Cruz, Fiorina to Address Convention

Ted Cruz Carly Fiorina

Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina will serve as headline speakers during the 38th Biennial Convention.

Fiorina will kickoff the convention the afternoon of Friday, Sept. 11, at 4:45 p.m. while Cruz will keynote the Saturday afternoon general session on Sept. 12 at 5 p.m.

The NFRW has invited declared Republican presidential candidates and other Republican VIPs to address the convention. Confirmed speakers and special guests are featured below.

 

Speakers and Special Guests

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Nancy BocskorNancy Bocskor
Author, Professor, Trainer & Consultant

Nancy Bocskor is a sought-after speaker and internationally renowned expert in applied democracy.
She is a trainer and consultant whose client list includes citizen activists and organizations in the U.S. and abroad.

The author of Go Fish: How to Catch (and Keep) Contributors: A Practical Guide to Fundraising, Nancy is a professor at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management where she teaches both online and “live” fundraising courses. She also guides online students through their Practicum and Capstone Courses.

In a report on the global influence of Nancy’s work as a political educator, a major German newspaper described her as a “democracy coach.” She is equally recognized as a passionate and inspirational advocate for women’s participation in leadership, politics and government.

Nancy is on the board for Running Start, an organization that encourages young women to run for office, and was a faculty member for Project 2012, a program hosted by the Center for American Women & Politics at Rutgers that recruits women run for public office. Most recently, she joined the advisory board for the Veterans Campaign Workshop, a program that trains veterans for public service. She also served on the board of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale for seven years, where she chaired the school’s Curriculum Committee for five years.

A graduate of Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio, Nancy received the 2010 “Distinguished Alumna Award” for her “passion to affect change in national and international communities through significant and poignant communication, for the training and consulting with our nation’s and world’s political leaders, and for her commitment to educate others, especially women, around the world.”

Nancy has been an invited speaker for four consecutive years at the International Young Political Leaders Conference in Lake Seliger, Russia. More than 1,000 students representing 50 countries attend this conference annually. In the summer of 2011, Nancy was a visiting professor at the Moscow School of Humanitarian Studies where she lectured on political leadership.

Nancy regularly speaks about global civic activism at major conferences such as CIPE’s “Democracy that Delivers for Women” seminar, the AAUW national convention, and the ICAN Omaha’s Women Leadership Conference. For the past two years she has spoken at the American University in Cairo to 80 Egyptian leaders representing the spectrum of political interests vying for a role in that country’s emerging democracy. She is the President of the Nancy Bocskor Company, founded in 1991.

“Nancy Bocskor spreads democracy throughout the world…the lively American travels from one country to the next coaching candidates on how to win elections, especially encouraging women to make it into parliament”.

-Die Welt, November 2007

Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Conway
President and CEO
the polling company

Kellyanne Elizabeth Conway is Founder and President of the polling company, inc./WomanTrend a privately-held, woman-owned corporation founded in 1995.  The firm is headquartered in Washington, DC and maintains an office in New York City.

Kellyanne is one of the most quoted and noted pollsters on the national scene, having provided commentary on over 1,200 television shows on ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, HBO, Comedy Central, MTV and the Fox News Channel, and numerous radio shows and print stories.

Throughout her two decades in market research, Kellyanne has provided primary research and advice for clients in 48 of the 50 states and has directed hundreds of demographic and attitudinal survey projects for statewide and congressional political races, trade associations, and Fortune 100 companies.  Kellyanne is a professionally trained moderator who has personally directed more than 300 focus groups. Clients have included Lifetime Television, The Heritage Foundation, Major League Baseball, The Federalist Society, Coalition of Community Pharmacists Association, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Mass Connections, American Express, ABC News, Ladies Home Journal, and the U.S. Department of Labor.

Kellyanne has worked for leaders such as the late Congressman Jack Kemp; President Reagan’s pollster, Richard Wirthlin, Vice President Dan Quayle; Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich; Sen. Fred Thompson, Gov. Mike Pence and dozens of Members of the U.S. Congress.

In what was a poor year for Republican polling, she and her team were among the few on the GOP side to predict the outcomes of major races in 2012.  In 2014, all of their general election candidates won and the RNC tasked Kellyanne with helping to defeat the so-called “War on Women.”  Beginning in 2015, her firm assumed management of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) straw poll.

