PHOENIX – Retiring U.S. Representative John Shadegg of Arizona has joined the Goldwater Institute as a Senior Fellow, where he will help fulfill its mission of economic freedom and limited government.
Congressman Shadegg is stepping down from public office after 16 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. He originally was elected as part of the freshman class of 1994 that ushered in the Contract with America and a major overhaul of the welfare system that put more people to work. He represents Arizona’s 3rd Congressional District and announced his retirement from Congress in January 2010.
Congressman Shadegg is known for his fiscal conservatism, his commitment to smaller government, and his advocacy for energy policy that decreases our dependence on foreign sources. He is also one of three U.S. congressmen who are plaintiffs in the Goldwater Institute’s legal challenge to the Obama Health Care Plan, which violates the rights of members of Congress by not allowing their oversight or repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board— a commission with sweeping authority to regulate health care markets. In fact, long before the Obama Health Care Plan became the law of the land, Shadegg was a champion of market-driven health care reform, leading efforts that pushed for the freedom to buy and sell health insurance across state lines.
“John Shadegg has the respect of people throughout the United States for consistently standing up for the most important principles when so many other politicians lose their way after spending a few years in Washington, D.C.,” said Darcy Olsen, president and CEO of the Goldwater Institute. “We are excited that he can join us to work on finding the right answers to the challenges of rebuilding our economy and protecting our freedom.”
As a Senior Fellow, Congressman Shadegg will support the Goldwater Institute by sharing his experience and expertise with resident scholars, reviewing research, and participating in Institute roundtables and forums. The Goldwater Institute selects its Senior Fellows for their exceptional knowledge, commitment to limited government and economic freedom, and their personal character.
The Goldwater Institute is an independent government watchdog that develops innovative, principled solutions to issues facing the states and whose work is made possible by the generosity of its supporters.