The Heritage Foundation appoints a new president

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The Heritage Foundation announced the next chairman of the influential conservative think tank on Thursday, hiring academic and educator Kevin Roberts for the job.

“Heritage has led the Conservative movement with distinction and its political solutions have improved the lives of our fellow citizens,” Roberts said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing this legacy and meeting the challenges we face today and in the future.”

Roberts is from the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a Texas-based nonprofit research institute that has grown rapidly under his leadership. Roberts previously founded his own K-12 Catholic school in Louisiana and later became president of Catholic College in Wyoming.

Roberts will officially take over later this year and replace Kay Cole James, who has served as President of Heritage since 2018. The organization has gained significant influence in the conservative movement and the GOP under the Obama administration.

His influence waned under the Trump administration, when other grassroots conservative groups and outsiders gained a foothold with the president and his allies and Trump upended traditional conservative orthodoxy.

Yet Heritage is a well-known conservative organization that is likely to play an important role midway through 2022 and through the 2024 presidential election.

Former vice-president Mike penceMichael (Mike) Richard Pence Fewer than 4 in 10 say US is on track: Poll Trump holds 35 points ahead of DeSantis, Pence in new poll. What are the stakes if Trump wins in 2024? One-party authoritarian regime PLUS, who is a distinguished visiting scholar at Heritage and considered a potential 2024 presidential candidate, praised Roberts in a tweet Thursday.

“As CEO of @TPPF, Kevin’s strong commitment to Conservative solutions will ensure Heritage remains the flagship of the Conservative movement across America!” Pence tweeted.



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