Before moving to Hudson, Anderson co-founded the 2017 Project with William Kristol and ran it as Executive Director throughout its two-plus-year run (from the spring of 2013 through the summer of 2015). The 2017 Project advanced a well-received Main Street-oriented agenda, and its Winning Alternative to Obamacare (which nonpartisan scoring found would save $1.1 trillion over a decade and lead to 6 million more people having private health insurance than under current law) became the basis for House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price’s proposed legislation (H.R. 2300). That legislation, which currently has 79 cosponsors (including House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling and Republican Study Committee Chairman Bill Flores), is widely considered to be a/the leading alternative to Obamacare.
Anderson’s writings have been published by the Weekly Standard, National Review, National Affairs, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, Investor’s Business Daily, the Washington Times, the Claremont Review of Books, and Real Clear Politics.
From 2008-09, Anderson was the Senior Speechwriter for Secretary Mike Leavitt at the United States Department of Health and Human Services. From 2001-07, he was a professor of Political Science at the United States Air Force Academy, where he won the department’s highest honor for research and writing (the Coble Award—for “Learning from the Great Council of Revision Debate,” published by Notre Dame’s Review of Politics, Winter 2006) and was named the department’s “Outstanding Upper Division Instructor” for 2006-07, when he taught American government and political philosophy.
Anderson is co-creator (with Chris Hester) of the Anderson & Hester Rankings (1994-present), which were part of college football’s Bowl Championship Series throughout the BCS’s entire 16-year run (1998-2014).
In 2001, Anderson received a Ph.D. in Political Science from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California.