Jill Lawrence is commentary editor and a columnist at USA TODAY, and author of the 2017 book, The Art of the Political Deal: How Congress Beat the Odds and Broke Through Gridlock. She spent decades reporting on the presidency, Congress and campaigns for both. A former columnist for Creators Syndicate, U.S. News and World Report, Politics Daily and The Associated Press, she has won National Press Club, Sigma Delta Chi and National Headliner awards for her writing. Her positions have included managing editor for politics at National Journal; senior correspondent at Politics Daily; national political correspondent at USA TODAY, and national political writer for the AP. Her work has also appeared online in Politico Magazine, The Week, The Daily Beast and The Atlantic. Lawrence is co-author of Governors and the Presidency: How They Campaign, How They Govern, for the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers, and Phoning It In and Failing to Show: The Story of the 2014 House Primaries, for the Brookings Institution. She is a contributor to "The Surge: 2014’s Big GOP Win and What It Means for the Next Presidential Race." Lawrence has a master's degree in journalism from New York University and a bachelor's degree in music literature from the University of Michigan.
"The Art of the Political Deal" examines four successful congressional negotiations and what made them possible amid rampant partisanship and dysfunction. From headliners like Bernie Sanders and John McCain to aides nobody knows, these figures defied failure. And while some agreements didn't live up to their promise, they offer a hopeful template for future negotiators.