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Nick Dranias

Director of Policy Development & Constitutional Government


Nick Dranias

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Nick Dranias holds the Clarence J. and Katherine P. Duncan Chair for Constitutional Government and is Director of the Joseph and Dorothy Donnelly Moller Center for Constitutional Government at the Goldwater Institute.

Dranias led the Goldwater Institute’s successful challenge to Arizona’s system of government campaign financing to the U.S. Supreme Court. Even before the case was accepted for review, Dranias was able to persuade the Court to intervene in lower court proceedings and block campaign subsidies from being paid to government-funded candidates during the 2010 election cycle. In addition to practicing constitutional law as a member of the Goldwater Institute’s litigation team, Dranias serves as a constitutional scholar. He has authored numerous scholarly articles dealing with a wide spectrum of issues in constitutional and regulatory policy, including the protection of free speech, the principle of state sovereignty, the reformation of excessive regulation, and the guarantee of individual liberty. His articles have been published by leading law reviews, bar journals and think tanks across the country. Dranias’ latest work is Save the Taxpayers Tens of Billions of Dollars: End Government-Sector Collective Bargaining.

Prior to joining the Goldwater Institute, Dranias was an attorney with the Institute for Justice for three years and an attorney in private practice in Chicago for eight years. In law school, Dranias served on the Loyola University Chicago Law Review, competed on Loyola’s National Labor Law Moot Court Team, and received various academic awards. He graduated cum laude from Boston University with a B.A. in Economics and Philosophy.