Mark D. West is President and Founder of The Chattanooga Tea Party, one of hundreds of grassroots organizations that sprung up spontaneously across American in 2009 in support of fiscal conservatism, constitutionally limited government, and free markets. In addition to attracting up to 3,000 area citizens at their annual Tax Day Rallies, the CTP played a prominent role in the collection of 15,000 signatures in an attempt to recall the city’s Mayor following the Mayor’s decision to dramatically raise property taxes in the midst of a severe economic recession.
The CTP remains intently involved in a myriad of local, state and federal issues. To further those efforts, Mark recently co-founded the Citizens for Government Accountability and Transparency, a PAC dedicated to promoting and supporting limited government, fiscal conservatism and free markets by pursuing the values and principles embodied within the US and TN Constitutions.
Mark is a partner in a number of business enterprises including healthcare management, motorsport ventures and property investment. Earlier in his career, Mark was the founder of and partner in other health care endeavors that developed and managed eight skilled nursing facilities and eighteen assisted living retirement communities, operating in six states and employing 1500 employees.
Mark graduated from Tennessee Temple University in 1980 with a degree in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant. He is married to Lori, recently celebrated their 32nd anniversary, and they have two grown sons. Mark and Lori are members of Woodland Park Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN.
Phil Kerpen is president of American Commitment, a nationally syndicated columnist, and chairman of the Internet Freedom Coalition.
American Commitment is a national advocacy group - one of those supposedly terrible 501(c)(4)s - dedicated to restoring and protecting America’s commitment to free markets and individual freedom.
Caleb Yee, an incoming sophomore studying Political Science at American University, is a young conservative activist committed to limited government, fiscal responsibility, and free markets. During his high school years, he spoke at many local, state, and national events such as at community Tea Party groups, local Republican clubs, and the California Tax Day Rally in Sacramento and the Tea Party American Policy Summit in Phoenix, Arizona back in 2011. His topics focus on the importance of education, information, and engaging the youth to get involved. He has been working to fulfill these goals by working with the Stanford Research Institute for Adolescents concerning civic engagement, volunteering at Skid Row’s homeless shelters in Los Angeles during high school, and going around helping other local teenage groups start their own journeys.
Katrina Pierson is on the steering committee of the Dallas Tea Party and founder of the Garland Texas Tea Party. She obtained a Bachelors degree in Biology from the University of Texas at Dallas. Serving on the Texas Tea Party Caucus Advisory Board, she is well known as a political analyst and media contributor on a wide range of issues including the state and federal budgets, civil liberties, community organizing, and health care. She has shared the stage with top conservatives including Senator Jim Demint, Senator Rand Paul, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz.
Katrina has brought in top level personalities and politicians like the late Andrew Breitbart, Michelle Malkin, Ginni Thomas and others for events in private and public settings. Proud to have worked with the Secret Service during the 2012 Presidential primaries. Ms. Pierson was able to bring citizens up close and personal with candidates.
Katrina has appeared numerous times on local news and talk radio, and is a frequent guest commentator on the Fox News Channel, Fox Business Channel, MSNBC, CNN, BET, The BlazeTV and international news outlets. Ms. Pierson owns a small consulting firm and she is dedicated to empowering the individual.
You can hear Katrina every Thursday on America’s Web Radio with the Texas Tea Party Hour at 12:00pm CST.
KCarl is rapidly becoming the most requested conservative speaker in the country. A former U.S. Army officer, KCarl is the President and Founder of Frederick Douglass Republican. KCarl is the author of the best-selling book entitled, Frederick Douglass Republicans: The Movement to Re-Ignite America's Passion for Liberty. KCarl is a true stand out in solving the diversity inclusion problem facing the conservative movement--inspiring Blacks, Latinos, women and young people to vote their values.
Mom of three that couldn't sit and yell at tv anymore and joined Glenn Beck's "As a Mom" movement in 2009. Quickly formed a small group with other moms in my area, and have been politically active at a local, state, and national level ever since. Have attended two Texas state conventions, and volunteered on numerous local and state wide conservative campaigns. Believes strongly that one person can make a difference, and teach my children that everyday!
I was born and raised in northern England. We moved to the US in 1954. I attended California schools, including California State Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo. I raised three wonderful children and now have 10 grandchildren. I owned a delivery service and then worked for the Housing Authority in Monterey County, CA. It was my job to assist Public Housing and Section 8 residents to become self sufficient. I moved to Idaho in 2001 and then married the love of my life in 2007.
