Pete du Pont served as Chairman of the National Center for Policy Analysis from 2000 to 2012. He has been a regular columnist on www.opinionjournal.com, the editorial page website of The Wall Street Journal. The columns, entitled, Outside the Box, discussed current public policy and political matters.
Gov. du Pont has served as a state legislator, U.S. Congressman, Governor, and in 1988 was a Republican candidate for President of the United States.
In 1996, he co-founded IntellectualCapital.com, a weekly on-line public policy journal featuring the leading ideas of renowned public policy thinkers. He served as editor of this e-zine and bylined his own column until its sale in 2000. In October, 1999, Newsstation.com named him one of the “50 best, most important, and most influential journalists on the Internet.” And Yahoo! Internet Life awarded IntellectualCapital.com the Best Political Commentary site of 1998.
Pete du Pont began his political career in 1968 with his election to the House of Representatives of the Delaware General Assembly. He served for six years in the U.S. House of Representatives, 1971-1977. He was a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, and in l975 was picked by Time magazine as one of America’s “200 Faces for the Future.”
In l976, he was elected Governor of Delaware. He was re-elected in l980 to a second term, winning a record 7l% of the vote and becoming the first Delaware Governor reelected in 20 years.
During his tenure as Delaware’s Governor, he restored financial integrity to the state government. He signed into law two income tax reduction measures, the first tax reductions in Delaware’s history, and a constitutional amendment that restrained future tax increases and limited government spending. He balanced his state budget eight out of eight years. In selecting him as one of the “Delawareans of the Century,” the Wilmington News.