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J.B. Horton

  • Assistant Director

J.B. Horton is responsible for communicating The Heritage Foundation's mission to residents of Texas and four other states, as well as demonstrating the think tank's effectiveness in promoting conservative values.

Horton's duties include fostering relationships with current Heritage donors while also identifying prospective donors in Texas, Hawaii, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas.  

Before joining Heritage's Development Department in October 2009, Horton took on a variety of government roles in the executive branch during President George W. Bush's two terms.

Among his posts were White House liaison in the General Services Administration; associate director in the State Department's White House Liaison Office; and special assistant in the Small Business Administration's Office of International Trade.

Horton served in senior leadership at GSA, focused on facilitating appointment of key officials and managing issues involving the White House and the agency's 12,000 employees. At State, he worked to limit the size and cost of international delegations and helped manage a membership portfolio of boards, commissions and enterprise funds. At SBA, he led trade missions to Italy and Mexico and helped assess a development project in Cairo, Egypt.

A native of Pampa, Texas, Horton graduated from West Texas A&M University in 1998 with a bachelor of arts degree in international business. He served two terms as student body president.

He received his master of business administration in 2005 from Leeds University Business School in England. Immediately prior to joining Heritage, he worked as a humanitarian consultant on a short-term energy project in eastern Tajikistan.

Horton and his wife, Lindsay, currently reside in Fort Worth, Texas.