Deborah Thornton is a public policy researcher, analyst and writer at the Public Interest Institute (PII) in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. The PPI is a non-profit, non-partisan, free-market, limited-government think-tank. Ms. Thornton also writes and edits the Iowa Economic Scorecard and Facts & Opinions, quarterly publications of the PII. Her work has been published in over 100 newspapers statewide, and she has been a guest speaker on a wide variety of radio shows. She is a member of the Iowa City Press-Citizen writers' group, with a monthly guest column. Ms. Thornton is an expert in government relations, marketing and business development, and taught business courses in Marketing and Consumer Behavior at Iowa Wesleyan College. She was a political appointee in the administration of President George H.W. Bush, and has worked for Senators Dick Lugar, and Mitch McConnell, as well as for Governors Mitch Daniels and Gary Johnson. She holds an MBA from the University of Maryland, and a BA from Indiana University.