Michael Sargent leads the Heritage Foundation’s efforts to formulate and implement free-market transportation and infrastructure policies as a Policy Analyst in the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies. His research analyzes the federal role in funding and overseeing the nation’s transportation infrastructure, as well as issues concerning the federal budget and the national debt.
Sargent examines surface transportation, aviation, waterways, and other policy issues in institutional policy papers and larger works such as The Heritage Foundation’s Mandate For Leadership volumes. Sargent is a regular contributor to Heritage’s news platform, the Daily Signal. His commentary has also been featured in the Washington Post, Boston Herald, Houston Chronicle, The Hill, and Fox News. He has also been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Politico and has appeared on CNN, One America News, and dozens of radio stations nationwide.
Prior to his current role, Sargent was a Research Assistant and intern in the Roe Institute at Heritage, where he focused on fiscal issues and helped compile the annual Federal Budget in Pictures. Before joining Heritage, he served as an intern in the finance office of a presidential campaign in New York, NY.
Sargent is a graduate of Davidson College in Davidson, NC, where he earned a B.A. in History with a minor in Economics. His senior thesis examined Andrew Jackson’s 1828 bid for the presidency in southern Louisiana.
A native of Bronxville, NY, Sargent currently resides in the District of Columbia.