Numerous Heritage staff have gone to work in the new administration. We are thankful for their service at Heritage and know they will make a great impact in their respective roles.

You can read the updated list below broken into categories by agency. We will update this list as needed.

The Domestic Policy Council

Paul Winfree, former director of Heritage’s Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies. Winfree, well known in Washington for his tough stance on fiscal responsibility and transparent budgeting was one of the first Heritage appointments to be publicly announced as a member of the new administration. He is now serving as deputy assistant to the president, deputy director of the Domestic Policy Council, and director of budget policy.

Ann Conant, former executive assistant to the vice president of the Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity. Conant is serving as assistant to Paul Winfree on President Trump’s Domestic Policy Council.

The Environmental Protection Agency

David Kreutzer, former Heritage senior research fellow, energy economics and climate change. While at Heritage, Kreutzer worked to bring President Obama’s radical EPA back into line with its purpose of protecting land, air, and water – not seizing control of the economy. Kreutzer is now working on a “beachhead team” within the EPA.

Department of Commerce

Michael Costigan, former Heritage senior advisor for strategic outreach. Costigan is currently a member of a beachhead team within the Department of Commerce and will soon be serving as assistant to the Secretary of Commerce.

Department of the Interior

Ryan Nichols, former associate director of coalition relations. Over the past five years, Nichols has helped unite and strengthen the conservative movement. He is working on a beachhead team within the Department of Interior.

Office of Management and Budget

Russ Vought, former Heritage Action vice president of grassroots outreach. At Heritage Action, Vought helped rally conservatives around a vision of a dramatically downsized federal government. He will now take on a high-level position within the Office of Management and Budget.

Department of Labor

James Sherk, former Heritage research fellow, labor economics. Sherk’s research has helped right-to-work states resist union coercion and bad labor policy. Sherk will now take on a role at the Department of Labor.

The Pentagon

Justin Johnson, former Heritage senior policy analyst for defense budgeting policy. While at Heritage, Johnson conducted important research on how to achieve a fully-equipped, combat-ready military, as outlined in his recent Heritage report “Congress Should Enact a Strong Defense Budget in FY 2017.” Johnson will now be working on related matters at the Pentagon.

Department of Transportation

Nick Yonkovich, former Heritage staff accountant. Yonkovich is serving on a beachhead team at the Department of Transportation.


How do you feel about former Heritage staff serving in the administration?

Comments (212)

GLORI HILL - February 10, 2017



Richard Swenson - February 10, 2017

Great! Keep helping Trump.

Randy Penland - February 10, 2017

It’s awesome, but I hope it doesn’t hurt your effectiveness.

Robert Lawson - February 10, 2017

Great! Keep up the good work.

Lacy - February 10, 2017

I think it is wonderful!!

Bonnie McCoy - February 10, 2017

Very hopeful!

james devlin - February 10, 2017


Ell “Skip” Lee - February 10, 2017

A real tribute to Heritage that so many staffer’s have been selected to work in the Trump administration. Now backfill and continue on with your important work.

Charles Kapp - February 10, 2017

I am thrilled that President Trump has recognized the work of Heritage. Now who are the replacements at Heritage?

William A. Nelson - February 10, 2017

I think it is great!! Also, keep up the good work the Foundation does.

Darryle Owens - February 10, 2017

Having Heritage staff assume positions within the new administration gives me much more confidence in the direction the policy agenda will take.

Jefferson Spivey - February 10, 2017

If they continue wearing their Constitutional compass! There can be nothing better.

Mrs. Phyllis Eix - February 10, 2017

Encouraged, is how I feel.

Jim allen - February 10, 2017

Reliable folk, early on, are critical to the start-up and less important as the staffs gel. However, it is clear that Congress delaying confirmation means that the Hereitage Foundation can be especially helpful so that the electorate does not lose confidence.

Tom Morgan - February 10, 2017

Here is how I feel about former Heritage staff now working in the Trump administration. Yes, yes, yes… I can breathe a sigh of relief, finally. Please, just follow the constitution and move forward with deliberate and thoughtful intelligence. Lead with less emotion and more compassion for those you are there to serve.

Nan Heiskell - February 10, 2017

Comforting to know people with “know and know how” are working in the administration. Where better than heritage to find people ready to hit the ground running.

Stephen Golimowski - February 10, 2017

I love Trump but he needs the help!!!

