Featured Speakers

Tucker Carlson

Tucker Carlson - *Special Guest Speaker*
Tucker Carlson is an American conservative political analyst and host. He currently serves as the host of FOX News Channel's (FNC) Tucker Carlson Tonight. He joined the network in 2009 as a contributor. He is also co-founder of the website “The Daily Caller” which launched in 2010, where he previously worked as editor-in-chief.

Elaine Chao

Secretary Elaine Chao
Secretary Elaine L. Chao is currently the U. S. Secretary of Transportation. This is her second cabinet position. She served as U.S. Secretary of Labor from 2001-January 2009, and is the first Asian American woman to be appointed to the President's cabinet in American history.

Secretary Chao comes to the U.S. Department of Transportation with extensive experience in the transportation sector. Early in her career, she specialized in transportation financing in the private sector. She began her executive career in public service working on transportation and trade issues at the White House. She then served as Deputy Maritime Administrator, U. S. Department of Transportation; Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission; and, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Secretary Chao understands the critical role of the Department in ensuring the safety of our country’s transportation systems. She is also keenly aware of the key role infrastructure plays in our nation’s economic competitiveness, and in strengthening economic growth in both the urban and rural areas of our country.

Secretary Chao has a distinguished career in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. An immigrant who arrived in America at the age of eight speaking no English, she received her citizenship at the age of 19. Her experience transitioning to a new country has motivated her to devote most of her professional life to ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to build better lives for themselves and their families. As U.S. Secretary of Labor, she focused on increasing the competitiveness of America’s workforce in a global economy, promoted job creation, and achieved record results in workplace safety and health.

Prior to the Department of Labor, Secretary Chao was President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of America, where she restored public trust and confidence in one of America’s premier institutions of private charitable giving, after it had been tarnished by financial mismanagement and abuse. Secretary Chao also served as Director of the Peace Corps, where she established the first programs in the Baltic nations and the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union.

Secretary Chao earned her MBA from the Harvard Business School and an economics degree from Mount Holyoke College. Honored for her extensive record of accomplishments and public service, she is the recipient of 36 honorary doctorate degrees.

Secretary Chao is a resident of Jefferson County, Kentucky. Prior to her appointment as Secretary of Transportation, she was a Distinguished Fellow at Hudson Institute. She is the eldest of six daughters born to Dr. James S.C. Chao and the late Mrs. Ruth Mulan Chu Chao.

Lindsey Graham

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Lindsey Graham has earned a reputation as a conservative problem-solver and one of the strongest proponents of a robust national defense. A native South Carolinian, Graham grew up in the small town of Central where his parents ran a restaurant and pool hall. As the first member of his family to go to college, Graham earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of South Carolina. Graham was elected to the United States Senate in 2002 and was re-elected in 2008 and 2014. He became the first person in South Carolina history to garner over one million votes in the 2008 general election. Graham is a leader in cutting spending, reforming entitlements, and getting government out of the way so businesses can create jobs. One national conservative organization called him a Taxpayer Hero who puts ""the interests of the taxpayer ahead of politics by consistently voting to cut wasteful spending, reduce the tax burden, and make government more accountable to taxpayers."" Prior to serving in the Senate, Graham was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994 as the first Republican from the Third Congressional District of South Carolina since 1877.

Don Beyer

Representative Don Beyer (D-VA)
Don Beyer is serving his second term as the U.S. Representative from Virginia’s 8th District. He serves on the Joint Economic Committee, the House Committee on Natural Resources, is Vice Ranking Member of the Science Space and Technology Committee, Ranking Member on the Oversight Subcommittee, and a member of the New Democrat Coalition. He was the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia from 1990 to 1998, and was Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein under President Obama, where he was an advocate for stricter sanctions to compel Iran to begin nuclear disarmament discussions. Beyer’s signature work as lieutenant governor included advocacy for Virginians with disabilities and ensuring protections for Virginia’s most vulnerable populations as the Commonwealth reformed its welfare system in the mid-1990s. Beyer was Virginia’s Democratic nominee for governor in 1997. As Chair of the Virginia Economic Recovery Commission, he also helped pass permanent pro-business reforms and was co-founder of the Northern Virginia Technology Council.

Trey Hollingsworth

Representative Trey Hollingsworth (R-IN)
Congressman Trey Hollingsworth is a member of the House of Representatives representing the people of Indiana’s 9th District. As a freshman member, he believes that “government should serve the people of this great country, not the other way around”. He is committed to returning our government to one that is “by the people and for the people”.

Nancy Bocskor

Nancy Bocskor
Nancy Bocskor is an internationally distinguished expert in applied democracy. Since 1990, Nancy has owned the Nancy Bocskor Company, a thriving consulting firm based in Arlington, Virginia. After many years of fundraising for political candidates, she now focuses her career on leadership education. During the past 27, years she has recruited and mentored hundreds of students to become citizen activists and public servants.