Elliot Louthen graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2015. As a political science major, his senior honors thesis researched the backlash effect – a phenomenon where citizens disproportionately impacted by voting restrictions end up voting at higher rates in response. He also organized Washington University’s first TEDx conference and was active as a Civic Scholar with the Gephardt Institute for Civic Engagement.
Professionally, Elliot has a range of experiences in politics and pubic service. He has interned on Capitol Hill for Illinois Senator Mark Kirk, organized for Francis Slay during the 2012 St. Louis mayoral campaign, and worked in the government relations office of the major Missouri hospital system, BJC HealthCare. Elliot is originally from Chicago and an avid sports fan as he supports the Cubs and Blackhawks.