Hon. John Edward Porter Director

Partner, Hogan Lovells LLP
Washington, D.C.

As Congressman from the 10th District in Illinois, John Edward Porter served 21 years (1980-2001) in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served on the Appropriations Committee and served as Chair of the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. Before his election to Congress, he practiced law in Evanston, Illinois, and served three terms in the Illinois state legislature. He has served on the board of the PBS Foundation since 2007.

A former Chair of the PBS Board of Directors, Porter has also served on a number of other boards, including those of Research! America (Chair), the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (Acting Chair), The Brookings Institution, the J.S. Kemper Foundation, the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, and the RAND Corporation (Emeritus).  He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Bretton Woods Committee, the Inter-American Dialogue, a trustee emeritus of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and a former director of the American Heart Association.

Porter attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University. Following service in the U.S. Army, he graduated with distinction from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was an editor of the Law Review, and went on to serve as an Honor Law Graduate Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice during the Kennedy administration. On March 31, 2014, the National Institutes of Health honored his support for biomedical research with the dedication of the John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center on its main campus.

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