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Tim Roemer    

From the floor of the U.S. Congress to the chambers of the 9/11 Commission, Tim Roemer has dedicated his professional career to strengthening national security and improving education in America.

As Congressman from the Third District of Indiana (1991-2003), Roemer was recognized for his successful leadership on legislation that helped improve America's competitiveness by balancing the federal budget, reforming elementary and secondary public education, and improving the affordability of higher education.        

After the attacks of September 11th, Roemer used his position on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence to support the work of a Joint Congressional Inquiry into the nature of the attacks. Roemer also was the key sponsor of legislation to establish the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, known as "The 9/11 Commission."        

Since leaving Congress in 2003, Roemer has continued to work on developing ways to strengthen national security as President of the Center for National Policy. He has promoted new ideas on national security issues on NBC Nightly News, CNN, FOX, NPR and in the pages of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, Time Magazine, U.S. News and World Report, and others. As a Distinguished Scholar at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, Roemer works with Members of Congress and staff to improve public policy outcomes by teaching on the legislative branch and policy analysis.        

Roemer was well acquainted with Capitol Hill before he served in Congress, having worked on the staffs of Representative John Brademas of Indiana (1978-1979) and Senator Dennis DeConcini of Arizona (1985-1989).          

Roemer currently serves on the board of the Adams Memorial Foundation and is an honorary board member for UCSD/San Diego Chapter of Americans for Informed Democracy.  He holds a Ph.D. in American Government from the University of Notre Dame.  Roemer also earned his M.A. from Notre Dame and received his B.A. from the University of California, San Diego.        

Tim Roemer married Sally Johnston in 1989 and they have four children: Patrick, Matthew, Sarah, and Grace. They attend St. Thomas a' Becket Catholic Church and live in Great Falls, Virginia.  Roemer enjoys coaching his children's basketball teams, reading history and biography, playing sports, and collecting old, used first edition books.

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Global Security.

Ambassador Roemer dedicated much of his professional career to strengthening the U.S.’s national security. With his experience in the House, on the 9/11 Commission, and as the ambassador to India, he addresses the current state of our nation’s security and our country’s role in a global security context. From weapons of mass destruction and terrorism to radical extremism and arms proliferation, Roemer addresses the top issues with a generally optimistic tone. He also discusses how our relationships with other countries – notably India – affect our security and what we can do to be safer.

Business in India.

With his experience as ambassador and in helping India become the 12th leading trade partner of the United States, Tim Roemer knows how to get things done in India. From first going “local” in one of India’s 28 states and how to deal with the dichotomy of the first and third world demographics, he discusses the keys to succeeding in one of the fastest growing countries in the world. He also addresses how companies need separate Chinese and Indian business models and how to approach the millions of people moving from poverty into the rising middle class.

The Indo-American Relationship.

Tim Roemer addresses the Indo-American relationship in terms of diplomacy, security, trade, and culture. Our relationship with India grows increasingly important as the country outpaces China in terms of growth and the Indo-Pakistani border grows more tactically important in terms of national security. Roemer outlines the ins and outs of our relationship with India, how business in India can boost our economy, what we can learn from the country, why it is important, and how we can help each other.

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