Jim Guirard - Biography
A native of St. Martinville, La., Jim Guirard
received a double bachelor's degree in government and French from Louisiana State University and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship in political science to the University of Bordeaux, France. On return to LSU, he served as president of the law school student body and as national pre-law chairman of the American Law Students Association, was a moot court finalist, and received his juris doctor degree in 1963. For almost two decades, he served as chief of staff to three House and Senate Committee chairmen: Rep. Edwin Willis (House Committee on Un-American Activities), Sen. Allen Ellender (Appropriations) and Sen. Russell Long (Finance), and was named to both Who's Who in U.S. Government and Who's Who in American Politics. After serving in 1981-82 as national affairs director of the American Security Council Foundation (chief sponsor of President Ronald Reagan's Coalition for Peace Through Strength and his "Star Wars" initiative), and as a longtime board member of the Committee for a Free Afghanistan, he worked for over three decades as a government relations consultant, Op-Ed writer and lecturer on energy, environment, national security and anti-terrorism affairs. He is currently a board member of the American chapter of the MacKinder Forum, a London-based geopolitical affairs think tank, and sponsors the TrueSpeak.org Web site, which is focused primarily on the war on terrorism and on truth in language and truth in history in public discourse.