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Christina Sandefur

Executive Vice President at Goldwater Institute


Christina Sandefur is Executive Vice President at the Goldwater Institute, where she works in courtrooms, legislatures, and communities to defend and strengthen the freedom guaranteed to all Americans in the constitutions of the United States and all fifty states. She also litigates cases advancing free enterprise, private property rights, free speech, and taxpayer rights.

Christina has won important victories for property rights in Arizona and works nationally to promote the Institute's Property Ownership Fairness Act, a state-level reform requires government to pay owners when regulations destroy property rights and reduce property values.

She is also a co-drafter of the Right to Try initiative, now law in over half of the states, which protects terminally ill patients' right to try promising investigational treatments that have been prescribed by their physician but are not yet FDA approved for market.

Christina is the co-author of the book Cornerstone of Liberty: Private Property Rights in 21st Century America (2016). She is a frequent guest on national television and radio programs, has provided expert legal testimony to various legislative committees, and is a frequent speaker at conferences. Prior to joining the Goldwater Institute, Christina worked for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland, Michigan. She is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Law and Hillsdale College.

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