Ralph Reed is an American political strategist, author, and conservative activist known for his involvement with the [[Christian Coalition]] and the [Republican Party](https://doctorparadox.net/the-gop-is-3-cults-in-a-trenchcoat/). Born on June 24, 1961, in Portsmouth, Virginia, Reed grew up in a military family and spent his childhood in various locations across the United States. Reed attended the University of Georgia, where he earned a BA in history and was involved in the College Republicans, eventually becoming the national chairman of the organization. He then pursued a Ph.D. in American history from Emory University but left before completing his degree to work as a political consultant. ## Christian Coalition and political career In 1989, Reed became the executive director of the newly-formed Christian Coalition, a position he held until 1997. Under his leadership, the organization grew to become a major force within the Republican Party, particularly during the 1994 midterm elections, which resulted in a Republican takeover of [[Congress]] led primarily by [[Newt Gingrich]]. Reed played a crucial role in mobilizing the evangelical Christian vote and establishing the Christian Coalition as a key player in American politics. After leaving the [[Christian Coalition]], Reed founded Century Strategies, a political consulting firm that has provided services for numerous Republican candidates and campaigns. He also served as a senior advisor to [[George W. Bush]]'s presidential campaigns in 2000 and 2004. Reed has authored several books on politics and religion, including "Politically Incorrect: The Emerging Faith Factor in American Politics" (1994) and "Awakening: How America Can Turn from Economic and Moral Destruction Back to Greatness" (2014). He has been a commentator and analyst for various media outlets, offering his expertise on American politics and the role of religion in public life. In 2006, Reed ran for the office of Lieutenant Governor of Georgia but lost in the Republican primary. His campaign was marred by his connection to the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, which damaged his reputation and political standing.