Senior Policy Analyst
Welfare and Family Issues
The Heritage Foundation
Robert Rector examines such issues as welfare reform,
marriage and illegitimacy, tax reform to assist families, and poverty in
America. He recently authored Americas Failed $5.4 Trillion War on
Poverty, which examines the failed welfare system. Robert played a
large role in designing the welfare provisions in the Republican Contract
with America and the new federal welfare law enacted in 1996. The Wall
Street Journal declared, to understand what Republicans are trying
to do about welfare, dont look to Newt Gingrich. Watch Robert Rector.
David Broder writing in The Washington Post has
stated, Money is an important ingredient in our elections and deserves
but ideas are important too. The Heritage Foundations Robert
Rector [has] had more influence in the last decade than any fund-raisers
or contributors, because candidates have turned to [him] for policy advice.
Robert Rector frequently appears on television and radio.
Articles by him have been published in The Wall Street Journal,
the Los Angeles Times and hundreds of other newspapers. Mr. Rectors
writings have also appeared in National Review, Policy Review,
The World and I, The American Enterprise, Insight,
Human Events, The Harvard Journal on Legislation and other
Rector also is the co-editor of Steering the Elephant:
How Washington Works, a book which The Wall Street Journal said
illuminates the workings of the Reagan presidency better than any other
book to date.
Rector previously worked as a Legislative Assistant in
the Virginia House of Delegates and as a Management Analyst at the U.S.
Office of Personnel Management. A graduate of the College of William and
Mary, Mr. Rector earned his masters degree in political science from Johns
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