2013 Legislative Conference Closing Keynote Speaker Named

Politico Deputy Managing Editor Rachel Smolkin

Rachel Smolkin, a native Texan who is deputy managing editor and former White House editor for Politico magazine, will be the closing keynote speaker for TAC’s 2013 Legislative Conference, Aug. 28-30, in Austin.

During her time on Politico’s White House team, first as deputy editor and then as editor, she oversaw coverage of the killing of Osama bin Laden, the 2011 debt ceiling negotiations, the Supreme Court decision upholding President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, Obama’s successful re-election campaign and the 2012 fiscal cliff fight.

Smolkin came to Politico from USA Today, where she supervised the White House and legal affairs team. Coverage areas included Obama and his administration, the Supreme Court, terror threats and national law enforcement trends. During her three-and-a-half years at the paper, she also edited health policy coverage and national news stories on topics ranging from natural disasters to holiday travel.

Before that, she served as managing editor of American Journalism Review, where she wrote and edited for the national magazine that covers print, television, radio and online media.

Smolkin will speak right after breakfast at 9 a.m., Friday, Aug. 30.  The informal session will allow attendees the opportunity to ask questions to get the inside scoop on topics of interest. Don’t miss hearing her insightful presentation at this valuable conference. Register today.​