Ken Blackwell

Senior Fellow for Human Rights and Constitutional Governance

Ken Blackwell is the Senior Fellow for Human Rights and Constitutional Governance at the Family Research Council.  He is a national bestselling author of three books: Rebuilding America: A Prescription For Creating Strong Families, Building The Wealth Of Working People, And Ending Welfare; The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency; and Resurgent: How Constitutional Conservatism Can Save America.

He serves on the Board of Directors of various high-profile organizations including the Timothy Plan, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, the United States Air Force Academy Foundation, the Club for Growth, Grove City College, the National Rifle Association, the First Liberty Institute, the National World War II Museum, and the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Board of Advisors, of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA).

Mr. Blackwell has had a vast political career. He was mayor of Cincinnati, Treasurer and Secretary of State for Ohio, undersecretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Commission. He was a delegate to the White House Summit on Retirement Savings in 1998 and 2002. During the 1990s, he served on the congressionally appointed National Commission on Economic Growth and Tax Reform and the board of the International Republican Institute. He was Co-Chairman of the U.S. Census Monitoring Board from 1999-2001.

He has received many awards and honors for his work in the public sector. These accolades include the U.S. Department of State’s Superior Honor Award for his work in the field of human rights which he received from both the administrations of Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. In 2004, the American Conservative Union honored Mr. Blackwell with the John M. Ashbrook Award for his steadfast conservative leadership.

Ken’s commentaries have been published in major newspapers and websites: The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, and Investor’s Business Daily.  In addition, he has been interviewed by many media outlets including CBS’s Face the Nation, NBC’s Meet the Press, ABC’s This Week, and Fox News Sunday.

His continuing education has included executive programs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard. Mr. Blackwell has also received honorary doctoral degrees from ten institutions of higher education. He holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from Xavier University in Ohio, where he later served as a vice president and member of its faculty. In 1992, he received Xavier’s Distinguished Alumnus Award and was inducted into Xavier's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015.

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Pete Ricketts, Dr. Jill Simons, James Lankford, Ken Blackwell

Randy Weber, Ron Estes, Mary Szoch, Ken Blackwell

Tim Burchett, William Caldwell, Ken Blackwell, David Closson

Justice Clarence Thomas Deserves Recognition as an Icon of Black History

Sarah Holliday, Mary Szoch, Ken Blackwell, Travis Weber, Macy Petty

Counterfeit Drugs Jeopardize Ohio's Safety, Security, and Economy

BLACKWELL: The Crime Wave in America Is Crippling Our Nation

BLACKWELL: Ohio’s Issue 1 Is about More Than Abortion

S. A. McCarthy, Bob Good, Andrew Bailey, Ken Blackwell

Tony Perkins, Jody Hice, Edward Graham, Paul Chesser, Jerry Boykin, Ken Blackwell

Mark Alford, Ken Blackwell, Gene Mills, Tim Throckmorton

Ohio's Constitution Is Far Too Easy To Amend

Tim Burchett, Mary Szoch, Jerry Boykin, Ken Blackwell

Woke Corporations Are Attacking American Values

Ken Blackwell Calls for a Rejection of Reparations

Dr. Greg Murphy, Bob Good, Renee Erickson, Michele Bachmann, Ken Blackwell

Mary Miller, Pat Fallon, Randall Wenger, Ken Blackwell

Greg Pence, Matt Carpenter, Connor Semelsberger, Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, Gordon Chang, Sam Brownback, Meg Kilgannon

Jody Hice, AJ Hurley, Donna Rice Hughes, Ken Blackwell, Aaron Baer

Biden must support police officers instead of undermining them

Zelensky's Use of Social Media Is Tipping the Scales Towards Democracy

Even the Democrats Are Feeling Nostalgic About Trump

Jerry Boykin, Bob Good, Joe Harding, James Lankford, Ken Blackwell, Michael Geer

Stranger Danger: Protect Vulnerable Voters from Fraud

It's Not Too Late to Revoke Dangerous Concessions to Iran

Clarence and Ginni Thomas embody integrity in public service

Student loan moratorium exposes Biden's hypocrisy

Ken Blackwell evaluates President Biden's performance on the economy

Dave Brat, Ken Blackwell, Sam Brownback, Andrew Brunson, Chip Roy

Black History as American History

DeSantis is right: A state election crimes agency will make elections more secure

