Freedom at Risk: Elections 2016 and the Stakes Going Forward Former Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich discusses the scope of government and implications for freedom
April 18, 2018 | 4:00–5:30 PM | Broyhill Auditorium (A31), Farrell Hall, Wake Forest University
The Honorable Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. is senior counsel in the Government Advocacy and Public Policy practice group at King & Spalding. He advises clients on a broad array of policy matters and their interactions with the federal government. Having served as Governor, U.S. Congressman, state legislator, and civil litigator, he counsels clients on government matters, with particular expertise in health care, finance, and economic development.
Governor Ehrlich has authored four books—Turn This Car Around (2011/BenBella), America: Hope for Change (2013/Post Hill Press), Turning Point (2015 / Select Books), and Bet You Didn’t See That One Coming (2017 / Select Books).
As Maryland’s first Republican Governor in 36 years when elected in 2002, he improved Maryland’s fiscal condition by turning $4 billion in inherited budget deficits into $2.3 billion in surpluses. His pro-growth economic policies helped create 100,000 new private sector jobs. He made record investments in public schools and authored Maryland’s first public charter schools law. He doubled funding for need-based college scholarships.
Governor Ehrlich authored the historic Chesapeake Bay Restoration Act to restore America’s largest estuary. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation called it, “the most important environmental achievement in twenty years.”
Governor Ehrlich launched construction on 123 statewide transportation projects in four years, and the ICC (Inter County Connector) was dedicated in his honor on September 7, 2017. He toughened penalties for sex offenders, drunk driving, and witness intimidation and established Maryland’s first Office of Homeland Security.
Governor Ehrlich created the nation’s first cabinet-level Department of Disabilities, for which he earned the “Highest Recognition Award” from the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Prior to serving as Governor, Congressman Ehrlich won four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. In Congress, he served as a member of the House Majority Whip team wherein he helped pass comprehensive tax relief, greater access to health care, federal education reform, and the first balanced budget in a generation.
He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Politics from Princeton University in 1979 where he captained the freshman and varsity football teams, and his Juris Doctorate from Wake Forest University in 1982.
To continue his legacy as a leader on the issue of executive clemency, in 2013 Governor Ehrlich partnered with Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law to create the CUA Law/Ehrlich Partnership on Clemency which seeks to make executive clemency fairer, more common, and more transparent. The Partnership provides direct legal services to persons seeking pardons or commutations.
Governor Ehrlich is married to Kendel Sibiski Ehrlich, an Assistant State’s Attorney in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, and a former public defender and corporate attorney. The Ehrlichs have two children—Drew and Joshua. They are active in a wide variety of charitable activities, most notably the Maryland Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, where Kendel Ehrlich is a past board chair.