SCTPC 2015 Speaker Bios

Donald J. Trump

Donald Trump_2Donald J. Trump Chairman and President, The Trump Organization is the very definition of the American success story, continually setting the standards of excellence while expanding his interests in real estate, sports and entertainment.  Mr. Trump has over 7 million followers on social media. He uses this platform to advocate for Conservative causes, low taxes, a strong military and pro-growth policies.   Mr. Trump was born in Queens, New York. He is married to Melania Trump and father to Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka, Eric, Tiffany and Barron. He is a proud grandfather of seven.

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Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D.

bccurrentDr. Ben Carson overcame poverty in inner city Detroit to become one of the most respected physicians in the world, serving 39 years as the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. Carson was named by TIME and CNN as one of the nation’s 20 foremost physicians and scientists, appointed to the President’s Council on Bioethics by George W. Bush, and awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He is the author of six bestselling books, a syndicated columnist and former FOX News contributor.

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Ted Cruz, US Senator (TX)

Senator Ted CruzIn 2012, Ted Cruz was elected as the 34th U.S. Senator from Texas. A passionate fighter for limited government, economic growth, and the Constitution, Ted won a decisive victory in both the Republican primary and the general election, despite having never before been elected to office. Propelled by tens of thousands of grassroots activists across Texas, Ted’s election has been described by the Washington Post as “the biggest upset of 2012 . . . a true grassroots victory against very long odds.”

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Rick Santorum

RICK SANTORUMFormer U.S. Senator and 2012 Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum is CEO of EchoLight Studios, America’s Fastest-Growing Faith & Family Film Company. Santorum is Chairman of Patriot Voices, a grassroots and online community of Americans committed to promoting faith, family, freedom and opportunity. Prior to running for President, Rick served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1991 to 1995, and in the U.S. Senate from 1995 to 2007. Santorum wrote the best seller It Takes a Family. He is also the author of American Patriots: Answering the Call to Freedom.

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Gordon G. Chang

Gordon ChangGordon G. Chang is the author of The Coming Collapse of China and Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes On the World. He has given briefings at the National Intelligence Council, the CIA, the State Department, and the Pentagon. He has testified before Congress. Chang has appeared on CNN, Fox News, Fox Business, MSNBC, CNBC, PBS, and Bloomberg Television. He has appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. His writings have appeared in major publications including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

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Steve Bannon

Steve Bannon CEO BreitbartSteve Bannon, serves as the Executive Chairman of Breitbart News Network, LLC. Mr. Bannon serves as the Chief Executive Officer of American Vantage Media Corporation and Affinity Media. Mr. Bannon is a Partner of Societe Gererale, one of the largest talent management companies in the entertainment business. Mr. Bannon served as the Chief Executive Officer of American Vantage Media Corp. Mr. Bannon received his MBA from Harvard University. He received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Polytechnical Institutes College of Architecture and has a graduate degree in Government from Georgetown University.

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Dennis Michael Lynch

Dennis Michael LynchDennis Michael Lynch is an award-winning entrepreneur who has spent the past 25 years building successful businesses. He is best known for his film productions and appearances on FOX NEWS. FILMS: THEY COME TO AMERICA I & II both focused on illegal immigration.  His third film, WE RIDE TO DC, exposes the liberal bias powering the main stream media.  It also sparked thousands of supporters to encourage him to run for president.   Recently, Dennis appeared on FOX to announce he’s exploring a run in 2016.  DML2016.com

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Adam Andrzejewski

Adam AndrzejewskiFounder, OpenTheBooks.com Our mission- post “every dime, online, in real time” of all local, state, and federal government spending at OpenTheBooks.com & in our award winning Open The Books mobile app. At 1.6 billion records, we are the largest private repository of government spending in the world. In 2010, I ran for Governor of Illinois and narrowly lost the primary. My work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, by John Stossel, Stephen Moore, The FOX News Channel, and even HBO’s Bill Maher.

