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Dr. Donald J. Devine

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Donald J. Devine was the Director of the United States Office of Personnel Management and President Reagan's chief advisor on Federal civil service personnel matters.

The Washington Post labeled Donald Devine Ronald Reagan’s “terrible swift sword of the civil service” as director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management during President Reagan’s first term when they cut 100,000 bureaucratic jobs and saved more than $6 billion by reducing bloated benefits.

Before and after his government service he has been an academic, teaching 14 years as associate professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland and for a decade as a professor of Western civilization at Bellevue University, following the former president’s entreaty to teach the American heritage to the next generation.

He is currently senior scholar for The Fund for American Studies in Washington, DC, an adjunct scholar at The Heritage Foundation, a writer and editor, policy consultant, and a policy advisor for The Heartland Institute. Devine is the author of eight books, The Attentive PublicThe Political Culture of the United States, Does Freedom Work?Reagan ElectionomicsReagan's Terrible Swift SwordRestoring the Tenth AmendmentIn Defense of the West, and his most recent, America’s Way Back.

Devine has been a Republican nominee for Congress and for state comptroller.

On Thursday, October 8, 2015 The Heartland Institute celebrated its 31st anniversary with a reception and dinner with speakers at The Cotillion, a fine banquet hall in Palatine, Illinois. This year’s featured speakers were author and scholar Dr. Angelo Codevilla and Illinois state Rep. Tom Morrison. In addition, we recognized Ronald Reagan’s “terrible swift sword of the civil service,” Dr. Donald J. Devine, with this year’s Heartland Liberty Prize.



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November 9, 2016
By Peter Ferrara, Michael Hamilton, Jesse Hathaway, Dr. Donald J. Devine, Lennie Jarratt, H. Sterling Burnett, Tim Benson, Robert Zubrin, Isaac Orr, Robert G. Holland, Heather Kays, Paul Driessen, Dan Miller, Larry Kaufmann, Donn Dears, Charles Battig, Brendon Swedlow, Jane M. Orient, M.D., Neal Schuerer, Bradley A. Smith, Twila Brase, Joe Cobb, Matt A. Mayer, Thomas A. Firey, Bernard (Bud) Weinstein, James H. Rust, Linda Gorman, Devon Herrick, Jason Bedrick, Nick Dranias, Lawrence H. White, Howard Segermark, James E. Enstrom, Mischa Popoff, Clifford Thies, Peter R. Cook, Charles N. Steele, Gerard Gianoli, M.D., Brian R. Forrest, M.D., Cedric Keith, Michael Schaus, Benita M. Dodd, Roger Stark, M.D., Kathy Hoekstra, Sandra Stotsky
In the November 8 election, Donald Trump won the presidency and Republicans retained control of the House and Senate. In state races, Republicans expanded their majorities in state legislatures and gubernatorial mansions.

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