Sean Trende is the Gerald R. Ford Visiting Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he works on elections, American political trends, voting patterns, and demographics. He is also the senior elections analyst for RealClearPolitics. Before becoming a full-time political analyst, Mr. Trende practiced law for eight years, during which time he represented clients before a variety of settings ranging from state trial courts to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Mr. Trende is the coauthor of the “Almanac of American Politics 2014” (University of Chicago, 2014) and the author of “The Lost Majority: Why the Future of Government Is Up for Grabs and Who Will Take It” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). He has appeared on a wide variety of radio and television shows, ranging from “Fox & Friends” on Fox News Channel to “All In with Chris Hayes” on MSNBC.

Mr. Trende has a law degree and a master’s degree in political science from Duke University and bachelor’s degree from Yale University. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in political science at The Ohio State University.


  • Real Clear Politics: Senior Elections Analyst, 2010–present
  • David, Kamp & Frank LLC: Associate, 2009–10
  • Hunton & Williams LLP: Associate, 2005–09
  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP: Associate, 2002–05


In progress, Ph.D., political science, The Ohio State University
J.D., M.A., political science, Duke University
B.A., Yale University