I have been concerned about our growing debt for many years and I saw that many of the Federal programs do not help their intended recipients. I realized that the Tea Party movement could help to change the course of our impending collapse.. Since 2009, I have dedicated my life to help return our government to the Constitutional Republic our Founder's established and as part of that I am working to ensure that every American can attain the American Dream.
I was pleased to represent the Tea Party in 2010 when I appeared on The David Letterman Show.
Ken Hoagland helped develop the modern grassroots campaign with powerful citizen advocacy efforts for senior citizens beginning in the early 80's. He later led the national campaign to repeal the Catastrophic Care Act in 1988, won wide ranging lawsuit reforms in Texas in the 90's, helped develop school choice campaigns with Education Secretary Rod Paige, and led the FairTax national campaign that swept Iowa and other early primary states in 2008. He is now chaiman of Restore America's Voice which has featured Mike Huckabee on national TV ads for repeal of ObamaCare and who have delivered more than 2 million petitions demanding repeal. He has appeared on hundreds of talk shows and is the author of "The FairTax Solution" by Penguin Publishers. He has written extensively, appearing in papers and websites across the nation on national finance issues, immigration, tax reform, education reform, ObamaCare, citizen privacy, lawsuit reform and about the unconstitutional absence of "consent of the governed" in public policy decisions.
Andrew Langer is the Institute for Liberty’s President, though it remains unclear if he runs it or it runs him. IFL works on a variety of issues—promoting and protecting small business, linking trade and prosperity, tilting against the regulatory state. But at the organization’s core, and Andrew’s, is the desire to promote freedom and individual rights. Andrew has been involved in free-market and limited-government causes for nearly 20 years, has testified before Congress about two dozen times, and was an early leader in the Tea Party movement. In addition to being IFL’s President, he hosts a weekly internet broadcast and frequently guests hosts on Baltimore’s conservative talk station, WBAL and NRANews' Cam and Company.
Becky grew up in the beautiful town of Glenwood Springs, Colorado. She graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She is married to her best friend, Eric, whom she met in Germany while student teaching at Ramstein Air Force Base.
They have lived all over the world during Eric’s 20 year Air Force career. Eric’s final assignment was at Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery. He retired in 2005, but they enjoy living in Wetumpka so much, they decided to stay.
They have an amazing daughter, Shelley, whom they homeschooled from preschool thru High School.
Becky has always been patriotic and has always voted conservatively, but she was not involved in politics. Not until 2009 that is, when she and Eric founded the Wetumpka TEA Party. Since the founding, Becky has been the Vice President and President, leading a large network of patriots through such battles as Obama Care, Cap and Trade, two major elections, and several Alabama Constitutional amendments.
In 2011, Governor Bentley appointed her to the Alabama Constitutional Revision Committee. She served in that position until November of last year.
In 2012 Becky traveled around the country as a political correspondent with B!G Voices Media out of Jacksonville, FL. She also serves as the Alabama state coordinator for ParentalRights.org.
Her political story is featured in the book, “TEA PARTY; The Awakening” by Brent Morehouse (2010). She and her husband are in “THE CHILD; A Documentary” by Watchmen Cinema about the threats to parental rights in America. She has been interviewed on FOX News’, Sean Hannity, FOX and Friends, Neil Cavuto, American News Room, and America’s News Headquarters , the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and other national and local publications.
Justin Binik-Thomas is a resident of Deer Park, Ohio and a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University and the University of Cincinnati. In addition to working in the medical industry, he specializes in media relations and communications as owner/consultant with Conservative Media Group LLC.
George Brunemann is an engineer with 30+ years of experience and over a dozen patents. The current generation of low emission diesel engines and high efficiency diesel-electric trucks are based in part on technology he and his consulting firm have developed for their clients.
In late 2009, the rapid increase in the United States Debt and the march toward socialized medicine drove George to enter the political conversation. He and his wife Nancy opened their home to over 40 friends and neighbors to discuss a shared concern over the future of our country. Two years later that group is now known as the SouthWest Cincinnati Tea Party and has grown to over 400 members.
George has applied the innovation and entrepreneurship from his engineering background into the effort to return the United States to the principles of Fiscal Responsibility, Limited Government and Free Markets. He created a custom voter model for the 2010 election to target specific voters for a door to door campaign that helped return Steve Chabot to the US House. He has traveled to groups around Cincinnati to make presentations on Global Warming, Universal Health Care, EPA's Effect on the Economy and other complex topics.
