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David Keene Biography

With Vice President Cheney and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist as conference headliners, the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is sure to be a crucial event in setting the Conservative Republican agenda this year. Bill Moyers talks to David Keene, Chairman of the American Conservative Union, and chairman of the 31st Annual CPAC. Keene talks to Moyers about what conservatives are thinking about on such issues as the deficit, immigration, and civil liberties, and discusses some of the divisions within the conservative movement today.

David Keene
David A. Keene is Chairman of the American Conservative Union, the nationís oldest and largest grassroots conservative organization. He also serves as a lobbyist with The Carmen Group, a governmental affairs and legislative relations firm based in Washington, DC.

Mr. Keene is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School. He has been a John F. Kennedy Fellow at Harvard University and is a former member of the Board of Visitors of the School of Public Policy at Duke University. He was a visiting professional scholar at the Freedom Forum First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University.

Mr. Keene has been involved in presidential politics since 1968. He worked in the White House during the Nixon Administration as political assistant to Vice President Spiro Agnew and on Capitol Hill as Executive Assistant to Senator James L. Buckley. Mr Keene was Southern Regional Coordinator for Ronald Reagan in 1976 and National Political Director for George Bush in 1980. Additionally, Mr. Keene was a senior political consultant to Republican presidential candidate Robert Dole in 1988 and was an informal advisor during the 1996 campaign.

He currently writes a regular column for THE HILL, a newspaper covering Congress.

  • Read David Keene's commentaries from the American Conservative Union
  • Read David Keene's commentaries from the THE HILL
  • David Keene on NOW's Civil Liberties and National Security Panel

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