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Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D.

Tim Huelskamp is the president 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.

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. In 2013, the U.S. News and World Report named him one of "The 10 Toughest Politicians in Washington Today."

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.

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

Watch Huelskamp deliver a speech on health care at CPAC 2019. 

 

 

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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May 20, 2019
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., Christina Herrin, George Jamerson
Senators ask Food & Drug Administration to Embrace ‘Parallel Track’ for Live-saving Drugs, a Keystone of Heartland’s ‘Free to Choose Medicine’ Reform
May 8, 2019
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., Tim Benson, Vicki Alger, Lennie Jarratt
“It is long overdue that parents in one of the most dangerous school districts in America are provided a safe education choice, and Child Safety Accounts can make that possible.” - Tim Huelskamp
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May 3, 2019
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., George Jamerson, Bette Grande, H. Sterling Burnett
“Just as the United States has become the largest crude oil producer in the world, this legislation would increase dependence on foreign oil.” - Tim Huelskamp
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May 3, 2019
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., James Taylor, H. Sterling Burnett, George Jamerson
“Despite Democrats playing political games on the House floor, President Trump was right to withdraw America from the Paris Climate Accord.” - Tim Huelskamp
April 3, 2019
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., Myron Ebell
"As Acting Secretary and Deputy Interior Secretary, Mr. Bernhardt has played a key role in the Trump administration’s sound stewardship of federal lands."
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March 18, 2019
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., Myron Ebell
Mr. President, you have made a number of comments in recent years expressing doubts about the global warming consensus. Many of the signers of this letter have been similarly skeptical.
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."
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.

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