George joined with Dan Regenold last year to kick off the EmpowerU education series and is together with Dan again to support the push for a Balanced Budget Amendment.
Tea Party WDC (Washington DC) was formed in the spring of 2009 to confront big government in both parties.
Joe Dugan –Tea Party organizer and activist since 2009, Joe is currently wearing three hats as Myrtle Beach Tea Party, Chairman of the Board, Tea Party Patriots, SC State Coordinator and South Carolina Tea Party Coalition, Coordinator.
Working over 80 hours per week, as an uncompensated crusader for the preservation of the U.S. Constitution, and the values of our Founding Fathers, he has been active at the local, state and national levels seeking to ensure citizens are educated about the that common sense values that have made this nation a magnet for the world.
To this end, he has also produced two South Carolina Tea Party Coalition conventions.
Joe believes that time has almost run out for rescuing our Republic from insolvency and decay. The greatest nation in history, built on Liberty, Opportunity and Personal Responsibility, is losing it’s foundation and in danger of crumbling unless immediate action is taken.
Susan Jean Martinek was born in Northeast Iowa. Susan is one of 11 living siblings and is currently married to Daniel Martinek, has two children and several step children. Daniel and Susan currently reside in Cedar Rapids.
In 1993, Susan founded and managed Seams Easy, a clothing alternation company for 19 years, and later, authored the book entitled, “Alterations the Seams Easy Way” (2011). Susan retired in 2011 selling her company and now fills her days caring for her youngest grandson.
Susan has been an active parishioner of St. Ludmila’s Catholic Church for 39 years. Her parish volunteer efforts encompass many different areas including serving two terms on the Pastoral Council, she was a founding parishioner and a member of the Discipleship Committee for 4 years, and the Co-Chairwoman of the Kolach Festival, also serving on its committee for many years. Susan has served the parish’s Pro-Life with Love group for 15 years including residing as the group’s president for 10 years. In addition to her service to her church, Susan is also currently serving her second term on the Archdiocesan Stewardship Committee.
Legal abortion has killed millions of babies in American which drove Susan to co-found, in 2004, a city wide effort to end abortion now called Coalition for Life of Iowa. Susan has served as the Coalition’s president since its inception and has hosted numerous educational forums including those on cloning and stem cell research, end of life decisions, contraception and its link to abortion, and faithful citizenship. Susan has also brought nationally renowned speakers to Cedar Rapids to speak and inspire the community, such as Abby Johnson, former Planned Parenthood manager. Susan is involved in many respect life activities locally, statewide, and even participating twice in the annual March for Life in Washington, DC.
Susan enjoys spending time with all her grandchildren and respects life at all stages from conception to natural death.
Lifetime conservative grassroots activist; lawyer & engineer; Tea Party activist; volunteer and co-organizer in countless conservative campaigns; Republican precinct chair for twenty years; former district chair, legal counsel, and treasurer of Harris County (Houston) Republican Party; former district chair for Kemp for President; former campaign organizer (Iowa and Michigan) for Morton Blackwell's Conservative Victory Fund; former State Chairman of Louisiana Teen-Age Republicans and National Outstanding Teen-Age Republican; president or member of multiple school boards; church activist and volunteer; Boy Scout adult leader/Committee Chair.
I am a wife, mother, grandmother, business woman and now a political activist. When a liberal is a political activist they are patriotic Americans, but we are considered antigovernment. I have a deep-seeded faith in God and have always loved my country. In 2009, at the end of George Bush's 2nd term with his implementation of TARP, I realized that our country was headed in the wrong direction. When we hosted the first rally on July 4th 2009, we found that there were a lot more like minded Americans than just us. American PAGE applied for its 501(c)(4) status in Dec 2009 and waited 2 1/2 years for its tax exempt status. The IRS abused its power but not on the direction of a few low level employees. That came from much higher up.
Elected in 2010 as Utah's 16th Senator, Mike Lee has spent his career defending the basic liberties of Americans and Utahns as a tireless advocate for our founding constitutional principles.
Senator Lee acquired a deep respect for the Constitution early on. His father, Rex Lee, who served as the Solicitor General under President Ronald Reagan, would often discuss varied aspects of judicial and constitutional doctrine around the kitchen table, from Due Process to the uses of Executive Plenary Power. He attended most of his father's arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, giving him a unique, hands-on experience and understanding of government up close.
