2005 Annual Meeting
Navigating the Crash Course
Nofolk, Va., August 28 - 31
Dr. Larry Sabato Headlines GHSA Annual Meeting
Dr. Larry Sabato, referred to by the Wall Street Journal as “probably the most quoted college professor in the land” and the Fox News Channel as “America's favorite political scientist” highlights the impressive list of speakers for the upcoming 2005 GHSA Annual Meeting, August 28-31, in Norfolk, Virginia. Dr. Sabato's presentation will occur during the opening session on Monday, August 29.
Dr. Sabato will discuss the difficulties Congress has faced in enacting a transportation reauthorization and other major legislation and the role politics has played. He'll also enlighten the GHSA audience with his insights into what can be expected from Congress in the future.
Dr. Sabato is the founder and director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics. He is well known for bridging the gap between what he calls the “ivory tower and real world” on issues of critical importance to the nation.
He is the author of more than twenty books and essays on the American political process. His latest book, Divided States of America: The Slash and Burn Politics of the 2004 Presidential Election, analyzes the 2004 election and provides a jump-off point for the 2006 and 2008 races.
Also speaking at Monday's opening session is William (Bill) Leighty, Chief of Staff to Virginia Governor Mark Warner. Bill oversees the day-to-day operation of the Governor's Cabinet, personal offices and state agencies. Next to the Governor, Bill has the most extensive role in implementing the long-term vision and policies of Virginia's executive branch.
Leighty has held a variety of positions within Virginia's state government including deputy commissioner of the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and Deputy Secretary of Transportation. In these positions, he was an active member of GHSA. Leighty has continued his interest in highway safety during the Warner Administration. During the Governor's term, drunk and drugged driving laws have been strengthened and a primary safety belt law nearly passed.