Chuck Blahous

large_BlahousChuck Blahous is a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute, specializing in domestic economic policy. His areas of expertise include retirement security, with an emphasis on Social Security and employer-provided defined benefit pensions, as well as Federal fiscal policy, entitlements, demographic change, economic stimulus, financial markets, housing, tax and energy issues.

Prior to joining the Hudson Institute, Blahous served as Deputy Director of President Bush’s National Economic Council. From 2001-2007, Blahous served as a Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, first covering retirement security issues and later also encompassing energy policy. In these positions, Blahous was closely involved with legislative initiatives including the 2006 Pension Protection Act, the 2007 Energy legislation, the 2008 economic stimulus legislation, the TARP financial markets stabilization legislation, and the 2005 Social Security reform effort, among many other of the most important legislative initiatives of the decade. In 2001, Blahous served as the Executive Director of the bipartisan President’s Commission to Strengthen Social Security, co-chaired by Dick Parsons and the late U.S. Senator Daniel P. Moynihan (D-NY), which submitted a unanimous report to President Bush in December, 2001.

From 2000-01, Blahous led the Alliance for Worker Retirement Security, a private sector coalition dedicated to fiscally responsible reform of Social Security. From 1996-2000, he served as Policy Director for U.S. Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH), staffing the Senator’s co-chairmanship of the National Commission on Retirement Policy, as well as the Senator’s initiatives in retirement and health care reform. From 1989-96, Blahous served in the office of Senator Alan Simpson (R-WY), first as a Congressional Science Fellow sponsored by the American Physical Society, and in 1994-96 as the Senator’s Legislative Director. There, Blahous staffed the Senator on the bipartisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform. Blahous has a Ph.D. in computational quantum chemistry from the University of California/Berkeley, and an A.B. from Princeton University, where he won the McKay Prize in Physical Chemistry.
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