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Presidential candidate Samantha Harrison’s rise to the top of the political food chain was fast—and seemingly unobstructed. Could she be the contender the U.S. needs in the 2020 Presidential election?

Harrison holds an MBA from Stanford University and a law degree from George Washington Law School. She served for seven years as a prosecutor, three terms as a Congresswoman, and a full term as Governor for the Commonwealth of Virginia before becoming the first Republican woman to win her party’s nomination for president in 2016. After losing the 2016 Presidential Election to Hillary Clinton, Harrison was selected by President Clinton as Secretary of State.

In a true gesture of bipartisanship, Harrison served President Clinton well as Secretary of State. After a terrorist attack on Washington, DC that left thousands dead, including the Vice President and Speaker of the House; and left President Clinton severely injured, Harrison served as interim President of the United States while Clinton returned to health. Loyal to the Republican Party but unwilling to counteract Clinton’s policies in a time of confusion, Harrison’s leadership during this period was lauded by both Republicans and Democrats alike.

Before public life, Harrison was on the professional fast track, married one of her former Stanford professors, and became the mother of two, Amanda and Jeremy Harrison. Harrison’s voting record shows her to be tough on crime, domestically loyal on energy, and staunchly unrelenting on national security issues. On paper, Harrison has been described as somewhat of a right leaning centrist – except on some key issues like abortion and the death penalty. But it’s hard to categorize such a complicated candidate. It will be for the voters to make the ultimate choice in the 2020 Presidential Election.

Despite personal struggles with the issues, Harrison is one of the only Republicans to come out in support of choice, though not without condemnation, on abortion. And she is staunchly opposed to capital punishment despite the fact she let a prisoner die on death row while she was Virginia’s governor. These positions alone make her a maverick in her own party, and a serious contender for the 2020 Presidential Election.


Author Douglas J. Wood shares Samantha’s professional and private struggles in his recent title “Presidential Intentions.”

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Author Douglas J. Wood shares Samantha’s professional and private struggles in his recent title “Presidential Declarations.”

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Samantha’s rise to the US Presidency in his new title “Presidential Conclusions.”

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About Douglas J. Wood


Douglas J. Wood has practiced law for more than thirty-five years and is a senior partner at Reed Smith LLP. He is the author of three novels chronicling the political life of the first woman to run for President of the United States: Presidential Intentions, Presidential Declarations, and Presidential Conclusions, which releases Spring 2017. He is also the author of the leading trade book on advertising law, Please Be Ad-Vised, and a collection of parental advice that addresses the “letting go” phases of child rearing, 101 Things I Want to Say … The Collection.

Wood has three law degrees and is a frequent speaker, writer, and media commentator on the First Amendment, e-commerce, media, entertainment, and advertising and marketing law. Wood serves as legal adviser to several worldwide trade organizations and is General Counsel to the Association of National Advertisers, the Advertising Research Foundation, and the Advertising Council. He is also the chief negotiator for the United States advertising industry in labor relations and collective bargaining opposite SAG-AFTRA and the AFofM for the union agreements covering performers in television and radio commercials.

Wood is listed among the leading global specialists in advertising law in Chambers and the Legal 500 (2007 – 2013), selected for inclusion in the 2007 – 2013 editions of The Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of advertising law and was their Lawyer of the Year in 2013 for advertising law; and in the 2007 – 2013 editions of Super Lawyers.

He currently lives in New Jersey and works in New York City. Wood has been happily married for more than over forty years and is the proud parent to three grown children.