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Tim LaPira

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Dr. Tim LaPira is an associate professor of political science at James Madison University, where he has taught since 2010. He previously taught at College of Charleston and American University. He earned his Ph.D. in political science from Rutgers University in 2008. He also worked as a legislative assistant to a member of Congress and as a researcher for the Center for Responsive Politics, where he was responsible for creating the Lobbying and Revolving Door databases on

His academic expertise is on Congress, interest groups, lobbying, and the so-called revolving door between government and Washington’s lobbying profession. His book, Revolving Door Lobbying: Public Service, Private Interest, and the Unequal Representation of Interests (co-authored with Herschel F. Thomas, University of Texas at Arlington), was published by the University Press of Kansas in 2017.


New report: Congressional Brain Drain

September 17, 2020
A new report from New America by Alexandra Furnas and Timothy LaPira examines legislative capacity in the 21st century. Executive Summary This research report comprehensively investigates congressional capacity… Read More