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Name: Bereuter, Doug
Current Position: Previous President and CEO

Douglas Beureuter, the president of The Asia Foundation, earned a B.A. from the University of Nebraska and Master’s degrees in both city planning and public administration from Harvard University. He served as an infantry and intelligence officer in the U.S. Army, taught graduate courses in urban and regional planning, led various agencies and programs in Nebraska State Government, and served one four-year term as a Nebraska State Senator. A Republican, Beureuter was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1978. He served nearly ten years on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, retiring as its vice chairman. He was also the founding co-chairman of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, chaired the Speaker’s Task Force to Monitor and Report on the Transition of Hong Kong (1996-2002), and the House Delegation to the 40-country NATO Parliamentary Assembly, where he presided as its president for two years until November, 2004. His congressional career also included six years as vice chairman of the House International Relations Committee and six years as chair of the Asia - Pacific Subcommittee. He also chaired the Europe Subcommittee immediately before his departure, was ranking minority member of the Human Rights Subcommittee for six years, and had a long tenure on its Subcommittee on Economic Policy & Trade. Beureuter served on the House Financial Services Committee for twenty-three years, and for sixteen years, chaired or served as ranking minority member of the Subcommittee on International Institutions, which has oversight jurisdiction for American participation in the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, other regional development banks, the U.S. Export-Import Bank, and the IMF. 

Beureuter became president of The Asia Foundation in September of 2004, immediately upon resigning from a 26-year Congressional career. His retirement was the cause of some controversy, as it coincided with his shift of position on the Iraq war and criticism of the Bush Administration. See articles below.
GOP Congressman: War Was a Mistake (by Doug Bereuter, Antiwar)
Bereuter’s Congressional voting record
Foreign Policy
  • Voted YES on keeping Cuba travel ban until political prisoners released. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China. (May 2000)
  • Multi-year commitment to Africa for food & medicine. (Apr 2001)
War and Peace
  • Voted YES on authorizing military force in Iraq. (Oct 2002)
  • Voted YES on disallowing the invasion of Kosovo. (May 1999)
  • Rated 20% by NARAL, indicating an anti-abortion voting record. (Dec 2003)
Civil Rights
  • Voted YES on Constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on Amendment to prohibit burning the US flag. (Jun 1999)
  • Voted YES on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
  • Rated 13% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
Energy and Oil
  • Voted YES on passage of the Bush Administration national energy policy. (Jun 2004)
  • Voted YES on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted YES on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol. (Jun 2000)
  • Supports immediate reductions in greenhouse gases. (Sep 1998)
Doug Bereuter (On the Issues)
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