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Pete Seat    

Former White House Spokesman, Author & Political Commentator

The only son of immigrant parents, Pete Seat found success in the worlds of politics, media and the arts all before the age of 25.

A former spokesman for President George W. Bush, U.S. Senator Dan Coats, and The Indiana Republican Party, Pete Seat is currently senior project manager at Hathaway Strategies, an Indianapolis-based public affairs consulting firm. Pete has published op-eds in news outlets across the country including Politico, CNN.com, MSNBC.com, Human Events, the Indianapolis Star and the Arizona Daily Star, is a frequent guest on FOX News, MSNBC, CNN and NewsMax TV programs, including Fox & Friends, Happening Now, The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd, Hardball with Chris Matthews, MTP Daily, At This Hour with Berman & Bolduan and The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, and published a book titled The War on Millennials in 2014. He is also a regular panelist on WRTV’s Indianapolis This Week and fills in from time-to-time on WFYI’s Indiana Week in Review.

From June 2005 to January 20, 2009, Pete served on President George W. Bush's White House staff, including as Deputy Assistant Press Secretary. He worked in the Office of Appointments and Scheduling, in the Office of the Press Secretary for Tony Snow and Dana Perino, traveled to 23 countries with the President, logged thousands of miles aboard Air Force One and was one of only a handful of staff in the Oval Office during the first gathering of all our living presidents at The White House in twenty-five years.

A native of Schererville, Indiana, Pete is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a BA in Theatre Arts. While there he served as State Chairman of the Arizona College Republicans during the 2004 election cycle, setting new benchmarks for earned media and fundraising. He was an alternate delegate, the youngest in the state, from Arizona to the 2004 national convention and again in 2012 representing Indiana.

Back home in the Hoosier State, while a junior at Lake Central High School, Pete founded the Northwest Indiana High School Theatre Foundation. In its six years of existence, the Foundation helped foster growth, creativity and collaboration between high school theatre programs in the Region and awarded the best and brightest actors, directors and technical crews for their work at an awards ceremony and revue each summer.

In non-political news, Pete is bilingual (English & Serbian; with bits of German & Russian thrown in for good measure), has attended twelve World Series games (including one each of the past ten years), danced on stage during an Elton John show in Las Vegas (thankfully no video exists) and performed live in-concert with Kenny Rogers (off-key, naturally).

Videos


Speech Topics


Building Champions of the Future.

A Front Row Seat: Working at The White House

The Great Disconnect: America's Heartland & Our Nation's Capital

The White House & The Press

Current Events

Current Events Through the Eyes of Millennials

The War on Millennials

How Trump Won the Nomination & What's Next

News


Politico Column: For Presidential Baby Boomers The Clock May Have Run Out

Can baby boomers beat the clock and claim the presidency for their generation one last time? If history is any guide, probably not. Generational headwinds will soon face any boomer candidate in his — or, ahem, her — quest for the Oval Office.

MSNBC.com Column: Republican Revival: What the states can teach the national party

Ten years ago, the Republican Party in Indiana was treading water, locked out of the governor’s office for 16 years and with a majority in only one chamber of the General Assembly. Then came a Republican Renewal led by Mitch Daniels that endures today.

Column: Chris Christie & The Big Snooze

Both adored and scorned for his brash and unrestrained interactions with constituents, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has found himself embroiled in a scandal of epic proportions. A case that could end his chances of securing the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, or any other ambition, for that matter.

At least, that’s what the Washington, D.C.-New York media corridor think. In the rest of America, however, it’s just one big snooze fest.

Column: Low in seniority, high in impact

Last weekend, for the second time in her first term in the United States House of Representatives, Congresswoman Susan Brooks was asked to deliver the national Weekly Republican Address. It was another reminder that she, and her Hoosier Republican colleagues, none of whom was elected before 2010, didn't get to Capitol Hill only to heed the advice of others that they "slow down" and "wait their turn" due to a lack of seniority. Instead, each has made a considerable impression through legislation or made a strong impact on the conversation via important leadership roles.

Column: Good polling news for GOP

There was some good news for Republicans in a joint New York Times/CBS poll last week. On the generic U.S. House ballot the party held a 42 percent to 39 percent lead over Democrats, meaning Republicans are on track to hold their House majority. But exuberance on the morning of Nov. 5, 2014, cannot blind Republicans to the real problems that lie ahead.

