Edwin Meese III

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Edwin Meese was formerly a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution. He served as the seventy-fifth attorney general of the United States from February 1985 to August 1988.

Meese is also a distinguished fellow and holder of the Ronald Reagan Chair in Public Policy at the Heritage Foundation; a regent emeritus of the National College of District Attorneys; and a member of the board of trustees of the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress. He received a Bradley Prize in 2012.

Before serving as US attorney general, he was counselor to the president from 1981 to 1985. In this capacity he functioned as the president's chief policy adviser and had management responsibility for the administration of the Cabinet, policy development, and planning and evaluation. During the time he held these positions, Meese was also a member of the president's cabinet and the National Security Council.

Meese headed the president-elect's transition effort following the November 1980 election. During the presidential campaign, he served as chief of staff and senior issues adviser for the Reagan-Bush committee.

Formerly he served as Governor Reagan's executive assistant and chief of staff in California from 1969 through 1974 and as legal affairs secretary from 1967 through 1968. Before joining Governor Reagan’s staff in 1967, Meese served as deputy district attorney of Alameda County, California.

From 1977 to 1981, Meese was a professor of law at the University of San Diego, where he was also director of the Center for Criminal Justice Policy and Management.

In addition to his background as a lawyer, educator, and policy official, Meese has been a business executive in the aerospace and transportation industry. He is also the author or coauthor of two books, With Reagan: The Inside Story (Regnery Gateway, 1992) and Leadership, Ethics and Policing (Prentice Hall, 2004).

He is active in numerous civic and educational organizations and a retired colonel in the US Army Reserve.

Meese is a graduate of Yale University (1953) and holds a law degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

His research papers are available at the Hoover Institution Archives.

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The Gipper’s principles for governing still apply today

by Edwin Meese IIIvia Washington Times
Friday, February 3, 2012

“The Reagan Resolve” is a reminder of America’s animating principles and a road map to steer us off that other road on which we’ve been speeding recklessly...

Our liberty depends on funding our courts, so they can protect all of us

by Edwin Meese IIIvia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, January 17, 2012

By Edwin Meese and William T. Robinson

The Founding Fathers separated our government into three co-equal branches by design, with each, at times, checking the other branches and holding them to their limited purpose.

Analysis and Commentary

Our liberty depends on funding our courts, so they can protect all of us

by Edwin Meese III, William T. Robinsonvia FoxNews.com
Monday, January 16, 2012

Regardless of other issues that divide today’s political spectrum, all policy leaders should be able to stand shoulder to shoulder when it comes to the need for adequate and sustainable funding for our courts. Our liberty depends on it...

Guantanamo Bay prison is necessary

by Edwin Meese IIIvia Advancing a Free Society
Friday, January 13, 2012

The detention and interrogation facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, which I have visited, has served and continues to serve an important role in the war against terrorists since it opened 10 years ago.

Analysis and Commentary

Guantanamo Bay prison is necessary

by Edwin Meese IIIvia CNN.com
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The detention and interrogation facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, which I have visited, has served and continues to serve an important role in the war against terrorists since it opened 10 years ago...

Analysis and Commentary

Obama’s recess appointments are unconstitutional

by Edwin Meese IIIvia Washington Post
Friday, January 6, 2012

How can recess appointments be legal when Congress is not in recess...?

Analysis and Commentary

Ohio's battle for health care freedom

by Edwin Meese IIIvia Politico
Monday, November 7, 2011

Since passage of President Barack Obama’s health care legislation in March 2010, this attempted government takeover of health care has drawn protests across the country from Americans concerned about their loss of liberty. Ohioans went a step further...

Ohio’s battle for health care freedom

by Edwin Meese IIIvia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, November 7, 2011

By Ed Meese and Jack Painter

Reagan statue

In Reagan's Footsteps

by Edwin Meese IIIvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

As the Reagan centennial year draws to an end, Europeans honor the man who, as Margaret Thatcher put it, “won the Cold War without firing a shot.” By Edwin Meese III.

Will Obama ever learn economics from Reagan?

by Edwin Meese IIIvia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, July 25, 2011

By Edwin Meese III and Michael Needham

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