Stan Greenberg

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Stan Greenberg
Stanley Bernard Greenberg

(1945-05-10) May 10, 1945 (age 75)
Alma materMiami University
Harvard University
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Rosa DeLauro

Stanley Bernard Greenberg (born May 10, 1945) is an American Democratic pollster and political strategist. He is founding partner of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research (GQR), a political research and campaign company headquartered in Washington, D.C., that is closely affiliated with the Democratic Party. He advised the presidential campaigns of Bill Clinton and Al Gore, as well as hundreds of other candidates and organizations in the United States, Latin America, Europe, and around the world - including Nelson Mandela, Ehud Barak the former Israeli prime minister, Gerhard Schröder, the former Chancellor of Germany, and Tony Blair, the former British prime minister.[1][2]

Life and career[edit]

Greenberg grew up in Washington, D.C., and has a Jewish background.[3] A political scientist who received his bachelor's degree from Miami University and his Ph.D. from Harvard, Greenberg spent a decade teaching at Yale University before becoming a political consultant.[1] His 1985 study of Reagan Democrats in Macomb County, Michigan, became a classic of progressive political strategy and the basis for his continuing argument that Democrats must actively work to present themselves as populists advocating the expansion of opportunity for the middle class.[1] As the pollster for Clinton in 1992, Greenberg was a major figure in the famed campaign "war room" (and hence the documentary film of the same name).[4]

He was the CEO and principal owner of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner until 2016.[5] After that, Greenberg was solely involved in Greenberg Research where he is the CEO.[6] He is co-founder (with James Carville and Bob Shrum) of Democracy Corps, a non-profit organization which produces left-leaning political strategy.[7]

Greenberg's former corporate clients include British Petroleum, British Airways, Monsanto Company, Boeing, General Motors, and Microsoft.[8]


During his work for the Austrian SPÖ in 2001, Greenberg was criticized by FPÖ leader Jörg Haider because of his negative campaigning.[9]

In May 2010 Greenberg was linked to a controversy involving White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. As a House member, Emanuel had lived rent-free for five years in a basement guest room in the DC house owned by Greenberg and his wife, Democratic House member Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut. During this time, Emanuel served as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which awarded large polling contracts to Greenberg's firm.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Greenberg is married to Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, who currently represents Connecticut's 3rd congressional district. Public financial disclosures filed in Congress indicate Greenberg’s current company, Greenberg Research, is worth up to $5 million.[11]


External video
video icon Booknotes interview with Greenberg on Middle Class Dreams, April 9, 1995, C-SPAN
video icon Washington Journal interview with Greenberg on The Two Americas, January 8, 2004, C-SPAN
video icon Presentation by Greenberg on The Two Americas, October 15, 2004, C-SPAN
video icon After Words interview with Greenberg on Dispatches from the War Room, May 27, 2009
  • Politics and Poverty: Modernization and Response in Five Poor Neighborhoods (1974)
  • Race and State in Capitalist Development: South Africa in Comparative Perspective (1980).
  • Legitimating the Illegitimate: State, Markets, and Resistance in South Africa (1987)
  • Middle Class Dreams: The Politics and Power of the New American Majority (1995)
  • The Two Americas: Our Current Political Deadlock and How to Break It (2004) ISBN 0-312-31838-3
  • Dispatches From The War Room: In The Trenches With Five Extraordinary Leaders (2009) ISBN 0-312-35152-6
  • America Ascendant: A Revolutionary Nation's Path to Addressing Its Deepest Problems and Leading the 21st Century (2015)
  • RIP GOP: How the New America Is Dooming the Republicans (2019) ISBN 978-125-0-31175-7



  1. ^ a b c "Stanley Greenberg Oral History (2005)". Miller Center, University of Virginia. January 27, 2005. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  2. ^ "Stanley Greenberg Oral History (2007)". Miller Center, University of Virginia. October 11, 2007. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  3. ^ Round, Simon (12 March 2009). "Interview: Stan Greenberg". Jewish Chronicle.
  4. ^ "The War Room Drill". Newsweek. October 31, 1992.
  5. ^ "Stanley B. Greenberg, Ph.D." Greenberg Quinlan Rosner. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Stanley B. Greenberg". Stanley B. Greenberg. Retrieved 2020-10-28.
  7. ^ "About the Founders". Democracy Corps. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
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  9. ^ Cohen, Roger (March 12, 2001). "Haider the Rightist Is Firing Up Vienna's Election With Slurs". The New York Times. p. A8.
  10. ^ Malcolm, Andrew (June 7, 2010). "The ties that bind. Remember Rahm Emanuel's rent-free D.C. apartment? The owner: A BP adviser". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2016-06-07.
  11. ^ Clerk of, House of Representatives (August 5, 2020). "Financial Disclosure Report for Hon. Rosa DeLauro" (PDF). Clerk of the House of Representatives. Retrieved November 30, 2020.

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