News Category: LI's Conservative Leaders

Senator Jim Banks -- His Campaign's
Senator Jim Banks -- His Campaign's "Secret Weapon"

Jim Banks has shown a dedication to service throughout his life.  As a father of three, a state Senator, and a Navy Reservist, he has proven himself a strong and value-oriented leader.  

“There is a lot of pressure to go along with the majority sentiment, but I will not go back on the pledge I made to my constituents,” said Senator Banks.  

As the State Senator for the 17th district of Indiana, he has continually been a voice for conservative principles.  Next, he hopes to continue his service to Indiana as a member of Congress.  

While in the senate, Senator Banks has served on numerous committees, most notably the Senate Veteran Affairs and the Military committee.  He believes this experience, coupled with his military service, could provide a unique perspective to the Congressional Armed Services Committee if elected in the fall. 

Senator Banks fought in a hotly contested primary this spring due to the number of other well-funded candidates and the coinciding presidential nomination which drew in many more voters.  However, due to his knowledgeable volunteers (several Leadership Institute graduates) and lean campaign strategies, he was able get his message out and win the election. 

Another thing which helped now Senator Banks through the election was his family, which he referred to as the campaign’s “secret weapon.”

A Different Type of Activist
A Different Type of Activist

What do you think of when someone says that they’re an activist?  Do you picture scenes like supporters sign waving at the annual March for Life? Do you remember watching demonstrators on the steps of the Supreme Court waiting for a controversial decision come to mind?

Meet Jason Jones.

Jason is a conservative, pro-life activist who uses filmmaking to spread his message. His goal is to navigate through (and counter) morally challenged Hollywood.  Known for films that promote a humane society, Jason is the president and founder of Movie to Movement, a project of his larger organization HERO (Human-Rights Education and Relief Organization).

Candidate to Congressman: Rep. Alex Mooney shares his story at Future Candidate School
Candidate to Congressman: Rep. Alex Mooney shares his story at Future Candidate School

As an intern at the Leadership Institute and a recent college graduate, I attended LI's Future Candidate School. Though it isn't something I know much about, the thought of running for office has crossed my mind and I want to take advantage of the opportunity to learn more. 

One of the best parts of the internship is the access to training programs staffed by outstanding faculty in relevant fields. 

During this Future Candidate School a member of Congress joined the list of expert faculty. 

Leadership Institute grad elected second-youngest legislator in the United States of America
Leadership Institute grad elected second-youngest legislator in the United States of America

She’s 19.  She’s conservative.  She’s in college.  And she’s an elected official.

Yvonne Dean-Bailey was fed up with the leftism she encountered at her college.

She decided to do something about it – and enrolled in Leadership Institute training.  Yvonne went from conservative student to Leadership Institute graduate to campus activist to state legislator in less than a year.

A cesspool of liberalism:  Mount Holyoke College

LI’s campus field staff recruited and mentored Yvonne – a student eager to fight the left at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts.

Through the Leadership Institute’s campus watchdog news website, CampusReform.org, students like Yvonne expose leftist bias and indoctrination to make an impact on their own campuses.

Hoosiers take on a Race for Congress
Hoosiers take on a Race for Congress

Even campaigners with years of experience can stand to learn from the Leadership Institute. 

Earlier this month, Jadan Horyn participated in the Leadership Institute’s Campaign Management School and came away with enough knowledge to give an edge to his congressional campaign.

Jadan is currently the campaign manager for Jim Pfaff, a candidate running in Indiana’s 9th Congressional District. 

“It all started when I was 13 years old,” said Jadan...

Fighting for the Farm
Fighting for the Farm

 

How did a small family-farmer transform into a national headline? 

Why did she join the 2015 Congressional Property Rights Caucus Roundtable, and become The Property Rights Foundation of America’s “Nation’s Grassroots Property Rights Leader”?

It started with a young girl’s childhood dream...

Sen. Cruz About LI: “A Training Ground for the Conservative Movement”
Sen. Cruz About LI: “A Training Ground for the Conservative Movement”

“The Leadership Institute is a training ground for the conservative movement,” Texas Senator Ted Cruz said.

“LI does a fantastic job taking young conservatives from all across the county and helping give them the tools to defend free market principles, to defend the constitution, and to explain the principles our country...

Grinding up bad laws: LI Faculty Member Italo Antoniotti fighting for free market reforms in Latin America's coffee sector
Grinding up bad laws: LI Faculty Member Italo Antoniotti fighting for free market reforms in Latin America's coffee sector

It’s been said that big business loves big government, and this maxim certainly holds true in Latin America where Leadership Institute faculty member Italo Antoniotti is fighting to reform Guatemala’s outdated and destructive coffee and trade laws -- helping tens of thousand of indigenous Mayans in the process.

 

LI Grad Adapts to the Rise of Political Technology
LI Grad Adapts to the Rise of Political Technology

Since 2008, the rise of technology in politics has turned elections into a whole new ball game, and no one knows this better than Rachel Kania.

Rachel currently serves as the Senior Field and Technology Strategist for Rand Paul’s presidential campaign.  But she didn’t just fall into the position.  

Rachel is a firm believer in starting at square one and working your way up the ladder.

Rachel grew up in an apolitical household in Spring Hill, FL.  Her passion for politics didn’t come right away.  In fact, it wasn’t until 2007 that she became drawn to political philosophy and seeking out a candidate with strong principles.  

While perusing through YouTube videos, Rachel discovered...

The Leadership Institute Continues the Reagan Revolution, Says Former White House Staffer
The Leadership Institute Continues the Reagan Revolution, Says Former White House Staffer

“People used to say to me, Morton Blackwell is the guy who will continue the Reagan Revolution and he’s going to do it through the Leadership Institute.”

That’s what coworkers told John Shosky about Leadership Institute (LI) president, Morton Blackwell, years ago.

John Shosky is the president of Roncalli Communications, a professional speech writer, trainer, and author of almost 3000 speeches for government officials, political candidates, and public interest advocates.

John first heard of Morton Blackwell in 1988 while working in White House public affairs on a collection of President Reagan’s accomplishments called The Reagan Record.

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