Eli Lehrer is president of the R Street Institute. In this role, he oversees all R Street operations, makes major strategic decisions and is ultimately responsible for all of R Street’s products. He also tells pirate jokes.
Eli co-founded R Street in June 2012, having previously served as vice president for Washington operations at the Heartland Institute, overseeing Heartland’s D.C. office. Earlier in his career, he worked as speechwriter to then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn.; a project manager for the Unisys Corp.; senior editor of The American Enterprise magazine; and a fellow at the Heritage Foundation. Eli started his career as a reporter for The Washington Times.
He is a widely published writer whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, USA Today and The New York Times, among other publications. Eli serves as a contributing editor of National Affairs and writes regularly for The Weekly Standard. He also serves on the board of the Log Cabin Republicans, an organization for LGBT conservatives and their allies.
Eli graduated cum laude from Cornell University with a bachelor’s in medieval studies. He received his master’s in government with honors from The Johns Hopkins University.
He lives in Herndon, Virginia, with his wife, Kari and son Andrew.
- Coalition to National Economic Council: Don’t repeal Executive Order 13690, the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard (FFRMS)
- Comments to Taiwan Health Promotion Administration regarding the Tobacco Hazards Prevention and Control Act
- Memo for media and Hill staff on surgeon-general’s e-cigarette report
- Letter to Mitch Zeller on FDA e-cigarette rules
- Upward mobility in the on-demand economy
- The rise of vaping has nothing to do with ‘big tobacco’, The Hill
- Let ex-offenders hold a job, Inside Sources
- Why infrastructure spending is not as simple as it seems, Weekly Standard
- Fixing the power grid through open markets and new technologies, Weekly Standard
- Will Trump follow in the footsteps of other very wealthy presidents?, Washington Examiner
- How to modernize labor law
- The future of work
- Rethinking sex-offender registries
- A practical approach to climate change
- Embracing the peer-production economy