Few would suggest that Biden — frequently loquacious, if often gaffe-prone — lacks the gift of gab. But when he needs help finding his words, he turns to Loewe. The 30-year-old Los Angeles native is the vice president's chief speechwriter, as well as a special assistant to the president. It's a big job for the University of California (Los Angeles) graduate, who also earned a master's from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. Like his boss, Loewe isn't shy about sharing his opinions. In 2010, he wrote a book, Permanently Blue, detailing how the country's ongoing demographic change will bring about lasting Democratic majorities. The prediction hasn't come true, at least not yet: Republicans have retained a majority in the House, and might yet recapture the Senate next year. Loewe previously worked at West Wing Writers, a Washington-based speech-writing and strategy firm. He also serves as an adjunct professor at American University.

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