Linda Chavez
Published April 7, 2014
Updated April 22, 2021

Linda Chavez is a conservative commentator. She is president of the Becoming American Institute, part of Defending Democracy Together. The institute is a nonprofit public policy organization seeking to make a conservative case for legal immigration reform. She is also chair of the Center for Equal Opportunity.

She has written and spoken extensively on civil rights, women’s issues and race. Her books include Out of the Barrio: Toward a New Politics of Hispanic Assimilation (1991) and the memoir An Unlikely Conservative: The Transformation of an Ex-Liberal (2002).

Chavez has served in a number of appointed positions, including as chairman of the National Commission on Migrant Education and staff director of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Expertise: Politics, conservative politics, Republican Party, civil rights, Hispanic issues, immigration

Location: Washington, D.C. area

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Twitter: @chavezlinda

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