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Christopher DeMuth

Distinguished Fellow

Christopher DeMuth is a distinguished fellow at Hudson Institute. He was president of the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) from 1986 to 2008 and was the D.C. Searle Senior Fellow at AEI from 2008 to 2011.

Mr. DeMuth was raised in Kenilworth, Illinois, and attended the Lawrenceville School (1964), Harvard College (A.B. 1968), and the University of Chicago Law School (J.D. 1973). He served as staff assistant to President Richard M. Nixon from 1969 to 1970, working first for Daniel P. Moynihan (then assistant to the President for Urban Affairs) on urban policy matters and then as chairman of the White House Task Force on Environmental Policy. Following law school, he practiced regulatory, antitrust, and general corporate law with Sidley & Austin in Chicago (1973-1976) and was associate general counsel of the Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail) in Philadelphia (1976-1977).

From 1977 to 1981, Mr. DeMuth was lecturer in public policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and director of the Harvard Faculty Project on Regulation. There he taught courses on law, economics, and regulatory policy and conducted and sponsored research on health, safety, environmental, and economic regulation.

Returning to Washington in 1981, Mr. DeMuth served as administrator for information and regulatory affairs in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, and as executive director of the Presidential Task Force on Regulatory Relief during President Ronald Reagan’s first term of office. From 1984 to 1986, he was managing director of Lexecon Inc., a law-and-economics consulting firm; in 1986, he was also publisher and editor-in-chief of Regulation magazine. He was elected president of the American Enterprise Institute in December 1986.

Many of Mr. DeMuth’s articles, lectures, and occasional talks are posted on his website (

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Christopher DeMuth was quoted in Straits Times about the 2020 election.

Christopher DeMuth was quoted in National Interest about the decentralization of government power in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Chris DeMuth was quoted in Fox News about the expansion of the federal government that could result from the coronavirus crisis.

Chris DeMuth was mentioned in The Wall Street Journal about government deregulation and Trump’s leadership during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Christopher DeMuth was mentioned in the American Spectator about Trump’s leadership in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

Chris Demuth’s recent Wall Street Journal about Trump’s leadership in the face of the coronavirus pandemic was mentioned in Breitbart

Christopher DeMuth was mentioned in Wall Street Journal about what Boris Johnson’s recent win could mean for conservatism across the world.

Christopher DeMuth quoted in Reason and Newsmax on President Trump’s regulatory reform

Christopher DeMuth quoted by The Library of Law and Liberty and National Review Online on the congressional committee system

Christopher DeMuth quoted by The New York Times on President Trump’s regulatory overhaul efforts

Chris DeMuth quoted in NPR on President Trump’s management style

Chris DeMuth’s article on arguments within the Trump White House written up in Washington Times

Christopher DeMuth quoted in Washington Examiner on Trump’s deregulation agenda

Chris DeMuth’s Wall Street Journal article on a Trump-Ryan constitutional revival quoted by David Brooks in his New York Times column

Christopher DeMuth’s Claremont Review of Books article quoted in George Will’s column

Chris DeMuth cited in Los Angeles Times on the notion of a lame duck presidency and the office’s power of persuasion

Christopher DeMuth’s article on congressional dysfunction referenced in a Wall Street Journal editorial

Christopher DeMuth quoted in Vox on Congressional re-assertion

Chris DeMuth quoted in National Review on the FCC’s allocation of wireless broadband

Chris DeMuth’s Weekly Standard article on the new Republican congress cited in George Will’s Washington Post column.

Christopher DeMuth quoted in Washington Examiner on the national debt

Christopher DeMuth quoted in The New American on the national debt