Mickey Edwards, a former Republican congressman from Oklahoma, is a vice president of the Aspen Institute and director of its public leadership program. After 16 years in Congress (1977-92) as a member of the house Republican leadership, Edwards taught at Harvard, Georgetown, and Princeton. In addition to serving as the national chairman of the American Conservative Union, he was one of three founding trustees of the Heritage Foundation and chaired task forces for the Council on Foreign Relations and the Brookings Institution. A frequent public speaker and media contributor, Edwards has been a regular columnist for a number of newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and the Boston Globe. He is the author of Reclaiming Conservatism and The Parties Versus the People and a board member of the Constitution Project and the Project on Government Oversight.