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Grover Norquist (Twitter: @GroverNorquist) is president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), a taxpayer advocacy group he founded in 1985 at President Reagan’s request. ATR works to limit the size and cost of government and opposes higher taxes at the federal, state, and local levels and supports tax reform that moves towards taxing consumed income one time at one rate. ATR organizes the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which asks all candidates for federal and state office to commit themselves in writing to the American people to oppose all tax increases. In the 112th Congress, 238 House members and 41 Senators have taken the pledge. On the state level, 13 governors and 1244 state legislators have taken the pledge.

Norquist chairs the Washington, DC - based “Wednesday Meeting,” a weekly gathering of more than 150 elected officials, political activists, and movement leaders. The meeting started in 1993 and takes place in ATR's conference room. There are now 60 similar "center-right" meetings in 48 states.

Mr. Norquist also:

- Serves on the board of directors of the National Rifle Association of America, the American Conservative Union, the Parental Rights Organization and The Nixon Center.
- Serves as a Contributing Editor to the American Spectator Magazine.
- Serves as president of the American Society of Competitiveness.
- Authored three books: Rock the House; Leave Us Alone – Getting the Government’s Hands Off Our Money, Our Guns, Our Lives; and (with co-author John Lott) Debacle: Obama’s War on Jobs and Growth and What We Can Do Now to Regain Our Future

In the past, Mr. Norquist served as:

- A commissioner on the Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce.
- A commissioner on the National Commission on Restructuring the Internal Revenue Service.
- Economist and chief speech-writer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce (1983-1984.)
- Campaign staff on the 1988, 1992, 1996 Republican Platform Committees.
- Executive director of the National Taxpayers’ Union.
- Executive director of the College Republicans.


Arianna Huffington calls Norquist “The dark wizard of the Right's anti-tax cult.”

According to John Stossel, “No one in modern times has fought harder to shrink the state than the founder of the group Americans for Tax Reform.”

In the words of Newt Gingrich, Grover Norquist is “the person who I regard as the most innovative, creative, courageous and entrepreneurial leader of the anti-tax efforts and of conservative grassroots activism in America . . . He has truly made a difference and truly changed American history.”

P.J. O’Rourke says “Grover Norquist is Tom Paine crossed with Lee Atwater plus just a soupçon of Madame Defarge.”

Senator Mitch McConnell says, "It’s because of soldiers like Grover that the conservative movement is so vibrant today and that the liberals who thought they had taken over two years ago are on the run."

Mr. Norquist holds a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, both from Harvard University. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Samah, and his daughters, Grace and Giselle.

Entries by Grover Norquist

Seven Reasons to Abolish the ExIm Bank

(18) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 2:54 PM

The charter for the Ex-Im bank expires on September 30 of this year. Congress must decide whether to continue the bank or not. Here are a few reasons why the Bank must go:

1. Cost: Accounting gimmicks and lofty assumptions hide the real costs the Export-Import Bank poses to taxpayers....

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Republicans and Democrats Agree We Need to Fix the Prison Problem

(58) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 12:11 PM

For the next three years, there will be no movement in Washington D.C. on the mega-issues of taxation and spending. A Democrat president can veto any Republican proposal from Congress, and a Republican House can refuse to enact any Democrat initiative. Understood.

But while both parties work and hope and...

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How We Got to 'Shutdown'

(567) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 4:48 PM

What do we do now? House Republicans passed legislation funding the federal government at its present level and defunding Obamacare. The Democrat-controlled Senate refused to pass that legislation. No one expected the Senate to vote to repeal Obamacare just three years after they voted it into existence on party lines.

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Congress Must Act to Finish Job on Criminal Justice Reform

(11) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 2:25 PM

Attorney General Eric Holder's speech to the American Bar Association last Monday, announcing critical reforms to the way the Department of Justice prosecutes and addresses drug crimes, was historic and long overdue. Not in recent memory has this country seen an attorney general acknowledge that it is time "to break...

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People Are an Asset, Not a Liability

(147) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 8:21 AM

I believe people are an asset, not a liability. America is the most immigrant-friendly nation in the world and we are also the richest; that is not a coincidence. Immigrants have been coming to our shores since the Pilgrims landed and they bring with them determination, innovation, and the entrepreneurial...

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Don't Let the IRS Do Your Taxes

(642) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 9:35 AM

Every tax season, "good government" types and a compliant media trot out their evergreen stories about how wonderful it would be if the IRS prepared people's taxes for them. Implicit (sometimes not so implicit) in these stories is how evil corporations that sell tax preparation software are the only thing...

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U.S. Senate Will Soon Vote on Bill to Impose State Taxation of Internet Sales

(203) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 2:29 PM

Politicians have fantasies. Not Woody Allen "normal" fantasies about handcuffs and Swedish stewardesses.

No. Politicians fantasize about being able to raise taxes on people who cannot vote against them in future elections. Ancient Rome funded itself by looting the provinces. This worked for a while. Well, it...

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Right and Left Unite to Bring Privacy Protections to Digital World

(82) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 6:29 PM

These days there is a great deal of whining about the lack of bi-partisanship in Washington. With the two parties trying to move in opposite directions on key issues, this is understandable. In fact, commendable. Most calls for bi-partisanship are veiled demands for surrender. Still there are often important, if...

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Review of Frack Nation: A Journalist's Search for the Fracking Truth

(315) Comments | Posted January 21, 2013 | 8:29 PM

A new documentary called Frack Nation premiers Tuesday at 9 p.m. on Mark Cuban's AXS tv channel. It is not boring, and it is important. It is a documentary about the dishonesty of another documentary. Stay awake and read.

Frack Nation: A Journalist's Search for...

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Obamacare Raises Income Taxes on Middle Class Families with High Medical Bills

(84) Comments | Posted December 14, 2012 | 11:18 AM

When Nancy Pelosi was Speaker of the House, she famously said that Congress should pass Obamacare into law so that we could find out what was in it. It's now clear she was not talking about the American people, but rather members of her own caucus. This week, 18 senators...

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Two Thoughts on Navigating the "Fiscal Cliff"

(1875) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 4:46 PM

On January 1, 2013 three things happen:

First, the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts lapse along with a number of temporary tax reductions that have been extended so many times they are collectively known as "the extenders." (Note to self: possible name for female rock band.) This collection of tax...

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How Stand the Correlation of Forces in American Politics?

(3004) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 9:24 AM

How stand the correlation of forces in American politics?

In the national elections for president, House, and Senate, American voters confirmed the status quo. Not the status quo of 2008 where Democrats had 59/60 Senators, 256 House members and a president swept into office with a 7 point margin against...

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