Paul Findley was born on in 1921 in Jacksonville, Illinois, where he resides today. He received a B.A. from Illinois College at Jacksonville in 1943 and then served in the United States Navy during World War II, from 1943 until 1946, reaching the rank of lieutenant. Following this, Findley worked as president of Pike Press, Inc. in Pittsfield, Illinois, and then attempted to get the Republican Party nomination for Illinois State Senator in 1952. This bid was unsuccessful.
Findley was, however, elected a member of the United States House Of Representatives in 1961, representing the Illinois 20th district. He held this post for twenty-two years, until 1983, when his outspoken views against the American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) caused them to back an opposing candidate in the 1982 elections. His career in Congress was essentially ended by AIPAC. Findley became interested in Middle East Foreign Policy while still in Congress, where for twelve years he was a member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe and the Middle East.
As Paul Findley was a Congressman for over 20 years, this puts him in the unique position to criticize his target- the pro-Israel lobby, specifically AIPAC (The American-Israel Public Affairs Committee). Findley believes that many politicians have lost elections due to the influence of this group. In a responsible effort to re-assert the freedom of speech in the US, Paul Findley has written five books, the last two of which: They Dared to Speak Out and Silent no More have turned into international bestsellers.
Paul Findley founded and currently holds the position of Chairman for the Council for the National Interest. He writes and lectures frequently on Middle East issues, particularly against the strong influence of AIPAC over U.S. politics.