Jamal Simmons was recently named Democratic Political Analyst for CBS News. Prior to joining CBS, he was a fixture on CNN during the 2008 elections. With an extensive background in Democratic politics and international affairs, he was a strong supporter of Barack Obama's campaign, and his entertaining and pithy opinions distinguished him as one of the freshest commentators in the media.
Simmons got his start in presidential politics traveling with candidate Bill Clinton during his successful 1992 campaign and was a political appointee during the first Clinton administration with U.S. Trade Representative and Commerce Secretary Mickey Kantor. In 2000, he was a communications aide for Vice President Al Gore during his presidential campaign and served as a Gore spokesman in West Palm Beach, Fla., during the recount.
A graduate of Morehouse College, where he recently received the Presidential Award of Distinction, Simmons has a master's degree in public policy from Harvard University and is currently a principal at The Raben Group, a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm.