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Lawson Bader

Competitive Enterprise Institute
Lawson Bader is president of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a libertarian research and advocacy organization focused on reducing government barriers to economic liberty. Now in his third year as president, Bader has expanded CEI’s outreach by launching a new radio show, RealClear Radio Hour with Bill Frezza, and streamlined the organization's policy efforts by emphasizing legal strategies to attack economic regulation and executive branch overreach. Currently, CEI is focused on energy, environment, financial services, labor, technology, telecommunications, and consumer choice issues.  A highlight of CEI's current litigation efforts is a lawsuit challenging the Dodd-Frank financial services reform law, in addition to several ongoing cases against the Environmental Protection Agency and the White House Office of Science and Technology, respectively.

Before joining CEI, Bader served as vice president of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University for 16 years; manager of government relations at SRI International; legislative analyst with the DC law firm Pierson, Semmes and Finley; and a special assistant at the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs. Bader earned degrees from Wheaton College in Illinois and The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.