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As a community of independently-minded policy leaders of today and tomorrow, we're building consensus where it may seem impossible and daring to forge actionable solutions.

The next chapter in American history will be a pivotal moment where the importance of finding common ground and fostering the productive dialogue needed to move the country forward especially in the areas of energy and national security cannot be overstated. Rainey Center looks forward to continuing to create opportunities for productive dialogue to take place.
Together we can create a more perfect union.
Joseph Rainey Center for Public Policy is a 501(c)(3) public policy research organization and leadership community founded on the values of equality, freedom, and a more perfect union. Named for Congressman Joseph Rainey - borne enslaved and the first Black American to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives - Rainey Center fosters dialogue on actionable solutions to American's challenges while amplifying the voices of women, minorities, and mavericks in public policymaking.

Rainey Center's research and leadership development programs foster dialogue that generates recommendations to address our nation's most pressing public policy issues. Our work supports today's leaders while preparing the next generation of leaders to work across political divides and towards a brighter future that reflects the diversity of the American people.

We invite individuals across the ideological spectrum to join us in seeking mutual understanding and pursuing actionable solutions to America's greatest policy challenges.
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Our strategy is to ensure that everyone's voice is heard to foster unique perspectives that change the conversation.
We don't accept the status quo. We take risks. We're pulling up our seats at policymaking tables to create long-lasting impact on America's most pressing issues.
Clean energy policies with economic and environmental sustainability in mind
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Advancing democratic values through peaceful pluralism and respect for diversity.
Guidance for managing all aspects of healthcare to improve access, delivery and coverage.
Embracing the disruption of future industries through transformative ideas.
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Policies to help keep our nation safe, prosperous and unified as one people.

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In confronting climate change, championing women is key to everyone’s future prosperity
November 21, 2022
Rainey Center Senior Director Kelsey Callahan explains why women's rights must be championed to confront climate change
Republican voters support clean energy, from President Hunt and Dr. Dorsey in The Hill
November 3, 2022
By Sarah Hunt, Rainey Center President and Dr. Michael Dorsey, Ph.D., director and chair of the Arizona State University Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Service. Earlier this year, Democrats passed a massive spending bill that many on the left hailed as an achievement for the climate and environment. On the one hand, the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) will funnel almost $370 billion toward renewable and climate-related energy programs — including somewhat controversial incentives for carbon capture and nuclear energy. On the other hand, it’s hard to think of a more partisan way to pursue such an important issue than the reconciliation process.
Hydrogen is a key to Utah's future
October 28, 2022
By Sarah Hunt, Utah State Rep. Melissa Ballard (20th District), Founder and Executive Director of the U.S. Hydrogen Alliance Roxana Bekemohammadi. One of China's largest energy companies this month announced its plans to produce more than 2 million tons of green hydrogen by 2025. This news comes in the wake of Beijing’s long-term strategy to strengthen its position as the largest global producer of hydrogen and Russia’s goal to become a global leader in hydrogen production and export.
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Protecting Election Security and Integrity in the States
October 20, 2022
Diminished citizen trust in the integrity of the vote calls into question the results of elections and the legitimacy of the government. American elections are governed at the state level. State legislators must therefore be vigilant in protecting the right to vote and strengthening election security. ‍All Americans desire free, fair, and secure elections. While recent election controversies have created a division between the political parties, there are still numerous common-sense election reforms with bipartisan support. The Rainey Center has identified policy proposals with broad appeal that will increase the security and integrity of elections, strengthening our democracy by protecting the will of the voters.‍
U.S. Revenge from the Shadows: An Interview with Bob Grenier on the Assassination of Ayman Al-Zawahiri
August 8, 2022
U.S. Revenge from the Shadows: An Interview with Bob Grenier on the Assassination of Ayman Al-Zawahiri
Lessons from the Texas Energy Crisis
March 26, 2021
As unprecedented winter weather swept across Texas, starting Saturday February 13th and continued into the following week, the Texas grid and market monitor — the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) — was forced into extreme circumstances including planned, rolling blackouts for consumers. These blackouts are both a physical grid issue and market design issue. The existing crisis in Texas highlights the complexities of maintaining a reliable energy system under ever increasing extreme weather stress.
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