Joseph P. Overton

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Joseph Paul Overton[1] (4 January 1960, South Haven, Michigan – 30 June 2003) was a senior vice president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.[2][3] 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.[4]

Overton is known for conceiving of the idea now known as the Overton window, the range of policies politically acceptable to the mainstream at a given time.[5]

He died at age 43 from injuries suffered in a crash while piloting an ultralight aircraft, soon after taking off from the Tuscola Area Airport near Caro, Michigan.[6] Overton had just married a few weeks before the accident.[7]


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  3. ^ Lamm, Byron S. (July 1, 2003). "A Tribute to Joseph P. Overton". State Policy Network. Archived from the original on December 16, 2013.
  4. ^ "Joseph P. Overton". Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Retrieved October 29, 2017.
  5. ^ Giridharadas, Anand (21 November 2019). "How America's Elites Lost Their Grip". Time. Retrieved 22 November 2019.
  6. ^ "Executive with think tank killed in ultralight crash". Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Associated Press. 10 July 2003. Retrieved 22 November 2019.
  7. ^ Giridharadas, Anand (November 21, 2019). "How America's Elites Lost Their Grip". Time. Retrieved 2020-01-03.

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