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Dobson picks Jenna Ellis to lead new conservative policy center

Author: Joey Bunch - July 6, 2018 - Updated: July 7, 2018

Jenna Ellis - Dobson Family Policy InstituteJenna Ellis (Photo courtesy of the Dobson Family Institute)

James Dobson is stepping up the advocacy work at the James Dobson Family Institute in Colorado Springs, and Jenna Ellis will lead the charge as director of his newly formed Public Policy Center.

Ellis is a constitutional law attorney, who, like Dobson, has a big media footprint. She is a regular contributor to the Washington Examiner, penning a column that posted Friday titled, “When they lose, Democrats just want to change the rules.”

She also has written for the conservative Daily Wire and The Federalist, as well as authoring a book, “The Legal Basis for a Moral Constitution: A Guide for Christians to Understand America’s Current Constitutional Crisis.”

Ellis has been assistant professor of legal studies and leadership at Colorado Christian University of Lakewood since 2015.

“She brings with her a deep knowledge of the Constitution balanced with a passion for Christ,” Dobson said in a statement. “Her experience and talents are playing a valuable role as we expand our work advocating on behalf of the preservation of the family in America.”

Dobson’s Focus on the Family has played in politics and Christian values for decades. Beyond his national radio following, he has advised five American presidents, including Donald Trump, and co-founded the Alliance Defending Freedom and the Family Research Council, a press release from the institute noted .

“Our Founding Fathers knew well that virtue and faith among the people and its elected leaders were the requisite bedrock of our institutions and laws,” Ellis said in a statement. “Virtue and faith have been under siege for decades, and Dr. Dobson was one of the first to sound the alarm and put his concern and voice into organized public action.”

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch is the senior political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has a 31-year career in journalism, including the last 15 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and is a two-time Pulitzer finalist. His resume includes covering high school sports, the environment, the casino industry and civil rights in the South, as well as a short stint at CNN.