WASHINGTON – The Heritage Foundation welcomes back Steven Groves to the Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, where he will serve as the new Margaret Thatcher Fellow in the institute’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom.
Groves was previously the Bernard and Barbara Lomas Fellow at Heritage for 10 years before leaving in 2017 to become Ambassador Nikki Haley’s chief of staff at the United Nations. He subsequently moved to the White House, where he became special assistant to the president and assistant special counsel. He most recently served as deputy press secretary in the White House.
In his new role at Heritage, Groves will focus on the defense of U.S. national sovereignty and international treaty issues, and will also oversee the transnational terrorism research.
Groves first joined the Thatcher Center from the Senate in 2007, where he served as the senior counsel to the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.During his time at Heritage, Groves developed into the leading conservative expert on national sovereignty issues in the Washington think-tank community. He built a solid reputation for outstanding research and scholarship, as well as leadership on Capitol Hill and across the broader conservative movement. He has testified before Congress on several occasions, personally briefed scores of legislators, and conducted numerous briefings for congressional staff, building deep and lasting relationships with key conservative offices. He has also made many appearances on major television networks, includingFox News, CNN, BBC, NBC, ABC and CNBC.
Groves also built and established the “Sovereignty Network”—a group of policy analysts, advocates, academics, and activists to mobilize and combat efforts by transnational progressives to erode U.S. sovereignty, and his policy work on national sovereignty led to the creation of the Congressional Sovereignty Caucus.He was also at the forefront of conservative opposition to the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, led campaigns against the adoption of the doctrine of “defamation of religions” at the United Nations, and played a key role in opposing the erosion of American sovereignty through the “New START” treaty.
In 2013, Groves was awarded The Heritage Foundation’s Dr. W. Glenn and Rita Campbell Award for his outstanding work. He holds a master of laws from Georgetown University Law Center, a juris doctorate from Ohio Northern University's College of Law, and a bachelor of arts in history from Florida State University.
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