Michael J. Malbin is a professor of political science at the State University of New York at Albany and director of the Center for Legislative Studies at SUNY's Rockefeller Institute of Government. Since August 1991 he has also been a member of the National Council on the Humanities, the 26-member advisory board for the National Endowment of the Humanities.
Malbin is the author of numerous books on Congress, political parties, and the presidency, including Unelected Representatives: Congresional Staff and the Future of Representational Government (1980), a key study of the growing power of Congressional staffs. His latest edited volumes are the 8th edition of Vital Statistics on Congress, 1993-94 (1994) and Limiting Legislative Terms (1992), coedited with Gerald Benjamin.
Before moving to Albany in 1990, Malbin held appointments in both the legislative and executive branches of the federal government. He worked for the Iran-Contra committee, the House Republican Conference, and as speech writer for President Bush's Secretary of Defense, Dick Cheney.
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