The Honorable Daniel Lipinski, Ph.D., represented the Third District of Illinois in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Democrat from 2005 to 2021. A rarity in contemporary politics, Lipinski was known as a highly knowledgeable and effective lawmaker who worked to bring people together across the aisle to solve problems. He authored 20 laws in a wide variety of issue areas including laws which boosted American manufacturing, increased research funding for the National Science Foundation, spurred technological innovation, protected the environment and fought climate change, empowered victims of sexual assault, expanded consumers’ rights, and honored veterans. Lipinski served on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee where is chaired the Subcommittee on Rail, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials as well as the Science, Space, and Technology Committee where he chaired and served as ranking member of the Research and Technology Subcommittee.
After completing a B.S. (Northwestern University) and an M.S. (Stanford University) in engineering, Lipinski earned his Ph.D. in American Politics from Duke University and won the American Political Science Association’s Carl Albert Dissertation Award for best dissertation in legislative studies. He authored Congressional Communication: Content and Consequences (University of Michigan Press) as well as several articles and book chapters on Congress and the legislative process.
Lipinski currently serves on the Advisory Council of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation and runs Lipinski Solutions, LLC, a consulting company. He has recently published op-eds in the Wall Street Journal and Chicago Tribune, as well as articles in Public Discourse.