News Category: LI's Conservative Leaders

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true in Latin America where Leadership Institute faculty member Italo Antoniotti is fighting to reform Guatemala’s outdated and destructive coffee and trade laws -- helping tens of thousand of indigenous Mayans in the process.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.

Building the Young Conservative Movement
Building the Young Conservative Movement

Leadership Institute partners with TeenPact to train Christian high school youth

Seventy dedicated Christian youth aged 14-19 spent five days at the Leadership Institute to train for a lifetime of activism and leadership.

With a strong commitment to advancing faith and freedom through community and civic engagement, these students came from 41 states for their annual adventure known as ‘Back to DC’ – a program run by TeenPact.

Founded in 1994 and based out of Richmond, Virginia, TeenPact is a dynamic, hands-on leadership school for Christian students.

TeenPact works to train youth to understand the political process, value their liberty, defend their Christian faith, and engage the culture.  The Leadership Institute has partnered with TeenPact for 19 years to help these students achieve those goals.

Multi-State American Girl – Soldier, World Traveler, Writer
Multi-State American Girl – Soldier, World Traveler, Writer

Though she calls South Carolina home, Samantha Bonsack – soldier, world traveler, and writer – will be the first to tell you she is a Multi-State American Girl.  She recently added Iowa to her repertoire of states due to her new job as Congressional Staff Assistant to Rep. Rod Blum. 

Samantha, though forging ahead in her political career, came relatively recently to the working world of politics.  After a life of military service, and several other jobs that took her across the country and around the world, Samantha sought a new direction in life.

“I began to question the direction of my life,” Samantha said.  “I had one job and I was lucky if I got 18 hours!  I was pretty bad off at 31 with a degree and a 10 year military background but no open doors.”

Samantha said the Leadership Institute (LI) helped her open a door where at first it seemed there were only walls.

Running Against the Odds
Running Against the Odds

Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District was over 60% Democrat and the media had painted the race as “unwinnable” for a Republican.  But that didn’t stop one dedicated conservative from running against the odds.

Unlike many who run for public office, Jacob Turk didn’t plan to run.  He graduated from the University of Missouri – Kansas City with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and is a Marine Corps veteran, business owner, volunteer, proud father, and grandfather.

“Honestly, if I had not felt the Lord calling me distinctly to run for this office, I can’t imagine deciding to do it on my own.  It was a step of faith to run.”

Jacob Turk ran for U.S. Congress in Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District in 2012 and again in 2014.

“We are not wealthy nor do we have powerful political connections,” Jacob said.  “One of the biggest obstacles was...

Englander’s Grassroots Efforts Sprout Victory
Englander’s Grassroots Efforts Sprout Victory

Chip Englander has a track record.  He wins.

When Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner was at the bottom of a four-way primary at the beginning of his campaign, he knew he needed a winner.  He turned to Chip for a campaign manager.

In a state President Obama swept by 25 percent in 2012, Rauner became the first candidate to defeat the governor of a president’s home state since 1892, ousting incumbent Democrat Pat Quinn.

Making his success even more remarkable, Rauner was outspent during the final three months of his campaign in one of the top five most expensive non-presidential races in American history.

Personal Politics – From the Man Who Got Paul, Cruz, and Rubio Into Office
Personal Politics – From the Man Who Got Paul, Cruz, and Rubio Into Office

For Brendan Steinhauser, politics is personal.

“Politics for me is about real world issues that affect us every day,” said Brendan, campaign manager for Senator John Cornyn of Texas. 

Since playing an integral part in the organization of the tea party in 2010, Brendan has helped elect many prominent conservative politicians, including Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and many others.

Brendan isn’t alone in his effort to make conservative politics personal.  He helps recruit and train new grassroots activists for a growing movement.  And it’s paying off.

With a Republican majority in Congress, many incumbent and newly-elected conservative politicians have local grassroots efforts to thank.  More importantly, they have the people behind those efforts to...

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