Victor E. Bernson, Jr. is Vice President and General Counsel of Americans for Prosperity, as well as Americans for Prosperity Foundation, our sister non-profit organization dedicated to economic freedom and helping people make their lives better on their own terms.

Prior to his arrival at AFP, he served as Director of Legal Affairs at The Pew Charitable Trusts and as General Counsel for DCI Group, a political advocacy firm in Washington, D.C.

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 3 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 5 years on the Board of Education for Anne Arundel County, Maryland – one of the 50 largest state boards in the nation – and he also served as an appointed Member of the Maryland Higher Education Commission. In 2010, he ran for the Maryland House of Delegates, in what became 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 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, MD, Mr. Bernson has been a community leader serving in multiple volunteer capacities.  He has traveled to 49 U.S. states and 54 separate countries.  He has been married to his wife Helena for 26 years and has two children, Alexandra (age 25) and Bobby (age 23).