David Brooks to Speak at Congressional City Conference

January 9, 2012
by Cyndy Liedtke Hogan

David Brooks, op-ed columnist for The New York Times, will speak during the closing general session of NLC's Congressional City Conference in Washington, D.C., in March.

Brooks, who is also a commentator on "The PBS Newshour," will speak during a general session on Tuesday, March 13. He is expected to offer his perspective on the political landscape and the country as a whole.

He is the author of "Bobos In Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There" and "On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense." In March of 2011 he came out with his third book, "The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement." 

Brooks has been an op-ed columnist for The New York Times since 2003. He has also been a senior editor at "The Weekly Standard" and a contributing editor at "Newsweek" and the "Atlantic Monthly."

He joined "The Weekly Standard" at its inception in September 1995, having worked at The Wall Street Journal for the previous nine years. His last post at the Journal was as op-ed editor. Prior to that, he was posted in Brussels, covering Russia, the Middle East, South Africa and European affairs. His first post at the Journal was as editor of the book review section, and he filled in for five months as the Journal's movie critic.

Brooks' history of contributions to publications includes: "The New Yorker," The Washington Post, "Forbes," "The Public Interest," the "TLS," "The New Republic" and "Commentary," among others. He is also a frequent commentator on National Public Radio, CNN's "Late Edition" and the "Diane Rehm Show." Brooks is the editor of the 1996 anthology "Backward and Upward: the New Conservative Writing."

2012 Congressional City Conference
The Congressional City Conference, taking place at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, will get underway on March 10 with Leadership Training Institute seminars and other pre-conference activities, and conclude on March 14 with visits to Capitol Hill. 

The conference offers city leaders from across the country a unique opportunity to come together to gain valuable insights and influence actions in Washington that will impact local communities.

Ed Gillespie, former counselor to the President and former chairman of the Republican National Committee and Terry McAuliffe, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee and chairman of Hillary Clinton for President, will discuss the 2012 election during the conference's opening general session on Monday, March 12.

Key issues to be addressed during the conference include:

• Deficit reduction efforts and the outlook for federal spending levels;

• Federal strategies to help create jobs and bolster economic recovery;

• Regulatory streamlining;

• Comprehensive economic and community development assistance;

• Transportation and water infrastructure; and

• Public safety.

The conference also includes substantive and informative workshops, networking opportunities and a chance to learn more about NLC and its offerings.

Details: Register at www.nlccongressionalcityconference.org.