For Immediate Release: June 26, 2014

Nationally Known Leader Joins OCPA
Constitutional scholar Trent England is devoted to America’s founding principles

(OKLAHOMA CITY, June 23) — Trent England, former executive vice president of the Seattle-based Freedom Foundation, has joined the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs as vice president for strategic initiatives and as holder of a prestigious chair, OCPA President Michael Carnuccio said today.

“This is a real coup for OCPA and for Oklahoma,” Carnuccio said. “Trent England is one of the rising national stars in the free-market think tank movement. He will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to OCPA and to our ongoing efforts to carry the message of liberty throughout Oklahoma and the nation.”

England earned a degree in government from Claremont McKenna College and a law degree from George Mason University. Prior to his service with the Freedom Foundation in Seattle, he worked as a legal policy analyst at The Heritage Foundation.

In Seattle, England directed key advocacy efforts by the Freedom Foundation and was an advisor and contributor to the State Policy Network’s “We the People” curriculum. England also directs the “Save Our States” project, which is dedicated to preserving the Electoral College and warning of the dangers of the National Popular Vote initiative.

England has contributed to two books, The Heritage Guide to the Constitution and One Nation under Arrest: How Crazy Laws, Rogue Prosecutors, and Activist Judges Threaten Your Liberty. His writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, and numerous other publications.

At OCPA, England will direct the organization’s Center for the Constitution and Freedom and will hold the chair as the David and Ann Brown Distinguished Fellow for the Advancement of Liberty, a fellowship previously held by the legendary J. Rufus Fears. England will also serve as national coordinator for the Liberty Foundation of America, OCPA’s national affiliate organization dedicated to federalism.

“I am profoundly excited to join the OCPA team that has so successfully advanced policies based on our nation’s founding principles,” England said. “It is a measure of OCPA’s effectiveness that it has a national reputation and now a national affiliate in the Liberty Foundation.

“Abraham Lincoln predicted, in his first recorded speech, that the natural strength of the United States means the nation will stand so long as the people remain united and dedicated to our founding principles. Today we are divided over those very ideas,” England said. “OCPA is dedicated to reviving our nation by reuniting the people and our public officials around those ideas, those principles.

“My own personal mission is to return our nation to constitutional fidelity based on the principles that are the bedrock beneath our Constitution and the American Founding.”

OCPA is Oklahoma’s premier think tank focused on economic and educational freedom. Its scholars and publications often prompt discussions and debates at the state and national level that lead to reform legislation.

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