Last updated on: 5/14/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

J. Kenneth Blackwell, ME Biography

Title:
Senior Fellow for Family Empowerment at the Family Research Council (FRC)
Position:
Con to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“President Obama’s health-care bill is now moving toward final passage. The policy issues may be coming to an end, but the legal issues are certain to continue because key provisions of this dangerous legislation are unconstitutional…

America’s founders intended the federal government to have limited powers and that the states have an independent sovereign place in our system of government. The Obama/Reid/Pelosi legislation to take control of the American health-care system is the most sweeping and intrusive federal program ever devised. If the federal government can do this, then it can do anything, and the limits on government power that our liberty requires will be more myth than reality.”

“Why the Health-Care Bills Are Unconstitutional,” Wall Street Journal, Jan. 2, 2010

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Senior Fellow, Family Empowerment at the Family Research Council (FRC)
  • Senior Fellow, American Civil Rights Union (ACRU)
  • Visiting Professor, Liberty University School of Law
  • Member, Board of Directors, Club for Growth
  • Member, Board of Directors, National Taxpayers Union
  • Member, Public Affairs Committee, National Rifle Association (NRA)
  • Columnist, New York Sun
  • Contributing Editor, townhall.com
  • Former Ohio Secretary of State
  • Former Ohio Treasurer of State
  • Former Mayor of Cincinnati, OH
  • Former Undersecretary, US Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Former US Ambassador, United Nations Human Rights Commission
  • Former fellow, Harvard University Institute of Politics
  • Former fellow, School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University (British-American Project)
Education:
  • ME (Master of Education), Xavier University
  • BS, Xavier University
Other:
  • Republic Nominee for Ohio Governor, 2006
  • Recipient, John M. Ashbrook Award, American Conservative Union, 2004
  • First African-American elected to a statewide executive office (Treasurer of state) in Ohio, 1994
  • Recipient, Xavier University Distinguished Alumnus Award, 1992
Quoted in:
  1. Is Obamacare constitutional?