Craig Gaal - February 10, 2017

I support the use of Heritage Foundation Members into the administration.

Carey E. Witherow - February 10, 2017

I’m very impressed to see the Heritage folk’s that are with our President Trump !

richard mader - February 10, 2017

It is wonderful. Go Trump.

Robert Gianino - February 10, 2017

Hopeful. Difficult for a handful of people to move a behemoth like the Federal Government. Glad to know there’s someone working with us instead of over us.

Cynthia G. - February 10, 2017

I think it’s great because Heritage is on our side.

S.Smith - February 10, 2017

I’m not opposed to the idea, however actions speak louder than words. As of late, Congress has been peddling the excuse that they do not have time to get things done. Repealing Obamacare is one of them. One day one can read stories about how it will be repealed by the end of the year. The next day headlines will read that repealing will not happen until next year. Ironically, I have yet to read any headline that suggests from the House or Senate that either chamber is willing to spend more time in D.C to work through these issues. Instead, there is endless complaining about how these issues are hard and the GOP has been given more than they can handle. Expectations of the public are simply too high. Nonsense!

Sean Spicer is not helping this issue. Instead of giving Congress a proverbial nudge, he expects the public to accept all of this nonsense as fact. I like Sean Spicer. I do believe that this administration is trying to keep the peace in the name of getting things done. There is a fine line though between engaging in a productive way and coddling. Congress does not need to be coddled and Sean Spicer needs to stop acting like a enabler.

Pamela Centers - February 10, 2017

Excellent! I am encouraged to know right minded people are in positions to truly work towards solutions.
Do any of them need a fantastic executive assistant? I would relish an opportunity to use my mad admin skills for something relevant.

Terry Pickett - February 10, 2017

Once again a truly balanced analysis by David Azzerad on Trump’s brand of nationalism which, as he so cogently shows, has nothing to do with fascism. If these people making this hysterical claim knew anything of fascism, they’d see how ludicrous their charge actually is.

John White - February 10, 2017

Fantastic, in so many ways! I believe these appointments along with the specific programs developed by the Heritage Foundation will help President Trump’s administration “ramp up” quickly. Thank you!

Timothy Scanlan - February 10, 2017

Excellent ! Having the experts from Heritage gives the new administration
instant expertise on so many issues !
Trump is so smart to tap into our experts !

Timothy R. Buttner - February 10, 2017

Somebody has to replace the Obama embeds: why not someone who actually knows something?

Danny Bridges - February 10, 2017

Could not ask for a better qualification on a resume!

John H Briggs - February 10, 2017

Excellent idea. If you just drain the swamp, then a vacuum exists. Fill the swamp with known conservatives: Heritage staff. Do not replace BO Care, repeal it. Let the private sector replace it. But the federal government needs to limit medical suit awards, erase the boundaries of state borders on the state’s which will allow for shopping, and to assist companies in establishing a career list so that mega groups can be established so that everyone may belong in a group for cheaper rates.

Lucille Yuen - February 10, 2017

President Trump needs all the help he can get and the Heritage Foundation people have got the goods to advise!

William Bryan - February 10, 2017

Heritage a key player in clearing the swamp in Washington . Very happy they are the watch dogs on this stonewalling lets keep the Trump Train on schedule !!

Robert E. Preston - February 10, 2017

Wonderful! It is so encouraging to know that men and women of like mind – Christian and conservative – will be in the midst of the White House operations on a daily basis in order to make a positive impact on this nation!

Larry Brooks - February 10, 2017

I feel proud to be an American in the era President Trump is embarking on. I have always been proud to be an American. The White House has been used as public housing for the past eight years. Where but in America can a billionaire replace a black family in public housing? The Dinos are done. God Bless America.

Mr. Desiderio SAnchez - February 10, 2017

Great move, we need people that support and abide by the Constitution.

Margot Watson - February 10, 2017

Heritage has done so much good under the direction of these former employees that it only stands to reason that they will be a plus in the administration.

Beverly Bilyeu-Carkeek - February 10, 2017

Good. These folks have been trained to use facts to make decisions; however, I hope they also accept the important role of identifying entrenched government workers who are intent on sabotoging the Trump administration. These career employees can do severe damage from within–even with just a “slow-down” on incorporating changes.

