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Baker Institute Update: Policy matters. Raise your voice.
Dec. 3, 2014: In this edition
Policy Matters. Raise Your Voice.

Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy is regarded as a leading nonpartisan public policy think tank in the U.S. and around the world. Its reputation has been strengthened by philanthropic support from our members and donors. I am writing to you because the Baker Institute needs your support to maintain its critical nonpartisan perspective.

Decision-makers rely on the expertise of the Baker Institute. In recent months:

  • Kenneth B. Medlock III, director of the Center for Energy Studies, testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs in Washington about crude oil production and energy trade policy.
  • John Diamond, public finance fellow, testified before the Texas House Ways and Means Committee on dynamic scoring and analysis use in tax policy.
  • Peter Hotez, founding dean of Baylor College of Medicine's National School of Tropical Medicine and Baker Institute fellow in disease and poverty, was named by Gov. Rick Perry to a blue-ribbon task force formed to ensure that Texas appropriately responds to infectious diseases like the Ebola virus.
  • Edward P. Djerejian, Baker Institute founding director and former ambassador to Syria, received a call from a senior congressman requesting his advice on the U.S. response to the ISIS threat. Two weeks after the call, the congressman introduced a bill that incorporated some of the ambassador's recommendations.

This is how policy decisions evolve.

Baker Institute fellows and scholars are committed to conducting unbiased research that influences policy recommendations rather than fulfilling a political agenda. Our work and initiatives are made possible through generous contributions from people just like you concerned about these issues.

Join us to strengthen our nonpartisan voice with the policymakers in the public and private sectors. Please support the institute by making your gift today at


Vince McElligott
Executive Director of Development

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