Mr. Norquist is president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), a coalition of taxpayer groups, individuals and businesses opposed to higher taxes at both 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. To date, President George W. Bush, 222 House members, and 46 Senators have taken the pledge. On the state level, 6 governors and 1247 state legislators have taken the pledge.
Mr. Norquist also Serves on the board of directors of the National Rifle Association of America, Serves on the board of directors of the American Conservative Union, Serves as president of the American Society of Competitiveness, and Wrote the book Rock the House - an analysis of the 1994 elections, which has been translated and published in Japanese.
In the past, Mr. Norquist served as the commissioner on the Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce, and as a commissioner on the National Commission on Restructuring the Internal Revenue Service. He also was an economist and chief speech-writer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce (1983-1984), a Campaign staff on the 1988, 1992, 1996 Republican Platform Committees, was an Executive director of the National Taxpayers' Union, and was the Executive director of the College Republicans.
In the words of former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Grover Norquist is "the person who I regard as the most innovative, creative, courageous and entrepreneurial leader of the anti-tax efforts and of conservative grassroots activism in America . . . He has truly made a difference and truly changed American history."
P.J. O'Rourke says, "Grover Norquist is Tom Paine crossed with Lee Atwater plus just a soupcon of Madame Defarge."
Mr. Norquist holds a Masters of Business Administration and a bachelor of arts degree in Economics, both from Harvard University. He lives in Washington, DC.
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