Victoria Bassetti


Victoria Bassetti is the author of Electoral Dysfunction: A Survival Manual for American Voters, the companion book to a PBS documentary by the same name. Her writings have been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, POLITICO, USA Today, Washington Monthly, and Harpers. She worked on Capitol Hill for almost a decade. Among other posts, she served as chief counsel to Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and legislative director for former Senator John Edwards (D-NC). She was a chief counsel and staff director of a subcommittee at the Senate Judiciary Committee, and she served on the team that drafted the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund, the PATRIOT Act, the Economic Espionage Act, and the Homeland Security Act, overseeing matters relating to the ATF and firearms and explosives laws.

While on the Hill, she led a multi-year, multi-hearing bipartisan investigation into innovation and competition in the medical device field that culminated in a first-ever voluntary code of conduct agreed to by hospital device purchasing organizations and heralded by the New York Times as “sweeping” and aimed at “mak[ing] it easier for new, lifesaving medical products to reach hospitals faster.” She was also the line Democratic counsel on the bipartisan Ruby Ridge investigation, which culminated in a series of congressional requirements imposed on the FBI, ATF, and U.S. Marshal’s service. She was also a member of the select team of lawyers that oversaw the Senate impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton.