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David Keene at the Reagan Ranch Roundtable

September 17, 2010

Reagan Ranch Center, Santa Barbara, California

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Since December 1984, David A. Keene has been the Chairman of the American Conservative Union, the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots conservative lobbying organization. He is a Managing Associate at the Carmen Group, a lobbying firm in Washington, DC, and First Vice President of the National Rifle Association.

Keene was the National Chairman of Young Americans for Freedom as a student and graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School. He has been a John F. Kennedy Fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, a First Amendment Fellow at Vanderbilt University’s Freedom Forum, and a member of the Board of Visitors at Duke University’s Public Policy School.

Keene served as a Special Assistant to Vice President Spiro Agnew in the Nixon Administration. He then became Executive Assistant to New York Senator Jim Buckley on Capitol Hill. In addition to advising local, state and national figures in all manner of campaigns, he has been Southern Regional Political Director for Ronald Reagan’s 1976 presidential campaign; National Political Director for George Bush’s 1980 presidential race; Senior Advisor to former Senator Bob Dole in 1988 and advisor to Dole’s presidential campaign in 1996. Most recently he advised Governor Mitt Romney in his 2008 Presidential race.

Keene is recognized as one of the chief spokesmen for conservative principles and politics on television and radio, and is widely quoted. He has written for publications such as National Review, the Washington Times and The Boston Globe. He is a weekly columnist for The Hill, a newspaper covering Congress.

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