Lee graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science, and served as BYU's Student Body President in his senior year. He graduated from BYU's Law School in 1997 and went on to serve as law clerk to Judge Dee Benson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, and then with future Supreme Court Justice Judge Samuel A. Alito, Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Lee spent several years as an attorney with the law firm Sidley and Austin specializing in appellate and Supreme Court litigation, and then served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Salt Lake City arguing cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
Lee served the state of Utah as Governor Jon Huntsman's General Counsel and was later honored to reunite with Justice Alito, now on the Supreme Court, for a one-year clerkship. He returned to private practice in 2007.
Throughout his career, Lee earned a reputation as an outstanding practitioner of the law based on his sound judgment, abilities in the courtroom, and thorough understanding of the Constitution.
Today, Lee fights to preserve America's proud founding document in the United States Senate. He advocates efforts to support constitutionally limited government, fiscal responsibility, individual liberty, and economic prosperity.
Lee is a member of the Judiciary Committee, and serves as ranking Member of the Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights Subcommittee protecting business competition and personal freedom.
He also oversees issues critical to Utah as the top Republican on the Water and Power Subcommittee of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He serves on the Armed Services Committee and the Joint Economic Committee, as well.
Lee and his wife Sharon live in Alpine, Utah, with their three children. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served a two-year mission for the Church in the Texas Rio Grande Valley.
Dr. Rand Paul is the junior United States Senator for Kentucky. Elected in 2010, he has proven to be an outspoken champion for constitutional liberties and fiscal responsibility, and a warrior against government overreach. Among his first legislative proposals: cutting $500 billion in federal spending and a plan to balance the federal budget in just five years. He has since introduced similar bills with growing support. In the Senate, Rand serves on the Foreign Relations, Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Homeland Security and Government Affairs, and Small Business Committees.
A graduate of Duke University School of Medicine, Rand was a practicing ophthalmologist in Bowling Green, Ky., for 17 years.
In 1995, he founded the Southern Kentucky Lions Eye Clinic, an organization that provides eye exams and surgery to needy families and individuals. Today, even as a U.S. Senator, he continues to provide pro-bono eye surgery to Kentuckians in need of care.
Rand has been a vocal advocate for term limits, a balanced-budget amendment, a Read the Bills Act, and an audit of the Federal Reserve. He has gained prominence for his independent positions on many political issues.
Rand has been married for over 20 years to Kelley Ashby of Russellville, Ky., and they have three sons. He is the son of former Republican Congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul of Texas.
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is the first Republican woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota. Congresswoman Bachmann has earned a reputation as a “principled reformer” who stays true to her conservative beliefs while pushing for real reform of the broken ways of Washington.
Michele is a leading advocate for bipartisan earmark reform and tax relief and is a staunch opponent of wasteful government spending. She is among the leaders in the U.S. House pushing for increased energy exploration in the U.S. to provide much needed relief at the pump for hardworking Americans and put our nation on the path to energy independence.
Before serving in the U.S. Congress, Bachmann served in the Minnesota State Senate from 2000 to 2006 and championed the Taxpayers Bill of Rights. Prior to that, Bachmann spent five years as a federal tax litigation attorney, working on hundreds of civil and criminal cases. That experience solidified Bachmann’s strong support for efforts to simplify the Tax Code and reduce tax burdens on family and small business budgets.
Congressman Jim Bridenstine is a Navy pilot and combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, and lives with his wife Michelle and their three children Walker (6), Sarah (4), and Grant (9 mos.) in Tulsa, OK.
Bridenstine graduated from Rice University with degrees in economics, business and psychology. After college, he joined the Navy and became a pilot, flying combat missions off the USS Abraham Lincoln in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, Operation Southern Watch in Iraq, and Operation Shock and Awe in Iraq. Later, he transitioned to the F-18 Hornet fighter at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, the parent command to TOPGUN, where he flew “Red Air” and was also an instructor.
After leaving active duty, Bridenstine earned an MBA from Cornell University and returned to Tulsa to be the Executive Director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium. He was recently promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve where he flies the E-2C Hawkeye, a surveillance and operations command aircraft, in Central and South America in support of America's war on drugs.
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Congressman Dave Camp represents the people of the 4th Congressional District of Michigan, which spans fifteen counties across mid and northern Michigan. Camp is the Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, which is one of the oldest and most powerful committees in the U.S. House of Representatives.
