UNH 2020 Presidential Primary Speaking Series

About the Series

The Primary Series, sponsored by the Carsey School of Public Policy and the Campus Living Association, seeks to build the policy and political problem-solving skills of tomorrow’s leaders, while giving the community the opportunity to engage national figures on a wide range of challenging public policy issues. As part of the primary series, every major 2020 presidential primary candidate has been invited to deliver remarks on a specific policy area of his or her choosing.

The primary series events are free, but space is limited and registration is required. Registration data will NOT be shared with the presidential campaigns.

2020 Candidates Who Have Visited UNH Already

  • Kamala Harris 

  • Beto O'Rourke 

  • Tim Ryan

  • Joe Biden

  • Julian Castro

  • Kirsten Gillibrand

  • Joe Sestak

  • TOm Steyer

  • Elizabeth Warren

  • Tim Ryan

Upcoming Primary Series Events

Andrew Yang

Friday, Sept. 27, 4 p.m.

UNH Huddleston Hall Ballroom, 73 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824

Yang will discuss his Universal Basic Income plan, the Freedom Dividend.

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John Delaney

Monday, Nov. 4, 6 p.m.

UNH Huddleston Hall Ballroom, 73 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824


Delaney will speak on finding innovative solutions to climate change and global warming.

Primary Series Speaker Biographies

Sept. 27: Andrew Yang

Presidential candidate Andrew Yang is an American entrepreneur and the founder of Venture for America. From 2000 to 2009, he worked in startups and early-stage growth companies as either a founder or executive officer. In 2012, he was selected as a “Champion of Change” by the Obama administration and, in 2015, as a “Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship.”

Nov. 4: John Delaney

Presidential candidate John K. Delaney is a former entrepreneur and U.S. Congressman, having represented Maryland’s 6th congressional district from 2013 to 2019. Prior to serving in Congress, Delaney founded and led two publicly traded companies that provided capital to small- and medium-sized businesses. In the House, he established the Artificial Intelligence Caucus, a bipartisan group dedicated to educating policymakers on technology and issues related to the future of work.

Sept. 9: Joe Sestak

Admiral Joe Sestak represented Pennsylvania's Seventh Congressional District from 2007 to 2011. He served for over 31 years in the U.S. Navy around the world, including commanding an aircraft carrier battle group of 30 ships and 15,000 sailors, and SEALs and Marines in combat in Afghanistan and Iraq. He worked for President Clinton as Director for Defense Policy on the National Security Council in the White House, headed the Navy’s strategic anti-terrorism unit (Deep Blue) after 9/11 and was the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Requirements. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy (second in his class) with a Ph.D. in both Economics and National Security from Harvard University.

Sept. 6: Tom Steyer

Tom Steyer is a self-made billionaire who founded Farallon Capital Management. He went on to found NextGen America, a nonprofit group that combats climate change, promotes social justice and increases participation in our democracy through voter registration and grassroots organizing, in 2013. Mr. Steyer graduated from Yale and earned his MBA at Stanford.