AEI names Robert Doar as new president

A Republican active in New York politics will be the next head of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).

Robert Doar will take over the venerable right-leaning policy group this summer, according to a press release, with AEI's current president, Arthur C. Brooks, transitioning out of the role after a decade at the helm.

“I am thrilled that the Board has entrusted to Robert the legacy, mission, and success of AEI. I could not be more confident as we undergo this transition that AEI is well positioned for continued growth and impact with Robert at the helm," Brooks said in a statement released by AEI.

"Over the past five years, I have been privileged to know Robert as a scholar, manager, mentor, and friend. He is an essential voice in our nation’s debates on how to reduce poverty in America and around the world," Brooks continued. "He understands that the key to our success as a nation lies in free enterprise, and, in the end, it is the only system that can improve the lives of literally billions of people at the periphery of our society—here and around the world.”


Current and former Republican members of the House had previously indicated to The Hill that former Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanSoaring deficits could put Trump in a corner if there's a recession Paul Ryan moving family to Washington Embattled Juul seeks allies in Washington MORE (R-Wis.), who exited Congress this January, was potentially being considered for the role and would be a good fit to lead the organization.

But The Washington Post reported that Ryan declined the pitches to remain instead in Wisconsin and pursue political and service projects, citing a person close to him who was not authorized to speak publicly. 

Doar previously served as a centrist policy expert focusing on poverty and housing issues for former New York Gov. George Pataki (R) and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I), rising to become the head of human services for Bloomberg's mayoral administration.

In an interview with The Washington Post, Doar says that his goal will be to ensure that AEI remains an organization that supports diverse voices, rather than pushing one line of thought.

“We don’t have an AEI position,” Doar told the Post. “The most important thing that happens at AEI is the work of the individual scholars. My goal is to really celebrate them and promote their work so it gets into the bloodstream of the national discussion.”

“We have to call it as we see it. We’re nonpartisan. We’re not on somebody’s team,” he added. “We’re not here to cheerlead for President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE or any official.”

Doar, a graduate of Princeton University, lives in Washington, D.C., with his family, according to the Post.