U.S. politics expert available to comment on Joe Biden’s inauguration

Matthew Lebo

Donald Trump’s presidency ends and Joe Biden will be sworn as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, January 20.

Matthew Lebo, chair of Western University’s department of political science, is available to comment on Biden’s inauguration and his first few weeks as president.

Lebo says:

“President Biden will take office with narrow majorities in Congress, the first instance of united Democratic control since Barack Obama’s first two years.

“The agenda for his first few weeks will be to get the pandemic under control, to confirm his cabinet, to pass a giant COVID-19 relief package, and to roll back as many of Trump’s executive orders as possible without the need of congressional approval. All the while, the Senate will be conducting an impeachment trial for his predecessor.”

Lebo, who previously served as chair of the department of political science and director of the Center for Behavioral Political Economy at Stony Brook University (New York), is an expert on the presidency, political parties, elections and Congress.

His book on the state of party politics in the United States, Strategic Party Government: Why Winning Trumps Ideology, written with Greg Koger, was published in 2017.

Commentary reflects the perspective and scholarly interest of Western faculty members and is not an articulation of official university policy on issues being addressed.

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