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Kate O’Beirne was president of the National Review Institute, the nonprofit, public policy organization founded by William F. Buckley, Jr. in 1991 to advance the conservative principles he championed through policy development, public education, and advocacy.  Before joining the Institute, O’Beirne was National Review magazine’s Washington Editor where she directed the magazine’s political coverage and wrote principally about Congress, politics, and domestic policy.  She spent ten years as a member of  CNN’s Capital Gang,  and was a frequent panelist on NBC’s Meet the Press.   

Before joining National Review in 1995, O’Beirne was vice president of Government Relations at The Heritage Foundation.  O’Beirne previously served as Heritage’s deputy director of Domestic Policy Studies, where she supervised studies in the areas of health care, welfare, education, and housing.  From 1986 to 1988, she served in the Reagan Administration as deputy assistant secretary for legislation at the Department of Health and Human Services. 

A native of New York, O’Beirne began her political career when she worked on James Buckley’s successful U.S. senatorial campaign and served as a staff assistant in his Senate office.

O’Beirne also worked for the New York Senate and received her JD degree from St. John’s University in New York.

She is the author of Women Who Make the World Worse and How Their Radical Feminist Assault Is Ruining our Schools, Families, Military and Sports, published by Sentinel Press in December 2005.


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