H. Edward Yoder - February 10, 2017

I think it is time that non-governmental, knowledgeable and responsible people take control of ALL governmental departments, divisions and decisions. I will not vote for people who are, or have been, in any governmental position, for any elected office, because their thinking is so screwed up. There are three forms of accounting: Right, Wrong and Governmental. If any corporate entity did their accounting as does the government, this same government would shut them down and harass them into bankruptcy; which is where this government is now headedd

Howard Wemple - February 10, 2017

My wife and I thank God everyday for delivering President Trump to represent “We the People” as the Founding Fathers intended. Each Heritage Foundation staffer appointed to his team’s assures us that God has not forsaken America, as we had feared over the last 4 years.
Thank you and God’s speed!

Arthur Brandt - February 10, 2017

It’s great that Heritage staff will be influencing the Trump administration!

PMRjr - February 10, 2017

Great Idea, glad you are able to help the new Administration by sending folks there.
But we must hold republicans accountable to repeal OBAMA CARE NOW!

Ralph Morrison - February 10, 2017

Our whole government should be replaced by Heritage Foundation members!

Roger W Jacobs - February 10, 2017

Great!! Please keep developing more learned and gutsy conservatives at Heritage! Thank you.

Mauri Norman - February 10, 2017

We are hopeful that these former Heritage staff can actually have an impact.

Laura Krentz - February 10, 2017

I think it’s great! Heritage is great training ground.

Roger Wait - February 10, 2017

We need to fill more positions with Heritage staff. Hopefully Congress will move forward with repealing the ACA. I am impressed with President Trump’s first 20 days in office.

Robert and Julie Overacker - February 10, 2017

Fabulous! You are all held up in our prayers, along with our President, as you apply your knowledge and skills towards bringing our Country back to where it should be. Bless you all for your courage and thank you for your service to our Country.

john w w taylor - February 10, 2017

This is really great news. I think that now the country can start to get on the move again. Blessings to all these fine people, and yes lets make America Great again.

robert - February 10, 2017

a small step in the right direction. draining the swamp will be a long and difficult fight but one that must succeed.

Linda - February 10, 2017

Wonderful! Heritage adds class to anything.

Peggy Ping - February 10, 2017

I think this is great. You people are the ones that this country needs, I am delighted that they are working with our new President.

Wil Bodolay - February 10, 2017

Now do twice as much tomorrow and the day after also.

Paul Schwindeller - February 10, 2017

Like Heritage folks working in the administration. Need more in positions beyond Trump’s term.

James T Bryson - February 10, 2017

What better credential, that you have your head, and your heart, in the right place than experience as Heritage Foundation staff? I hope Heritage and FRC share as many talented professionals as they can with the Trump Administration.

Ralph Butcher - February 10, 2017


Scott Butler - February 10, 2017

I think this is awesome that ya’ll are reshaping America to hopefully, in short order, it’s greatness. God bless all of ya’ll

Darrell Radin - February 10, 2017


Aaron Fuller - February 10, 2017

Well done Heritage. Outstanding result of providing well-versed domain experts a platform to develop ideas and contribute them to the public dialogue, with the result being their contributions enable them to help jump start policy implementations in the new Administration. Doubly well done Heritage.

Jerry Mitchell - February 10, 2017

Very proud we may have helped these people to be prepared to join Trump and make a difference.

Janet Eden - February 10, 2017

Great to hear. My confidence is increasing.

Barbara Branham - February 10, 2017

I think it’s great. The more, the better for our country

Paul Slomowicz - February 10, 2017

Broadening the base of intellectual depth and civility will go a long way in making America Great Again.

Bernard piorkowski - February 10, 2017

That is great news. At this time of leftist propaganda we need good dedicated people in the government.

Barbara - February 10, 2017

Hallelujah !

Leona Grosskopf - February 10, 2017

I’m thrilled to see we have now quality people in the Trump staff. This is a true miracle!

Timothy Docter - February 10, 2017

Difficult to loose great people at Heritage, however, if they can make a difference in government I support this concept.

Shirley Weaver - February 10, 2017

Good work, everyone.
Keep their noses to the grindstone of: repeal Obamacare, close the borders and e-verify employment, provide school choice, and build return-to -work infrastructure

Dale Leeper - February 10, 2017

I feel very good knowing there are intelligent people serving in government for a change.

Judy L Cummins - February 10, 2017

The best news possible…..they will ensure America gets back on track.
Thank you all for you service….Bless President Trump for seeking out the best people for the jobs.

