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Victor E. Bernson, Jr. is vice president, general counsel and secretary of Americans for Prosperity and Americans for Prosperity Foundation, non-profit organizations working to advance a more free and open society.

Prior to his arrival at AFP, Mr. Bernson served as director of legal affairs at The Pew Charitable Trusts and as general counsel for DCI Group, a political advocacy firm in Washington, DC.

During the Bush administration, Mr. Bernson served as general counsel for the White House Office of Administration, and as legislative counsel for the U.S. Department of Defense in Secretary Rumsfeld’s office. He also served for three years in the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys at the U.S. Department of Justice.

From 1990 to 1998, Mr. Bernson was an active duty U.S. Navy officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps where he served two years at sea and six consecutive years stationed abroad in the Philippines and Italy.

Mr. Bernson spent five years on the Board of Education for Anne Arundel County, Maryland – one of the 50 largest state boards in the nation. He also served as an appointed member of the Maryland Higher Education Commission. In 2010 he ran for the Maryland House of Delegates, a closely-contested race decided by only 80 votes.

Outside of work he continues to serve as an executive board member for the Boy Scouts of America, Baltimore Area Council, and until recently served as a board member of the Anne Arundel County Partnership for Children, Youth & Families.

Mr. Bernson received his BA from Brown University, his JD from Boston University, and has received an MS from the U.S. Naval War College.

A resident of Millersville, Maryland, Mr. Bernson is an avid sportsman, reader and book collector, animal lover, food and wine enthusiast, and adventure seeker.  His travels thus far have taken him to 49 U.S. states and 54 separate foreign countries.  He has been married to his wife Helena for 30 years and has two children, daughter Alexandra (age 27) and son Bobby (age 26).