Issue Experts

Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell is an ACRU Senior Fellow. He is a contributing editor for the conservative news and opinion site and his columns frequently appear in The Washington TimesNew York Post, and National Review Online. Mr. Blackwell’s public service includes terms as Mayor of Cincinnati, Undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Commission. In 1994, he became the first African-American to hold statewide office in Ohio when he was elected Treasurer of State. He subsequently was elected to two terms as Secretary of State. In 2006, he was nominee for Governor of Ohio. He holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from Xavier University in Ohio.

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Chris Brown

Chris Brown, ACRU Issue ExpertChris Brown is an attorney in Southwest Florida and has tried over 150 cases to verdict and argued scores of appeals in state and federal courts. He is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell and has been featured in Super Lawyers magazine in 2019 and 2020. Chris is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as an expert in trial law. His experience includes litigation on health care fraud issues related to nursing homes. Some of his noteworthy clients include major corporate executives and high-profile professional athletes. Chris, a member of the Federalist Society, has lectured in front of various associations and law schools on topics ranging from confessions to trial advocacy, self-defense and evidence.

Kerri Toloczko

ACRU Vice President of Public Policy Kerri (Houston) Toloczko is a public policy analyst and expert in coalition building, issue advocacy, and research on domestic and international issues. She is also a Senior Fellow at Frontiers of Freedom and the Institute for Liberty and previously served as Senior Policy Director for Florida Senator Rick Scott’s Conservatives for Patients’ Rights. Appointed in 2004 by then-House Speaker Dennis Hastert, Ms. Toloczko was a Commissioner on the Congressional U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. Her areas of expertise include healthcare, voter integrity, immigration, economic policy, religious freedom, the Constitution, and the American founding. A strong proponent of individual and economic liberty and free markets, Ms. Toloczko continues to consult internationally for free-market government officials. A widely published opinion writer, her columns have appeared in numerous national and state print, internet, and institutional publications. She is a regular guest on talk radio and news programs in the U.S. and abroad. Well known for her dedication to presenting public policy in a way that will “pass the dinner-table test,” Kerri brings a sharp wit and a practical spin to free-market solutions to public policy problems. 

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Kristina S. Heuser, Esq.

Kristina S. Heuser, Esq. was born and raised in Queens, New York and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Georgetown University.  While in college, Ms. Heuser interned on Capitol Hill for Representative J.C. Watts (R-OK) and the House Republican Conference and served as the D.C. area student coordinator for the Alan Keyes presidential campaign.  Ms. Heuser also worked for The Declaration Foundation, non-profit organization focused on civics education founded by Ambassador Keyes.  After college, Ms. Heuser returned home to New York and worked as a paralegal at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office while pursuing her Juris Doctorate in the evenings at Brooklyn Law School.  After law school, Ms. Heuser worked for a small Manhattan firm and practiced in the areas of civil rights litigation and appeals and federal criminal defense.  She received training from and serves as an Allied Attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom, an organization dedicated to protecting and defending religious liberties. In addition to this most important work, Ms. Heuser’s practice has been focused in the areas of general civil/constitutional rights litigation, municipal law, and appeals. Ms. Heuser is so excited to partner with the American Constitutional Rights Union to advance the important initiatives of this dedicated and principled organization.

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In Memoriam

John Armor

John Armor was of legal counsel to the ACRU from its inception in 1999 until his untimely passing in August 2010. He held a B.A., Yale, 1964 and J.D., Maryland Law School, 1970 and had a long and distinguished legal career, practicing before the U.S. Supreme Court for 33 years and authoring eight books and hundreds of articles. His book, These Are the Times That Try Men’s Souls: America Then and Now in the Words of Tom Paine, is available here.
A favorite at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and Tea Party events, especially in North Carolina where he lived, Armor dressed in colonial garb and impersonated Benjamin Franklin, explaining the origins of American liberties to 21st Century audiences (right).
Armor, on behalf of the ACRU, was one of the few attorneys to write an amicus brief in the presidential election case in 2000. He was a well-known legal scholar of American politics, particularly third party movements and represented Eugene McCarthy during the Minnesota Senator’s challenge of Lyndon Baines Johnson’s presidency in 1968.

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