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R. Quin Edmonson Hillyer (born March 16, 1964) is an American newspaper columnist and writer.
He unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for the United States House of Representatives from Alabama's 1st congressional district in the 2013 special election in that district, finishing fourth in the Republican primary.
Education and career
Hillyer was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana and graduated from the Isidore Newman School in 1982 before matriculating at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., graduating with an A.B. in government and theology (cum laude) in 1986.
After his graduation Hillyer joined the New Orleans Times-Picayune as a correspondent before a term as research/issues director for the Louisiana gubernatorial campaign of U.S. Representative Bob Livingston in 1987. He served as an unpaid director in the state campaign for Pete Dupont’s 1988 GOP presidential bid. A former page at the 1980 Republican National Convention, Hillyer attended the 1988 Republican convention as an alternate delegate from the state of Louisiana.
In 1989, Hillyer became managing editor of Gambit, a weekly newsmagazine in the New Orleans area. He later joined Congressman Livingston's staff in 1991, rising to the position of press secretary as Livingston rose to the chairmanship of the House Appropriations Committee in 1995.
After the 1996 elections Hillyer returned to the private sector, where he returned to journalism and political commentary. In 1997, he joined the editorial staff of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, focusing on both local and national issues during the term of then-governor Mike Huckabee. In 1998, Hillyer joined the editorial desk at the Mobile Register, gaining widespread acclaim for his coverage of statewide politics and its effect on the city as a whole, receiving the Carmage Walls Commentary Award from the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association and the Green Eyeshade Award for commentary from the Society of Professional Journalists.
Hillyer returned to Washington in 2006, serving as a managing director at Qorvis Communications, and executive editor of The American Spectator before assuming the post of Associate Editorial Page Editor at The Washington Examiner in 2008. From 2009 through 2011, he was a senior editorial writer at The Washington Times. He remains a senior editor and columnist at the Spectator.
Hillyer’s articles have appeared in many publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, National Review, the New Republic, The Guardian (UK), and Investor’s Business Daily. His television appearances have included Fox News, MSNBC, CNN and CBN on various political issues, particularly in the 2008 campaign.
2013 congressional candidacy
On May 23, 2013, six-term Republican U.S. Representative Jo Bonner announced he would resign from Congress effective August 15, 2013 to become a vice chancellor at the University of Alabama. Hillyer made his announcement to seek the Republican nomination for Bonner's seat one day later, telling his audience at the American Spectator: "I am a constitutional conservative—and an 'opportunity society' conservative as well, hearkening back to the Reagan-Kemp era of prosperity and liberty. Free men and women, with free minds, in a free market, produce abundance and a vibrant society."
Hillyer received outside support from Rick Santorum, who recorded a radio ad purchased by Citizens United Political Victory Fund. He also garnered the endorsement of Citizens for the Republic, the former Ronald W. Reagan political action committee based in Alexandria, Virginia.
- Glyn, Noah (May 24, 2013). "Quin Hillyer To Run For Congress". Retrieved 2013-05-24.
- Talbot, George (May 27, 2013). "Conservative writer Quin Hillyer launches bid for Congress". AL.com. Retrieved September 10, 2013.
- Rob Holbert (January 31, 2006). "Media Frenzy". Retrieved 2008-12-28.
- Jake Sherman (May 23, 2013). "Rep. Jo Bonner To Resign". Retrieved 2013-05-24.
- Quin Hillyer (May 24, 2013). "Laying Down My Pen". Retrieved 2013-05-24.
- Haberman, Maggie. "Rick Santorum offers help in Alabama race". Politico. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
- "Quin Hillyer for Congress: Alabama Conservative Needed in Congress, June 5, 2013". cftr.org. Retrieved September 19, 2013.
- "National Award-Winning Columnist Quin Hillyer Joins University of Mobile as Writer-in-Residence" (Press release). University of Mobile. Retrieved September 10, 2013.