Pete Wilson

Hon. Pete Wilson

Principal, Morgan Lewis Consulting; Of Counsel, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; and Former California Governor

Pete Wilson’s more than 30 years of dedicated public service as governor of California, US senator, mayor of San Diego, and California state assemblyman uniquely equip him to counsel and negotiate for clients at all levels of today’s activist regulatory environment. His deep knowledge of policies, people, and processes of government make him an ideal and effective advocate for Morgan Lewis Consulting’s philosophy that today’s successful business must understand and be understood and respected by governments — not only in Washington, DC — but on a state-by-state basis.

As governor of California from 1991 to 1999, Pete is credited with leading California from the depths of recession to prosperous economic recovery. Insisting on strict budget discipline and rehabilitation of the state’s then-hostile environment toward investment and job creation, Pete provided for market-based unsubsidized health coverage for employees of small businesses and obtained anti-fraud measures that drove down workers’ compensation premiums by 40 percent. Under his leadership, California also enacted sweeping welfare reforms and historic education reforms.

After leaving office, Pete spent two years as a managing director of Pacific Capital Group, a merchant bank based in Los Angeles. He serves as a director of the Irvine Company, U.S. Telepacific Corporation Inc., and National Information Consortium Inc. He has also served as a director of IDT Entertainment and as a member of the board of advisers of Thomas Weisel Partners, a San Francisco merchant bank. He was chairman of the Japan Task Force of the Pacific Council on International Policy, which produced an analysis of Japanese economic and national security prospects over the next decade titled “Can Japan Come Back?”

  • University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), 1962, Juris Doctor
  • Yale University, 1955, Bachelor of Arts, English Literature

Panel III: The Courts and the Legislature vs. the People: Who is in Charge?

Second Annual Western Conference

The Federalist Society presented this panel during the Second Annual Western Conference at The Ronald...