Hon. Maurice McTigue Appointed to Governor Bob McDonnell's Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring

ARLINGTON, VA -- The Honorable Maurice McTigue, QSO, Vice President at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, has been named to Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell's Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring.

A seasoned expert on government reform, McTigue brings practical experience and scholarly research to the table from his distinguished career as a former cabinet minister and Member of Parliament in his native New Zealand and his decade-long tenure at the Mercatus Center. Holding seven different ministerial portfolios during his nine years in the New Zealand parliament, McTigue was one of the architects of the "New Zealand miracle," which dramatically reformed the country's government and economy by implementing market-driven, pro-growth policies. Recently, McTigue and the Mercatus Center served as special advisors to Louisiana's Commission on Streamlining Government.

"The Governor is wise to subject the functions of Virginia’s government to critical scrutiny," said Tyler Cowen, professor of economics at George Mason University and General Director of the university's Mercatus Center. "Maurice brings decades of experience and research in all aspects of government reform, as well as the expertise of one of Virginia's leading universities."

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University is a university-based research center focused on the economics of public policy issues. McTigue is director of the center's Government Accountability Project and a member of its Spending and Budget Initiative and State and Local Policy Project.

A farmer by trade, McTigue served in New Zealand's parliament from 1985 to 1993 before becoming his country's ambassador to Canada. He joined the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in 1997, where he has advised the Office of Management and Budget and most federal agencies in the Clinton and Bush administrations, and consulted with legislators and governors in over 20 states.

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