Adjunct Professorial Lecturer
Department of Government
Chris Sautter is a nationally recognized political media strategist, award-winning documentary filmmaker, election attorney, and university professor. Sautter wrote and produced President Barack Obama’s first campaign commercials and partnered with David Axelrod in the late 1980s and early 1990s, opening the Axelrod firm’s first Washington, D.C. office. His film The King of Steeltown: Hardball Politics in the Heartland (2001) about old-style machine politics won “Best Political Documentary” at the New York International Independent Film Festival. Another documentary, So Glad I Made It (2004) about an obscure singer songwriter won multiple film festival awards and was named one of the Top “Rock Docs” by GRAMMY Magazine. Sautter is co-author of The Recount Primer (1994), the definitive guide to post-election disputes and has worked on virtually every major election recount over the past 30 years. Sautter teaches courses on election law and law and the political system.