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Drew Johnson - President


Drew Johnson is the President of the Tennessee Center for Policy Research, an innovative free market think tank committed to advancing the ideas of liberty in Tennessee and beyond.

Under Johnson’s leadership, the Tennessee Center for Policy Research has led the charge for school choice, fiscal responsibility, government transparency and the protection of private property rights in the Volunteer State.

As an authority on free market economic issues, government transparency and campaigns and elections, Johnson is a frequent guest on local and national television and radio talk shows and newscasts. Johnson has appeared on television programs including Hannity and Colmes, CNN with Carol Costello, Glenn Beck, The Big Story with John Gibson and Hannity's America. Johnson’s radio appearances include NPR’s All Things Considered, The Glenn Beck Program, The Ed Shultz Show, The BBC, The Lars Larson Show, The Andrew Wilkow Show and The David Lawrence Show.

Prior to founding the Tennessee Center for Policy Research, Johnson served as a policy analyst at the National Taxpayers Union Foundation where he authored “The Return of Fuzzy Math and Risky Schemes: How Presidential Hopefuls Would Deepen Deficits,” a major influence for the increased focus on government spending in the 2004 presidential election.

Johnson’s opinion articles have appeared in hundreds of publications including the Wall Street Journal, National Review, Human Events, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Indianapolis Star and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

His commentary pieces are featured regularly in newspapers across the state, including the Tennessean, the Chattanooga Times Free Press, the Jackson Sun, the Johnson City Press, the Maynardville News Leader and the Marshall County Tribune. Johnson is a frequent contributor to Business Tennessee magazine.

Johnson is a former Institute for Humane Studies Koch Fellow, and recently completed his third term on the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth. He also serves as a fellow at the Davenport Institute for Public Policy in Malibu, California.

A native of Johnson City, Tennessee, Johnson holds a B.S. from Belmont University and a Master of Public Policy degree from Pepperdine University.


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