Senator Gary Hart,
Scholar in Residence and
Wirth Chair Professor
University of Colorado Denver
School of Public Affairs
P.O. Box 173364 – Campus Box 133
Denver, CO 80217 – 3364
Areas of Interest: Foreign Policy, Conservation & Military Reform.
Bio: Since retiring from the United States Senate, Gary Hart has been extensively involved in international law and business, as a strategic advisor to major U.S. corporations, and as a teacher, author and lecturer.
He is currently Distinguished Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is chair of the Threat Reduction Advisory Council at the Department of Defense, was vice-chair of the Secretary of Homeland Security’s Advisory Council, former chair of the Council for a Livable World, chair of the American Security Project, and co-chair of the US-Russia Commission. For the past five years, he was a Scholar in Residence at the University of Colorado Denver.
Gary Hart was co chair of the U.S. Commission on National Security for the 21st Century. The Commission performed the most comprehensive review of national security since 1947, predicted the terrorist attacks on America, and proposed a sweeping overhaul of U.S. national security structures and policies for the post- Cold War new century and the age of terrorism. For 15 years, Senator Hart was Senior Counsel to Coudert Brothers, a multinational law firm with offices in thirty-two cities located in nineteen countries around the world.
He was president of Global Green, the U.S. affiliate of Mikhail Gorbachev’s environmental foundation, Green Cross International. He is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the U.S.-Russia Investment Fund; a member of the Defense Policy Board; and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He was co-chair of the Council task force that produced the report: “America Unprepared—America Still at Risk”, in October, 2002. Senator Hart is currently a member of the National Academy of Sciences task force on Science and Security.
Gary Hart has been Visiting Fellow, Chatham Lecturer, and McCallum Memorial Lecturer at Oxford University, Global Fund Lecturer at Yale University, and Regents Lecturer at the University of California. He has earned a doctor of philosophy degree (D.Phil.) from Oxford University and graduate law (J.D.) and divinity (B.D.) degrees from Yale University. He was visiting lecturer at the Yale Law School and is the author of nineteen books.
Gary Hart represented the State of Colorado in the United States Senate from 1975 to 1987. In 1984 and 1988, he was a candidate for his party’s nomination for President.
Senator Hart was first elected to the Senate in 1974, having never before sought public office, and was re elected in 1980. During his 12 years in the Senate, he served on the Armed Services Committee, where he specialized in nuclear arms control and was an original founder of the military reform caucus. He also served on the Senate Environment Committee, Budget Committee, and Intelligence Oversight Committee. During his Senate years, he played a leadership role in major environmental and conservation legislation, military reform initiatives, new initiatives to advance the information revolution and new directions in foreign policy. He is widely-recognized as among the first to forecast the end of the Cold War.
Gary Hart has traveled extensively to the former Soviet Union, Europe, the Far East and Latin America. Senator Hart resides with his family in Kittredge, Colorado.
The Thunder and the Sunshine: Four Chapters in a Burnished Life (Fulcrum Books, 2010)
Under the Eagle’s Wing: A National Security Strategy of the United States: 2009 (Fulcrum Books, 2008)
The Courage of Our Convictions: A Manifesto for Democrats (Henry Holt/Time Books 2006);
The Shield and The Cloak: The Security of the Commons (Oxford University Press, 2006);
God and Caesar in America: an essay on religion and politics (Fulcrum Books, 2005);
The Presidency of James Monroe, in the American Presidency series edited by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. (Time Books/Henry Holt, 2005);
The Fourth Power: a new grand strategy for the United States in the 21st century (Oxford University Press, July 2004);
Restoration of the Republic: the Jeffersonian Ideal in 21st Century America (2002), for which he received a D. Phil. degree from Oxford University;
The Minuteman: Restoring an Army of the People (1998);
The Patriot: An Exhortation to Liberate America from the Barbarians (1996);
The Good Fight: The Education of an American Reformer (a New York Times Notable Book) (1995);
Russia Shakes the World: The Second Russian Revolution (1991);
A New Democracy : new approaches to the challenges of the 1980’s (1986);
America Can Win: The Case for Military Reform (1985);
Right from the Start: A Chronicle of the McGovern Campaign (1973);
four novels, The Strategies of Zeus (1985); The Double Man (with former Senator and Secretary of Defense William Cohen, 1984), and Sins of the Fathers (1999) and I, Che Guevara (2000) (under the pseudonym John Blackthorn);