Simon in the 1984 U.S. Senate race. Since then Axelrod has helped many campaigns achieve success. His clients include Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, and John Edwards.
He has also been noticed for his help in electing African-American politicians to office. His biggest accomplishment to date is his media management strategy that won Barack Obama the presidency in 2008.
Axelrod served on President Obama’s advising team after the 2008 election, and helped him nab a second term in 2012. Axelrod continues to shine in the political world today. The Culver Center is honored to have him.