Eli Lehrer


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 the lead author of “Freedom Rising: 7 Big Ideas for Congress,” published in 2011 by the Heartland Institute. Eli also is a member of the board of directors of the Log Cabin Republicans.

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 Virginia with his wife, Kari, and son, Andrew.

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Phone: 202.615.0586

Email: elehrer@rstreet.org