Former House Rules Chairman David Dreier, R-Calif., has joined the Brookings Institution as a distinguished fellow, the think tank announced.
“We are honored to welcome Congressman Dreier to Brookings,” Brookings President Strobe Talbott said. “For more than three decades, David has been a leader in Congress and we look forward to drawing on his expertise across a wide range of policy areas, notably including advancing international trade, and strengthening democratic institutions at home and around the world.”
The Republican from California also is the chairman of the Annenberg-Dreier Commission, which launched in February and focuses on trade and other issues in the greater Pacific region; he is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the board of the International Republican Institute.
From the release:
Dreier was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1980, where he served until January 2013. In Congress, he served as the youngest — and the first from California — chairman of the Rules Committee, playing a pivotal role in fashioning all legislation for debate in the House. He authored the 1995 congressional reform package that streamlined committee structure, promoted fiscal responsibility, created term limits for committee chairmen and opened committee meetings to the public and press. In 2006, he authored legislation to reform lobbying and ethics laws. Dreier is a longtime advocate of open commerce as an engine of growth and opportunity. During his tenure in Congress, he was a strong ally of both Democratic and Republican administrations in support of passage of free trade agreements.