Senator Gary Hart
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.
Gary Hart most recently served as Personal Representative of Secretary of State John Kerry in Northern Ireland and elsewhere, and was chair of the International Security Advisory Board of the Department of State, vice-chair of the Secretary of Homeland Security’s Advisory Council, chair of the American Security Project, the Threat Reduction committee at the Department of Defense, and co-chair of the US-Russia Commission. 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 was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the U.S.-Russia Investment Fund; a member of the Defense Policy Board; and was 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 was 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 twenty-one 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.
He has been awarded the title of Grande Ufficiale by the President of the Italian Republic; the Secretary of Defense’s Award for Exceptional Public Service; and the Award of Merit by the Yale Law School. 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.
Senator Hart resides with his family in Kittredge, Colorado.