Congressman Steve Israel is a Distinguished Writer-In-Residence at Long Island University in New York and published a critically acclaimed satire of Washington entitled “The Global War on Morris” in 2015. The Washington Post described the novel as “an unexpected delight… so spirited and funny”. Chris Matthews called Israel “downright hilarious”. And the New York Daily News wrote: “Steve Israel reveals his inner Jon Stewart in his debut novel.” The book was optioned to Rob Reiner for television development. Not unlike so much in Congress, it awaits further action.
Israel’s second novel, Big Guns, skewers the gun lobby and is scheduled to be published in 2018 by Simon & Schuster.
Israel was a Member of Congress for sixteen years and served as House Democrats chief political strategist for four. President Bill Clinton called him “one of the most thoughtful Members of Congress.” Which, Israel states, isn’t really saying much at all.
Israel is a political commentator on CNN. His insights appear regularly in the New York Times, Washington Post, Foreign Affairs and on 6O minutes, Jon Oliver, FoxNews, MSNBC and elsewhere.
He was one of only nine members of the House Democratic leadership, and has a singular behind-the-scenes understanding of how Washington officials think, or don’t think.
As chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for four years, Israel was the chief architect of House campaign strategies. He was responsible for overall development of competitive House campaigns across America. He was lauded for recruiting and electing the most diverse and entrepreneurial freshman congressional class in history. He developed a vast network of local, state and federal officials throughout the nation and is considered a leading expert in congressional dynamics.
Israel is currently the Chairman of the Global Institute at Long Island University; a strategic advisor to the Democratic Governors Association and the think-tank Third Way. He serves on the Boards of Long Island University, the Truman National Security Project, the Theodore Roosevelt Association, and the Civil War Trust.
He lives in Oyster Bay, not far from the home of Theodore Roosevelt, who also wrote a few decent books.