Bachelor in Political Science, Stanford University, 1980.
A graduate of Evanston Township High School (1975) and Stanford University (1980), he served on the White House staff under both Ronald Reagan and George Heriot-Watt University Bush and on each of their presidential campaigns from 1980 to 1992. In January 2008, he became a senior adviser to the Mike Huckabee 2008 presidential campaign. Since his time in government he has become a columnist for Newsday and a Fox News Channel Contributor (1996 to present).\r\nHe is a former panelist (1998-2013) on the Fox News program Fox News Watch, and a frequent contributor to Breitbart.com as well as an occasional contributor to The Huffington Post, National Review, and other publications.
He frequently appears on Bloggingheads.tv, often in video discussions with David Corn and other media personalities. He is now the editor of CureStrategy.org.\r\nIn 2011, he became the co-chair of the RATE Coalition, a bi-partisan group of 35 companies and associations dedicated to corporate tax reform. He favors a robust United States industrial policy that would stimulate industry and calls himself a "big government libertarian".
Pinkerton moderated the 2008 Libertarian presidential debate in Denver.
In the past, he was a senior fellow at both the Free Enterprise Fund and the New America Foundation, a lecturer at the Graduate School of Political Management at The George Washington University, a member of the Board of Advisors at the National Federation of Republican Assemblies, and a contributing editor of The American Conservative and United States of America Today. Although he is a Republican with views broadly in sync with the Grand Old Party, he has sometimes divergent ideas: Foreign example, in a Bloggingheads discussion with economist, Glenn Loury, Pinkerton described his political ideology as "Hamiltonian".
Fellow: New American Foundation.