Dr. Steven Billet

Steven Billet
Title:
Legislative Affairs Program Director, Associate Professor
Faculty:
Associate

Areas of Expertise

Government Relations

PACs and PAC Management

Steven E. Billet (Ph.D., University of Notre Dame) is the Director of the Masters in Legislative Affairs at the Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) at the George Washington University.  He came to GW in 2002 after an eighteen year career in the AT&T family of companies.

Dr. Billet joined AT&T as the Director of Government Affairs for Maryland and Delaware in 1983 after working in the congressional offices of John Brademas and Barbara Mikulski.  In 1987 Steven moved to Brussels, Belgium where he directed the creation and operation of AT&T's public affairs organization for Europe, Africa and the Middle East.  During his tenure in Europe, he led a successful advocacy effort that liberalized the European telecommunications sector.  Upon returning to the U.S. in 1993, he directed the legislative effort for AT&T on GATT and NAFTA.  He later assumed leadership of the AT&T PAC and managed lobbying efforts for part of the U.S. Congress.  In 1999, he moved back into the international arena, becoming the Washington Public Affairs Director for Concert, an AT&T/British Telecom global venture.  At the GSPM, Dr. Billet teaches courses in International Advocacy and PAC Management, the core course in a graduate program he created and directs.

Current Research

His current research includes two books, The Political Dimensions of Competitor Analysis and PAC Management in the Jungle of American Campaign Finance.

Education

Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

Publications

Chapters in Books and Other Writings

“The Rise and Impact of Monster PACs,” in Johnson, Routledge Handbook on Political Management (Routledge, 2008)

Classes Taught

Legislative Politics
PACs and Congress
International Lobbying
Independent Study