Republican Gary Palmer recently won a seat in the US House of Representatives, becoming what we believe to be the first think tank founder to win a Congressional seat.
Mr. Palmer of Georgia founded the Alabama Policy Institute (API) about 25 years ago. The conservative state think tank supports limited government, free markets, and strong families. API will be holding its 25th anniversary dinner with Speaker Bobby Jindal on December 4.
API was attacked during Mr. Palmer's campaign because the think tank would not reveal its donors.
Also, another incoming member of Congress has strong ties to the think tank world.