William E. Frenzel


Chair Emeritus

Guest Scholar, Brookings Institution
Former United States Representative (R-MN)

William E. Frenzel has been a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC since January 1991 when he retired from the US House of Representatives after serving his Minnesota constituency for 20 years.

Mr. Frenzel was the Ranking Minority Member on the House Budget Committee and was the principal Republican economic spokesperson in the House. He was a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and its Trade Subcommittee and a Congressional Representative to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade in Geneva for 15 years.

In 1993, he was appointed Special Advisor to President Clinton for the North American Free Trade Agreement. In 2001, President Bush appointed him to the Social Security Commission and, in 2002, to the Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations, which he now chairs. In January 2005, he was appointed to President Bush’s Tax Reform Commission.

Mr. Frenzel received his BA and MBA from Dartmouth College and served as a Naval Officer during the Korean War. He was President of the Minneapolis Terminal Warehouse Co. and other corporations, a member of the Executive Board of the American Warehousemen’s Association, and served eight years in the Minnesota Legislature.

He is the Vice Chairman of the Eurasia Foundation, Co-Chairman of the Center for Strategic Tax Reform, Co-Chairman of the Bretton Woods Committee, Co-Chairman of the Committee For A Responsible Federal Budget, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the International Tax and Investment Center, and Chairman Emeritus of the Ripon Society. He is a Board member of Sit Mutual Funds, Northstar Education Finance, and other organizations.

Mr. Frenzel and his wife Ruthy are the parents of three daughters and grandparents of two perfect grandchildren.