Former U.S. Representative for New York's 3rd congressional district
Earlier this year Congressman Israel published his second satirical novel, this time about guns and politics—think Thank You for Smoking meets the NRA. Based on real people and settings, it’s a blunt and biting parody that takes readers behind the scenes to the most private places on Capitol Hill and pulls back the curtain on congressional absurdities and machinations with the gun lobby. The Congressman will not only talk about guns but more broadly the current state of politics in Washington.
Congressman Steve Israel is a Distinguished Writer-In-Residence at Long Island University in New York. Israel was a Member of Congress for sixteen years and served as House Democrats chief political strategist for four. President Bill Clinton called him "one of the most thoughtful Members of Congress." Which, Israel states, isn't really saying much at all.
His insights appear regularly in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs and has appeared on “60 Minutes,” “Last Week Tonight,” Fox News, MSNBC and elsewhere. His recent New York Times op-ed, “Nothing Will Change After The Las Vegas Shooting” went viral; his Mic.Com video on gun violence received nearly 3.5 million views.
He was one of only nine members of the House Democratic leadership, and has a singular behind-the-scenes understanding of how Washington officials think, or don't think. He was chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for four years. He was also a member of the Blue Dog caucus a coalition of conservative Democrats and the Democratic Leadership Council. He developed a vast network of local, state and federal officials throughout the nation and is considered a leading expert in congressional dynamics. ???
The Washington Post described Israel’s debut novel, THE GLOBAL WAR ON MORRIS (Simon & Schuster), as "an unexpected delight... so spirited and funny". Chris Matthews called Israel "downright hilarious". And the New York Daily News wrote: "Steve Israel reveals his inner Jon Stewart in his debut novel." The book was optioned to Rob Reiner for television development. Not unlike so much in Congress, it awaits further action. Israel's second novel, BIG GUNS was optioned by Branded Pictures for film/television development.
Israel is currently the Chairman of the Global Institute at Long Island University; a strategic advisor to the Democratic Governors Association and the think-tank Third Way. He serves on the Boards of Long Island University, the Truman National Security Project, the Theodore Roosevelt Association, and the Civil War Trust. He lives in Oyster Bay, not far from the home of Theodore Roosevelt, who also wrote a few decent books.