Natalie Tennant

Fall 2022
Resident Fellow
Fall 2022 Resident Fellow Natalie Tennant

Natalie E. Tennant served eight years as West Virginia’s elected Secretary of State earning the reputation as an innovative and visionary leader who was recognized nationally as a pioneer in elections administration, business development and financial accountability.

Natalie consults for the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law where she was also Manager of State Advocacy for Voting Rights and Elections. A respected voting rights leader, she helps expand and influence voter registration opportunities in states across the country. Natalie testified in front of U.S. Senate and Congressional committees and state legislative committees about the importance of improving the election process and access to voting.

Natalie is the first West Virginian chosen to participate in the highly respected Aspen Institute’s Rodel Fellowship for Public Leadership that brings together a select group of America’s most promising political leaders for bipartisan discussion and problem solving.

In 2014, Natalie was the Democratic nominee for US Senate in West Virginia. For more than a decade she was a television anchor/reporter and was the first female to represent West Virginia University as the school’s official mascot, the Mountaineer.

Disclaimer: This information is accurate for the time period that this person was affiliated with the Institute of Politics.