Mickey Edwards was a Member of Congress for 16 years, serving as chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee (the party’s fourth-ranking leadership position) and as a ranking minority member of the House Budget and Appropriations Committees. After leaving Congress, he taught for eleven years at Harvard (at the Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Law School) and then for five at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs before returning to Washington to become a vice president of the Aspen Institute. He has been a weekly political columnist for the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune and a regular commentator on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. He has been published in most of the nation’s major newspapers and in publications ranging from The Atlantic to The Nation. His most recent book, The Parties Versus the People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans, was published in 2012 by Yale University Press.