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John B. Anderson

John AndersonFormer United States presidential candidate John B. Anderson, who received 6 million votes as an independent candidate in 1980, served as chair of FairVote from 1996 until 2008 after four years as chair of its Advisory Board.

John’s recent media appearances include the BBC, NPR and C-SPAN among others. He is a frequent lecturer and expert commentator on issues of electoral reform, United Nations reform, foreign affairs, American politics, and independent candidacies. He also writes regularly on the role of Congress in both domestic and international affairs. For years he was president of the World Federalist Association.

Mr. Anderson teaches constitutional law at Nova Southeastern University. He has taught political science as a visiting professor at numerous universities, including Bryn Mawr College, Brandeis University, Stanford University, Oregon State University, the University of Illinois and the Washington School of Law.

Between 1961 and 1981, Mr. Anderson served ten terms in the U.S. House of Representatives from the 16th District of Illinois. He served on the House Rules Committee and for a decade was Chairman of the House Republican Conference. He served as States Attorney in Winnebago County, Illinois for four years.

During World War II, Mr. Anderson was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Field Artillery. In foreign service between 1952 and 1955, he was Economic Reporting Officer in the Eastern Affairs Division.

Mr. Anderson earned his B.A. and J.D. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, received an LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School in 1949, and has since been awarded honorary doctorates of law from Wheaton College and Trinity College.

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Articles by John Anderson
April 1st 2005
The Electoral College flunks the test in an age of Democracy
Human Rights, American Bar Association journal

FairVote Chair, John B. Anderson outlines the need to reform our presidential elections.

October 27th 2004
Democrat for a day, reformer for life

FairVote Chairman John Anderson discusses the 2004 election and the state of our electoral system. He proposes multimember district proportional representation and instant runoff voting as solutions to reinvigorate American democracy.

September 13th 2004
A call for more democracy
The News-Sentinel

FairVote's Chairman John B. Anderson explains how instant runoff voting will ease the spoiler problem in elections and allow voters to vote their true preferences.

May 17th 2004
A Better Way to Vote
Legal Times

FairVote's Rob Richie and Fairvote Chair John B. Anderson discuss alternatives to gerrymandering and winner take all elections

February 29th 2004
Creating an Open Electoral Process
John B. Anderson

Versions of this piece appeared in other publications such as the Sacramento Bee, Charlotte News and Observer, Miami Herald, Roll Call, The Hill and Common Dreams. FairVote's Chair John Anderson writes about the benefits of instant runoff voting i

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