Politico Rejects Candid Grade of Joe Biden's First Year

The Biden Administration Must Protect the Unborn from Bogus Prenatal Tests

Biden: It's Not Who Can Vote, But Who Gets to Count the Vote

Michael Waltz, Ken Blackwell, James Comer, Greg Phares, Meg Kilgannon

Biden's Appointments Speak to an Extremist Agenda

The Freedom to Cheat Act: The Radical Left's Latest Attempt to Undermine Our Democracy

As protests set Kazakhstan ablaze, U.S. should be careful of getting burned

BLM Bites The Hands That Feed It This Christmas!

Mobile Health Apps Need a Security Check-Up

One Biden Vax Mandate Down, 3 to Go

Trial of a Mass Murderer Has the Men Running Iran on Edge

America Must Reject COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

The Existential Threat of CRT: State-Sponsored Racism

Roy Blunt, Ken Blackwell, Al Robertson, Quisha King, Jonathan Koeppel, Meg Kilgannon

Kristina Wong, General Jerry Boykin, Thomas Massie, Jason Smith, Ken Blackwell, Andy McCarthy

Giving a Platform to Ebrahim Raisi Is a Dark Stain on the UN

In God We Trust. Government-Not So Much!

Dems make it impossible for Sen. Manchin to support H.R. 4

James Comer, Ken Blackwell, Luther Harrison, Ken Paxton

We Should Celebrate How Far We Have Come From 1965

Terry Jeffrey, Rex Rogers, Ken Blackwell, Kim Colby, Rusell Evenson

Biden's eviction moratorium has small landlords on the brink. Will anyone help them?

Big Tech's Assault On Patent Rights!

Patent Law Holds the Bipartisan Key to Fighting Big Tech

Jerry Boykin, Bob Fu, Tom Kilgannon, Ken Blackwell

Election Integrity Reform Is Key to Preventing A Socialist Takeover of America

Stopping Election Integrity Reform a Key to Socialist Takeover

Democracy Depends on Transparency

Republicans Must Not Save the Biden Administration from the Ashbin of History

Republicans Will Own Inflation from Infrastructure Trap

Iran Attempting To Manipulate Trial Of Henchman

Disarming Americans is the Best Way to Enslave Them

The Dems Spend $25M To Reject Bipartisanship

Supreme Court Turned the Tide in Election Integrity War

Ralph Norman, Pete Ricketts, Stanley Kurtz, Ken Blackwell

International Community Must End Iran's Culture of Impunity for Its Leaders

Chip Roy, Ken Blackwell, Mary Szoch, Meg Kilgannon

The Left's Next Move Is Even Worse than H.R. 1

The New York Times' Ironic Coverage of the 'Woke' ACLU

Democrats Pull Hat Trick With Dishonest Voting Rights Bill

Sean Moran, Ken Blackwell, Ralph Norman, Owen Strachan

Maricopa County Officials Need to Remember They Are 'Public Servants'

Senate Democrats Closer to Power Grab with S. 1 Committee Vote

The Corrupt Politicians Act Is a Step Backwards for America

Supreme Court to Decide Whether Second Amendment Protects Concealed Carry of Firearms

How low will Democrats go on pushing Jim Crow narrative?

Goodbye Election Day

Michael Waltz, Jeff Duncan, Ken Blackwell, Larry Taunton

Beyond Election Integrity: American Exceptionalism in Crosshairs of Radical Left

Ken Blackwell reacts to the MLB moving the All Star Game out of Georgia

Claiming state voting reforms are racist is ridiculous. I should know: Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell on Woke Corporations and Cancel Culture

Ken Blackwell, Barry Loudermilk, Quena Gonzalez, Pat Fagan

Corporate Wokesters Betray Shareholders' Trust by Bashing Election Integrity Laws

Media companies bill is bait and switch to strangle conservative outlets

The Left's Hoodwinking of America

Ken Blackwell, Michele Bachmann, Russ Vought, KathyGrace Duncan, David Closson

Stop The Socialist Power Grab, Deal with Supreme Court Disappointments Later

Defeat H.R. 1 Now, Deal with Supreme Court Disappointments Later

The 'Equality Act' Would Create a Religious 'Separate But Equal'

