Chestertown, MD, March 25, 2002 — The William James Forum at Washington College is pleased to present "AMERICA 2002," a lecture by former Delaware governor and columnist, the Honorable Pete du Pont, on the current economic and political state of the nation. The talk will be held Tuesday, April 9, 2002, at 7:30 p.m. in the College's Hynson Lounge. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.
Du Pont is currently policy chairman of the National Center for Policy Analysis, a public policy analysis organization that promotes free enterprise and conservative governmental policies, and contributes a regular column — "Outside the Box" — to www.opinionjournal.com, the editorial page website of The Wall Street Journal. He has served as a state legislator, U.S. Congressman, governor, and in 1988 was a Republican candidate for President of the United States. He is a director in the Wilmington, DE, law firm of Richards, Layton & Finger.
Du Pont began his political career in 1968 with his election to the House of Representatives of the Delaware General Assembly. Next, he spent six years in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1970-1976. He was a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, and in 1975 was picked by Time magazine as one of America's "200 Faces for the Future." In l976, du Pont entered the race for Delaware governor against the Democratic incumbent and won what was then considered a landslide victory. He was re-elected in 1980 to a second term, winning a record 71 percent of the vote and becoming the first Delaware governor reelected in 20 years. During his tenure as Delaware's Governor, du Pont was known for his financial integrity and fiscal conservatism, signing into law two income tax reduction measures and a constitutional amendment that restrained future tax increases and limited government spending. In selecting him as one of the "Delawareans of the Century," the Wilmington News Journal said, "He set the stage for prosperity. As Delaware's governor, du Pont revived [the] business climate."
In 1996, du Pont co-founded IntellectualCapital.com, a weekly on-line public policy journal featuring the leading ideas of renowned public policy thinkers. He served as editor of this e-zine and bylined his own column until its sale in 2000. In October 1999, Newsstation.com named du Pont as one of the "50 best, most important, and most influential journalists on the Internet." Du Pont served as Chairman of the Hudson Institute from 1985-1987 and the National Review Institute from 1994-1997.