Former Congressman Jason Altmire literally wrote the book on how to reduce political polarization. A prolific public speaker and commentator, Altmire in 2017 authored the critically acclaimed book, "Dead Center: How Political Polarization Divided America and What We Can Do About It." He has been a frequent guest on national television news programs and a regular opinion contributor to a variety of national media outlets to discuss political reform topics. He is also a member of the U.S. Speakers International Exchange program at the U.S. State Department, which designates American public speakers to represent the country at official overseas engagements.
During his three terms in Congress, he was a bipartisan centrist known for working with both sides of the aisle, which led to an extraordinary record of legislative success. He served as a subcommittee chairman, had 29 of his legislative initiatives signed into law, and introduced a bipartisan bill that gained the most cosponsors of any congressional bill in American history. During his time in office, the nonpartisan National Journal calculated Altmire's voting record to be at the exact midpoint of the House -- the Dead Center -- giving him the most centrist voting record in Congress.
Dr. Altmire is also an adjunct professor of healthcare management at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. He earned his Doctorate in Business Administration from the University of Florida, a Master's degree in Health Administration from George Washington University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Florida State University.
He co-chairs the Board of Advisors of the Center for Effective Lawmaking, a collaborative project of the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University. He also serves on the board of Jacksonville University's Public Policy Institute.