Ernest Istook is in recovery — from serving 14 years as a U.S. congressman and 25 years overall in elected public office.
One of the founders of the Republican Study Committee, the leading group of House conservatives, Istook was rated as one of the top 25 conservatives in Congress.
Now a Distinguished Fellow at The Heritage Foundation, Istook also is a frequent talk radio host. He has appeared on almost every major political news program and continues to be a regular guest on radio and TV. Istook’s daily radio commentaries are heard on the Bott Network stations. He also writes a weekly column for Human Events.
He was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. His college days were at Baylor University, followed by law school at Oklahoma City University.
He represented Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District in Congress and was the GOP nominee for governor in 2006.
Istook and his wife, Judy, have five children, and 11 grandchildren.