WASHINGTON -- The Concord Coalition announced today that Ed Lorenzen has been hired to become the organization's Policy Director. Lorenzen worked on Capitol Hill for fourteen years, focusing primarily on fiscal and economic policy. Most recently, he served as Legislative Director in the office of former Rep. Charles Stenholm (D-TX).
Lorenzen coordinated Congressman Stenholm's activities as Co-Chairman for Policy of the "Blue Dog Coalition" in the House of Representatives, including drafting the annual Blue Dog alternative budgets, which were widely praised as the most fiscally responsible budget plans in Congress. In addition, he handled the staff work for the Public Pension Reform Caucus, which Rep. Stenholm co-chaired with Representative Jim Kolbe (R-AZ) and helped develop the only bipartisan Social Security reform proposal in Congress.
“The Concord Coalition is extremely pleased that Ed Lorenzen is joining our team. In his 14 years of Capitol Hill experience, Ed has become a top budget and entitlement analyst and is respected on both sides of the aisle -- a rare quality these days and one that Concord values highly,” said Concord Coalition Co-Chair and former Senator Warren B. Rudman (R-NH).
“Ed Lorenzen has a great analytical mind and West Texas tractor seat common sense. He knows fiscal issues inside out and has the ability to explain them in a way that others can understand them,” said Stenholm, who now serves on The Concord Coalition Board of Directors.
"I am excited to be a part of an organization that is dedicated to educating the public about deficits and long term fiscal challenges facing our nation," said Lorenzen. "I believe that The Concord Coalition has a vital role to play in ensuring that voters, as well as policymakers, look beyond short-term interests and confront the tough choices that will be necessary to secure our economic future.”
In addition to his duties as Policy Director, Lorenzen will coordinate Concord's field activities in the Northeast region.
Ed graduated from The American University in 1992 with a degree in government and international relations. He is originally from Honesdale, Pennsylvania.