Speaker SpotLight | Matt Kibbe
Matt Kibbe is the President and CEO of FreedomWorks. He has been with the organization for over 17 years. An economist by training, Kibbe is a well-respected national public policy expert, bestselling author and political commentator. He also serves as Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Austrian Economic Center in Vienna, Austria.
Newsweek has called Kibbe “one of the masterminds” of Tea Party politics, expertise which has led to frequent appearances on national news shows including FOX News, NBC, ABC News, CNN, MSNBC, FOX Business, PBS, The Blaze TV and CSPAN.
Kibbe’s New York Times bestselling book, Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto offers a clarion call for the modern freedom movement that is fed up with business as usual in Washington. As Americans are seeing their basic rights threatened, it is now more important than ever that individuals be willing to stand up for liberty. Kibbe lays out the six Rules for Liberty and how to follow them, a vision of a free society built on civility and mutual respect, not coercion and compulsion.
Before joining FreedomWorks, Kibbe's career spanned the worlds of academia, business, and lawmaking. He served as Chief of Staff and House Budget Committee Associate for U.S. Representative Dan Miller (R-FL); Director of Federal Budget Policy for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Senior Economist for the Republican National Committee during Lee Atwater's tenure as Chairman; and Managing Editor of Market Process, an academic economics journal published by the Center for the Study of Market Processes at George Mason University.
Kibbe lives in Washington, DC with Terry, his sublimely awesome wife of 27 years. For Matt, goofing off usually involves reading Hayek or Rand, watching The Big Lebowski, or listening to a killer Grateful Dead show, preferably with a nice bottle of red wine.