Steven Groves works to protect and preserve American sovereignty, self-governance and independence as leader of The Heritage Foundation's Freedom Project.
Groves, who is the Bernard and Barbara Lomas Senior Research Fellow in Heritage’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, also advocates American leadership on issues involving international political and religious freedom, human rights and democratic institutions.
He has testified before Congress on international law, human rights, the United Nations and controversial treaties such as the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.
In 2013, Groves was awarded the Dr. W. Glenn and Rita Campbell Award for his work. The award is given annually to the Heritage employee who delivered “an outstanding contribution to the analysis and promotion of a free society.”
Before joining Heritage in 2007, Groves was senior counsel to then-Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) on the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. He played a lead role in the subcommittee's investigation of the U.N. "oil-for-food" scandal, the most extensive congressional probe ever conducted of the United Nations.
Groves previously was an associate at Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, specializing in commercial litigation. Before that he served as assistant attorney general for the State of Florida, where he litigated civil rights cases, constitutional law issues and criminal appeals, among other matters, in state and federal court.
Groves is a frequent guest commentator on domestic and international television and radio. He has appeared on ABC, BBC, CNBC, CNN and CNN International, Fox News Channel, National Public Radio, Voice of America, NHK, Al Jazeera, Alhurra and the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. His commentary and opinion pieces have been published by journals such as National Review, The Weekly Standard and Human Events, as well as by The Washington Times and other major newspapers across America.
Groves holds a law degree from Ohio Northern University's College of Law and a bachelor of arts degree in history from Florida State University.