Lawrence Reed

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Lawrence W. Reed was president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy since it began in 1987, until he stepped down on September 1, 2008. After that date, he became "President Emeritus" and was replaced by Mackinac Center Board member and former Cato Institute vice president for communications, Joseph G. Lehman.

"Under his leadership, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy has emerged as the largest and one of the most effective and prolific of over 40 state-based "free market" think tanks in America. In 1994, he was elected to a one-year term as President of the State Policy Network, a national organization whose membership consists of those state-based groups. Michigan Governor John M. Engler and many of his administration's officials have frequently cited the work of the Mackinac Center as extraordinarily influential in shaping administration policies." [1]

Positions held

Articles and Resources


  1. About Staff page accessed June 2011.
  • Mr. Lawrence W. Reed (biographical note), Mackinac Center for Public Policy website, accessed October 2004.