John Christensen - February 10, 2017

President Trump is noted for expertise in selecting people with the knowledge, and talent to do the job, very Reagan’ist
Heritage does itself proud to have their people selected for this administration.

Carl Taylor - February 10, 2017

Good, the govt needs good men.

Walter G. Lapp - February 10, 2017

Like always happens, “GREATNESS RISES TO THE TOP”! Congratulations to all who have been chosen to serve our new President! We pray they will be worthy of being selected and that effective replacements will be selected to replace them at Heritage!

David Humphries - February 10, 2017

Awesome. I am so proud of Heritage for standing up for us little guys. This is a win for all Conservatives & Constitutionalists.

Richard E. Carlson, MD - February 10, 2017

Most impressive validation of the importance of individuals being willing to suborn their opinions for the good of the body politic.

Judi Paul - February 10, 2017

I am grateful that people who are careful thinkers and understand the Constitution and laws of this country will be in responsible positions. I hope they will be able to shed light on issues and reduce the emotional vitriol that passes for thinking.

Alice - February 10, 2017


Jerry Metcalf - February 10, 2017

I think its great.

tom norman - February 10, 2017

Approve staff working for administration. Heritage value is dissemination of factual information. Hope staff input enhances Trump’s knowledge base and corrects him when he goes off half (or more) cocked.

Jim Sherman - February 10, 2017

I trust the Heritage Foundation and its experts and its work products. Trump can trust the source of the advice he receives Heritage.

Jimmy Richardson - February 10, 2017

Great move for the US of A. My concern is, “How are you going to replace them at Heritage?”

Tom Watkins - February 10, 2017

My donations to Heritage for training and equipping these folks for a role in this administration is money well spent !!!

Frances McCandless - February 10, 2017

I really don’t have a problem with individuals from Heritage working for Trump Administration but you need to remove the moles that have infiltrated.

William F. Miller - February 10, 2017

Even though I do not know these individuals, their time spent with Heritage will certainly be of great value. The Administration needs all the help it can get to return the Government to the People.

Stan beachy - February 10, 2017

For those who feared President Trump would not govern in a sufficiently conservative manner, just take a look at the people with whom he has surrounded himself. AWESOME!!

Roland Rondeau - February 10, 2017

Delighted and proud to be a member.

William Reinhardt - February 10, 2017

This way the principles of Heritage will be directly in the administration. I think it’s great. Now, to find some equally qualified replacements.

Russell L Johnson - February 10, 2017

I am immensely pleased that the experts with a conservative orientation from The Heritage Foundation are retained by our nation’s new President and employed in his administration. I want them and him to succeed very much. I will be anxiously awaiting the results of their work on the behalf of the entire nation.

Georgene Belz - February 10, 2017

I would really be happy!l

Karen Teiken - February 10, 2017

Outstanding! For years I had despaired of conservatives ever becoming strong enough to overcome the corruption in Washington D. C. How wrong I have been! I had forgotten that our God works behind the scenes through faithful, godly people and that I needed to trust Him and not what I was seeing through my human eyes!

Eleanor Fox - February 10, 2017

I’m very thankful you have people who are able to affect important policies. I love your information.

Mary Spicer - February 10, 2017

Thank God Heritage has vetted individuals who are able to step into various roles to help our President /USA! I respect Heritage, have been attending presentations by Heritage staff for several years and believe your help is sincerely appreciated!

Diane Thompson - February 10, 2017

Wonderful! I hope it helps President Trump! I am tired of all the bullies!

Evelyn - February 10, 2017

The best and the brightest are working for our President and country. Fantastic!

Karen - February 10, 2017

It is comforting to see such high quality people in important positions in our government.

Liz Wecker - February 10, 2017

It’s a terrific idea! Trump will get good solid conservative input and support.

Brenda - February 10, 2017

I am delighted. There are no better qualified people. I also like the term “beachhead team.” We are in a war for the survival of America. That Heritage will train their replacements at Heritage to the same high level of expertise and quickly, I have no doubt! And you are always in my prayers.

Hele n Clemens - February 10, 2017

God is answering our prayers. We must not let up but keep petitioning for His will and intervention.

Denise Zurn - February 10, 2017

It is fabulous to know that Heritage staff is directly involved in the Trump administration – talk about an effective way to move the message!

Robert Ulrickson - February 10, 2017

How better could Heritage put into effect their research and ideas?
A very positive way to implement needed change.