Ken Blackwell Reflects on the Life and Legacy of Rush Limbaugh

Ken Blackwell on HR1

Ken Blackwell, Connor Semelsberger, Wes Allen, David Closson

Impeachment Manager Rep. Jamie Raskin Wrong on 1st Amendment and Trump Speech

Election Integrity: The Case For Trump's Acquittal

What Trump Must Do in His Senate Impeachment Trial

Tom Cotton, David N. Wasserman, Tony Perkins, Ken Blackwell

What It Means that Leahy-Not Roberts, Not Harris-Will Run Trump's Senate Trial

Ken Blackwell on the Importance of the Free Exchange of Ideas

Ken Blackwell on the Growing Threat to Free Speech

Jody Hice, Ken Blackwell, Michele Bachmann, Jerry Boykin

Mark Green, Ken Blackwell, Jack Hibbs

Religious Freedom Index Underscores Importance of Faith In American Life

Walter Williams - A Warrior For Liberty!

A Reminder: State Legislators Have Constitutional Power Over Elections

The Greatest Electoral Heist in American History

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Louie Gohmert, Ken Blackwell, Brent Keilen

Ken Blackwell, Andy Biggs, Michelle Fischbach, Jim Lee

Reince Priebus, Ken Blackwell, J. Christian Adams, Connor Semelsberger, Mary Beth Waddell, Joseph Backholm, Brent Keilen

Critical Race Theory Cynically Undermines Racial Harmony

Trump's Growth In Support Among Minorities Destroys Racism Narrative

Mike Rounds, Andrew Bostom, Ken Blackwell, Brad Jurkovich

Presidential Promises Kept: Justice Barrett Will Fairly Apply and Honor the Law for Decades

The Political Games Proxy Advisors Play With Workers Retirement Security

Democrats And Media Promote Myth To Advance Baseless Attack On Trump

No quicker way to destroy America's fabric than to pack the Supreme Court

Abolish the Debate Commission If No In-person Debates

Trump's health care plan: More to look forward to

A health care opening for Mike Pence tonight

Pence Can Win this Debate by Letting Ohio Know about Harris' Record of Radicalism

Tom Cotton, Ken Blackwell, Scott Carpenter, David Closson

Signed, Sealed, and Delivered

Will Liberals Protect Your Vote When They Won't Protect You?

Ken Blackwell on the Decline of New York City

Ken Blackwell Breaks Down the Biden-Harris Ticket

Mollie Hemingway, Marjorie Dannenfelser, Terry Jeffrey, Ken Blackwell, Ron McCoy

Ken Blackwell on Mail-In Voting and the Federal Presence in Portland

BLM's Popularity Is a Politically-Motivated Myth

Chad Wolf, Ken Blackwell, Larry Taunton, Teryn Clarke, James Lankford

Ken Blackwell Analyzes AG Barr's Comments on the Unrest in Portland

Ken Blackwell Addresses the Riots and Violence Sweeping Across the Country

Cancel Culture's Dual Meaning Is a War for America's Soul

Ken Blackwell on Trump's Approach to Law and Order and the 2020 Election

The New York Times' Dark History of Slave Ownership

Ken Blackwell, David Closson, Lindsey Burke

Memo to Congress: Everyone Benefits From Health Care Price Transparency

Ken Blackwell on Future Stimulus Package Plans

Ken Blackwell on the Growing Lawlessness Sweeping Across the Country

Stimulate job growth, not the printing press, in next COVID relief package

Greg Murphy, Ken Blackwell, Lela Gilbert, Abigail Shrier

Lawlessness, The Murder of Our Children and The Soul of America

Black Lives Don't Matter To Black Lives Matter

Marsha Blackburn, Chip Roy, Michael Rubin, Ken Blackwell

A Focused Coalition Is Primed to Uproot Iran's Despots

Democrats Have Failed the Black Community for Too Long

Ken Blackwell, Ashley Bell, Austin Ruse, David Harsanyi

Ken Blackwell Responds to Calls to Defund the Police

Yes, drug manufacturing needs to return home, but don't jeopardize US leadership by going overboard

