Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D

President and CEO, The Heartland Institute



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  • Budget & Tax

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im Huelskamp, Ph.D., was named president of The Heartland Institute in July 2017. From 2011 to 2017, Dr. Huelskamp served three terms in Congress representing the 1st District in Kansas.

 He advocated on behalf of conservative, free-market solutions in a wide range of policy arenas and served on numerous committees. On the Veterans Affairs Committee, he was a leader in pushing through a historic health care choice option for veterans.

Dr. Huelskamp helped grow the House Freedom and Liberty Caucuses, chaired and expanded the Tea Party Caucus, fought the Waters of the U.S. Rule, worked on budgets in the Republican Study Committee, and co-founded Conversations with Conservatives, a monthly House conservative press availability.

From 1997 to 2011, Dr. Huelskamp served as a state senator representing the 38th district of Kansas. During that time he was a conservative leader on education reform and finance, Medicaid reform, tax cuts and fighting crony capitalism, defending marriage and family, downsizing government, fighting judicial tyranny, and spending transparency. He co-founded and led both a bicameral conservative caucus and a coalition of statewide conservative groups to coordinate legislative efforts.

Prior to serving in Congress, Tim was a fifth-generation family farmer in Kansas, where he farmed for more than 30 years. He left Kansas only long enough to earn a BA summa cum laude from the College of Santa Fe and a Ph.D. in political science from American University in Washington, DC. Dr. Huelskamp and his wife Angela are proud parents of four children.

Recent Speaking

  • America First Energy Conference

  • Texas Public Policy Foundation

  • Georgia Public Policy Foundation

Past Presentations

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