Joseph P. Overton

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Joseph P. Overton (4 January 1960 – 30 June 2003) was a Senior Vice President of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.[1][2] He held a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Michigan Technological University and a Juris Doctor degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School.[3]

He is known for conceiving of the idea since known as the Overton window, the range of ideas the public will accept.

He died at 43 from injuries suffered in a crash while piloting an ultralight aircraft, soon after taking off from the Tuscola Area Airport near Caro, Michigan. He was survived by his newlywed wife, Helen.[4]


  1. ^ "Joseph P. Overton". NNDB.
  2. ^ Lamm, Byron S. (July 1, 2003). "A Tribute to Joseph P. Overton". State Policy Network. Archived from the original on December 16, 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ "Joseph P. Overton". Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Retrieved October 29, 2017.
  4. ^ Executive with think tank killed in ultralight crash - Published on July 10, 2003, The Associated Press

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