Kym - February 10, 2017

As long as politics don’t creep in and override what is best for people, I’m happy with it! Definitely need to repeal Obamacare. This is mission critical. Federalized health care is terrible for humanity. This is a person decision that should be left up to the individual not the federal government.

Mollie Thurston - February 10, 2017

It’s a good action.

Peter Smith - February 10, 2017

I’m quite happy about it. It tells me that President Trump will be receiving some sound advice. I can only pray that he listens.

Alberta Wamsley - February 10, 2017

The close association you have is indeed encouraging, however, holding the Newley elected & the established elect need to have their feet held to the fire with the knowledge than can be replaced in the next election if the fail to keep their campaign promises,

Leah Hamrick - February 10, 2017

This is great! It gives me some hope that real change can take place.

SHARON RHOADS - February 10, 2017


Janice Evans - February 10, 2017

Very impressive! Just hope they have the impact that is necessary to run things around.

Michael Foster - February 10, 2017

So glad Heritage finally has a Presidential admin. and Congress that accepts and applies their wisdom to change up the STUPID policies of the past. Keep up the good work!

Laura Carter - February 10, 2017

I think it is wonderful. I am very excited about you working with the administration.

Gerry DeYoung - February 10, 2017

Heritage staffers incorporated into President Trumps inner circle lends great hope for our nation.

murf appling - February 10, 2017

for anyone who believes in a Constitutional Republic & its ideas of popular sovereignty, limited government, Federalism, checks & balances, & judicial review (when necessary)!! everything is NOT a Federal Case!!

john - February 10, 2017

anybody at Heritage is better than anyone else under consideration. encourage them

Brian Shannon - February 10, 2017

Recruiting from Heritage is brilliant. These people are proven conservatives, they are smart in their areas of expertise and they know their way around DC. Demonstrates how this administration uses outside the box thinking to their advantage.

PHILIP WEYMOUTH JR - February 10, 2017

Great that we can infiltrate The Cesspool of Corruption with conservative competence!

PHILIP WEYMOUTH JR - February 10, 2017

What you not like?

WILLIAM W WERNER - February 10, 2017

1/ I feel great about it
2/ It is of immense service to our country
3/ a tremendous compliment to Heritage
4/ I pray Heritage has a deep bench; the
challenges will always be there

Margaret Hakemack - February 10, 2017

Relieved that our new President has the qualified help he needs to turn our country around to the way our founding fathers envisioned it should be. Awesome!!

Ginger - February 10, 2017

Oh man! That is awesome news…so good to know!

Jane Flesher - February 10, 2017

I think it is wonderful ! I have trusted The Heritage Foundation to inform me for years and I’m really happy they are on the Trump Team.

Phyllis - February 10, 2017

Clear heads are always needed; hope they all have a strong & POSITIVE affect and don’t let themselves fall into the muck & mire of Washington.

Shirlee Hollingsworth - February 10, 2017

The move to use Heritage, well seasoned and proven performance employees in positions in our government, gives me high confidence in saving the Republic & the future of America for many generations to come! My grands & great grandchildren will inherit a country of law, & Constitutional order! Thanks to all!

Robert Windle - February 10, 2017

I think it is fantastic! The more the better!

Andy Warner - February 10, 2017

I am elated! He needs the focused, clear-thinking, non-emotional expertise for moving forward.

Train up some more!

Ann Rave - February 10, 2017

So glad Trump knows where to get conservative ideas.

Art Johnson - February 10, 2017

I have no doubt that they will bring a dose of common sense to the Administration.

Henry C. Holder - February 10, 2017


Linda Peddie - February 10, 2017

I am thrilled to learn that Heritage staffers are part of President Trump’s administration!

Bill Coates - February 10, 2017

Much better than lobbyists or former politicians, almost as good as hiring victims of the regulatory agencies.

Maurice Rider - February 10, 2017

It’s encouraging to see people with good priorities and ideas being used to make an impact. Go, Go, Go!

Dan Cole - February 10, 2017

Great idea!

marilyn morris - February 10, 2017

I hope the administration uses their help wisely

John A Sullivan - February 10, 2017


John Dziura - February 10, 2017

I think it’s a great idea.

Kathryn - February 10, 2017

Have been hoping for this for quite awhile.
Trump needs all our support.

