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Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency

Governor Howard Dean, MD

Senior Presidential Fellow

Governor Howard Dean, MD

The Honorable Howard Dean, former Democratic National Committee chairman, U.S. presidential candidate, six-term governor of Vermont, and physician, is currently a senior strategic adviser and independent consultant for the government affairs practice at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, an international law firm. His focus is on health care and alternative energy, and he provides expertise derived from his extensive experience in public office. Dean serves as a CNBC contributor and is the founder of Democracy for America. He also serves on the board of the National Democratic Institute where he focuses on southeast Europe and China. In 1982 Howard Dean transitioned from full-time practicing physician to an elected representative in Vermont, a position that propelled him into public service. He served as governor for 12 years – the second most consecutive terms in the state. He left office in Vermont to run for president of the United States in 2003, where he implemented innovative fund-raising strategies, including use of the Internet. As chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Dr. Dean created and implemented the “50 State Strategy” and the development of 21st-century campaign tools. He is credited with helping Democrats make historic gains in 2006 and 2008. Under his leadership, significant resources were dedicated to revitalizing the Democratic Party by building and strengthening organizational tools, technological capabilities and infrastructure. Howard Dean graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in political science in 1971, and earned a medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City in 1978.