David A. Keene is the former long-time chair of the American Conservative Union. He has been involved in public policy and politics for more than forty years. He worked in the Nixon White House as a political assistant to Vice President Agnew and on Capitol Hill as executive assistant to Senator James L. Buckley, and he served in various capacities on the presidential campaigns of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Robert Dole.
Keene has been called “one of the country’s most astute political observers,” and Politico noted he is “one of the few men with both the ear of Republican presidents and an ability to influence the grassroots.” He holds a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School.