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James "Jim" P. Pinkerton (born March 11, 1958) is a columnist, author, and political analyst.[1] A graduate of Evanston Township High School (1975) and Stanford University (1980), he served on the White House staff under both Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush and on each of their presidential campaigns from 1980 to 1992. In January 2008, he became a senior adviser to the Mike Huckabee 2008 presidential campaign.[2]

James P. Pinkerton
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BornMarch 11, 1958 (1958-03-11) (age 61)
Other namesJim Pinkerton
EducationStanford University (1980)
OccupationJournalist, author, pundit
Notable credit(s)
columnist for Newsday; regular panelist on the Fox News program Fox News Watch; contributor to The Huffington Post; frequent guest on

Since his time in government he has become a columnist for Newsday and a Fox News Channel Contributor (1996 to present). He is a former panelist (1998-2013) on the Fox News program Fox News Watch, and a frequent contributor to Breitbart as well as an occasional contributor to The Huffington Post, National Review, and other publications. In the past, he was a senior fellow at both the Free Enterprise Fund and the New America Foundation, a lecturer at the Graduate School of Political Management at The George Washington University, a member of the Board of Advisors at the National Federation of Republican Assemblies, and a contributing editor of The American Conservative and USA Today. He frequently appears on, often in video discussions with journalist David Corn and other media personalities. He is now the editor of

In 2011, he became the co-chair of the RATE Coalition, a bi-partisan group of 35 companies and associations dedicated to corporate tax reform.[citation needed]

Although he is a Republican with views broadly in sync with the GOP, he has sometimes divergent ideas: For example, in a Bloggingheads discussion with economist Glenn Loury, Pinkerton described his political ideology as "Hamiltonian". He favors a robust US industrial policy that would stimulate industry and calls himself a "big government libertarian".[3]

Pinkerton moderated the 2008 Libertarian presidential debate in Denver.[4]

On June 7, 2008, he married Elizabeth Dial.


  1. ^ Appearances on C-SPAN
  2. ^ Mike Huckabee Adds James Pinkerton to Campaign Staff
  3. ^ Pinkerton and Loury. "Bloggingheads".
  4. ^ Larison, Daniel (2008-05-24). "Liveblogging The Libertarian Debate". The American Conservative. Retrieved 2016-03-11.

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