an expert in administration or government, esp. one overly concerned with policy details
Jeb is presenting himself as a policy wonk and party reformer, not the typical approach to winning the GOP nomination.
It was implemented “immediately” in a way only a Washington policy wonk could appreciate.
Worse yet, observes Ailes, our 42nd president remains a hopeless a policy wonk, the more complex and arcane the issue the better.
He rarely wrote foreign-policy articles and generally confined himself to the give and take of the policy wonk meetings.
He is a policy wonk who knows the issues inside out, and a historian who can give any subject a grand rhetorical sweep.
When did knowing how the federal government works, how the budget works, become impressive for a policy wonk?
Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, calls Warner a tireless “policy wonk.”
He is a philosopher-cum-historian, not the policy wonk, and he has most certainly done his job.
Is there a more high-octane meeting in recent memory that any policy wonk would have rather attended?
Nixon was a policy wonk who, at his best, enjoyed thinking through solutions to the critical questions of his time.