Christine Todd Whitman is the President of The Whitman Strategy Group (WSG), a consulting firm that specializes in energy and environmental issues. WSG offers a comprehensive set of solutions to problems facing businesses, organizations, and governments; they have been at the forefront of helping leading companies find innovative solutions to environmental challenges.
Governor Whitman served in the cabinet of President George W. Bush as Administrator of the
Environmental Protection Agency from January of 2001 until June of 2003. She was the 50th
Governor of the State of New Jersey, serving as its first woman governor from 1994 until 2001.
As Governor, Christie Whitman earned praise from both Republicans and Democrats for her
commitment to preserve a record amount of New Jersey land as permanent green space. She was
also recognized by the Natural Resources Defense Council as having instituted the most
comprehensive beach monitoring system in the nation. As EPA Administrator, she promoted
common-sense environmental improvements such as watershed-based water protection policies.
She championed regulations requiring non-road diesel engines to reduce sulfur emissions by more than 95 percent. During her tenure, the Agency was successful in passing and implementing landmark brownfields legislation to promote the redevelopment and reuse of “brownfields”, previously contaminated industrial sites.
She is the author of a New York Times best seller called “It’s My Party Too”, which was published in January of 2005 and released in paperback in March 2006.
Governor Whitman formerly served on the Boards of United Technologies Corporation, Texas
Instruments Inc. and S.C. Johnson and Son, Inc. She is on the Advisory Boards of the Corporate
Eco Forum and The Northeast Maglev (TNEM). Governor Whitman also serves a number of non-profit organizations including as Chairman of the American Security Project, Vice-Chairman of the Trustees of the Eisenhower Fellowships, and Trustee of the National World War II Museum. She is co-chair of the States United Democracy Center, the Forward Party, the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative Leadership Council, the Aspen Institute K12 Climate Action Task Force, and the National Institute for Civil Discourse. She is a member of the National Advisory Committee for the Presidential Climate Action Project, she is a founding member of the Climate Leadership Council, and she serves on the Meridian Institute Board. She is a member of the advisory boards of the Renew America Movement, the Rick Herema Foundation, and the ERA Coalition. She was co-chair of the Commission on the Rule of Law and Democracy at the Brennan Center at New York University. During the 2020 election cycle, she served as Chair of Republicans and Independents for Biden, and as one of the Advisory Board members for the Voter Protection Project.
In 2018, Governor Whitman was the recipient of the Panetta Institute’s Jefferson-Lincoln Award
for her dedication to the key principles of the American democracy and the ideals of the nation.
Governor Whitman was awarded The Eisenhower Medal for Leadership and Service in 2017.
Prior to becoming Governor, she was the President of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and served on the Somerset County board of Chosen Freeholders.
Governor Whitman holds a BA from Wheaton College in Norton, MA, and was married for 41
years to the late John R. Whitman. She has two children and seven grandchildren.
I agree with the policy proposals of the Forward Party. Open primaries, ranked choice voting of top 4 candidates in general elections, and unbiased citizen commissions to define Congressional and State Legislature voting district maps. Those changes are an important beginning but are not sufficient to minimize the major issues driving the divisiveness in politics and dysfunction in government: career self interest, partisan interest, and the interest of donors. We need changes to the rules of politics and governing beyond voting district maps, primaries and general elections.
I have written a book titled “American Turning Point: Repairing and Restoring Our Constitutional Republic”. In the book, I propose 16 specific changes I call “Citizen Rules”, which would result in a system that minimizes the partisan and donor influences on elected officials, and a greater level of bi-partisan, fact-based, common sense governing. In a government created to derive its powers from the consent of the governed, shouldn’t citizens make the rules for how we want elected officials to govern?
For example, one additional key change to electoral processes that is very important is to change the method of allocating Electoral College votes from the “winner take all” approach used in almost every state, to a proportional approach based on the percentage of the popular vote won by each candidate in each state. This would eliminate “swing” and “safe” states and encourage candidates to campaign in every state, not just swing states. It would also remove the disenfranchisement of up to 49% of citizens in each state who voted for the candidate winning less than 50% of the popular vote whose preferences are not part of the national vote determining the President and Vice President.
Most importantly, this would eliminate the vulnerabilities exploited by the conspirators who sought to overturn the results of the 2020 election. They sought to switch the total electoral votes in several swing states by fraudulently manipulating a few thousand popular votes. Then they also sought to submit a fraudulent slate of human electors from several states, indicating they are voting for the losing candidate. With Electoral College votes allocated to each candidate based on their percentage of the popular vote, there is no incentive to manipulate the popular vote totals, as that action won’t materially affect the Electoral College vote totals. This approach also makes the appointment of human electors unnecessary and should be removed from the process, eliminating that act from materially affecting the Electoral College vote totals. The changes to the Electoral Count Act recently approved by Congress will not protect our democracy from these acts being repeated in the next Presidential election.
You can read a summary of the Citizen Rules, the benefits they will provide, and the road map to enact these rules, on the book’s website at www.citizenrules.org. If you see value in these changes to work with the changes to voting districting processes, primaries and general elections you advocate, I hope you will consider adding many or all of the Citizen Rule changes to those you advocate for as part of the Forward Party platform.
Author: “American Turning Point: Repairing and Restoring our Constitutional Republic”
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