About Linda Chavez

Linda Chavez

Linda Chavez

Linda Chavez is chairwoman of the Center for Equal Opportunity, a nonprofit public policy research organization in Falls Church, Virginia, and a senior fellow at the Niskanen Center. She also writes a weekly syndicated column for Creators Syndicate that appears in newspapers across the country and is a political analyst for Fox News Channel.

Chavez authored "Out of the Barrio: Toward a New Politics of Hispanic Assimilation," which The Denver Post described as a book that "should explode the stereotypes about Hispanics that have clouded the minds of patronizing liberals and xenophobic conservatives alike." National Review described Chavez's memoirs, "An Unlikely Conservative: The Transformation of an Ex-Liberal," as a "brilliant, provocative, and moving book." Chavez's latest book, "Betrayal: How Union Bosses Shake Down Their Members and Corrupt American Politics," describes how unions divert hundreds of millions of dollars into political campaigns, often without their members' knowledge or permission, and the public policy consequences that ensue.

In 2000, Chavez was honored by the Library of Congress as a "Living Legend" for her contributions to America's cultural and historical legacy. In January 2001, Chavez was President George W. Bush's nominee for secretary of labor until she withdrew her name from consideration.

Chavez has held a number of appointed positions, among them chairwoman, National Commission on Migrant Education (1988-1992); White House director of public liaison (1985); staff director of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (1983-1985); and she was a member of the Administrative Conference of the United States (1984-1986). Chavez was the Republican nominee for U.S. senator from Maryland in 1986. In 1992, she was elected by the United Nations' Human Rights Commission to serve a four-year term as U.S. expert to the U.N. Sub-Commission on the Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities.

Chavez was also editor of the prize-winning quarterly journal American Educator (1977-1983), published by the American Federation of Teachers, where she also served as assistant to AFT president Al Shanker (1982-1983) and assistant director of legislation (1975-1977).

Chavez serves on the board of directors of ABM Industries Inc., where she chairs the Compensation Committee, and Pilgrim's Pride Corp., as well as on boards of several nonprofit organizations. Chavez also chairs the Latino Alliance, a federally registered political action committee.

Chavez was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on June 17, 1947, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado in 1970. She is married and is the mother of three sons.


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