Inside Washington: What Works and What Doesn't Inside the Beltway
Ms. Molinari reflects on her dramatic rise through the political ranks, and her tenure as the highest-ranking woman Republican in the House. She speaks poignantly and personally about issues in which she continues to be personally involved including the fight against drunk driving and under-age drinking, breast cancer awareness and treatment, crime victims' rights, women’s rights, financial literacy and housing issues.
As Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs, Susan leads Google’s policy and government relations work in North and South America. Previously, Ms. Molinari was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Washington Group, the government relations and consulting firm. Ms. Molinari served as President of Ketchum Public Affairs and was a Partner of Ketchum, Inc., where she was Chairman of the Board. She also served as Senior Principal of Government Relations, Advocacy and Strategy Section at Bracewell & Giuliani LLP.
As a Member of Congress of US from 1990 to 1997, Ms. Molinari became "one of the most distinctive Members of the House" and "one of the most visible voices for her party" according to the authoritative Almanac of American Politics. As a result, after just four years in Washington and just weeks after the election of the first GOP House majority in 40 years, she was elected by her colleagues to the eight person Republican Majority Leadership, making her the highest ranking woman in the Congress. She was unanimously re-elected to the House Leadership in 1996, she also enjoyed another distinction that year as she was selected by GOP Presidential candidate Senator Robert Dole as Keynote Speaker at the Republican National Convention in San Diego.
Ms. Molinari was an effective leader in the fight for crime victims, passing sweeping judicial reforms to toughen laws on repeat rapists and child molesters and to increase funding for the Violence Against Women Act. She also won passage of measures to enhance adoption, and promote breast cancer awareness and research funding. As a member of the House Budget Committee in US, 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 served Minority Leader. In 1997, she left Congress to co-anchor CBS News Saturday Morning. In addition to her broadcast experience, she has addressed hundreds of audiences on politics, government and the media in nearly every state.
She is the co-author of the book Representative Mom: Balancing Budgets, Bill and Baby in the US Congress (Doubleday, 1998). Ms. Molinari has also authored scores of articles published by national magazines and daily newspapers on a wide variety of subjects, ranging from the role of women in politics to national fiscal policy.
She was selected as a Visiting Fellow at the prestigious Institute of Politics/ Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1998. She was chosen as Glamour magazine's Woman of the year in 1996 and by Time magazine as one of forty of the nation's most influential people under age forty in the nation in 1994.
In 2003, Ms. Molinari was recognized for her efforts to develop a framework to address the national housing crisis. As co-Chair of Millennial Housing Commission, the National Housing Conference named her “Housing Person of the Year.” She also served as a member of the Bush-Cheney Transition Advisory Committee. Ms. Molinari is a third Generation Public Servant.