A 'fully-recovered' attorney, Kellyanne is admitted to practice law in four jurisdictions (Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia).  She has practiced law, clerked for a judge in Washington, DC and for four years, was an adjunct professor at George Washington University Law Center.  Kellyanne is a magna cum laude graduate of Trinity College, Washington, D.C., where she earned a B.A. in Political Science, studied at Oxford University, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.  She holds a law degree, with honors, from George Washington University Law School.

Kellyanne has been profiled in over a dozen magazines, newspapers, and television programs.  Her polling data and op-eds have been published by The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The New York Post, The Washington Times, USA Today, National Review, Human Events, Investors' Business Daily, and Politico and she is a regular on the speaking circuit. She has received the Washington Post's 'Crystal Ball' award for accurately predicted elections and with Celinda Lake co-authored the critically-acclaimed book, “WHAT WOMEN REALLY WANT”.

She is a Trustee of the Phillips Foundation and is a board member of the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute, Independent Women’s Forum, American Conservative Union, the National Journalism Center, and Men Against Breast Cancer.  Mrs. Conway retains memberships in the American Association of Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) and the Qualitative Research Consultants Association (QRCA).  Kellyanne is married to George T. Conway III and they have four young children.

Ted CruzTed Cruz
Republican candidate
U.S. President

Throughout his entire life, Ted Cruz has proven to be a passionate and effective fighter for limited government, economic growth, and the Constitution.

Ted’s calling to public service has been inspired by his first-hand observation of the pursuit of freedom and opportunity in America. Ted’s mother, Eleanor, was born in Delaware to an Irish and Italian working-class family. She became the first in her family to go to college, graduated from Rice University with a degree in mathematics, and became a pioneering computer programmer in the 1950s.

After being tortured and imprisoned in Cuba, Ted’s father, Rafael, fled to the United States to attend the University of Texas at Austin in 1957. He then started a small business in the oil and gas industry. Today, Ted’s father is a pastor in Dallas.

Growing up, his father would often say to him:

“When we faced oppression in Cuba, I had a place to flee to. If we lose our freedom here, where do we go?”

Ted has been a tireless fighter for liberty his entire life because his family knows what it is like to lose it.

As Solicitor General for the State of Texas and in private practice, Ted authored more than 80 U.S. Supreme Court briefs and argued 43 oral arguments, including nine before the U.S. Supreme Court, and has won an unprecedented series of landmark national victories including defending U.S. sovereignty against the UN and the World Court in Medellin v. Texas, defending our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, defending the constitutionality of the Ten Commandments monument at the Texas State Capitol and the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance.

In the U.S. Senate, Ted has led the fight to repeal Obamacare, to stop President Obama’s illegal and unconstitutional executive amnesty, and to defend life, marriage, the First Amendment, the Second Amendment, and our entire Bill of Rights. And most important, he’s kept his promise to speak the truth and do what he said he’d do.

Ted has proven to be the exact type of courageous conservative we need to reignite the promise of America, restore our Constitution, and defend the values we all hold dear.

Ted, his wife Heidi, their two daughters Caroline and Catherine, and his entire family have been blessed to live the American Dream — the idea that anyone, through hard work and determination, can achieve anything. And he is committed to ensuring every family has that same opportunity.

Sharon DaySharon Day
Co-Chairman
Republican National Committee

Sharon Day was elected Co-Chair of the Republican National Committee on January 14, 2011, and reelected on January 25, 2013 and January 16, 2015 respectively. From 2009-2011, she served as RNC Secretary, and she has served at the grassroots level of the Republican Party in Florida for more than 20 years. Sharon has been a member of the Broward County Republican Executive Committee since 1994 and State Committeewoman from Broward County since 1996. She has served as Florida’s National Committeewoman to the RNC since 2004, and she continues to hold that position today. During the election recount of 2000, Sharon played an important role by identifying and deploying Republican ballot counters in Broward County to ensure a balanced and transparent review occurred. Following that effort, she was appointed to serve on the Committee for Election Reform for the State of Florida by Governor Jeb Bush. In 2006, Sharon was elected one of eight members on the Site Selection Committee for the 2008 RNC Convention, where she was also selected as Chairman of the Convention’s Special Events. She was appointed to the Committee on Arrangements for 2008 and was instrumental in getting the 2012 Convention in her home state of Florida. Sharon was appointed to the Broward County Housing Authority, where she served as the Chairman, and has served as a Commissioner on the Florida Commission on the Status of Women. During her service to the Republican Party, Sharon has recruited numerous successful candidates and worked closely with party activists and supporters to spread the Republican message of fewer taxes, less spending and more freedom. In addition she has made opening the doors of our party to women and minorities a priority.

