Attorney General Edwin Meese
Attorney General Edwin Meese III holds the Ronald Reagan Chair in Public Policy at the Heritage Foundation. He is also a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution,
He served as the 75th attorney general of the United States from 985 to 988. Before that service, he held the position of counselor to the president from 1 981 to 985. At that time, he was also a member of the president’s cabinet
and the National Security Council.
Meese headed the transition team following the 980 presidential election. During the campaign, he served as chief of staff and senior issues adviser for the Reagan-Bush Committee.Formerly, Meese served as Governor Reagan’s executive assistant and chief of staff in California from 969 to 974 and as legal affairs secretary from 967 to 968.
Before joining the Reagan staff, he served as deputy district attorney of Alameda County, California. From 1977 to 1981, Meese was a professor of law at the University of San Diego, where he also was director of the Center for Criminal Justice Policy and Management. Meese is a retired colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. He has a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a law degree from the University of California at Berkeley.