What Does a New Brand of Conservatism Look Like?

July 30, 2020  • Aspen Ideas Now

At 40, Josh Hawley (R, Missouri) is the US Senate’s youngest member. It’s a new post but he’s risen quickly to prominence in conservative circles. He’s championing a new brand of conservatism, defining socially conservative positions (on abortion, for example), and challenging Party economic orthodoxy. Hawley speaks with Ben Domenech, co-founder and publisher of The Federalist, about foreign and domestic policy challenges he says will define the 21st century, and shares an organizing principle that may unite conservatives in 2020 and beyond.

Raised in rural Missouri, U.S. Senator Josh Hawley previously served as Missouri’s Attorney General. There he earned a reputation for taking on the big and the powerful to protect Missouri workers and families. He has battled big government and big business, special interests, organized crime, and anyone who would threaten the well-being of Missourians.​​​​​​​

A native of small town Lexington, Missouri in rural Lafayette County, Senator Hawley graduated from Rockhurst High School in Kansas City. After graduating from Stanford University in 2002 and Yale Law School in 2006, he moved back home to mid-Missouri with his wife, Erin, where they started a family. They are the proud parents of two young boys, Elijah and Blaise.

The youngest Senator in America, Senator Hawley serves on the Senate Committees on the Judiciary; Armed Services; Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; Small Business and Entrepreneurship; and the Special Committee on Aging.

Ben Domenech is the publisher of The Federalist, host of The Federalist Radio Hour, and writes The Transom, a daily subscription newsletter for political insiders. He was previously a fellow at The Manhattan Institute and a senior fellow at The Heartland Institute; editor in chief of The City; and a speechwriter for HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson and U.S. Senator John Cornyn of Texas. His writing has been published in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Politico, Commentary, and Reason, and he appears regularly on Fox News and CBS’s Face The Nation.