Dan Glickman

Dan Glickman
25th Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America
In office
Preceded by Jack Valenti
Succeeded by Chris Dodd
United States Secretary of Agriculture
In office
March 30, 1995  January 19, 2001
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Mike Espy
Succeeded by Ann Veneman
Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee
In office
January 3, 1993  January 3, 1995
Speaker Tom Foley
Preceded by Dave McCurdy
Succeeded by Larry Combest
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Kansas's 4th district
In office
January 3, 1977  January 3, 1995
Preceded by Garner E. Shriver
Succeeded by Todd Tiahrt
Personal details
Born Daniel Robert Glickman
(1944-11-24) November 24, 1944
Wichita, Kansas
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Rhoda Joyce Yura (1966 - present)
Children Jonathan Glickman
Amy Glickman
Alma mater University of Michigan (B.A.)
George Washington University (J.D.)
Religion Judaism

Daniel Robert "Dan" Glickman (born November 24, 1944) is an American businessman and politician. He served as the United States Secretary of Agriculture from 1995 until 2001, prior to which he represented the Kansas's 4th congressional district of Kansas as a Democrat in Congress for 18 years. He was Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) from 2004–2010.[1] He serves as a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, where he focuses on public health, national security, and economic policy issues. He also co-chairs BPC's Democracy Project[2] and co-leads the center's Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative.

He also serves on the board of directors of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange,[3] MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger[4] and the board of Friends of the World Food Program.[5] He also serves on the Council on American Politics, which brings leaders from the forefront of today's political and communications arena together to address issues facing the growth and enrichment of GW’s Graduate School of Political Management where he also teaches courses.[6]

Early life

Glickman was born in Wichita, Kansas on November 24, 1944, the son of Gladys A. (née Kopelman) and Milton Glickman.[7] His family was Jewish. The Glickman family operated Glickman Inc., a full-service scrap metal operation, since 1915 and Kansas Metal, an automobile and appliance shredder, since 1994. Glickman Inc. was founded by Jacob Glickman and later continued and expanded by Milton and Bill Glickman. With the death of Milton Glickman, Dan's father, in December 1999, Dan and his siblings Norman and Sharon Glickman carried on the family business until it was sold in 2002.

Glickman graduated from Wichita Southeast High School in 1962. He graduated from University of Michigan with a B.A. in History in 1966, where he was a classmate with one of Al Gore's Chiefs of Staff, Charles Burson,[8] and received his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School in 1969. He is married to Rhoda Joyce Yura, with whom he has two children: Jonathan Glickman and Amy Glickman.

Legal career

In 1969 and 1970, Glickman worked as a trial attorney for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, then was a partner in a law firm, Sargent, Klenda and Glickman. Between 1973 and 1976 he served as president of the Wichita School Board.[9]

Political career

In 1976, he was elected to the House of Representatives as a Democrat from Kansas, defeating an eight-term Republican incumbent. Glickman was a leading congressional expert on general aviation policy and wrote landmark legislation providing product liability protection for small airplane manufacturers. In his final term, he was the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He held open hearings to bring the intelligence community's post–Cold War activities to light and began a committee investigation into the Aldrich Ames espionage case. He was defeated for reelection, by Todd Tiahrt, in the 1994 congressional elections.

Following his defeat, he was appointed by President Bill Clinton to be the Secretary of Agriculture, where he served from 1995 to 2001. After Clinton's term ended, Glickman became the director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University.

MPAA work

In 2004, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) announced that Glickman would replace Jack Valenti as its chief lobbyist.[10] Glickman served as Chairman and CEO of the MPAA,.[11]

In a MPAA press release, May 31, 2006, entitled "Swedish Authorities Sink Pirate Bay", Dan Glickman states

“The actions today taken in Sweden serve as a reminder to pirates all over the world that there are no safe harbours for Internet copyright thieves”[12]

In the 2007 documentary "Good Copy Bad Copy" Glickman is interviewed in connection with the 2006 raid on The Pirate Bay by the Swedish police, conceding that piracy will never be stopped, but stating that they will try to make it as difficult and tedious as possible.[13]

On January 22, 2010, Glickman announced he would step down as head of the MPAA on April 1, 2010.[14]


  1. [Cohen, Alex. (2010) Dan Glickman leaves the MPAA. KPCC, Southern California Public Radio, March 30. http://www.scpr.org/news/2010/03/30/dan-glickman-leaves-mpaa/]
  2. Dan Glickman Joins the Bipartisan Policy Center. Bipartisanpolicy.org. Retrieved on September 23, 2011.
  3. Board of Directors, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
  4. Board of Directors, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger. Mazon.org. Retrieved on September 23, 2011.
  5. Home | Friends of the World Food Program. Friendsofwfp.org. Retrieved on September 23, 2011.
  6. "About | The Council on American Politics". GW's Graduate School of Political Management. Retrieved February 3, 2012.
  7. salon.com, ''People''. Salon.com (November 3, 1999). Retrieved on September 23, 2011.
  8. "Dan Glickman: Agriculture Secretary". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
  9. Washington Post, ''Glickman Succeeds Valenti At MPAA''. Washington Post. Retrieved on September 23, 2011.
  10. Motion Picture Association of America Archived February 9, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. Archived May 30, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. Good Copy Bad Copy. Good Copy Bad Copy. Retrieved on September 23, 2011.
  13. The Longest Goodbye in MPAA History. Deadline.com. Retrieved on September 23, 2011.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Garner E. Shriver
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
Todd Tiahrt
Political offices
Preceded by
Dave McCurdy
Chairman of House Intelligence Committee
Succeeded by
Larry Combest
Preceded by
Mike Espy
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
Served under: Bill Clinton

Succeeded by
Ann M. Veneman
Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
Jack Valenti
President of the MPAA
Succeeded by
Chris Dodd
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