Benjamin Ginsberg

Distinguished Visiting Fellow
Biography: 

Ben Ginsberg is a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution and a nationally known political law advocate representing participants in the political process. His clients have included political parties, political campaigns, candidates, members of Congress and state legislatures, governors, corporations, trade associations, political action committees (PACs), vendors, donors, and individuals. He represented four of the last six Republican presidential nominees.

Ginsberg’s representations have ranged across a variety of election law and regulatory issues, including voting issues and elections, federal and state campaign finance laws, recounts and contests, government investigations, election administration, and redistricting. He served as cochair of the bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration, which produced a much-lauded report on best practices and recommendations for state and local officials to make US elections run better. 

His academic background includes being a lecturer in law at Stanford Law School, an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, and a fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics. Currently a CNN contributor, he appears frequently on television as an on-air commentator about politics and the law and has written numerous articles on US politics.

He served as national counsel to the 2000 and 2004 Bush-Cheney presidential campaigns and played a central role in the 2000 Florida recount. In 2012 and 2008, he served as national counsel to the Romney for President campaign. He has represented the campaigns and leadership PACs of numerous members of the Senate and House as well as national party committees, governors, and state officials. He was a partner at Jones Day from 2014 to 2020 and, before that, at Patton Boggs for 23 years.

Prior to entering law school, Ginsberg spent five years as a newspaper reporter at the Boston Globe, the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, the Berkshire Eagle (Massachusetts), and the Riverside Press-Enterprise (California).

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Republican Elections Lawyer Calls For Reform To The Electoral Count Act

interview with Benjamin Ginsbergvia NPR
Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Ben Ginsberg discusses reforms to the Electoral Count Act, which spells out how Congress calculates the electoral college vote.

Analysis and Commentary

Don’t Be Afraid Of The Election Audits — They May Be Our Only Ticket Out Of This Mess

by Benjamin Ginsbergvia The Washington Post
Friday, October 1, 2021

Bring on the audits. Really. As a Republican election lawyer who has participated in more than 30 post-election recounts, contests and audits, I am extremely confident: They won’t find anything. The massive fraud that former president Donald Trump claims tarnished the 2020 election has been and will remain illusory — because it didn’t exist.

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Election Officials Need Our Legal Help Against Repressive Laws And Personal Threats

by Benjamin Ginsbergvia The Washington Post
Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Election officials are coming under unprecedented attack for doing their jobs. Some states are attempting to criminalize the exercise of these officials’ trained professional judgments; some officials have been the target of threats to themselves and their families. 

Co-author: Bob Bauer