On April 7, 2003, Kate O’Beirne will deliver the last of Christendom College’s 2002-03 Major Speakers Program lectures. The title of her lecture will be “Why Politics Matters,” and will begin at 6:30pm in the St. Lawrence Commons.

O’Beirne is National Review’s Washington Editor. She writes principally about Congress politics and domestic policy. She is a regular on CNN’s Capital Gang, appears as a substitute host on CNN’s Crossfire and is a featured contributor to CNN’s Inside Politics.

Before joining National Review, O’Beirne was vice president of government relations at the Heritage Foundation, responsible for keeping Washington policy-makers abreast of Heritage proposals and research findings in all areas of the foundation’s study, while serving as a contributing editor for the magazine.

O’Beirne previously served as Heritage’s deputy director of domestic policy studies, where she supervised studies in the areas of health care, welfare, education and housing. From 1986-1988, she was deputy assistant secretary for legislation at the Department of Health and Human Services.

A native of New York, O’Beirne began her political career working on James Buckley’s successful U.S. Senate campaign in 1970 and later served as his staff assistant. She also worked for the New York Senate.

O’Beirne earned a juris doctorate degree from St. John’s University and has practiced law in New York.

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