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Dr. Steve Moysey

Steve MoyseyDr. Steve Moysey is an organizational psychologist who specializes in the areas of conflict resolution and negotiation. Dr. Moysey’s on-going research and writing pays particular attention to law enforcement hostage stand-off situation. His earlier work on the Balcombe Street siege and the Iranian Embassy siege in London has appeared internationally in the Journal of Police Crisis Negotiations (Haworth). Originally from England, Dr. Moysey now lives in Massachusetts, with his wife musician Monica Hatch and their two Welsh Springer Spaniels.

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Jake Macaulay

Jake MacCurrent director of national outreach and Speakers Bureau member of the Institute on the Constitution (IOTC), an educational outreach that presents the founders’ “American View” of law and government. IOTC has produced thousands of graduates in all 50 states with a full understanding of the Biblical principles on which America’s founding documents are based. Email: Jake@TheAmericanView.com / Twitter: @constitutionjm /Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jake.m.macaulay

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Deneen Borelli

Deneen BorelliDeneen Borelli is a conservative author, columnist, and television personality. She is best known for writing Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation, a political critique that criticizes progressivism, crony capitalism, and elitism under the Obama administration. Borelli is a contributor to Fox News and Fox Business programs such as Hannity, The O’Reilly Factor, Fox and Friends, and Lou Dobbs Tonight.

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Louie Gohmert, US Representative (TX)

Louie GohmertCongressman Louie Gohmert is the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security, and a senior Member on the House Natural Resources Committee. He has often been described as the ‘conscious of the Republican party.’ Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, Louie was elected to three terms as District Judge in Smith County, Texas. He also served as Chief Justice of Texas’ 12th Court of Appeals.

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Kevin Jackson

Kevin Jackson _2Kevin Jackson is a best-selling author, a national speaker, syndicated radio host, and funny man who has graced the stage with some of the most well-known politicos. You may have seen him on Fox News, CNN, and others, and or heard him on nationally syndicated radio shows like John Gibson, Lars Larson, and others. Not just a pretty face, Kevin earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University, and is a Fellow at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics. Kevin has fathered four sons, whom he considers his greatest creation.

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Robert Rector

Robert RecterRobert Rector, a leading authority on poverty, welfare programs and immigration in America for three decades, is The Heritage Foundation’s senior research fellow in domestic policy. Rector concentrates on a range of related issues, including the collapse of the marriage culture, the breakdown of the family and other social ills. He is a vocal proponent of marriage education, especially in low-income communities. Rector played a major role in crafting the 1996 federal welfare reform legislation, which, for the first time, required recipients to work or get job training in exchange for benefits.

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Jeff Duncan, US Representative (SC)

JEFF-DUNCANA South Carolina native and a 1988 graduate of Clemson University. Prior to being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Duncan served as branch manager and an Assistant Vice President during his seven years of working in community banking. Later, he became the President and CEO of J. Duncan Associates, a South Carolina based, family owned real estate marketing firm which specialized in statewide real estate auctions. Elected in 2010 to the 112th Congress, Jeff currently sits on three House committees including the Natural Resources Committee, the Homeland Security Committee, and the Foreign Affairs.

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Mick Mulvaney, US Representative (SC)

Congressman Mick MulvaneyCongressman Mulvaney was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010 – after defeating 28-year incumbent John Spratt. He has served on the House Small Business Committee, the house Budget Committee, and the Joint-Economic Committee. Mick has worked tirelessly to create solutions to our largest problem – national debt. He most notably co-authored “Cut, Cap, and Balance” – as an alternative to raising the debt ceiling in August of 2011. ”Cut, Cap, and Balance” would have cut spending, capped spending, and allowed for a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution.

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Tom Rice, US Representative (SC)

Congressman Tom RiceCongressman Rice has a deeply rooted connection to the Grand Strand and Pee Dee areas. Tom entered Congress with a commitment to spur economic development, a drive to implement real tax and spending reform, and a passionate belief that limited government will better serve the needs and growth of the Seventh Congressional District of South Carolina by protecting its unique entrepreneurial spirit. Tom was the Chairman of Horry County Council where his main focus was on job creation.