As the head of the Committee on Ways and Means, Camp is one of the most influential policymakers in Washington, D.C., helping to set the nation’s economic, health care and social welfare policies. His committee has sole jurisdiction over tax policy and oversees tariff and trade laws, Medicare, Social Security, and welfare and unemployment programs.
Born and raised in Midland, Michigan, where he and his wife and three children reside, Camp’s top priority has always been serving his constituents. Camp stays in close touch with his district and is known for personally signing thousands of constituent letters each year.
Recognized for “decisive breakthroughs” on significant legislation since his first days in Congress, Camp’s signature issues include making America more competitive by lowering and simplifying tax rates for individuals, families and employers; reforming health care to focus on wellness and prevention; expanding access to quality, affordable health care through tax free savings accounts; protecting the welfare of our nation’s children through family focused foster care and adoption programs; and, promoting the production and use of alternative energy, which is a growing industry in Michigan and the Fourth Congressional District.
John Fleming grew up in a working class family in Mississippi. After his father suddenly died, John, as a teenager, took on added responsibility for his disabled mother and his younger siblings. He worked his way through college and attended medical school on a Navy scholarship. John served six years in the Navy as a Medical Officer.
After his time in the U.S. Navy, John and his wife of 34 years, Cindy, settled in Minden, Louisiana. With a young family and no money in the bank, he started a medical practice that continues to serve the community today. He also began to build from scratch a group of non-medical small businesses that today provide hundreds of jobs in the region.
John was first elected to Congress in 2008, to represent Louisiana’s Fourth Congressional District. The district covers most of western Louisiana, stretching from Caddo and Bossier parishes east to Union, and south to Beauregard, and then east again to include parts of St. Landry parish. The district has abundant assets, including the agriculture, defense, and energy industries.
Fleming serves on two House committees – Armed Services – from which he focuses on the missions of Barksdale Air Force Base and Fort Polk’s Joint Readiness Training Center, and Natural Resources – from which he seeks to support the maximization of the Haynesville and Tuscaloosa Marine Shales, two sources of energy which have created tens of thousands of jobs for 4th District families.
John is focused on preserving the same freedoms that gave him the opportunity, as a young man from a working class family, to work for the American dream. He believes that the people he represents are best served when they are able to create their own success in an environment that embraces individual liberty and is not hampered by high taxes or unnecessary regulations. When government is efficient and accountable, the economy can grow and good jobs will be created.
Dr. Fleming was the Louisiana Family Doctor of the Year in 2007. He has worked in Congress for sensible health care reforms, and authored legislation urging all Members of Congress to participate in the same health care system that they create for the American people. He serves as Vice-Chairman of the GOP Doctors Caucus, a group that includes 14 physicians who work to develop patient-centered health care reforms. Dr. Fleming has also championed conscience protections for medical personnel who choose to not participate in abortion practices.
John Fleming's primary goals are to uphold the U.S. Constitution and to be a servant leader to the people he represents. He’s been named a “Defender of Liberty” by the American Conservative Union, a “Congressional Sentinel” by Heritage Action for America, and a “Guardian of Small Business” by the National Federation of Independent Business.
Serving his fifth term in the United States House of Representatives, Congressman Louie Gohmert was first sworn in January 4, 2005. He proudly represents the First District of Texas which encompasses over 12 counties stretching nearly 120 miles down the state's eastern border.
During these trying economic times, Rep. Gohmert is developing innovative solutions to jumpstart our economy and offering practical alternatives to the government's bailout frenzy. His “Federal Income Tax Holiday” gained widespread national support from the grassroots level to national leaders, allowing taxpayers to decide how best to spend their hard-earned money. Louie has repeatedly called for an end to the socialization of our economy and decried the notion that Washington Bureaucrats know better than American taxpayers.
Louie serves on numerous House committees and subcommittees. He was recently named Vice Chair of the Judiciary subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security due to his extensive knowledge stemming from years in the court room.
Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, Louie was elected to three terms as District Judge in Smith County, Texas. During his tenure on the bench, he gained national and international attention for some of his innovative rulings. He was later appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to complete a term as Chief Justice of the 12th Court of Appeals.
Louie received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University and later graduated from Baylor School of Law. He is also a veteran having served his country as Captain in the U.S. Army.
Today, he and his wife Kathy are the proud parents of three daughters. Their family attends Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler, where Louie has served as a deacon and still teaches Sunday school.
