Mike Franc recently accepted a dual appointment as a Research Fellow and Director of Washington, D.C. Programs at The Hoover Institution, a public policy think tank and research institution located at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. Franc’s mission is to connect Hoover’s scholars and their academic work with the many audiences in Washington, as well as writing and commenting on policy developments in Washington. Prior to joining Hoover, Franc served as Policy Director and Counsel for House Majority Leader, Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). Prior to that, for nearly 20 years Franc was Vice President for Government Studies at the Heritage Foundation, where he oversaw all Capitol Hill outreach for the think tank, was quoted widely in the print and broadcast media, and was a regular contributor to National Review Online and other publications. He also served as Communications Director for former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX), and put in two stints in the Executive Branch, at the Department of Education and the Office of National Drug Control Policy. A native of New York City, Franc received his undergraduate degree in History from Yale University and his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. He has four children, two dogs, and seven fish.