Doug DuceyDoug Ducey
Governor
Arizona

Governor Doug Ducey was elected on November 4, 2014 and was sworn into office on January 5, 2015, becoming Arizona’s 23rd Governor.

As governor, Ducey’s priorities are growing the economy, creating jobs, improving outcomes in K-12 education and balancing the budget. A champion of limited government, economic development and Arizona businesses and families, Governor Ducey has pledged to work every day to ensure “Opportunity for All.”

Prior to taking his oath as governor, Ducey served as Arizona’s 32nd state treasurer, a position he held since his oath of office in January 2011. As Arizona’s chief banker and investment officer, Ducey managed more than $13 billion in state assets and served as an investment manager for local governments.

As state treasurer, Ducey notably led the opposition of Proposition 204, a tax increase that would have cost Arizona taxpayers $1 billion per year. With Ducey’s leadership, the proposition was soundly defeated by a nearly two-to-one margin. During his tenure, Ducey also oversaw the Permanent Land Endowment Trust Fund. Under his watch, the trust fund surpassed $5 billion for the first time, with 90 percent of the earnings allocated toward K-12 education.

Before being elected state treasurer, Ducey was chief executive officer of Cold Stone Creamery. An Arizona-born concept, Cold Stone expanded from a handful of locations to more than 1,400 worldwide under Ducey’s management.

Governor Ducey was born in Toledo, Ohio. He moved to Arizona to attend Arizona State University’s business school, where he earned his bachelor of science in finance in 1986. Governor Ducey and his wife, Angela, live in Phoenix with their three sons, Jack, Joe and Sam.

Carly FiorinaCarly Fiorina
Republican candidate
U.S. President

Carly started out as a secretary for a small real estate business. She typed, filed paperwork and answered the phone. Eventually she would become a leader in technology, business and charity.

In just fifteen years Carly went from an entry-level employee to leading AT&T's spin-off of Lucent Technologies and, later, Lucent's North American operations.

In 1999, Hewlett-Packard recognized the tremendous challenges facing their company and asked Carly to be their new chief executive. As CEO of HP, she was the first woman to lead a Fortune 50 business.

Since leaving HP, Carly has focused on giving back. She has served in a large number of advisory and policy-making positions for national and state governments. She has also led a number of charities and nonprofits, serving as the Chairman of the American Conservative Union Foundation, which annually hosts CPAC; the Chairman of the world's largest product philanthropy organization; and the Chairman of a Christian faith-based organization that helps lift millions out of poverty worldwide.

Jeff FlakeJeff Flake
U.S. Senator
Arizona

Senator Jeff Flake is a fifth-generation Arizonan who was raised on a cattle ranch in Snowflake, Arizona. Snowflake was named in part for Senator Flake's great-great grandfather.

Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, Jeff served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2001-2013 representing the East Valley.

As a member of the U.S. Senate, Jeff sits on the Judiciary Committee, the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Foreign Relations Committee where he also serves as ranking member of Subcommittee on African Affairs.

After serving a Mormon mission in southern Africa, Jeff graduated from Brigham Young University, where he received a B.A. in International Relations and an M.A. in Political Science.

In 1987, Jeff started his career at a Washington, D.C. public affairs firm, but soon returned to Africa as Executive Director of the Foundation for Democracy in Namibia. In this role, Senator Flake helped monitor Namibia's independence process and saw that nation usher in freedom and democracy.

In 1992, Jeff and his family moved back to Arizona where he was named Executive Director of the Goldwater Institute. In this role, Jeff worked to promote a conservative philosophy of less government, more freedom, and individual responsibility.

Jeff and his wife, Cheryl, live in Mesa and have five children.

