Walter F. Mondale was the 42nd Vice President of the United States (1977-81). He previously served as Minnesota’s Attorney General (1960-64) and as a United States Senator (1964-76). He subsequently was the Democratic presidential candidate in 1984 and the United States Ambassador to Japan (1993-96) He has been widely credited with transforming the vice presidency into a robust governmental institution. He is the author of several books including The Good Fight: A Life in Liberal Politics (2010).
Robin Carnahan has served as Missouri Secretary of State since 2005. In that position she has focused on protecting consumers, cracking down on financial fraud, cutting costs and red-tape for businesses, and ensuring fair elections among other initiatives. She has also served in a number of leadership positions for the National Association of Secretaries of State. She was the Democratic nominee for the United States Senate in 2010.
Ira Shapiro is the author of The Last Great Senate (2012) which describes the work of the United States Senate during the Carter presidency (1977-81). Shapiro served on the staff of a number of senators from 1975-87, including in leadership positions on the Governmental Affairs Committee when Tom Eagleton was its ranking minority member. During the Clinton Administration, he was General Counsel to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), in which capacity he helped negotiate the WTO global trade rules and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). He is a shareholder of GreenbergTraurig in its Washington, D.C. office.
Rodney W. Sippel is a United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri, having been nominated for that position by President Bill Clinton and confirmed by the Senate in November, 1997. He began his government service as a member of the staff of Thomas Eagleton and later served as Administrative Assistant to House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt. Judge Sippel represents the Eighth Circuit on the Judicial Conference and was appointed by Chief Justice Roberts to serve on its Executive Committee.
Murray Weidenbaum served as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury from 1969 to 1971, and as Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers in 1981-82. He is widely recognized as an expert regarding government regulation of business, public finance, and economic policy. An academic center at Washington University is the Murray Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy. Professor Weidenbaum and Tom Eagleton taught together a course on business and government.