Tara Setmayer

Resident Scholar

As a resident scholar for the Center for Politics, Mrs. Setmayer will address the Center’s intern class, create a public program, and participate in other programming as a moderator or panelist.

Mrs. Setmayer is a CNN Political Commentator, ABC News Political Contributor, and former GOP communications director on Capitol Hill. She is currently the host of the  “Honestly Speaking with Tara” podcast. Tara regularly appears on CNN’s prime time programs and contributes to ABC’s The View, Good Morning America, and Nightline. She’s also made numerous appearances on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. Prior to joining ABC, Tara became a household name for her no-nonsense commentary as a CNN political commentator during the 2016 presidential election cycle where Vulture.com recognized her as one of  2016’s “Top 20 Election Coverage Stars” on TV. In 2017, Tara was named as a Board Director for Stand Up Republic, a non profit organization formed in the wake of the 2016 election of Donald Trump to unite Americans behind the defense of democratic norms, ideals and institutions.

Tara’s also written for Cosmopolitan, The Daily Beast, and CNN.com and has guest-hosted on SiriusXM’s Patriot and POTUS channels.

During her time as a senior congressional staffer, Tara successfully led the national effort to free unjustly imprisoned Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean through a presidential commutation issued by President George W. Bush on his last working day in office.  In addition to her communications duties, Setmayer handled policy issues on immigration and federal law enforcement.

For over two years, Setmayer served as a community liaison advocating on a variety of issues including affordable housing and services for the chronically homeless in South Florida where she co-founded a faith-based homeless program with her mother.