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William Bennett

Former U.S. Secretary of Education; Chairman, Conservative Leaders for Education


William J. Bennett is a former U.S. secretary of education, an author, and a member of the Trump Leadership Council. His is one of America's most familiar voices on cultural, political and education issues. The New York Times called him the "leading spokesman of the Traditional Values wing of the Republican Party." Bennett was education secretary in the Reagan administration as well as the nation's first drug czar under the first President Bush. He has written or co-authored more than 25 books, including "The Book of Virtues" and most recently "Tried by Fire: The Story of Christianity's First Thousand Years." He hosted the syndicated radio show "Morning in America" and currently hosts "The Bill Bennett Show" podcast. Bennett serves on the Advisory Board of Udacity, a leading online education organization, as well as the Advisory Board of Viridis Learning, Inc. He holds a bachelor's degree from Williams College, a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Texas and a law degree from Harvard University as well as more than 30 honorary degrees.


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