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Bill Norton

Bill NortonIs the National Support Team Constitutional Coordinator for Tea Party Patriots.org. He is responsible for developing educational material related to the Constitution for the organization. Bill has also been volunteering with the National Center for Constitutional Studies, or NCCS, for 10 years updating educational material related to the Constitution. He has been a presenter for the organization for 3 years.

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Ambassador Henry Cooper

Ambassador Henry-F-CooperIs Chairman of the Board of High Frontier, a non-profit, non-partisan educational corporation, formed to examine the potential for defending America against missile attack. Founded by General Daniel O. Graham in the early 1980’s, High Frontier played a key role in developing the framework for President Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI). Under Ambassador Cooper’s direction, High Frontier continues to inform the nation of the growing threat of ballistic missiles and of the need for a workable missile defense.

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Bill Cowan, USMC Lt. Col. (ret.)

Bill Cowan_3USMC (Retired), has been a Fox News Channel contributor for 12 years and has appeared in numerous documentaries about the Viet Nam war and about terrorism. In addition to his highly visible media persona, throughout his professional career he has remained directly involved in intelligence and military special operations matters for the government. A frequent traveler overseas, Bill brings extensive knowledge, experience, and understanding of terrorism, global affairs, and America’s shrinking prominence as a world power.

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Jim Bridenstine, US Representative (OK)

Jim BridenstineCongressman Jim Bridenstine is a Navy pilot and combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, and lives with his wife Michelle and their three children 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.

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Lauren Cooley

Lauren CooleyLauren Cooley is a graduate of Furman University, where she earned a B.A. in Political Science and ran the Conservative Students for a Better Tomorrow – a group named the #1 Conservative Student Group in the Nation. She now works as the Florida Field Coordinator for Turning Point USA. Ms. Cooley is also a reporter with Campus Reform. Her stories have been featured on several national news outlets, including the Drudge Report. In addition to her work for Campus Reform, Cooley has written for the Greenville JournalThe College Fix, and her college paper, The Paladin.

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Dave Schwartz

David SchwartzAFP South Carolina State Director Dave Schwartz has spent his career advocating for conservative policies and giving a voice to hard-working taxpayers. In 2014, Dave’s leadership guided AFP to help defeat the largest tax hike in Greenville County history and has quickly made AFP the largest grassroots, free market organization in South Carolina. He has had media appearances on Fox, NBC, CBS, and in the New York Times, Politico, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, and the Greenville News. Dave and his wife Casey, are parents of two girls, Darby and Delaney. They proudly call Mt. Pleasant home.

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Bob Menges

Bob Menges_remakeBob Menges resides in Summerville, SC with his wife Patti. A retired USAF veteran with over 20 years service on active duty, Bob is a constitutional scholar and expert. He teaches Constitutional Law to home schooled students and has provided seminars all over South Carolina on the Constitution and the biblical worldview of government. In 2013 Bob was appointed as the volunteer South Carolina State Director for the national Convention of States Project. http://www.towardsarenewedmind.com

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Lou Marin

Lou MarinChief Executive Officer, I Am American Lou Marin is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of I Am American.org, and a highly decorated United States Navy Chief Petty Officer and Gulf War 22 year veteran. Previously, Lou served as Florida Co-State Director for Herman Cain’s 2012 Presidential campaign. Lou is a “grassroots expert” and brings an enormous amount of leadership experience and contacts to the organization. In addition, he is a world-class magician who specializes in corporate sales marketing and he is currently a commercial real estate and a bridge/hard money consultant.

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Jeffrey H. Anderson

Jeff AndersonExecutive Director of the 2017 Project. A Ph.D. in political science from Claremont Graduate University, Anderson was the senior speechwriter at the United States Department of Health and Human Services from 2008-09. His writings have been published in the Wall Street Journal, the Weekly Standard, National Affairs, National Review, Claremont Review of Books, Investor’s Business Daily, the Washington Times, and the New York Post. From 2001-07, he taught American government and political philosophy at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

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John R. Graham

John R. GrahamJohn R. Graham is a financial, economic, and policy analyst in the health sector. He is a Senior Fellow of the Pacific Research Institute, National Center for Policy Analysis, the Independent Institute, and the Fraser Institute. He is an Adjunct Scholar at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and a contributor at Forbes.com. Graham served as Vice-President of AdvaMed, the Advanced Medical Technology Association, until June 2013. Previously, he was the Director of Health Care Studies at The Pacific Research Institute in San Francisco, California from May 2005 through July 2012.

