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Politics & Polls #64: Congressional Races in 2018

Oct 26, 2017
By:
Staff
Source:
Woodrow Wilson School
Tags: 
Politics

There are 468 seats up for grabs in Congress for the 2018 election, with the Republican Party currently holding a majority in both the Senate and the House. But will this hold after election day?
 
Joining today’s episode to discuss the congressional races is Levi Tillemann, the democratic candidate for Colorado’s 6th Congressional District. Tillemann is a Colorado native and expert on technology policy, renewable energy and autonomous cars.

Raised in a working-class Latino community in North Denver, Tillemann has kept in touch with his roots over the years by tutoring math, english and ESL in public schools and community centers.
 
While in graduate school, Tillemann founded IRIS Engines, Inc. to develop a more efficient engine - a design for which he holds multiple patents. Later he shifted his focus to electric vehicles as a better solution to climate change.
 
He has served as a policy advisor to the Department of Energy under President Barack Obama and is currently managing partner at Valence Strategic. Tillemann’s commentary appears regularly in national publications including The New Yorker, The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times and on national and international radio and TV outlets.
 
He has a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.
 
Tillemann is the author of “The Great Race: The Global Quest for the Car of the Future,” published by Simon and Schuster in 2015, and he speaks Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, and Portuguese. Last, but not least, he has a dog named Tesla.