Josh Hetzler – Esq. Legislative Counsel, The Family Foundation

Josh Hetzler joined The Family Foundation in 2015 after graduating from Liberty University School of Law and being sworn in as a Virginia licensed attorney.

As Legislative Counsel, Josh is actively engaged in lobbying, policy analysis and development, coalition building, bill drafting, regulatory oversight, communications strategies, compliance, FOIA requests, litigation and various other legal and policy issues.

He regularly addresses local school boards on public policy and legal matters, as well as numerous state boards, commissions, and legislative committees. He has served on several expert panels, including at Family Research Council and the Values Voter Summit.

Josh also oversees The Family Foundation’s Summer Worldview Academy, an 8-week program offered each summer for college and high school students, designed to challenge, equip, and strengthen young people with a Biblical Christian worldview.

His greatest area of interest is ensuring religious freedom because, as James Madison insightfully wrote in Virginia’s Constitution, “religion” is “the duty which we owe to our Creator, and the manner of discharging it.” The duties we owe to our Creator are necessarily and self-evidently preeminent to all others, including those to civil governments, which exist primarily to protect the free exercise of these rights/duties.

Prior to his time at The Family Foundation, Josh served as an Adjunct Professor of Government at Central Virginia Community College. A proud graduate of Liberty University’s Helms School of Government, he was awarded the 2012 Jesse Helms Outstanding Student Achievement Award. He is also a graduate of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership (CLP, Class of 2010).