Edward Cassidy - February 10, 2017

Very qualified people are an asset in the Trump administration and every where else.on Friday night I was working on the platform at 30th honor to have you on the Amtrak line.keep up the good work,Ed cassidy

Ana Lauing - February 10, 2017

extremely happy! Praise God

Linda Burmeister - February 10, 2017

Proud to support an organization that puts America’s interest above their own!

tom - February 10, 2017

Yahoo! We need all your expertise.

werner Keil - February 10, 2017

I think they will be a great help yo to Pres. Trump with all the knowledge they have received from Heritage!.

Debbie - February 10, 2017

I’m happy to see that so many people from Heritage Foundation have been chosen to assist in this Administration. Thank you for working to hold Congress accountable in repealing Obamacare. They have the White House and both houses of Congress. They are without excuse! Republicans had better get moving in a hurry. Do not kick the can down the road or back pedal if you want keep your job as a senator or representative. The American people are paying attention!

Larry Hrometz - February 10, 2017

Glad to hear this. Always believed the common sense of Judicial Watch thought would take hold and this is welcome news. Larry

Justin L Fulton - February 10, 2017

I think it’s great. I just hope congress listens, but it seems too many are only interested in making noise during campaign season. When it comes time to work, they are missing in action. My impression of our Senator Gardner from Colorado.

Don Waggener - February 10, 2017

It reinforces how serious the Trump Administration is about hiring subject matter experts to help drain the swamp and move our country forward effectively and efficiently. It also adds credence to why I support the Heritage Foundation!

Eric Bell - February 10, 2017

Sounds like a lot of good people and I wish them well. That said, I hope that the HF has plenty of bench strength to fill their old positions with good, conservative people,

Linda G. White - February 10, 2017

Excellent career progressions for these 10 well trained researchers and policy developers. They will carry forward conservative fiscal platforms and Constitutional solutions. Great people! So happy to see them working in the new administration!

Colleen Waugh - February 10, 2017

I feel good about it! It helps ensure that conservative members will be part of the advising groups for the Trump Administration. With their help, Trump will be able to Make America Great Again!

Janet Bonner - February 10, 2017

This should make those of you at Heritage very proud. I congratulate each one for their step to help the new administration.

David jolly - February 10, 2017

I like the work you are doing and the people you are developing. The conservative ideas that you promote are the reason I’m willing to put some of my hard earned money to your organization. Keep up the good work.

Joe Bukowski - February 10, 2017

That is just Great!!!

Paul Dunn - February 10, 2017

I am estatic over this quality of help going to support President Trump!
All the hard work of Heritage is paying off.
Recruit some good replacements fast.

Trudy Slater, PhD - February 10, 2017

I believe these experienced and competent professionals are essential tp President Trump’s heartfelt mission. Great work, Heritage Foundation!

Doug Braendel - February 10, 2017

It is great that Heritage staffers have been tapped to contribute as members of the administration.

jerry saulton - February 10, 2017

It’s very encouraging to see these folks taking positions in our government where they can have influence in making America Great Again .

drake tsioutsias - February 10, 2017

Heritage has the right focus. Their influence on this Administration will be nothing but spectacular.

Laura L. - February 10, 2017

Relieved knowing “Heritage” conservatives will be part of the Trump team initiating a conservative policy agenda! Keep up the great work!

Larry Amor - February 10, 2017

Excellent idea. The Trump admin needs Constitutional expertise and guidance, and should make public how the presidents actions fit with the constitution and historical precedence.

Marilyn Mills - February 11, 2017

Great! Keep helping Trump.

Anita Streiffert - February 11, 2017


Richard J. Webb - February 11, 2017

Great Idea to use these people who I assume have already been vetted as loyal Republicans, in order to speed up process of getting them working on the job.

Suzanne Fattu - February 11, 2017

I will keep it simple. I am heartened. I favor smaller federal government, fewer constricting regulations in environment, finance, manufacturing and construction.
And a resolution of the immigration impass that would lead to legal, permanent residence for the undocumented, but not a path to citizenship. These families should be made welcome and safe, but not be rewarded for that first action.

Philomena Andress - February 11, 2017

Excellent plan!

Joyce Wood - February 11, 2017

a good idea, long awaited

John Drenckpohl - February 11, 2017

Great to see your diligence and persistence for conservative values paying dividends! It’s not the loudest voice that should prevails. Yours is needed.

