Rich Lowry

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Rich Lowry
Rich Lowry CPAC 2014 1 Portrait.jpg
Rich Lowry at CPAC 2014
Born Richard A. Lowry
(1968-08-22) August 22, 1968 (age 49)
Arlington County, Virginia, U.S.
Occupation Editor, columnist
Known for National Review
Spouse(s) Vanessa Palo (m. 2011)

Richard A. Lowry (/ˈlri/; born August 22, 1968)[1] is the editor of National Review, an American conservative news and opinion magazine. He is also a syndicated columnist, author, and political pundit.

Life and career[edit]

Lowry was born on August 22, 1968[1] in Arlington, Virginia, the son of a social worker mother and an English professor father.[2][3][4] He grew up in Arlington, Virginia. After graduating from Yorktown High School in Arlington, Lowry attended the University of Virginia, where he studied English and history.[5] He was editor of the Virginia Advocate, the school's conservative monthly magazine. After graduating, he worked for Charles Krauthammer as a research assistant, and later worked as a reporter for a local newspaper in northern Virginia.[5]

In 1992, Lowry joined William F. Buckley's National Review, after finishing second in the magazine's young writers' contest. In the summer of 1994, he became the articles editor for National Review and moved to Washington DC to cover Congress.[5] In November 1997, Lowry became editor of National Review at the age of 29, taking over from John O'Sullivan who succeeded Buckley in that position ten years earlier.[6] At the time, Buckley said of Lowry, "I am very confident that I've got a very good person."[6]

As a political columnist, Lowry has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and a variety of other publications.[5] In addition to his syndicated column with King Features, Lowry is an opinion columnist for Politico. He has also contributed essays to Time magazine.

As a political commentator, he regularly appears on the Fox News Channel, KCRW's Left, Right & Center and has guest-hosted on Hannity. He was a frequent guest panelist, along with Pat Buchanan, Eleanor Clift, and Mort Zuckerman, on the long-running PBS series The McLaughlin Group. He is also an occasional panelist on Sunday shows, including NBC's Meet the Press and ABC's "This Week."

Rich Lowry at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), March 8, 2014

Lowry has written two non-fiction books. His New York Times best-selling book, Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years[7] is a polemic about President Bill Clinton, whom he deprecates as "Navel-Gazer-in-Chief".[8] In June 2013, he published the political biography Lincoln Unbound.[9] Lowry has also written fiction. In 2009, Lowry and Keith Korman wrote Banquo's Ghosts, a political thriller. The plot revolves around a nuclear-armed Iran and an inebriated leftist journalist.[10]

Criticism of Donald Trump[edit]

Lowry has been critical of U.S. President Donald Trump on various occasions and for a number of reasons.

On its website on January 21, 2016, and in the subsequent print edition of National Review released February 15, 2016, Lowry and the editors of National Review published an editorial[11] entitled "Against Trump," which was also the cover and organizing idea of that issue, a collection of articles from prominent conservatives indicating their opposition to the then-candidacy of Donald Trump. The issue attracted significant attention and discussion from other media outlets as an early mobilization of conservatives against Trump's candidacy. It also garnered attention from Trump himself, who described the "dying" National Review as "a failing publication."[12] [13]

In the summer of 2017, when Trump criticized in public the performance of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Lowry rose editorially to Sessions' defense. Trump expressed dismay over Sessions' earlier recusal of himself in the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections. The recusal soon led to the hiring of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel in the Russian matter. Lowry accused Trump of "lacking gratitude" because Trump seemed to forget that Sessions, before he was appointed attorney general, was the first senator to endorse Trump for president:[14]

He obviously doesn't feel any respect for someone who, as an honorable person with a long career in public service, deserves it. ... He doesn't care about propriety, which would dictate dressing down Sessions in private, not flaying him in public. And, finally, he doesn't feel any obligation to Sessions, despite the fact that Sessions gave up a safe Senate seat to serve in his administration.[14]


  • Lowry, Rich (2003). Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years. Washington DC: Regnery Publishing. ISBN 978-0895261298. 
  • Lowry, Rich; Korman, Keith (2009). Banquo's Ghosts. New York: Vanguard Press. ISBN 978-1593155681. 
  • Lowry, Rich (2013). Lincoln Unbound. New York: Broadside Books. ISBN 978-0062123787. 


  1. ^ a b "Rich Lowry". NNDB. Retrieved July 25, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Power Punk: Rich Lowry". Observer. 2003-12-15. Retrieved 2017-04-17. 
  3. ^ "Edward D. Lowry, R.I.P". National Review. Retrieved 2017-04-17. 
  4. ^ "Edward D. Lowry's Obituary on The Washington Post". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-04-17. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Rich Lowry". National Review Online. Retrieved July 24, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "National Review Changing Editor". The New York Times. November 5, 1997. Retrieved July 25, 2014. 
  7. ^ Lowry, Richard (2003). Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years. New York: Regnery Publishing. ISBN 978-0895261298. 
  8. ^ Lowry 2003, p. 2.
  9. ^ Lowry, Rich (2013). Lincoln Unbound. New York: Broadside Books. ISBN 978-0062123787. 
  10. ^ Blum, William (June 8, 2009). "The Anti-Empire Report". Foreign Policy Journal. Retrieved July 25, 2014. 
  11. ^ The Editors (21 January 2016). "Against Trump". National Review. Retrieved 15 October 2017. 
  12. ^ @realdonaldtrump (21 January 2016). ""A failing publication"" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  13. ^ @realdonaldtrump (21 January 2016). """dying National Review""" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  14. ^ a b Rich Lowry, "In Trump's world, loyalty always unilateral," San Antonio Express-News, August 4, 2017, p. A13.

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