R.J. Lehmann is senior fellow, public affairs director and co-founder of R Street. He is an award-winning business journalist who spent nine years covering the insurance, banking and securities industries. He is author of R Street’s “2012 Insurance Regulation Report Card” and the forthcoming 2013 edition, and numerous other briefs and policy studies.
Prior to joining R Street, he served as deputy director of the Heartland Institute’s Center on Finance, Insurance and Real Estate. He previously was senior industry editor with SNL Financial, leading the news service’s coverage of the Dodd-Frank Act, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and legislative and regulatory developments at both the state and federal level. Prior to that, he spent six years with the A.M. Best Co. as manager of their Washington bureau.
He is a three-time award winner from the American Society of Business Publication Editors and was the youngest-ever winner of a first place prize from the New Jersey Press Association. He also is the former public affairs director of the Independent Institute in Oakland, Calif., and the former state chapters coordinator of the Republican Liberty Caucus.
His writings have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Wall Street Journal, Townhall.com, RealClearPolicy, American Spectator, Travel Weekly, the South Florida Business Journal, and Folio magazine, among other publications.