Mickey Edwards was a member of Congress for 16 years (a member of the Appropriations and Budget Committees and the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Foreign Operations) and was a senior member of the House Republican leadership (chairman of the Policy Committee).
He was one of the three founding trustees of the Heritage Foundation and national chairman of the American Conservative Union, and served for five years as chairman of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. He was also the director of the congressional policy task forces advising Ronald Reagan's 1980 presidential campaign for the presidency.
After leaving the Congress Edwards taught at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government for 11 years (where he was voted the school's outstanding teacher) and was a visiting lecturer at Harvard Law School and a visiting professor at Georgetown. He now teaches at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and directs a political leadership program for the Aspen Institute. He was an advisor to the State Department under Secretary of State Colin Powell.
Edwards is on the board of directors of The Constitution Project and has chaired task forces for the Brookings Institution and the Council on Foreign Relations. He has been a regular political commentator on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" and author of a weekly political column in the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Boston Herald and other major newspapers. His articles have also appeared frequently in such publications as the New York Times, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Wall Street Journal, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, San Francisco Examiner, etc. A well-known public speaker, he has spoken on many college campuses, including West Point, Notre Dame, Duke, Grinnell, NYU, MIT, Georgetown, American University, Boston College, USC, the University of Iowa, and many others.
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