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January 9, 2007

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Heritage Foundation Names New Bernard and Barbara Lomas Fellow

WASHINGTON, JAN. 9, 2007- The Heritage Foundation has named Steven Groves as the new Bernard and Barbara Lomas fellow in its Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, the prominent think tank announced today.

Groves will be responsible for developing and running the center's Freedom Project. The project's goal is to advance Anglo-American leadership on global freedom issues, including international political and religious freedom, the strengthening of democratic institutions, and human rights. Drawing on his extensive legal experience, Groves also will work on international political, legal, and security issues relating to the War on Terror, human rights, and national sovereignty.

From 2003 to 2006, Groves was senior counsel to the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, chaired by Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn. In that position, he played a lead role in the historic investigation into the United Nations Oil-for-Food Program, the most extensive congressional investigation ever conducted into a United Nations' program.

Prior to serving in the Senate, Groves was a litigator at Boies, Schiller & Flexner, LLP in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., from 2000 to 2003. He also served as Assistant Attorney General for the State of Florida from 1995 to 1999. He holds a law degree from Ohio Northern University College of Law, and a bachelor's degree in history from Florida State University.

The Thatcher Center was established in 2005 to honor and advance the legacy and ideas of Lady Margaret Thatcher, the former British prime minister. It is the only policy institution in the United States that officially bears her name. The center works to strengthen transatlantic relations by focusing on several major goals:

  • Protecting and improving relations between the U.S. and Britain.
  • Advancing American and British interests in Europe.
  • Preserving American and British sovereignty in the face of threats from supranational institutions, such as the European Union, the U.N., and the International Criminal Court.
  • Promoting American and British joint leadership in the Global War on Terrorism.
  • Defending the Anglo-American free-enterprise system and promoting it as the road to future prosperity and economic democracy.

In 2005 an anonymous donor provided more than $2 million to honor Barbara and Bernard Lomas by establishing a fellowship in their name at Heritage. Bernard Lomas was president of Albion College in Albion, Mich., from 1970-1983 and has been counselor to Heritage's president for more than 25 years. Groves is Heritage's second Lomas fellow. He replaces Dr. Nile Gardiner, who was named director of the Thatcher Center in 2006.

With more than 275,000 individual, foundation and corporate supporters, The Heritage Foundation is the most broadly supported public policy research institute in the country. The 33-year-old institution has a staff of nearly 200 and an annual budget of $40 million.

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