Column: The not-so-free press

White House press secretary Jay Carney’s desk is 50 feet from the entrance to the Oval Office and 50 feet from the podium of the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room. This is no mere coincidence. The Office of the Press Secretary serves two bosses, the president and the press.

Column: GOP works to close foreign policy gap with Clinton

On the foreign policy front, Hillary Clinton has no equal, at least on paper. But the fluid and precarious situation in Ukraine, rising tensions in the Middle East and the importance of economic development each provide opportunities for would-be Republican candidates to move towards parity with the presumed Democratic frontrunner.

New generation preparing to fight for America's future

In the end, Seat remains optimistic the challenges facing the United States can be met and overcome, so long as Americans are willing to put aside selfish interests and partisanship to focus on the hard decisions necessary to make the nation all it can be.

An Interview with Pete Seat, Author of The War on Millennials

The book’s blunt title and “airing of grievances” with Americans young, old and elected is no reflection of “The War on Millennials’” tone — Seat’s ultimate outlook is hopeful and pragmatic.

Column: Bye, Bayh

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Democrats were supposed to be in a state of permanent suspension awaiting word from Washington, or Muncie, or wherever Evan Bayh is at any given moment, about his own potential return to the Statehouse.

Column: The curse of the mayors

On the presidential level, Americans have shown a preference for executive experience in their candidates. In Indiana, however, Hoosiers have shown a deeper appreciation for legislators and less for local executives, namely mayors, for statewide and federal office. But why?

Column: Hillary Clinton & Authenticity

Hillary Clinton’s comment that she and former President Bill Clinton were “dead broke” upon leaving The White House in 2001 set off a media firestorm. She was criticized from every angle for being out of touch with the American populace. But the larger point to me is why? Why is she trying so hard to be “one of us”? She built it, she should own it.

POLITICO Column: Looking for Love in Iowa

Republican hopefuls are heading to corn country. But are voters looking for something new?

Column: Inevitability & the 2016 Presidential Race

If someone wants to be president, they should just run for president.

Column: Time for the GOP to Move Beyond Obama

To bring about real action, Republicans, and our nation, have to move on from Obama before Obama moves on to his post-presidential life. Republicans need to realize that Obama won’t be here forever.

CNN Column: Democrats, have no fear! There's history to be made

No matter who it is, the 2016 Democratic nominee for president would make history if elected. Sure, Hillary Clinton's hypothetical inauguration gets all the glory for the mere possibility that she might be the first woman to crack the presidential glass ceiling, but what if her campaign ultimately implodes? How will Democrats make history then? Never fear! Clinton's fellow Democrats could make all sorts of history, too. Yes, even Martin O'Malley.

Column: Trump Plays the Villain Hand

Americans simply love villains and in Donald Trump they have found one. Now, I understand not everyone possesses the same definition of what constitutes a villain. In politics, especially, villainy can be subjective. The villain is always the other guy (or gal) in the race. In the case of Trump, however, his villain bona fides are perhaps subjective but corroborated in both empirical and anecdotal data.

Column: What do you mean, "presidential?"

In the mind of Dr. Ben Carson, a Muslim is not qualified to be president. In the mind of Bill Kristol, Ben Carson is not qualified to be president. And in the mind of Andre Carson, one of two Muslims in Congress, if his fellow followers can’t be president, maybe neurosurgeons like Ben Carson shouldn’t be either.

Regardless of what any of these men believe, all three are highlighting an age-old debate about the unregulated stipulations of what constitutes a person who is “presidential.”

Column: As Trump Rises, We Fall

Call it whatever you want, but to me Trump’s rise is the last gasp of a generation trying hard to maintain an iron grip on the presidency through nativist exceptionalism that demeans and discriminates. It may help to drum up the populism to drive up the crowds, but the adverse effects are being felt around the world.

Column: The Day Scott Walker Almost Saved the GOP

He could have been a contender. He could have been the nominee. He could have been president. But on Sept. 21, 2015, Scott Walker did the right thing; he dropped out of the race for the Republican nomination for president. Where would we be today if others had followed his lead?

Column: The meaning of the word "establishment"

What is the establishment? It’s the dirtiest word in politics today – even worse than that naughty rabble-rouser “compromise.” Makes you sick just reading it, no? But do people know what the word really means?

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