Troy Senik is the Manhattan Institute’s Vice President for Policy and Programs, a role dedicated to cultivating new policy ideas and the scholars who produce them, as well as managing the institute’s various policy initiatives. He is also a longtime contributor to City Journal.
Senik served in the White House as speechwriter for President George W. Bush. Amongst his other public sector experience is writing for former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, as well as serving as a staffer in the Tennessee State Legislature early in his career. He is also a former vice president of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council.
As a journalist, Senik was a columnist and member of the editorial board of the Orange County Register; the opinion editor of the Los Angeles & San Francisco Daily Journal; and the editor-in-chief of Ricochet. His work has appeared in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, National Review, RealClearPolitics, and National Affairs, amongst others. He is also the author of two chapters in the 2013 Manhattan Institute book The Beholden State: California’s Lost Promise and How to Recapture It.
Senik holds a master’s degree in public policy from Pepperdine University and a bachelor’s degree from Belmont University, where he studied political science and philosophy. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and an unreasonable amount of pets.