Joe Luppino-Esposito

Deputy Legal Policy Director DC

Joe Luppino-Esposito is the deputy legal policy director at Pacific Legal Foundation, where he develops solutions and advocates for reforms at the federal and state levels. PLF has a near-half-century of expertise in fighting government overreach and defending personal liberties in the courtroom, and the legal policy team advances those principles in the branches of representative government. Joe has an extensive background in the liberty movement, with a focus on conservative criminal justice reform. His government affairs experience is well suited for advancing PLF’s policy priorities.

Before joining PLF, Joe was director of Rule of Law Initiatives at the Due Process Institute, working on bipartisan criminal justice reform in Congress, and was directly involved in the passage of the First Step Act. Prior to that, he worked at Right on Crime at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, leading their federal efforts to advance conservative criminal justice principles in Washington.

Joe also previously served as a visiting fellow for overcriminalization at the Heritage Foundation.

He has worked on state policy issues including public pensions, federalism, healthcare, and labor law.

Joe, a New Jersey native, earned a J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey, and served as editor in chief of Circuit Review law journal. He earned a B.A. in government and American studies from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Joe, and his wife, Amanda, plus their two kids and two cats (Reagan and Jack Bauer) live in western Loudoun County, Virginia, which is a key part of Joe’s attempt to be the most outside-the-Beltway “insider” in Washington.


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November 23, 2020

The Hill: Say ‘no thanks’ to Thanksgiving mandates

Just when you thought 2020 couldn't get any stranger, it's likely that your governor has invited himself or herself to your Thanksgiving dinner. And no, they aren't bringing sweet potatoes. Instead, they're bringing civil and criminal fines, and maybe even jail time. They are joined by mayors and other state and local officials who are ...

September 14, 2020

The Washington Post: Virginia should limit emergency orders with a balance of powers

Strong leadership is necessary in times of crisis. Swift and decisive action can save lives and protect the public. But leaders cannot avoid constitutional processes and political accountability just by declaring an emergency, even if most citizens agree an emergency exists. With Virginia legislators back in Richmond for a special session, it is ti ...