Grover G. Norquist, a native of Massachusetts, has been one of most effective issues management strategists in Washington for three decades.
Mr. Norquist is president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), a taxpayer advocacy group he founded in 1985 at President Reagan’s request. ATR is a coalition of taxpayer groups, individuals and businesses opposed to higher taxes at the federal, state and local levels. ATR organizes the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which asks all candidates for federal and state office to commit themselves in writing to oppose all tax increases. In the 112th Congress, 238 House members and 41 Senators have taken the pledge. On the state level, 13 governors and 1249 state legislators have taken the pledge.
Norquist chairs the Washington, DC – based “Wednesday Meeting,” a weekly gathering of more than 150 elected officials, political activists, and movement leaders. The meeting started in 1993 and takes place in ATR’s conference room. There are now 60 similar “center-right” meetings in 48 states.
Mr. Norquist also serves on the board of directors of the National Rifle Association of America, the American Conservative Union, and The Nixon Center, is a contributing Editor to the American Spectator Magazine, serves as president of the American Society of Competitiveness. Authored three books: Rock the House; Leave Us Alone – Getting the Government’s Hands Off Our Money, Our Guns, Our Lives; and (with co-author John Lott) Debacle: Obama’s War on Jobs and Growth and What We Can Do Now to Regain Our Future.
In the past, Mr. Norquist served as commissioner on the Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce and National Commission on Restructuring the Internal Revenue Service, economist and chief speech-writer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce (1983-1984,) campaign staff on the 1988, 1992, 1996 Republican Platform Committees, and executive director of the National Taxpayers’ Union and College Republicans.
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