Mark F. (Thor) Hearne

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Mark Ferlund (Thor) Hearne II is a partner with the St. Louis, Missouri, law firm of Lathrop & Gage[1], a former official in the Reagan administration, and a "Republican operative" who was the director of the American Center for Voting Rights established in March 2005. Hearne has been described as the "National Election Counsel to Bush-Cheney '04 and Missouri counsel to Bush-Cheney '00".[2][3]


The archived American Center for Voting Rights' biography[4] for Mark F. (Thor) Hearne, Counsel, reads as follows:

Thor Hearne is one of the nation's most experienced election attorneys. Prior to joining ACVR Legislative Fund, Hearne served as National Election Counsel to President Bush's reelection campaign and in 2000 was Missouri counsel to the Bush campaign. Hearne was on the Bush campaign recount team in Broward county Florida in 2000. Hearne has also served as legal counsel to many other political candidates and campaigns on the federal and state level. Hearne was appointed by the Missouri Secretary of State as an advisor to the Missouri Help America Vote Act (HAVA) implementation task force. Hearne testified before the U.S. House Administration Committee hearings in March 2005 into the conduct of the presidential election in Ohio. Hearne also testified before the Missouri commission to investigate the 2000 Missouri general election and voter fraud in the City of St. Louis. More recently, Hearne served as an academic-advisor to the bi-partisan Carter-Baker Commission on Election Reform.
Hearne is a longtime advocate of voter rights and an attorney experienced in election law and litigation. Hearne has spoken to numerous groups and organizations about issues of election reform and served as chair of the Republican National Lawyers Association ("RNLA") National Election Law School in 2003 and 2004. The RNLA Election Law School is a continuing education program for attorney's involved in election law and is accredited by the bar associations of various states. Hearne was named one of Missouri's ten best attorneys by the Missouri Lawyers Weekly in 2004. Hearne was also named one of the "Up and Coming Young Attorneys" by the St Louis Business Journal.
Hearne also served as an attorney and law clerk in the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights during the Reagan Administration.
He has been admitted to the Michigan and Missouri bar and has been admitted to and practiced in a number of courts including the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of International Trade, the Supreme Courts of Missouri and Michigan, the Eighth, Second and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals.
Hearne received his law degree from Washington University Law School and his B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis. He is a licensed pilot who has provided commentary for National Public Radio, FOX News and MSNBC and has authored a number of law review articles on various legal issues.

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