Ken Blackwell is an ACRU Senior Fellow. He is a contributing editor for the conservative news and opinion site Townhall.com and his columns frequently appear in the Washington Times, New York Post and National Review Online. Mr. Blackwell's public service includes terms as Mayor of Cincinnati, Undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Commission. In 1994, he became the first African-American to hold statewide office in Ohio when he was elected Treasurer of State. He subsequently was elected to two terms as Secretary of State. In 2006, he was nominee for Governor of Ohio. He holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from Xavier University in Ohio.