Don Bruner - February 11, 2017


Toby Wintersteen - February 11, 2017

Heritage folks at Exec Branch is certainly one way to transfer knowledge! In both directions too, should they decide to return to Heritage when they leave. It will make a welcome addition, look at the splendid job veterans are doing in government and the private sector. Learning about bureaucracy and how to work with it is going to be important! Are you considering retirees from business and local government? Newt has a scathing indictment of intellectuals in his lecture series, it would do them good to broaden their experience.

John S. Disher - February 11, 2017

I think it’s a great idea. Trump is actually out there on his own. With the knowledgeable help of Heritage Foundation members, it would be a great help to him in the long run. Unfortunately, there are a considerable number of career rhinos in both chambers of the house. They probably won’t do anything to ” Rock the Boat ” to help guarantee their continued employment by our government.

Bonnie Sargeant - February 11, 2017

I am elated that Heritage staff are moving into positions that will have great influence with our current government. I would love to hear how their specific influence is working throughout their tenure.

Dean Bryan - February 11, 2017

The more true conservative individuals that become a part of the decision making team, can be nothing but in the best interest of the United States.

GEORGE D HELMER - February 11, 2017


Patrick Lepeak - February 11, 2017

Relieved, comfortable, and hopefull!!

Joseph Gergetz - February 11, 2017

If people that have great expertise in particular areas are called upon to help guide public bureaucracies, I see no reason why they shouldn’t do so.
Trump needs the help!!

John Crews - February 11, 2017

I like the idea of your staff members moving to the Trump team.

Now if you could get some of them on the editorial staff at the Washington Post and the New York Times, that would be real progress. They also need a news director at PBS or they need to lose public funding.

Henry Harbert - February 11, 2017

Very pleased with your Heritage participation in government. I hope James E. Mitchell, PhD (enhanced interrogation) will be able to continue to consult with CIA and defense. I wish the administration would pick up economists Walter E. Williams and Thomas Sowell and pay attention to them! I hope attorney Sidney Powell, who wrote Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice, will have personnel choosing function and administrative duties to straighten out that swamp. Thanks for asking.

William Bowen - February 11, 2017

Great Idea! Both sides should learn a great deal!!

steve poe - February 11, 2017

Terrific!!! We need the right thinking staff that support America.

Al Wunsch - February 11, 2017

I think it will help a lot. I scoffed at some things I read toward the end of last year about the Obama admin leaving behind people to undermine Pres Trump but with the current incidents of leaks – maybe not so far fetched. Having Heritage members will help the Pres to move this country forward. There’s a lot more common ground among the people if the right information gets out there.

Al Wunsch - February 11, 2017

While the admin is working to fulfill the promises Pres Trump made – and he is, wonder what could be done with the media. If the media were a person, I would recommend they be tried for treason. I expect the media to inform the citizenry so that they can make informed decisions at the ballot box and to keep gov’t honest. Not sure if today’s media holds that view, or even have a view consistent with that of the Founding Fathers. Media Buzz likes to discuss the state of the media but wonder if they would entertain a weekly wrap up of the weeks events by Heritage?

Bob & Susan Conroy - February 11, 2017

Great! Agree with Randy, hope it does not effect your organization.

Pamela Adamson - February 11, 2017

I love this idea! I know they will be good workers in this new administration!

William Saylor - February 11, 2017

It is great to see this happening. Hope Heritage can replace them with equally qualified persons.

Richard A. Kiner - February 11, 2017

The best thing that could ever happen for our country. Trump knows how to clear the swamp and what kind of advice is needed to keep up the work to finish the job. It can be done but he need to stay on the job for eight years, there is a lot to be done. I wish everyone in Congress had to take and pass all of free courses and test for all of Hillsdale College free courses. Then they may understand what they were sworn in to do.
The state of California is so far gone with the liberalized control over every thing I hope the Trump Administration does not give California a single cent of federal funds for telling the world that California has an open door policy for illegal immigration. I was born and raised in California and have watched the state flush itself down the drain with the Liberalized education and elected government.

Peggy Christensen - February 11, 2017

Having Heritage people working in the new administration is a very hopeful sign. Their conservative, constitutional beliefs are very much needed if we’re going to “take our country back” and restore integrity in the DOJ, IRS and FBI Departments. God bless them all!

Bob Richardson - February 11, 2017

I think it is an excellent chance to hold down mid management. After all they are the ones who slice and dice things to suite their personal agenda. Go for more if you can.

Cheryl Allen - February 11, 2017

So encouraging!

