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Ambassador John Bolton Named ACU “Conservative in the Spotlight”

December 21, 2016

The American Conservative Union (ACU) is pleased to name The Honorable John Bolton as our next “Conservative in the Spotlight,” a distinction awarded to a conservative leader who acts boldly to defend conservative principles.

“Ambassador Bolton has been a relentless leader on foreign policy issues,” said Matt Schlapp, ACU Chairman.  “I know from personal experience the tenacious leadership Ambassador Bolton has shown to further America’s security.  He continues to be a leading voice for a stronger and safer America.”

On the conservative principle of peace through strength, Ambassador Bolton has distinguished himself over the past several decades as an expert on effective foreign policy that promotes diplomatic resolutions.  In both his public service and many scholarly works, Bolton has defended the ideals of American exceptionalism and benevolent power around the globe.  He has valiantly fought against the numerous forms of anti-Americanism that have been spread over the past half-century by communist and socialist regimes, left-wing academics, radical Islamic groups, and others hostile to the principles of democracy and liberty.

Bolton is currently on the board of directors of the American Conservative Union.  He also serves as a foreign policy senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, is a contributor to FOX News Channel, and writes op-ed articles that are regularly featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Times.  He is currently “of counsel” at the law firm of Kirkland and Ellis LLP.

Previously, Bolton was appointed as U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations on August 1, 2005 and served until his resignation in December 2006.  Prior to that appointment, Bolton served as Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security from May 2001- May 2005.  Other senior positions he has held include Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs at the Department of State, 1989-1993, and Assistant Attorney General at the Department of Justice, 1985-1989.  Outside his time in public service, Bolton practiced law– the first case on which he worked was Buckley v. Valeo, where he defended political speech against government regulation.

Bolton was raised in a working-class neighborhood in Baltimore, where his father was a fire fighter and mother was a housewife.  During high school, he campaigned with Students for Goldwater.  The Conscience of a Conservative was one of the books he attributes to his intellectual development as a conservative.  Bolton went on to earn a B.A. from Yale College, graduating summa cum laude, and a J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was editor of the Yale Law Journal.

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