Dan Glickman Joins the Bipartisan Policy Center

Former Agriculture Secretary and MPAA Chairman to focus on range of issues including bipartisanship and civility, public health, national security and economic policy

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Eileen McMenamin, Vice President of Communications
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Monday, June 21, 2010

Washington, D.C. – The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) is pleased to announce that Secretary Dan Glickman will join its staff as a Senior Fellow in residence at the BPC. Glickman comes to the BPC following decades of work in the public and private sectors. BPC founders and former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, and Bob Dole, welcomed Glickman to the BPC.

“I very much look forward to working with my friend and fellow Kansan, Dan Glickman,” said Dole. “Dan is a dedicated public servant who has consistently sought to return civility to our political discourse. This passion makes him an ideal fit for the Bipartisan Policy Center and we welcome his expertise.”

“Secretary Glickman is highly respected for his leadership on a variety of domestic policy issues,” said Daschle. “His ability to build consensus, as shown during his long tenure in the House and as Secretary of Agriculture, demonstrates why he will be a valuable asset to the BPC’s mission of fostering bipartisanship.”

“On behalf of the BPC Board of Directors, we are thankful that Secretary Glickman has decided to devote his time and energy to the BPC,” said BPC Board Chair Jane Garvey. “Secretary Glickman will greatly enrich the BPC and its projects with his innovative vision and impressive breadth of experience.”

Since January, Secretary Glickman has been working with Secretary Dirk Kempthorne to develop The Democracy Project at the BPC. Working with a group of business and thought leaders, Secretaries Glickman and Kempthorne are evaluating reforms to encourage constructive political dialogue and reduce gridlock in government.

In addition to working on The Democracy Project, Glickman will contribute to existing BPC projects on issues related to public health, including food, nutrition, and agriculture; national security; and economic policy. “Over the past several months, Dan’s creativity, hard work and unique insights have enabled the BPC to begin to grapple with challenging questions about the basic functioning of our government. Dan’s day-to-day leadership of this effort is a service to our organization and the nation,” said BPC President Jason Grumet.

Glickman is currently co-chairing a bipartisan initiative on global agriculture and hunger for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He serves on the board of directors of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and The Hain Celestial Group, and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Glickman is also Chairman of the education arm of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.

Previously, Glickman served as President of Refugees International and as Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Prior to joining MPAA, Glickman served as the Director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Glickman served as Secretary of Agriculture under President Clinton from 1995 to 2001, where he made significant contributions to food and nutrition issues. From 1976 to 1994, Glickman represented Kansas’ fourth congressional district. During his time in Congress, he was a member of the House Committees on Agriculture and Judiciary, and the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Glickman was also the principal House sponsor of legislation which led to the creation of the U.S. Institute of Peace and the author of landmark bipartisan legislation to reform the nation's product liability laws affecting general aviation and small aircraft.

Before his election to Congress, Glickman was the president of the Wichita, Kansas school board, and worked as a trial attorney at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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