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Economist, author to speak at GOP dinner

Renowned economist and author Richard Vedder, Ph.D. will be the featured speaker at the 2016 Lincoln Dinner, hosted by the Washington County Republican Party.

The dinner will be held at the Marietta Shrine Club on Thursday, March 3. Doors will open for a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by a sit-down dinner at 6:30 p.m. and celebrity dessert auction. Vedder’s keynote address will follow the dessert auction, as will recognition of local dignitaries, elected officials, and candidates. Those candidates who are contested in the March 15 primary will also have the opportunity to deliver brief comments about their candidacies.

A Distinguished Professor of Economics Emeritus at Ohio University, Vedder has degrees from both Northwestern University and the University of Illinois. A prolific author, some of his books include The American Economy in Historical Perspective; Out of Work: Unemployment and Government in Twentieth Century America; The Wal-Mart Revolution; and Going Broke By Degree: Why Government Costs Too Much. His articles have appeared in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, Christian Science Monitor, and the National Review.

Vedder has advised and interacted with numerous national and world leaders, including Ohio Gov. John Kasich, President George W. Bush, the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu, and Russian President Vladimir Putin. He has advised several prominent candidates for the Republican nomination for president over the years as well.

Vedder is a former economist for the Republicans at the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, Adjunct Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and Director of the Center for College Affordability & Productivity in Washington, D.C.

Tickets for the event are $35 per person and can be purchased before March 1 from any Republican Executive Committee member or by calling 740-236-3280.

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