U.S. Representative Tom Graves serves Georgia’s 14th Congressional District, which spans from the northwest borders with Alabama and Tennessee down to the suburbs of Atlanta. Tom entered Congress in June 2010 after winning a special election to represent Georgia's 9th Congressional District. As a result of reapportionment, he was reelected in 2012 in the newly created 14th Congressional District.
In Congress, Tom serves on the House Committee on Appropriations, which decides how the United States government spends taxpayer dollars. This assignment puts Tom in the center of the spending cut debate, as he works to balance the budget, root out government inefficiency and waste, and reform Congress into a more disciplined body that focuses on saving - not spending - taxpayer dollars. Within the full Appropriations Committee, Tom serves on three Appropriations subcommittees: Commerce, Justice and Science; Financial Services; and Interior and Environment.
Tom has become a top conservative voice in Congress and across the country, receiving several awards from major organizations devoted to lowering the tax burden and limiting government. Tom's awards include: Club for Growth's Defender of Economic Freedom, Heritage Action's Sentinel (97% rating), National Taxpayer Union's Taxpayers' Friend, National Federation of Independent Business's Guardian of Small Business, U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Spirit of Enterprise, FreedomWorks' Freedom Fighters Award, Citizens Against Government Waste's Taxpayer Hero (99% lifetime rating), and the only Georgian to receive a 100% rating from Americans for Prosperity for the 112th Congress (100% lifetime rating). In 2010, House Republicans honored Tom as Freshman of the Year.
Prior to being elected to Congress, Tom served in the Georgia General Assembly for over seven years. While there, he authored legislation that was nationally recognized and designed to help small businesses put Georgians back to work through a series of tax credits, cuts, and incentives for small businesses. In 2009, the major nonpartisan organization for state legislators, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), named Tom the Entrepreneurial Legislator of the Year.
Tom grew up in White, Georgia, and later attended the University of Georgia where he graduated with a B.B.A in Finance. Tom, his wife Julie and their three children reside on their farm in Ranger, Georgia, and are active members of Belmont Baptist Church in Calhoun.
Congressman Tim Huelskamp (HYUELS-camp) was elected to his first term as a United States Representative in November 2010. In the 113th Congress he represents Kansas' First Congressional District, known as the "Big First." Congressman Huelskamp was born near and raised on the family farm in Fowler, Kansas. Pioneered by his grandparents Martin and Clara in 1926, the farm operation includes raising corn, cattle, wheat, milo, soybeans and kids. There he learned the value of hard work and personal responsibility, a strong family life and the essentials of his Catholic Christian faith.
Congressman Huelskamp attended elementary and high school in Fowler, where he was a Farm Bureau Youth Leader, a member of St. Anthony's Parish, and active in both 4-H and Future Farmers of America. Following high school, Congressman Huelskamp attended a seminary in Santa Fe, New Mexico and pursued his bachelor's degree in social science education at the College of Santa Fe.
After his undergraduate education, Congressman Huelskamp accepted a scholarship to pursue doctoral studies at The American University in Washington, D.C. In four years he obtained a Ph.D. in Political Science with a specialization in agriculture policy.
During his time at American University, Congressman Huelskamp met his wife, Angela, and together they were active in assisting women in crisis pregnancies. Additionally, Tim was busy as a college instructor teaching public policy and working as a statistical analyst.
Upon graduation, Congressman and Mrs. Huelskamp turned down various job offers and decided to return home to farm, ranch and raise a family in Fowler. Before coming to Congress, he was first elected to the Kansas Senate in 1996, the youngest senator elected in twenty years. Tim was re-elected by his constituents three times by wide margins – 2000, 2004 and 2008. Congressman and Mrs. Huelskamp are the proud parents of four adopted children: Natasha, Rebecca, Athan and Alexander. Both girls are from Haiti, while the two boys were already Americans. Tim enjoys working in his church and remains involved as a lector and usher. He also continues to enjoy involvement in various civic organizations, hunting, playing sports with his kids, and reading with the family. Meanwhile, Angela continues to work promoting and fostering adoptions.
Jim Jordan was raised in Champaign County, Ohio, graduating from Graham High School in 1982, where he was a four-time state champion in wrestling with a career record of 150-1. He went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin, where he was a two-time NCAA wrestling champion. He later earned a Master’s degree in Education from the Ohio State University and a Law Degree from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.
