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Lawson Bader


Lawson Bader


Lawson Bader is president of the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

Now in his second year as president, Bader ushers in a rejuvenated CEI as it enters its fourth decade. Under Bader’s leadership CEI has expanded its outreach, launching RealClear Radio Hour with Bill Frezza in January 2014, airing weekly on Bloomberg Boston, with plans to expand to other markets. Bader has also streamlined CEI’s policy efforts and focused its legal and litigation work as part of the Institute’s efforts to promote government transparency and rein in executive branch overreach.

Before joining CEI, Bader served as vice president of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University for 16 years; manager of government relations at SRI International; legislative analyst with Pierson, Semmes and Finley; and a special assistant at the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs.

Bader, a Washington, D.C., native who grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, earned degrees from Wheaton College in Illinois and The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.  He brings his unique experience to bear as president and in his weekly columns at Human Events covering everything from social justice and politics to communicating principles and deciphering D.C. propaganda, rules, and regulations.



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