Robert GrahamRobert Graham
Chairman
Arizona Republican Party

Robert Graham is the State Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party. After getting his BS in Global Business Administration and Finance and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, Graham has accrued a variety of business experience. He has worked with Gold and Associates, CUE Financial and Merrill Lynch. To add this, Graham has founded two different enterprises, iNation, LLC and RG Capital, LLC. He has more than thirteen years of experience in corporate development and in domestic and international strategic, financial, marketing and operational management. Graham and his wife Julia are very involved in the community and together they have five children.

Kay GrangerKay Granger
Congresswoman
Texas, 12th District

It has been said that two kinds of people go to Washington: those who want to be something and those who want to do something. Kay Granger went to do something for her constituents, her district and her country.

She began her career in public service as Mayor of Fort Worth from 1989 to 1995, where she cut crime by 49% in four years. In November 1996, Kay made history when she became the first Republican and the first woman ever elected to represent Texas Congressional District 12. And that night, she promised the people of her district that she would “attack problems, not people.” For the last 12 years, this philosophy has guided her.

Early on in her Congressional career, she established herself as a leader on education, health care and national security issues. As a freshman in Congress, she got legislation passed to help parents pay for college by providing tax incentives for prepaid college tuition. She soon was asked to serve on the Speaker’s Health Care Task Force where she pushed for more access and better affordability on health care. And in 1999, she began serving on the House Appropriations Committee. Today she still serves on that committee and sits on the Defense, Homeland Security and Military Construction/Veterans Affairs Subcommittees. She remains a national leader in fighting for the men and women who fight for us.

But Congresswoman Granger’s career changed on 9-11. She was at the Pentagon meeting with Secretary Rumsfeld that morning. She viewed ground zero a few days later. And she vowed that she would do everything she could to keep America safe from terrorism.

Today she serves as co-chair of the Iraqi Women’s Caucus and of the Anti-Terrorism Caucus. In the course of three congressional delegation visits during a two-year-period in the Middle East, she worked with and mentored Iraqi women who now either hold elected positions or are leaders in their communities. Congresswoman Granger received Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s first Global War on Terrorism Coin for her unwavering support of anti-terrorist efforts.

In addition to supporting the troops, Congresswoman Granger decided in 2006 that more could be done to protect America. “The terrorists know what they are fighting against,” she said at the time, “but do we know what we are fighting for?” Her response was a book she authored on American values and history called “What’s Right About America.” The book chronicles great moments in American history where events were shaped by a great leader standing up for a great value.

Congresswoman Granger has been inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame and the Fort Worth Business Hall of Fame and was the recipient of the National Association of Manufacturers Award for her pro-growth, pro-manufacturing, pro-worker voting record.

Today, Congresswoman Granger continues to go to work for the people of District 12. “I think about my kids and my grandkids,” she says. “I think about what America will look like for them. The decisions we make today will shape their tomorrow.”

Mary Ann HanusaMary Ann Hanusa
State Representative
Iowa

Mary Ann Hanusa is a native of Council Bluffs, Iowa, where she received her K–12 education. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Education at Concordia Teachers College in Seward, Nebraska, and a Master’s degree in American history at the University of Nebraska before moving to Washington, D.C. A brief stint at the National Archives, working on archiving the Ronald Reagan presidential papers, led her to the George H. W. Bush White House, where she worked in the Correspondence Department for two years.

Mary Ann returned to Iowa and was active in the community and in Iowa Republican politics, including the Pottawattamie County Republican Women. From 1996–2001, she was the Director of U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley’s congressional office in Council Bluffs. She served as President of the Friends of the Union Pacific Railroad Museum, a community group in Council Bluffs that raised several million dollars to restore the city’s Carnegie library for use as this unique Museum.

In 2001, Mary Ann began working at the White House as the Director of the Office of Presidential Personal Correspondence for President George W. Bush. In August, 2006, she was nominated by the Republican Party of Iowa as its candidate for Iowa Secretary of State, which brought Mary Ann and her husband, Charlie Johnson, back to Iowa.

Mary Ann is currently the School Administrative Manager for Rue Elementary School in Council Bluffs, and is a co-owner of Hanusa Hardware & Rental. She has served as Chair of the Pottawattamie County Republican Party and as a Member of the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service. In 2010, Mary Ann was elected to the Iowa House of Representatives. She is the Chair of the Economic Growth Committee in the Iowa House, and serves on the Iowa Economic Development Authority Board, the Iowa Innovation Council, and the Iowa State Workforce Investment Board.

