NNI NANOTECHNOLOGY INNOVATION SUMMIT - December 13-15, 2010,  Washington, DC
George Allen

George Allen

American Energy Freedom Center

Chairman

George F. Allen has served the Commonwealth of Virginia for over twenty years, as Governor, in both bodies of the United States Congress, and as a Delegate holding Thomas Jefferson’s seat in the Virginia General Assembly.

Sworn in as Governor in 1994 George Allen brought sweeping reform that made Virginia a national model in economic development, public safety, education accountability, and creative government. As a self-described “Common Sense Jeffersonian Conservative,” Allen pushed through cutting edge reform with bipartisan support, for example:

  • Criminal Justice Reform – Virginia’s criminal justice system was completely overhauled, including the abolition of parole, adoption of truth-in-sentencing, dramatic increases in prison time for violent and repeat criminals, and comprehensive juvenile justice system reform.
  • Education Reform – Virginia’s “Standards of Learning” became a national model for rigorous academic standards and accountability.
  • Welfare Reform – The Allen Administration put a two-year time limit on assistance, mandatory work for able bodied recipients, and strong measures to compel fathers to support their children.
  • Government Reform – Through a comprehensive reappraisal of state programs, regulatory reform, privatization, and other cost-saving measures, the Allen administration increased funding for education, public safety, and job creation with prompt permitting and lower tax burdens.
  • Economic Development – George Allen declared Virginia was “Open for Business” and the Allen administration created an economic development strategy that catapulted Virginia to the forefront nationally and causing the US News and World Report to dub Virginia the “Silicon Dominion.” Durring Allen’s term, Virginia brought in over $14 billion in new investments and more than 300,000 net new jobs were created.

Elected to the United States Senate in 2000, George Allen continued to advocate policies to make America, and Virginia, a leader in innovation and technology. In 2001, he was appointed Chairman of the Senate High Tech Task Force and later in his term he created the Competitive Caucus to keep America the “world capital of innovation”. He also founded the Nanotechnology Caucus with Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR). Allen was a member on the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, the Energy and Natural Resources Committee as well as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Subcommittee on European Affairs.

Senator Allen was unanimously elected a member of the Senate Republican Leadership as Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee in 2003. In 2004, under Senator Allen’s leadership, Republicans gained four seats in the Senate and expanded the Republican majority to 55-44-1.

Currently, George Allen is President of George Allen Strategies, LLC. He serves on the boards of directors of several technology companies, including Lee Technologies, nanoTox and the Hillsdale Group. Governor Allen is the Reagan Ranch Presidential Scholar for the Young America’s Foundation.

As Governor, Allen funded the School of Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University and serves on its Foundation Board of Trustees, and he founded the Appalachian School of Law and serves on its Board of Trustees. Allen also serves as the Virginia Chairman of Communities in Schools and on the Reagan Ranch Board of Governors.

Governor Allen served as National Co-Chairman of Fred Thompson’s Presidential Campaign and as an advisor to and surrogate for John McCain’s Presidential Campaign on Economic Competitiveness and American Energy Security as well as Nanotechnology. Governor Allen also served as the Chairman of the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, which supported Senate candidates who wished to protect private ballots in unionization voting.

In June of 2009, Governor Allen launched, and serves as Chairman of, the American Energy Freedom Center, whose mission is to advocate positive ideas for American jobs, economic prosperity and promote increased freedom, opportunity, and competition in the development and use of our vast energy resources. Associated with the Institute for Energy Research, the American Energy Freedom Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization.

Allen authored his book, What Washington Can Learn from the World of Sports, which takes some of the principles he learned growing up in a football family – sports is a meritocracy that rewards earned success, teamwork, preparation, competitiveness, perseverance, innovative leadership and hard work – and shows how our government ought to live by some of these principles and characteristics. What Washington Can Learn from the World of Sports is a unique way to present to the American people solutions that can work and make sense to put the people of Team America in a position to compete and succeed in achieving their dreams.

George Allen holds a B.A. degree “with distinction” in History, as well as a law degree from the University of Virginia. He played on the football and rugby teams during his time at UVA. Allen was named All-ACC Academic Team, Quarterback in 1972. He and his wife, Susan, reside near Mt. Vernon in Fairfax County and have three children: Tyler, Forrest, and Brooke.

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