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Election Effects for the Midwestern United States

Former members of Congress Melissa Bean and Bob Dold joined the Council to consider what the US election results mean for the Midwest.
Melissa Bean
Bob Dold
Cécile Shea
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About This Event

The American Midwest constitutes 12 states and more than 70 million people, making up about 20 percent of the United States’ population. While the region is often overlooked in favor of attention to the coasts, the Midwest’s history, economy, industries, and demographics are as diverse and dynamic as the rest of the United States. It is a critical generator of American business innovation, an agricultural behemoth, and—as we reflect on the 2020 election—a home to many "battleground" states that help determine the future of our country every four years. Join the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and a bipartisan group of former members of Congress to discuss what the US election results mean for the Midwest both locally and globally. 

About the Speakers
Melissa Bean
Former United States Representative, 8th Congressional District, Illinois
Bob Dold
Former Member, US House of Representatives (R-IL10)
Bob Dold is a former US representative for Illinois' 10th Congressional district serving two terms. Congressman Dold served on the Financial Services Committee and Ways & Means Committee where he was focused on access to capital for small businesses, tax reform, healthcare reform, and tackling poverty issues.
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Security and Diplomacy
Council expert Cécile Shea
Cécile Shea is a nonresident senior fellow on security and diplomacy at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. She is the president of Wakaru Communications and a special advisor to the Council’s Next Generation programs.
Council expert Cécile Shea