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Leadership

The Hon. Dan Lipinski

The Honorable Dan Lipinski represented Illinois’ Third District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2005 to 2021. He distinguished himself as a commonsense legislator who brought people together to solve problems. Dan authored numerous laws on transportation, research and technological innovation, the promotion of American manufacturing, restoring fiscal responsibility, and honoring America’s veterans and seniors. He was a champion of human rights and one of the founding co-chairs of the Victims of Communism Congressional Caucus as well as a co-chair of the Congressional International Religious Freedom Caucus.

In addition to his work for the Foundation, Dan is a teacher, author, and speaker on the topics of congressional reform, transportation, technology policy, and American political culture. He has authored numerous articles on these topics and is currently writing a book on healing America’s political and cultural divide.

Dan has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University and an M.S. in Engineering-Economic Systems from Stanford University, as well as a Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University. Before being elected to Congress, he was an assistant professor of American Government at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Tennessee, and author of Congressional Communication: Content and Consequences (University of Michigan Press). Dan and his wife, Judy, reside in Western Springs, Illinois.