Susan Molinari is Founder and Chair of Susan Molinari Strategies LLC. Prior to this she was a Senior Principal in the government relations, advocacy and strategy section of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP in Washington D.C. and prior to that she was Chair and CEO of The Washington Group.
A former Member of Congress from New York, Ms. Molinari helps develop and implement legislative, regulatory and public affairs strategies in the complex federal environment.
Ms. Molinari served as a U.S. Representative from 1990 to 1997. After just four years in Washington, and just weeks after the election of the first GOP House majority in 40 years, Ms. Molinari was elected by her colleagues to the eight-person Republican Majority Leadership, making her the highest-ranking woman in the Congress.
As a member of the House Budget Committee, she was at the forefront of producing Congress’ first balanced budget in 29 years. Ms. Molinari chaired the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Railroad Subcommittee, which passed legislation to overhaul the nation’s Amtrak passenger rail service. As chair, she also implemented the transition of the Interstate Commerce Commission to the Surface Transportation Board, and played a key role in fashioning the historic, five-year, multi-billion dollar transportation-funding bill (TEA-21) adopted in 1997.
Prior to Congress, Ms. Molinari was twice elected to the New York City Council, where she was Minority Leader. In 1997, she left Congress to co-anchor "CBS News Saturday Morning."
Ms. Molinari chairs the Century Council, a national not-for-profit organization committed to reducing drunk driving and underage drinking. Ms. Molinari is a member of several boards including the Toyota Diversity Advisory Board, and the March of Dimes Advisory Board and the Children’s Health Foundation Board. She also serves on the bipartisan Commission on Federal Election Reform. The Commission, co-chaired by former President Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State James Baker III, remains an ongoing project to ensure that future elections are an improvement on the past ones.
An author, lecturer and media analyst on government and politics she appears regularly on cable and broadcast networks as a media and political analyst.
She received her M.A., from the State University of New York at Albany, 1982 and a B.A., State University of New York at Albany, 1980