Published Date: 
Wed, 2013-11-20

WASHINGTON D.C. – The American Conservative Union (ACU) announced today Dan Schneider has been selected to serve as its new Executive Director.  Schneider will be responsible for the management of the organization under the direction of ACU Chairman Al Cardenas.

“As ACU approaches our 50th anniversary, Dan Schneider joins us at an exciting time and we are fortunate to have his leadership,” stated Chairman Cardenas. “He has dedicated his career to supporting conservative ideals at the highest levels of government as well as leading grassroots advocacy on the most important issues in our movement.”

“I am immensely honored to have been selected for this important role at such a critical time,” stated Schneider. “Whether through CPAC, legislative ratings, or our political advocacy, ACU will continue to be the gold standard for conservative thought and action for another 50 years.”

Schneider has a long and distinguished career in public policy, starting with his job as chief of staff to conservative stalwart former Congressman Jim Ryun (R-KS).  He was then recruited into the U.S. Department of Labor as White House Liaison under Secretary Elaine L. Chao in the first term of the George W. Bush administration, and served in both the White House and at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as an acting assistant secretary.  Most recently, Schneider advised U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on the selection of conservative candidates for federal board positions.

Schneider is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, an Eagle Scout, a former board member of Americans United for Life and served two faith-based missions in the Peoples’ Republic of China.

Founded in 1964, the ACU represents the views of Americans who are concerned with economic growth through lower taxes and reduced government spending and the issues of liberty, personal responsibility, traditional values and national security.  ACU first began rating members of Congress on key conservative voting issues in 1971, and since then their ratings system has become the most important conservative measuring stick in American politics.