Managing Director, ABI
Sarah Longwell is the Managing Director of the American Beverage Institute (ABI), a Washington D.C. restaurant trade association that protects the on-premise dining experience and defends the right to drink moderately and responsibly prior to driving. ABI opposes sobriety checkpoints, efforts to make alcohol-sensors standard equipment in cars, and alcohol tax increases. Sarah is one of the country’s leading experts on traffic safety issues, particularly related to drunk driving law and negligent driving. At ABI, she exposes and vigorously counters the campaigns of modern-day prohibitionists who seek to target responsible adults in an effort to criminalize moderate social drinking.
Sarah has delivered expert testimony before numerous state legislatures, appears frequently in the national media, and is quoted in hundreds of news stories each year. Her opinion pieces have been published in top tier newspapers including in the New York Times, USA Today, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times.
In 2010, she was named a “Rising Star” by Campaigns & Elections’ Politics Magazine.
Prior to her tenure at ABI, Sarah served as Director of Public Affairs at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. She is a graduate of Kenyon College.
In the Media
- A Flawed Highway Bill, New York Times
- Survey results on drunken driving are misleading, USA Today
- MADD is hogging the road, Philadelphia Inquirer
- States lock out drunk drivers, Stateline.org
Sarah Longwell debates MADD’s President on Fox and Friends
CBS Norfolk Covers Sobriety Checkpoints