Edwin Meese served as the 75th attorney general of the United States from February 1985 to August 1988. Prior to serving as attorney general, he was counselor to President Reagan from 1981 to 1985, where he functioned as the president’s chief policy advisor. He also served as a member of the president’s cabinet and the National Security Council.
During the 1970s, Mr. Meese was director of the Center of Criminal Justice Policy Management and professor of law at the University of San Diego. Previously, he served as chief of staff for then-Governor Reagan and was a local prosecutor in California.
In addition to his background as a lawyer, educator, and public official, Mr. Meese has been a business executive in the aerospace and transportation industry. From January 1975 to May 1976, he served as vice president for administration of Rohr Industries in Chula Vista, California. He left Rohr to enter private law practice in San Diego County.
Mr. Meese joined George Mason University’s Board of Visitors in 1996, serving as rector from 1998 until 2004. He is also the Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow in Public Policy and Chairman of the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at the Heritage Foundation, as well as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Mr. Meese is also a retired colonel in the United States Army Reserve.
Mr. Meese is a graduate of Yale University (1953) and holds a law degree from the University of California–Berkeley. He lectures, writes, and consults throughout the United States on a variety of subjects and serves on several business, civic, and educational boards.