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About the Political Dictionary

Taegan Goddard is the creator of the Political Dictionary.

He is also the founder of many popular political websites, including Political Wire, Political Job Hunt and the Electoral Vote Map.

Goddard spent more than a decade on Wall Street as managing director and chief operating officer of a prominent investment firm in New York City. Previously, he also served as a policy adviser to a U.S. Senator and Governor.

Goddard is also co-author of You Won – Now What?: How Americans Can Make Democracy Work from City Hall to the White House, a political management book hailed by prominent journalists and politicians from both parties.

His essays on politics and public policy have appeared in dozens of newspapers and magazines across the country.

Goddard earned degrees from Vassar College and Harvard University.

He lives in New York with his wife and three sons.

Additional Contributors

Some additional definitions were used by permission from Dog Whistles, Walk-Backs, and Washington Handshakes: Decoding the Jargon, Slang, and Bluster of American Political Speech © 2014 by Chuck McCutcheon and David Mark.

And others were used by permission from Doubletalk: The Language, Code, and Jargon of a Presidential Election © 2016 by Chuck McCutcheon and David Mark.