Ike Brannon is the President of Capital Policy Analytics. He is also a Growth Fellow of the George W. Bush Institute and the head of the Savings and Retirement Foundation. He was previously director of economic policy as well as congressional relations for the American Action Forum. Prior to that he spent nearly a decade in government, serving as the chief economist for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, chief economist for the Republican Policy Committee, senior adviser for tax policy at the U.S. Treasury, principal economic adviser for Senator Orrin Hatch on the Senate Finance Committee, Chief Economist for the Joint Economic Committee, and a senior economist for the Office of Management and Budget. He was also chief economist for the John McCain campaign in 2008. He has a Ph.D. in economics from Indiana University and a B.A. in math, Spanish, and economics from Augustana College.