Isaac Orr is a research fellow for energy and environment policy at The Heartland Institute. Orr is a speaker, researcher, and freelance writer specializing in hydraulic fracturing, agricultural, and environmental policy issues. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire with studies in political science and geology, winning awards for his undergraduate geology research before taking a position as an aide in the Wisconsin State Senate.
In the Senate, Orr experienced first-hand the massive protests that accompanied Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair bill. In addition to avoiding disgruntled protesters, his responsibilities included writing articles for newspapers, weekly e-updates, and serving a policy advisor on iron and frac sand mining, and agricultural issues.