Steven Greenhut is senior fellow and Western region director of the R Street Institute. He is responsible for overseeing R Street’s efforts in California, Oregon, Washington state, Nevada, Arizona, Alaska, and Hawaii. His duties include authoring op-eds and policy studies, testifying before state and municipal legislative bodies and representing R Street as a speaker, public commentator and coalition ally in venues in which it is possible to move state and local policy in the Western region in a more free-market direction.
He joined R Street in February 2016, having most recently served as California columnist for the San Diego Union-Tribune. In this role, from his base in Sacramento, he wrote a regular reported news column covering the State Capitol and issues outside of San Diego. Previously, he was vice president of journalism at the Franklin Center, where he oversaw a team of watchdog editors and reporters in state capitols.
Steven spent most of his career as a member of the editorial board of the Orange County Register, where he still writes a weekly local-politics column. He also spent nearly five years as a building and remodeling editor at Better Homes & Gardens magazine and continues to ply his interest in remodeling old houses.
He is the author of two books, 2004’s Abuse of Power: How the Government Misuses Eminent Domain and 2009’s Plunder! How Public Employee Unions are Raiding Treasuries, Controlling Our Lives and Bankrupting the Nation.
Steven is a 2005 recipient of the Thomas Paine Award, granted by the Institute for Justice in recognition of his writing to promote liberty. In 2011, he placed second in the International Policy Network R.C. Hoiles Prize for Journalism.
Steven received his bachelor’s degree from George Washington University in 1982. He and his wife of 33 years live on an acreage outside of Sacramento and have three adult children, 30 goats, six cats, four chickens, two dogs and one alpaca, but no partridges or pear trees.
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