Janet HuckabeeJanet Huckabee
Former First Lady
Arkansas
Lisa JamesLisa James
Partner
Gordon C. James Public Relations

Lisa James is a coalition builder and seasoned networker. Her efforts have been instrumental in helping businesses, non-profits, political teams and individuals make valuable connections and achieve their goals.

Lisa’s long history in politics dates back to 1986 when she began her career working for State Representatives and Senators and the Assistant Clerk of the House in the Illinois legislature. She managed and worked on several campaigns in Illinois before moving to Washington, D.C. where she joined the Republican National Committee in the political department serving state and local governments.

After a move to Arizona, Lisa served on the Arizona George W. Bush for President Advisory Board in 2000. She also served as the director of Arizona Victory 2000, where she was directly responsible for the management of all Victory efforts in Arizona. In 2004, Lisa chaired the No Taxpayer Dollars for Politicians Ballot Initiative and served as the Arizona executive director for Bush-Cheney ’04, overseeing all campaign efforts in Arizona.

In 2006, Lisa served as the director of coalitions for Senator Jon Kyl’s 2006 re-election and as director of the Arizona Republican Party Victory 2006 campaign. She served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Congressman John Shadegg from 2009 until his retirement in 2011. In 2012, Lisa consulted on Congressman Jeff Flake’s successful bid for election to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Senator Kyl and, additionally, co-chaired Arizona Women for Romney Victory in 2012.

Currently, Lisa works with a number of corporate clients as well as many charitable and community organizations and events. Most recently she served as co-chair of the Cystic Fibrosis Breath of Life Gala. Lisa volunteers at the public schools her children attend, as well as her church. She was a member of the 2003 Presidential Rank Awards Program Meritorious Executive Review Board. Lisa currently sits on the boards of St. Joseph the Worker, the Industrial Development Authority of the County of Maricopa, the Be Kind to People Project and chairs the Board of Governors for the Dodie Londen Excellence in Public Service Series.

Lisa can be reached at ljames@gcjpr.com

Christine JonesChristine Jones
Former Executive Vice President
GoDaddy.com

Christine Jones is a former Republican candidate for Governor of Arizona and the former Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary for GoDaddy.com. Christine made it a priority to establish Go Daddy as a leader in the fight to make the Internet better and safer for users, particularly children. She has testified numerous times before U.S. Congressional Committees, helped drive federal Internet-related legislation, including laws to keep the Web safe from child predators and rogue online pharmacies, and led efforts to establish industry best practices that remain in effect today.

Prior to Go Daddy, Christine worked for a Phoenix law firm and the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Christine has been a guest lecturer at a variety of law schools, graduate business schools, colleges and universities, and high schools, including Stanford University, The University of Virginia, Arizona State University, Santa Clara University, Whittier Law School, and many others.

She is a published author and served as Editor-In-Chief of the Whittier Law Review. She resides in Phoenix with her husband, Gary Jones, a retired Air Force officer who runs the AFJROTC program at a local high school. You can follow her on Twitter: @JonesForGov and Facebook: Christine Jones.

Cindy McCainCindy McCain
Co-chair, Arizona Governor's Council on Human Trafficking
McCain Institute’s Human Trafficking Advisory Council

Cindy Hensley McCain has dedicated her life to improving the lives of those less fortunate both in the United States and around the world.

As Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the HALO Trust USA, a non-profit organization dedicated to landmine removal and weapons destruction in war-torn countries, Cindy is committed to the worldwide removal of landmines.

Cindy serves as co-chair of the Arizona Governor's Council on human trafficking and on the McCain Institute’s Human Trafficking Advisory Council. She is dedicated to efforts to reduce human trafficking in Arizona, throughout the United States and around the world, as well as working to improve the lives of victims of human trafficking. Through her work with the McCain Institute, several partnerships have been formed with anti-trafficking organizations working on solving various aspects of the problem.

Cindy also served on the Board of Directors for Operation Smile, a non-profit organization whose mission is to repair cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities for children around the world. She was a founding Member of the Eastern Congo Initiative. She has travelled to the region seven times in the last four years and is committed to raising awareness on the travesties facing women and children in the Congo.

She also sits on the Board of the Special Olympics Los Angeles 2015 summer games, as well as the Advisory Boards of both Too Small To Fail and Warriors and Quiet Waters, respectively. Cindy holds an undergraduate degree in Education and a Master's in Special Education from USC and is a member of the USC Rossier School of Education Board of Councilors.