Race, Justice and Religious Liberty In the World

Ex-Cincinnati Mayor Ken Blackwell: Leaders in our cities have a duty to do this

Ken Blackwell on Mayors' Duty to Restore Order

Ken Blackwell, Robert Redfield, Paul Jonna, Jack Hibbs, David Closson

Ted Yoho, Martin Makary, Dan Celia, Ken Blackwell, Travis Weber

America, Not China, Must Achieve 5G Leadership

Eric Metaxas, Ken Blackwell, Barbara Ehardt, Justin Danhof

COVID-19 and International Best Practices for Free, Fair and Safe Elections

Andy Biggs, Scott Rasmussen, Roger Marshall, Ken Blackwell

Chris Smith, Jack Hibbs, Ken Blackwell, Susan Humphries, Travis Weber

Trump Is Working To 'Flatten the curve' Of Economic Slowdown

Roger Marshall, Jeff Sessions, Ken Blackwell, Ethan Gutmann

Andy Biggs, Gordon Chang, Ken Blackwell, Justin Danhof

New Sanctions Turn the Screws on Venezuela's Maduro

Luke Berg, Ken Blackwell, Michael New, David Closson

Don't forget Justice Clarence Thomas in Black History Month celebrations

Religious freedom is an inconvenient right to American progressives

Kevin Brady, Jack Hibbs, Travis Weber, Ken Blackwell

Travis Weber, Ken Blackwell, Mark Miloscia, Mitchell Langbert

Don't be fooled by liberal dark money influence

Dean Baquet, mainstream media deserve Trump's ire!

Michele Bachmann, Ken Blackwell, Brent Keilen, Jerry Boykin

Free Speech Triumphs at the University of Michigan

BLACKWELL, BOYKIN: Real Consequences If Russia And China Supplant US In Venezuela

The Democrats' Misguided War on Faith

Ken Blackwell on Fundraising for 2020

Abortion proponents' attack on faith community: Why the religious bigotry?

Chip Roy, Ken Blackwell, Joe Kennedy, Mike Berry

Ken Blackwell on the Possibility of Recession and 2020 Democrat Candidates

Opinion: President Trump has delivered for African Americans

Ken Blackwell on President Trump's Comments

Terry Jeffrey, Ken Blackwell, Kristina Arriaga, Todd Nettleton

Why Do Democrats Have a Secret List of Supreme Court Nominees?

Michael Cloud, Ken Blackwell, Cory Musgrave, Travis Weber

A Disturbing Glimpse Into The Manufacturing of Fake News

The left's hate campaigns against Trump nominees

Carson fights discrimination on Facebook, Democrats flack for Big Tech


Avoiding anti-religious decision-making


Trump: Expected to Advance Religious Liberty at the UN

Kavanaugh Soars Over Keystone Kop Democrats

What to Expect From the Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearing

Equal Accountability Needed for All Firms Listed on U.S. Exchanges

Why This Supreme Court Nominee Matters

America Celebrates Another Freedom Revolution

Pompeo: A Proven Leader for the State Department

Bolton could be the first national security chief to prioritize religious freedom

Citizenship Matters

Dems refuse to recognize Trump's first-rate federal court picks

Anita Hill's Defense of Bill Clinton Would Be a Joke Today

Voices from the Grave Cry out for Justice in Iran

Every Vote Really Does Count

Sessions' First Year: A Breath of Fresh Air After Years of Obama Scandals

All Hat, No Decency

Tearing Down Those Who Came Before Us Is No Way to Build Up America

Historical Revisionism

'Sanctuary Cities' Aren't Brave. They're Harboring Criminals.

Trump's Attorney General Jeff Sessions is bringing the hammer down on leaks

Where Are The Decent Liberals?

Trump and Welfare Reform: No More Free Lunch

Maxine Waters: The Left's Best Against Donald Trump?

The First 100 Days to Securing America

How the market can fix health care

Judge Gorsuch Is A Mainstream Constitutionalist

Donald Trump Won the Respect Vote

A media noose for Jeff Sessions

Ken Blackwell on Meet the Press

Does the Constitution contain Stem Cells?