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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
August 7th 2001
Look to the States for Real Reform
Knight Ridder Wire

FairVote's chairman discusses the viability of instant runoff voting and proportional representation through state legislation.

April 26th 2001
IRV: That's the ticket!
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Former FairVote Board Chair John Anderson sends a message to the Florida legislature

January 1st 2001
Flunk the Electoral College, Pass Instant Runoffs
The Progressive

FairVote president John B. Anderson advocates national direct election of the U.S. president with IRV

July 5th 2000
Ralph Nader is a Reformer, Not a Spoiler
New York Times

FairVote's John Anderson argues that Nader's role in presidential elections is crucial in offering new political views and ideas to the public in hopes of reforming elections, rather than "spoiling."

January 15th 2000
Political Reform: A Vision for a More Muscular Democracy

FairVote's John Anderson speaks at the College Convention 2000 in Manchester, NH about election reform and calls for instant runoff voting (IRV), proportional voting, same-day registration, and publicly-funded campaigns.

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