West Wing Star Bradley Whitford Announced as Leadership Blue Keynote Speaker

The Florida Democratic Party today announced West Wing star Bradley Whitford as the keynote speaker at the 2023 Leadership Blue Gala.

We are thrilled to welcome Bradley Whitford to Leadership Blue as our keynote speaker and special guest this year. I’m certain I will not be the only ‘fan girl’ in the room. In so many ways, West Wing gave us the playbook on ‘doing what is hard and achieving what is great’, and predicted so much of what we’re facing in our political landscape today. More recently, his work in The Handmaid’s Tale feels closer to our reality in Florida and we’re looking forward to hearing from him.

— Florida Democratic Party Chair Nikki Fried

Whitford is best known for his role as the White House Deputy Chief of Staff “Josh Lyman” on NBC’s The West Wing and more recently as “Commander Lawrence” in the fifth season of Hulu’s Emmy-winning series, The Handmaid’s Tale.

On screen and off, Whitford has played an active and defining role in politics, championing voting rights, advising on climate policy and fighting for abortion rights. Born in Wisconsin, Whitford is one of Hollywood’s most recognized actors with a long and successful career simultaneously in theater, film and television.

The Florida Democratic Party will host Bradley Whitford during Leadership Blue Weekend from Friday, July 7 to Sunday, July 9, 2023 at Fontainebleau Miami Beach.

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