Dr. John J. Kornacki

Faculty: Adjunct

Areas of Expertise

Political Leadership
Congressional Committees
Political Parties
Interest Groups
US Political History
Congressional History


John Kornacki was the first staff director for the House Legislative Resource Center. The office created in 1995, houses the chamber's archives, internal library, documents and public records units that include lobby filings, financial disclosures and member travel information.  His office implemented the Lobby Disclosure Act of 1995 and its related amendments. He also served as chief executive of the non-partisan Everett McKinley Dirksen Congressional Research Center in Illinois or seven years and was a member of the Advisory Committee on the Records of Congress for two, two-year terms.

Kornacki joined the Center for Study of American Government at Johns Hopkins University as a teaching fellow in 1998 and George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management in 2002 where he is now Adjunct Professor of Legislative Affairs, teaching courses on congressional committees, political parties & elections and interest group politics. He has appeared several times on C-SPAN's Washington Journal and has served as a political analyst for both CBS and FOX News. He edited the book, Leading Congress: New Styles, New Strategies and served as a contributing writer for The Hill.  He is currently a Senior Fellow at the Congressional Institute working on project to enhance civility, debate and decision-making in the U.S. House of Representatives.

He received his B.S. from Marquette University, his M.S. and Ph.D. from Michigan State University and did post-doctoral work on public policy leadership and the legislative process at Resources for the Future.  He hales from Milwaukee and remains a loyal Cheese Head.


Ph.D., Michigan State University
M.A., Michigan State University
B.S., Marquette University

Classes Taught

Congressional Committees
Political Parties & Elections