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Mike Lux

Mike Lux is the co-founder and CEO of Democracy Partners and the author of The Progressive Revolution: How the Best in America Came to Be.

His projects over the last decade have garnered media coverage in The Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Business Week, National Journal, The New Republic, and Miami Herald. He has been featured on CNN, the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC, and the Young Turks, and has been on many national, regional and Internet radio shows. Mike also is a frequent front-page contributor to The Huffington Post.

In addition to those projects, Mike currently serves on the boards of the Arca Foundation, USAction, Netroots Nation, and Americans United for Change, the latter two of which he co-founded. He also was a co-founder of Ballot Initiative Strategy Center, Progressive Majority, Women’s Voices/Women Vote, and the Center for Progressive Leadership. He has served on several other boards throughout his career, and played a role in helping launch the Center for American Progress, Air America, and MoveOn.

In the late 1990s, Mike was Senior Vice President for Political Action at People for the American Way (PFAW), and the PFAW Foundation. He oversaw lobbying and legal advocacy, field operations, state and regional offices, voter registration, and get-out-the-vote efforts. He helped launch the PFAW PAC and the PFAW Voters Alliance in 1997. He also was responsible for coalition building with other organizations and interest groups.

Before joining People for the American Way, from January 1993 to mid-1995, Mike served in as a Special Assistant to the President for Public Liaison in the White House. His role on health care and budget issues involved working closely with a wide range of constituency groups including labor, seniors, churches, disability groups, businesses, health care providers, trial lawyers, consumer groups, and farm groups. He organized the first clergy breakfast, the first state opinion leader's days, and the first bill signing ceremony of the Clinton presidency. Mike served in the 1992 campaign war room, the 1993 budget war room and the 1994 health care war room (being one of only two people to serve in all three), and was the person who organized the coalition to fight the school lunch cuts in 1995.

Prior to his service at the White House, Mike served as Constituency Director on both the 1992 Clinton-Gore campaign and the presidential transition team. In the 1988 cycle, Mike was a member of the senior staff for the Biden and Simon presidential campaigns. In the 1984 cycle, he played a major volunteer role in the Iowa Mondale campaign.

With a diverse breadth of experience, Mike has an extensive background in the consulting, labor and consumer advocacy worlds. He was a partner and co-founder of the Chicago-based political consulting firm, The Strategy Group; served as Executive Vice President, PAC director and chief lobbyist for the Iowa AFL-CIO in the early 1990s; and worked as Executive Director of the Iowa Citizen Action Network.

In July 2007, Mike launched OpenLeft.com with prominent bloggers Matt Stoller and Chris Bowers. OpenLeft.com was a news, analysis, and action website dedicated to building a progressive governing majority in America. OpenLeft.com connected establishment progressive groups with outside activists in conversations and on a variety of projects to further progressive policy.

In November 2008, Mike was named to the Obama-Biden Transition Team. In that role, he served as an advisor to the Office of Public Liaison on working with the progressive community.

Mike Lux is a proud native of Lincoln, Nebraska, where most of his family still lives. He is married to Barbara Laur.


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