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Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D.

Tim Huelskamp is the president and CEO of The Heartland Institute.

Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., began his service as president of The Heartland Institute in July 2017 and was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2018. He succeeded Heartland’s cofounder and long-time president Joseph Bast as Heartland CEO in January 2018. Bast, who is entering retirement, will continue to serve the organizaion as a director and senior fellow.

From 2011 to 2017, Dr. Huelskamp served three terms in Congress representing the 1st District in Kansas. He advocated on behalf of conservative, free-market solutions in a wide range of policy arenas and served on numerous committees, most notably the Veterans Affairs Committee and Budget Committee. On the Veterans Affairs Committee, he was a leader in exposing the corruption and failures at the VA and pushing through a historic health care choice option for veterans.

Dr. Huelskamp left his conservative imprints on many other policies: SNAP work requirements, Farm Bill entitlements, the EX-IM Bank, and the Cut-Cap-and-Balance legislation in 2011. He helped grow the House Freedom and Liberty Caucuses, chaired and expanded the Tea Party Caucus, fought the Waters of the U.S. Rule, worked on budgets in the Republican Study Committee, and co-founded Conversations with Conservatives, a monthly House conservative press availability.

From 1997 to 2011, Dr. Huelskamp served as a state senator representing the 38th district of Kansas. During that time he was a conservative leader on education reform and finance, Medicaid reform, tax cuts and fighting crony capitalism, defending marriage and family, downsizing government, fighting judicial tyranny, and spending transparency.

While serving in the Kansas Senate, Dr. Huelskamp chaired or co-chaired three committees: Elections and Local Government, Information Technology, and Medicaid Reform. He co-founded and led both a bicameral conservative caucus and a coalition of statewide conservative groups to coordinate legislative efforts.

Prior to serving in Congress, Huelskamp was a fifth-generation family farmer in Kansas, where he farmed with his family for more than 30 years. He left Kansas only long enough to earn a BA summa cum laude from the College of Santa Fe and a Ph.D. in political science from American University in Washington, DC. Dr. Huelskamp and his wife Angela are proud parents of four children.


Watch Heartland's new video series, Two Minutes with Tim, on YouTube.

Watch Huelskamp grill then-Deputy Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson at a House hearing in 2014 below. More videos of him in action while a member of Congress can be viewed at Huelskamp’s YouTube page.


Recent Articles and Publications

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February 19, 2019
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D.
"Wheeler is supremely qualified to continue the outstanding record of accomplishment at the EPA under President Trump."
February 7, 2019
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., James Taylor, Jay Lehr, Justin Haskins
“This isn’t just radical socialism, this is madness.” - Justin Haskins
January 25, 2019
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D.
The Heartlander, Winter 2018
January 3, 2019
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., James Taylor
For the first time since at least the 1940s, the United States is exporting more oil and petroleum than it imports, spurring economic growth.
January 3, 2019
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., James Taylor
The Environmental Protection Agency announced it is rolling back some of the excessive, and possibly illegal, water regulations imposed by the Obama administration.
June 7, 2018
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D.
The Heartland Institute on June 7, 2018 sent the following letter and copies of the 'Climate Change Reconsidered' series of reports to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt.
May 3, 2018
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D.
Social media censorship and online restriction of conservatives and their organizations have reached a crisis level.
April 20, 2018
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D.
The Heartland Institute has written a letter to President Donald Trump, urging him to defend EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt against orchestrated attacks by his political enemies.

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