Lou Crane - February 12, 2017

Hopeful and confident…

Delvin Paul Tingwall - February 12, 2017

My investment in Heritage is paying much bigger dividends than I ever expected. Keep building the bench so we are ready for the next inning.

Nancy Ann McClements - February 12, 2017

Anyone that has Jim Demint’s name attached is wonderful. Stick as many of these people you can get in there.

Len Young - February 12, 2017

Now they need to DRAIN THE SWAMP of the Obooma bureaucrats and administrators. JUST FIRE THEM!

Joanne Meusburger - February 12, 2017

Great! Heritage principles at work!

Martin F Horan - February 12, 2017

I think it is a great idea. President Trump needs all the help he can get especially, organizations like Heritage Foundation.
Martin Horan

Peggy Whitlock - February 12, 2017

Thank Heaven! Glad to see it.

Gary W. Kelly Sr. - February 12, 2017

“We the people” are fortunate for the Heritage Foundation and prayerfully President Trump can take full advantage of all the Heritage Foundation resources.

Maria Smith - February 12, 2017

I keep praying that the Lord’s protecting hand will continue giving our new President His wisdom and guidance.

Scott Hendrie - February 12, 2017

I am very pleased that a good number of Heritage staffers are now working in President Trump’s Administration. I would encourage you to rebuild or add to your team so you can continue to be a source of Conservative strength! I appreciate your great work!

jared farney - February 13, 2017

About time!

Thomas Little - February 13, 2017


Joan - February 13, 2017

Our country needs the insight on government policy that Heritage Foundation supplies. We are fortunate that you have the courage to resist the force for evil that seems so prevalent in the world today. Keep up the good work, and God bless you all.

keith t - February 13, 2017

great!! for every one hired dump two Obama holdovers

charlie - February 13, 2017

Informed Christians are mandated by God to be involved in government. “…When good men keep quiet, evil will prevail.”

M. Masters - February 13, 2017

Delighted! It gives me great hope that we are going to really restore freedoms to the American people.

C. Marcello - February 13, 2017

Finally we have a President that is using a resource that brings the real American value back into the chaos realm we call Washington, D.C. Make America Great Again Heritage!

Betty Jo Railey - February 13, 2017

If it’s good with the Heritage Foundatiion it’s good for me

Debbie - February 14, 2017

This is very encouraging. Heritage has shown itself to be worthy of such profound tasks. Now we need to have someone keep an eye on Obama’s shadow government.

Ann Longacre - February 14, 2017

I am encouraged to see smart conservatives surrounding Mr. Trump. It counters the negative news media.

Laura Franco - February 15, 2017


PATSY THOMAS - February 15, 2017

I’m so heartened that you have made so many Heritage people available for the new administration. Makes me feel they are getting the help they need, even as the dems are wanting to block the cabinet choices.

Mark - February 16, 2017

The more the merrier!

Shirley Svetich - February 16, 2017

President Trump couldn’t find better or more knowledgeable people to work in his administration than Heritage Foundation people. I am very thankful he his obtaining some of the best of the best. But, he needs our continued support, prayers for protection, and wisdom, as he and his administration is being attacked from those who want to destroy our nation and bring in a new one world order, even our intelligence organizations.

Victor Mitchell - February 18, 2017

Great idea. Stay true to your conservative principles.

Dennis M Fries, Janet Fries - March 24, 2017

Maybe a good thing, IF they will actually be in a position that they can actually have some influence in / on decisions being made. Bad thing if the above is not the case and then Heritage has lost a valuable input that can effectively provide guidance to the rest of us as well as members of congress, whether Senator or Reprsentative.

Iris Maurer - April 9, 2018

Top immigration concerns should be to prevent amnesty and to go to merit-based immigration–no more visa lottery or chain migration!

Ruth Yarman - February 22, 2019

Are there no more current remarks? Most are February 2017, with one in March, 2017 and one in April 2018. Was looking for comments as requested in todays post.

Toby - July 28, 2019

While I was originally in favor of repealing ACA, I have decided the way to “repeal” is to offer free market solutions that make ACA such a bad choice that no-one will buy it and no political capital will be spent on repeal. Florida (see Gov De Santis and Sen Rick Scott) has a DIRECT PRIMARY CARE program that offers care, testing, and prescriptions from your physician for an annual fee in the $1000 range with big discounts for spouse and especially kids, DPC is growing but is in need of wrap around insurance which does not double pay for included DPC services. Preexisting conditions accepted.

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