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Matt BatzelIs the new National Executive Director of American Majority. Matt had been the Wisconsin Executive Director since October 2010, when he opened that office. Under Matt Batzel’s leadership, the Wisconsin chapter of American Majority has trained 104 winning candidates at the state and local level, held over 100 trainings, and trained more than 3,800 individuals. Matt gained experience at the state and federal levels, including in all three branches of the federal government. He has a tax law background, having practiced in the private sector for over two years following his graduation from law school.

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David R. Bores

DavidDavid has been in public service in a variety of leadership positions for over 45 years. After retiring from the Army in 1991 as a lieutenant colonel, he served for 16 years as a senior officer of the Cherokee (GA) County Sheriff’s Office from 1993 to 2008, where he held the rank of major and supervised the agency’s training, internal affairs, court security, administrative, and accreditation activities. Most recently he was the Chief of Police at Woodstock, GA from 2009 to 2012. He has provided leadership training to various law enforcement agencies in Georgia and is currently serving as a guest speaker to local civic, religious, and political groups on the threat of fundamentalist Islam to America.

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Bill Finlay (Wild Bill For America)

Wild Bill For AmericaBill Finlay is a retired American law enforcement officer who now serves as “America’s Leading Liberalologist”, working to cure liberalism in our lifetime. His “Wild Bill for America” videos are seen in over 160 countries and have reached millions. A popular Tea Party speaker and radio guest, Bill’s mission in life is calling Americans back to the God and country principles that founded this nation and were the key to the success of the USA.

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Bill Pascoe

Bill PascoeBill was born in the District of Columbia, and grew up in a Virginia suburb of the nation’s capital. The Washington Post was his hometown newspaper. Bill says he is a political junkie and writes for other political junkies. Bill has had his hands in a major race in nearly every state. He was a Hill CoS; is a former RNC spokesman and chief speechwriter; was a former nationally syndicated radio talk show host; wrote a column for the the Washington Times for 10 years. Bill wrote his master’s thesis on, among others, Sen. Chris Dodd; managed, in recent cycles, the campaigns of (ahem) Alan Keyes, David Vitter, Bret Schundler, and Doug Forrester.

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Alan Wilson, Attorney General (SC)

SC Attorney General Alan WilsonSC Attorney General Alan Wilson: was elected South Carolina’s Fifty-First Attorney General on November 2, 2010, and took office on January 12, 2011, becoming the nation’s youngest Attorney General. Wilson has defended the Constitution and the laws of this state even if it means challenging the federal government. He has protected South Carolina’s right-to-work; helped lead the 26-state challenge to the federal health care mandate; and successfully safeguarded South Carolina’s voter identification and immigration laws in court.

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Lester Eisner, Maj. Gen. USA National Guard (Ret.)

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Lester EisnerRetired deputy adjutant general of the South Carolina National Guard. With more than 37 years of exceptionally distinguished service in the U.S. Army and the South Carolina National Guard (SCNG) . With a formation of over 1,000 Soldiers from the 59th Aviation Troop Command, Eisner received numerous awards and praised for his dedication and selfless service. Among the presentations to Eisner were the Distinguished Service Medal, Guardsman Retirement Medal, Certificate of Appreciate, a U.S. flag and the Order of Saint Michael.

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Rob Maness, Colonel, USAF,(retired)

Rob ManessRob Maness’ dedicated service includes a 32-year Air Force career and as a Candidate for a Louisiana U.S. Senate seat in 2014. The Founder of GATORPAC, a super-PAC to give liberty-minded citizens the teeth and tools to take our country back from the politicians, Maness is committed to government accountability and constitutional principles. Colonel Maness was on duty in the Pentagon during the 9/11 attacks, commanded a B-1 squadron in combat, and conducted air intelligence operations against the enemy. His many decorations include the Bronze Star Medal for brilliant leadership in combat.

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