Jordan is a fiscal conservative who believes that families and taxpayers, rather than government, know best how to make decisions with their money. Throughout his career, Jim Jordan has led the fight against tax hikes, including those proposed by his own political party. He believes that cutting taxes and letting families keep more of what they earn helps build strong communities and a vibrant economy.
In Congress, Jordan has also emerged as a prominent defender of the taxpayer’s pocketbook through his work on spending issues. In 2009, he introduced the only balanced budget alternative to President Obama's budget. In the 112th Congress, Jordan served as Chairman of the House Republican Study Committee, the largest caucus of conservatives, advancing conservative ideas and solutions on Capitol Hill.
Jordan has been an advocate of the taxpayer, looking for waste, fraud and abuse in the federal government. He serves on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, where he serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation and Regulatory Affairs.
Mike Kelly was born in Pittsburgh and raised in Butler, PA, where he has lived for the past 53 years. After graduating from Butler High School in 1966, Mike attended the University of Notre Dame on a football and academic scholarship. After college, Mike moved back to Butler to work at Kelly Chevrolet-Cadillac, Inc., a company founded by his father in the early 1950s. Mike took ownership of the dealership in the mid-1990s, expanding its operations to include Hyundai and KIA franchises.
Mike currently employs over 100 people from the region, and is a leader in the local and national automotive industry. Mike has served as Chairman of the Hyundai Eastern Region Dealer Council, Vice Chairman of the Hyundai National Dealer Council, and has served on the boards of the Chevrolet Dealers Advertising Association of Pittsburgh and the Cadillac Consultants of Western Pennsylvania. In addition, Mike was Secretary and Treasurer of the Hyundai initiative “Hope on Wheels,” which has donated over $58 million to childhood cancer research institutions nationwide.
Mike was a Butler City councilman, and has sat on the boards of several local and civic organizations, including the Housing Authority of Butler County, the Redevelopment Authority of Butler County, and the Moraine Trails Council of Boys Scouts of America. In recognition of Mike’s extensive volunteer and charitable work, Catholic Charities gave Mike the Mary DeMucci Award and the Mayor of Butler designated October 26, 2001 as “Mike Kelly Day” for his commitment to his hometown.
Dedicated to improving education, Mike founded the Butler Quarterback Club and The Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation, which provides unique and innovative educational programs for students in the Butler Area School District. Mike and his wife, Victoria, a former elementary school teacher, also established the Mary McTighe Kelly Creative Teaching Grant for elementary educators and the Lighthouse Foundation’s One Warm Coat Program, which helped collect over 500 winter coats for students in need in the Butler community.
Steve King grew up in a law enforcement family in Storm Lake, Iowa. He attended Denison Community High School, where he met Marilyn Kelly, whom he married in 1972. They have lived in Kiron for 38 years and are members of St. Martin's Church in Odebolt. Steve and Marilyn have three grown sons and five grandchildren.
King studied math and science at Northwest Missouri State University. He started King Construction in 1975 and built the business up from one bulldozer. He brings valuable knowledge to Congress as an agribusinessman and a small business owner for 28 years. King's oldest son now runs the construction business.
He served in the Iowa State Senate for six years where he assumed roles as Chairman of the State Government Committee and Vice Chairman of the Oversight Budget Subcommittee. He was a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Judiciary Committee, Business and Labor Committee and the Commerce Committees. He worked in the State Senate to successfully eliminate the inheritance tax, enforce workplace drug testing, enforce parenting rights, including parental notification of abortions, pass tax cuts for working Iowans, and pass the law that made English the official language in Iowa.
King was elected to Congress in 2002 to represent Iowa's Fifth Congressional District. During the 2012 election cycle, Iowa was redistricted to four districts. King now represents the Fourth Congressional District in the 113th Congress which includes: Ames, Fort Dodge, Mason City, Sioux City and Spencer. He brings personal experience, Constitutional principles, traditional marriage and family values and the perspective of representing one of the top producing agriculture districts in the nation to the people of Iowa’s new Fourth Congressional District.
King serves on the Agriculture Committee and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and Nutrition. He has long been dedicated to adding value as close to the corn stalk and bean stubble as possible, as many times as possible. The Fourth District is one of the leading agricultural production districts in America. It will lead the nation in egg and pork production and will be near the top in corn and soybean production. The Fourth District will also rank first among all 435 congressional districts in ethanol and total renewable energy production. King's very first bill in Congress was an expansion of a tax credit to small ethanol and biodiesel producers. His language was included in the Energy Users Act of 2005, which President George W. Bush signed into law.
