“The Commission on Presidential Debates: Past, Present and Future”

October 16, 2017 | NH Institute of Politics

Mr. Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr. serves in a variety of political capacities. He presently is Co-Chairman of the Commission on the Presidential Debates (CPD), which conducts the general election presidential and vice presidential debates in the presidential election years. He co-founded the commission in 1986 with Democratic National Committee Chairman, Paul Kirk. He also was a founder of the National Endowment for Democracy, where he served as a Vice Chairman and a board member from 1983 to 1993. 

From July 1995 until June of 2013, he served as President and CEO of the American Gaming Association (AGA). In his role as the chief executive of the AGA, Fahrenkopf served as the national advocate for the commercial casino industry and is responsible for positioning the association to address regulatory, political and educational issues affecting the industry.

A lawyer by profession, Fahrenkopf gained national prominence during the 1980s when he served as chairman of the Republican Party for six of President Ronald Reagan’s eight years in the White House (1983-1989). When Fahrenkopf retired in January 1989, he had served as Chairman of the Republican National Committee longer than any person in the 20th century (and the second-longest in the history of the party) and led the party through two successful presidential campaigns in 1984 and 1988.

Mr. Fahrenkopf will discuss the CPD’s formation, challenges and future plans for 2020.

October 16, 2017 from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM


Ann Camann
(603) 222-4100