Cindy is the Chair of her family’s business, Hensley & Company, which is one of the largest Anheuser-Busch distributors in the nation. Cindy resides in Phoenix with her husband, U.S. Senator John McCain. Together, they have four children.

Michele ReaganMichele Reagan
Secretary of State
Arizona

In a state full of success stories, newly-elected Secretary of State Michele Reagan has risen to Arizona's second highest elective office. Through a combination of hard work, commitment to public service and the pioneer spirit; she exemplifies what it means to be an Arizonan.

Moving from Rockford, Illinois in 1991, Secretary Reagan adopted Arizona as her second home and opened FASTSIGNS in Phoenix, learning quickly about the issues that face the state's businesses each day. During this time, she gained the respect of customers and local business which led to leadership positions within civic and professional groups. Her steadfast advocacy for small business, community involvement, fiscal conservatism and a desire to do more became the catalyst to run for public office.

Secretary Reagan's illustrious career in public service has spanned more than a decade in both houses of the legislature. Recognized as a tireless champion of small businesses, Ms. Reagan was named Chair of the Commerce Committee in the House, and later, Chair of the Economic Development and Jobs Creation Committee in the Senate.

During her candidacies for office, Secretary Reagan developed a passion for fair, accurate and efficient elections. This passion contributed to the formation of the first Senate Elections Committee, of which she was Chair. During her tenure, she was widely praised for her work to make needed reforms to the state's system of elections, and was encouraged by community advocates, state and local leaders, and the last four Secretaries' to run for the state's Chief Election Officer. Ms. Reagan was elected to serve as Arizona's 20th Secretary of State in 2014.

Secretary Reagan's distinguished career has earned her numerous awards and accolades including: Small Business Guardian from the National Federation of Independent Business, the Eye of the Eagle award from the Arizona Small Business Association and the Best Legislator in 2008 from the Arizona Capitol Times. Additionally, she was named one of the 50 most Influential Women in Arizona by AZBusiness Magazine in 2013. 

Secretary Reagan proudly represents the West region on the Lieutenant Governors Association’s Executive Board.  She also serves on the Advisory Board of Childhelp; Worldly Kids, Inc.; Scottsdale Leadership; and the Flinn Foundation's Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee.

Secretary Reagan is a graduate of Illinois State University and was named by the Aspen Institute to its prestigious Rodel Fellowship, a program designed to bring together elected officials who have demonstrated an outstanding ability to work responsibly across partisan divisions and bring greater civility to public discourse.

 Ms. Reagan and her husband, David, live in Scottsdale with three dogs and a desert tortoise named Casey.

Holly RobichaudHolly Robichaud
Political Consultant, Analyst & Instructor

Holly Robichaud has managed campaigns at the local, state and federal levels for more than 25 years. She is a five-time Pollie Award winner. Holly has been recognized for her talking card designs, best brochures and best fundraising email in the nation. This year she received the most prestigious award for the Best Ballot Campaign of the Year. In 2011 she received a prestigious Reed Award from Campaigns & Elections for innovative designs and was named to Aristotle’s National Republican Dream Team.

Last year, Holly spearheaded the statewide ballot question to repeal automatic gas tax hikes. Despite being outspent 31 to 1 in the bluest of blue states, she won the campaign with 53% of the vote.

Holly has an impressive winning record. Her victories range from Mayor to statewide ballot initiatives to Constitutional offices from Wyoming to Massachusetts. She is a columnist for the Boston Herald and a frequent lecturer. She has been a political analyst on FOX News and for many other news outlets.

Chris SmithChris Smith
Congressman
New Jersey, 4th District

According to the non-partisan, empirical data found on GovTrack.us, Congressman Chris Smith is the third most effective legislator out of the 435 current U.S. House members. Elected in 1980, he has long chaired several bipartisan congressional caucuses and has authored more than three dozen federal laws. He is the author of America’s three landmark anti-human trafficking laws, including the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, a comprehensive law designed to prevent modern-day slavery, protect victims, and enhance civil and criminal penalties against traffickers. A lifelong New Jerseyan, Congressman Smith helped run a small business prior to his election to Congress. He and his wife of 37 years, Marie, have four grown children.