As 97% of Iowa's businesses are small business, King received a special waiver to serve on the House Small Business Committee so he could work to restrict government regulations that impede the growth of business and jobs. He continues to sit on the Small Business Committee as he serves Iowa’s new Fourth District and he brings with him to the Committee firsthand knowledge of challenges faced by small business owners. He also sits on the following Subcommittees within Small Business: Agriculture, Energy and Trade; Healthcare and Technology; Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access; Contracting and Workforce.
King is also a member of the House Judiciary Committee, where he sits on the Constitution and Civil Justice Subcommittee and the Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee. He believes the Constitution means what it says and that it should be read with the intent of our Founding Fathers in mind. King is never caught without a copy of the Constitution in his coat pocket.
King also chairs the Conservative Opportunity Society, a powerful and legendary House caucus that is best known for energizing Republicans to regain the majority of the House of Representatives in 1994.
Congressman Tom Price was first elected to represent Georgia’s 6th district in November 2004. Prior to going to Washington, Price served four terms in the Georgia State Senate – two as Minority Whip. In 2002, he was a leader in the Republican renaissance in Georgia as the party took control of the State Senate, with Price rising to become the first Republican Senate Majority Leader in the history of Georgia.
In Congress, Rep. Price has proven to be a vibrant leader, tireless problem solver and the go-to Republican on quality health care policy. He serves on the House Committee on Ways and Means, as well as the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. In the 113th Congress, Price was named Vice Chairman of the House Committee on the Budget. In previous Congresses, he has served as Chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee and Chairman of the Republican Study Committee. Committed to advancing positive solutions under principled leadership, Price has been a fierce opponent of government waste and devoted to limited government and lower spending.
For nearly twenty years, Rep. Price worked in private practice as an orthopedic surgeon. Before coming to Washington he returned to Emory University School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor and Medical Director of the Orthopedic Clinic at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, teaching resident doctors in training. He received his Bachelor and Doctor of Medicine degrees from the University of Michigan and completed his Orthopedic Surgery residency at Emory University.
Congressman Price and his wife, Elizabeth, reside in Roswell, GA. They have one son.
Matt Salmon was first elected to the United States Congress in 1994 and served until 2000, honoring his term limit pledge. A proud fiscal conservative, Salmon played a pivotal role in balancing the first federal budget in a generation, and was rated in the top five among all 535 members of the House and Senate by Citizen's Against Government Waste for all six years he served in office.
During his time in Congress, Salmon was named a "Watchdog of the Treasury" six consecutive years and earned the "Taxpayer Hero Award" from the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste. Salmon's record of supporting pro-business policies earned him the Spirit of Enterprise Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for each of the six years he served. Salmon was also honored as a "Friend of Small Business" from the National Federation of Independent Business for six consecutive years.
Among Salmon's many Congressional accomplishments was the sponsoring of "Aimee’s Law", a measure that gave "No Second Chances" for rapists, molesters and murderers. "Aimee’s Law" received widespread support by a large number of organizations and victims' rights groups including the National Fraternal Order of Police, Law Enforcement Alliance of America, Kids Safe, Justice for All, National Association of Crime Victims' Rights, and the Women's Coalition.
Salmon was also the recipient of the American Cancer Society's "Top National Elected Official" award.
While in Congress, Salmon led several U.S. Congressional delegations to China to improve trade relations and bilateral relationships. He was the only member of the U.S. Congress in America's history to speak fluent Mandarin Chinese. In 2000, Salmon was instrumental in obtaining the release of U.S. based academic researcher Song Yongyi who was being held in China on spying charges.
Salmon began his career in public service as an Arizona State Senator, a position in which he served from 1991 to 1995. While in the Arizona Senate, he served as the Assistant Majority Leader and chaired the Rules Committee.
Before serving as a State Senator, Salmon worked thirteen years as a telecommunications executive in Arizona. Salmon earned a Bachelor's Degree from Arizona State University and a Master's in Public Administration from Brigham Young University. He is a proud graduate of Mesa High School in Mesa, Arizona.
Salmon is a lifetime member of the NRA with an A+ rating of supporting 2nd Amendment rights. He also earned a 100% rating by the National Right to Life.
Matt Salmon has been married for 32 years to his best friend, Nancy. They are the proud parents of four children and the proud grandparents of six grandchildren.
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