Last updated on: 8/31/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Ed Gillespie Biography

Title:
Chairman of the Republican State Leadership Committee
Position:
Con to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“[T]his bill is an unmitigated disaster. It’s going to increase the cost to the federal government on health care, it doesn’t bend the cost curve down. Spending is going to go up on health care. It increases–it’s going to increase personal insurance costs to consumers, people are going to have higher premiums. It’s going to increase the debt and the deficit before it’s all over, because the savings are illusory. In fact, 98 percent of the spending in this bill actually occurs in the fifth year on. So they back-load the spending, front-load… the cost, the tax increases, $518.5 billion in new and higher taxes, $471 billion in Medicare cuts. People are going to see their quality of care go down… whether you’re a Medicare beneficiary or a private insurance beneficiary.”

Roundtable discussion on Meet the Press, NBC, Dec. 20, 2009

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Chairman, Republican State Leadership Committee, Jan. 2010-present
  • Former Chairman, gubernatorial campaign of Governor Bob McDonnell (VA), 2009
  • Counselor to President George W. Bush, 2007-2008
  • Former Chairman, Republican Party of Virginia, Dec. 2006-June 2007
  • White House Advisor, Senate confirmation processes of US Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Samuel Alito, 2005
  • Former Chairman, Republican National Committee, 2003-2005
  • Former Policy and Communications Director, House Republican Conference
  • Principal Drafter, Republican Contract with America, 1994
  • Former Aide to former US Representative Dick Armey (R-TX), 1985-1996
  • Former Aide to former US Representative Andy Ireland (R-FL)
  • Founder, Ed Gillespie Strategies
  • Former Co-Chairman, Quinn Gillespie and Associates (QGA)
  • Founding Board Member, Resurgent Republic
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Catholic University of America
Education:
  • BA, Catholic University of America, 1983
Other:
  • Born in Browns Mills, NJ, 1961
  • Legal name is Edward W. Gillespie
Quoted in:
  1. Will the quality of care from public health programs such as Medicare and Medicaid improve?