Long-time constitutional conservative leader, writer and thinker Quin Hillyer, senior editor of The American Spectator and a senior fellow at the Center for Individual Freedom, is laying down his pen to run for Congress.
Hillyer announced on May 23 that he would run in the special election to fill the seat of Rep. Jo Bonner (AL-1), who is leaving Congress to become a Vice Chancellor of the University of Alabama.
Alabama’s Congressional District One is a firmly conservative one, where Republicans generally book 60 percent or better of the vote.
In announcing that he plans to run in the special election to fill the remainder of Bonner’s term, Hillyer said, “I am a constitutional conservative—and an “opportunity society” conservative as well, hearkening back to the Reagan-Kemp era of prosperity and liberty. Free men and women, with free minds, in a free market, produce abundance and a vibrant society.”
Hillyer further described himself as, “a movement conservative, with a Madisonian love of our constitutional system. And I love my adopted home of southern Alabama, which is developing into one of the greatest areas of growth in the country.”
Quin Hillyer has a long and distinguished career in conservative politics and journalism.
Hillyer, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana graduated with an A.B. in government and theology (cum laude) from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., in 1986. Following graduation, Hillyer joined the New Orleans Times-Picayune as a correspondent for several years before leaving the paper to work in politics. Hillyer served as State Chairman of the Louisiana Young Republicans and attended the 1988 Republican convention as an alternate delegate from the state of Louisiana.
In 1991, Hillyer returned to Washington and joined the staff of U.S, Representative Robert Livingston (R-LA) as the congressman's press secretary. Livingston eventually rose to the chairmanship of the House Appropriations Committee in 1995.
Hillyer eventually left government and returned to the private sector, serving as a managing director at Qorvis Communications, and executive editor of The American Spectator before assuming the post of Associate Editorial Page Editor at the The Washington Examiner in 2008. From 2009 through 2011, he was a senior editorial writer at The Washington Times. He remains a senior editor and columnist at the Spectator.
Readers of CHQ will want to watch this race – it is an opportunity to elect a real movement conservative to Congress – and we will keep you updated as Hillyer’s campaign develops.