Christopher DeMuth is a Distinguished Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C. He was President of the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research from 1986–2008 and D.C. Searle Senior Fellow at AEI from 2008–2011.

A graduate of The Lawrenceville School, Harvard College, and the University of Chicago Law School, Mr. DeMuth was staff assistant to President Richard Nixon in 1969–1970, working on urban and environmental policy, and, during President Ronald Reagan’s first term, was administrator for information and regulatory affairs in the Office of Management and Budget and executive director of the Presidential Task Force on Regulatory Relief. From 1976–1980, he taught at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and directed the Harvard Faculty Project on Regulation. He has also practiced law (with Sidley & Austin in Chicago and at the Consolidated Rail Corporation in Philadelphia) and been an economic consultant (with Lexecon, Inc.), and was for a time publisher and editor-in-chief of Regulation magazine (now published by the Cato Institute). He is currently a director of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company and of several nonprofit organizations.

DeMuth was raised in Kenilworth, Illinois, and lives in McLean, Virginia. He and his wife, Susan DeMuth, MD, have three grown children and seven grandchildren. His writings are posted at