Russ Feingold

President

Russ Feingold is the President of the American Constitution Society. He served as a United States Senator from Wisconsin from 1993 to 2011 and a Wisconsin State Senator from 1983 to 1993. From 2013 to 2015, he served as the United States Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region of Africa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

During his 18 years in the United States Senate, Russ was ranked 6th in the Senate for bipartisan voting. He is a recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award and cosponsored the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (McCain-Feingold Act), the only major piece of campaign finance reform legislation passed into law in decades. Russ was the only Senator to vote against the initial enactment of the USA PATRIOT Act during the first vote on the legislation and was well-known for his opposition to the Iraq War and as the Senate's leading opponent of the death penalty. He served on the Judiciary, Foreign Relations, Budget, and Intelligence Committees. Russ was Chairman or Ranking Member of the Constitution Subcommittee.

For the better part of the last 10 years and in addition to his congressional and diplomatic career, Russ has taught extensively at various American law schools including Stanford Law School, Yale Law School, Marquette University Law School, and Harvard Law School. In this capacity, he has played a significant mentoring role to law students, preparing him for his role as President of the American Constitution Society. He has also taught foreign policy to graduate and undergraduate students at Stanford University, University of Wisconsin, Yale University, Lawrence University, and American University.

Russ is the Honorary Ambassador for the Campaign for Nature which is a global effort calling on policymakers to commit to address the growing biodiversity crisis. The Campaign seeks a science-driven, ambitious new deal for nature at the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity in Kunming, China, in 2021.

He is the author of While America Sleeps: A Wake-Up Call for the Post-9/11 Era and contributes regularly to various publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Guardian. He appears frequently on MSNBC and CNN. Russ holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Oxford (as a Rhodes Scholar), and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, all degrees awarded with honors.

 

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Confirm 30

Russ Feingold November 18, 2022

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Midterm Election Takeaways

Russ Feingold November 11, 2022

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Elections and Affirmative Action

Russ Feingold November 4, 2022

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Poll Workers Still Needed

Russ Feingold October 28, 2022

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Bracing for the New SCOTUS Term

Russ Feingold September 29, 2022

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The Constitution is in Jeopardy

Russ Feingold September 22, 2022

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Dear Senate, Please Prioritize Judges

Russ Feingold September 8, 2022

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Democracy’s Moment of Truth

Russ Feingold June 10, 2022

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Celebrating PRIDE Month

Russ Feingold June 3, 2022

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Support Abortion Funds

Russ Feingold May 12, 2022

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Celebrating Judge Jackson

Russ Feingold March 25, 2022

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A Busy Week for Democracy

Russ Feingold March 4, 2022

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Our Network is Our Strength

Russ Feingold February 17, 2022

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Run. Vote. Work. Uphold Our Democracy.

Russ Feingold February 11, 2022

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Our Values

Russ Feingold May 18, 2020

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ACS Statement on the Deadly Mass Shooting at Club Q

November 21, 2022

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Episode 68: The Constitution Is In Jeopardy

September 20, 2022

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National Supreme Court Preview 2022-2023

September 16, 2022

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Celebrating PRIDE Month

Russ Feingold June 3, 2022

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Pre-Convention Events

May 24, 2022

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Support Abortion Funds

Russ Feingold May 12, 2022

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Celebrating Judge Jackson

Russ Feingold March 25, 2022

 

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Become a Poll Worker Today!

March 9, 2022

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A Busy Week for Democracy

Russ Feingold March 4, 2022

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Our Network is Our Strength

Russ Feingold February 17, 2022

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Run. Vote. Work. Uphold Our Democracy.

Russ Feingold February 11, 2022

 

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Our Supporters

December 17, 2021

 

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Our Work

December 17, 2021

 

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Message From The President

December 16, 2021

 

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Message From The Chair

December 16, 2021

 

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Give to ACS - DM EOY 2021

October 28, 2021

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The Berkeley Forum

October 27, 2021

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Episode 16: Legal Legacy of 9/11, Part II

September 21, 2021

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SCOTUS Allows TX Abortion Ban To Go Into Effect

September 1, 2021

 

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Become A Member

August 17, 2021

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Episode 1 - What is ACS?

June 8, 2021

 

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National Convention - Friday

June 2, 2021

 

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National Convention - Monday

June 2, 2021

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What Next for Court Reform?

April 9, 2021

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What’s Next for Court Reform?

April 8, 2021

 

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2021 ACS Student Convention

March 4, 2021

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Reckoning with the Constitution

March 3, 2021

 

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Editor’s Note

Steven D. Schwinn February 3, 2021

 

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Impeachment and Accountability

January 21, 2021

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Trump Administration Should Halt Executions

December 10, 2020

 

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The 2020-2021 Supreme Court Preview

September 22, 2020

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Keith Nelson’s Execution Was No Act of Justice

August 28, 2020

 

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Western Regional Convening

August 27, 2020

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Dustin Honken Executed

July 17, 2020

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ACS’s Commitment to Workers’ Rights

April 10, 2020

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Lawyers of ACS

January 24, 2019

 

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Leadership

January 18, 2018

 

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Student Chapter of the Week

March 31, 2011