September 15, 2013

Published: September 16, 2013

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America’s Future: The Next Generation of Conservatives

New Challenges, Timeless Principles

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Conservative Union (ACU) today announced their list of “10 Under 40” young conservatives who will address the 2013 regional Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in St. Louis, Missouri on Saturday, September 28, 2013.

“We are excited to once again highlight young dynamic elected leaders in the CPAC program,” said ACU Chairman Al Cardenas. “Our focus at CPAC has always been to showcase rising stars in the conservative movement and we are pleased to carry on that tradition in St. Louis. We look forward to hearing their thoughts on our conference’s theme: ‘America’s Future, The Next Generation of Conservatives.’ We also thank the GOPAC Education Fund and the RSLC for partnering with us on this important initiative at CPAC St. Louis.”

“Senator Yoder and Representatives August, Leonard and Navarro-Ratzlaff personify the brightest up and coming leaders in the conservative movement today,” said GOPAC Education Fund Chairman Frank Donatelli. “The 10 Under 40 Program is an ideal way to promote each of them and the ideas they are championing.  We are delighted to be partnering with the American Conservative Union to ensure our country has a deep bench of prepared leaders dedicated to lowering taxes, limiting government and creating a marketplace for private sector job creation.”

“The Republican State Leadership Committee is building the farm team for America’s future, so we’re thrilled to partner with ACU and CPAC to highlight these future leaders of the conservative movement,” said RSLC Chairman Ed Gillespie. “If we are going to win elections in the future, we need fresh, new faces who believe in our shared conservative ideals and can make the case for limited government at the state level.”

Featured speakers who will introduce what they are doing in their states to promote the conservative movement and agenda include:

Indiana Senator Carlin Yoder:  Sen. Yoder represents District 12 in the Indiana State Senate. He was first elected in 2008. He currently serves as Assistant Majority Caucus Chair, as well as on the Agriculture & Natural Resources, Education and Career Development, and Utilities and Technology committees.

Wisconsin Representative Tyler August: Rep. August represents District 32 in the Wisconsin State Assembly. He won his first election in November 2010, with nearly 60% of the vote. August currently serves on the Assembly Committees on State Affairs and Homeland Security, Insurance, and Consumer Protection and Personal Privacy.

Missouri Representative Eric Burlison: Rep. Burlison represents District 133 in the Missouri House of Representatives. He has served in the Missouri House since 2009. During that time, Burlison has served as the Vice-Chairman of the House Special Committee on Health Care, among others.

Texas Representative Stefani Carter: Rep. Carter represents District 102 in the Texas House of Representatives. Elected in 2010, she is the first Republican African-American woman to serve in the Texas House. Carter currently serves on the Appropriations Committee and is the Vice Chair on the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.

Missouri Representative Paul Curtman: Rep. Curtman represents District 109 in the Missouri House of Representatives. He was elected to his first two-year term in November 2010. Curtman served from 1999 to 2003 on active duty in the United States Marine Corps, attaining the rank of Sergeant. While on active duty, he participated in operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and the Global War on Terror.

Missouri Representative Casey Guernsey: Rep. Guernsey represents District 2 in the Missouri House of Representatives. He was first elected in 2008, and has received the Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates Public Service Leadership Award. Guernsey is the Chairman on both the Agri-Business Committee and the Interim Committee on Emerging Issues in Agriculture Policy.

Oklahoma Representative Elise Hall: Rep. Hall represents District 100 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. She was first elected in 2011. She was sworn in at the age of 21, the youngest age constitutionally allowed in Oklahoma, making her one of the youngest members of the House.

Michigan Representative Tom Leonard: Rep. Leonard represents District 93 in the Michigan House of Representatives. He was first elected in November 2012. Leonard serves as Vice Chair of the House Insurance Committee. He also serves on the House Commerce, Judiciary, Oversight, and Michigan Competitiveness committees.

Colorado Representative Clarice Navarro-Ratzlaff: Rep. Navarro-Ratzlaff represents District 47 in the Colorado House of Representatives. She was first elected in 2012, and currently serves on the Business; Labor, Economic, and Workforce Development; and Local Government Committees.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Board Supervisor Deanna Alexander: Supervisor Alexander represents the 18th District of Milwaukee, WI, elected on April 3, 2012. In the year following September 11, 2001, she enlisted in the WI Army National Guard with Milwaukee’s 57th Field Artillery Brigade. Alexander serves on the Intergovernmental Relations Committee, the Transportation & Public Works Committee, and the Parks, Energy, & Environment Committee.

CPAC St. Louis will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at the St. Charles Convention Center. It will provide a day of blockbuster speeches, policy discussions and networking opportunities—all celebrating the shared principles of smaller government, a strong national defense and traditional values. At regional CPACs, ACU highlights conservative leaders from the area and energizes and trains grassroots activists. For additional information, visit our website at, on Facebook at, or on Twitter at @cpacnews and #CPACSTL. Media registration (including bloggers) is now open. For those who plan to cover the event, please request credentials at

Confirmed speakers include: U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, ACU Chairman Al Cardenas, U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE), Louisiana State Senator Elbert Guillory, U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX), former NRA President and ACU Chairman David Keene, U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), radio host Dana Loesch, U.S. Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO), Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin, Americans for Tax Reform President and Founder Greover Norquist, Texas Governor Rick Perry, former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA),  U.S. Representative Jason Smith (R-MO), and U.S. Representative Ann Wagner (R-MO).

Invited speakers include: Host of Univision’s “Zona Politica,” Helen Aguirre-Ferre, U.S. Senator Tom Coburn and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). For a complete list, visit:

ACU has proudly hosted CPAC – the nation’s largest gathering of conservatives – every year since 1973 in Washington, D.C. And now with an additional regional edition each year, CPAC educates and energizes thousands of attendees, featuring all of the leading conservative organizations and speakers who drive conservative thought in the nation.

Founded in 1964, the American Conservative Union (ACU) is the oldest and largest grassroots conservative organization in the nation. For almost fifty years, ACU has served as an umbrella organization harnessing the collective strength of conservative organizations fighting for Americans who are concerned with liberty, personal responsibility, traditional values, and strong national defense. ACU defines conservatism, grows conservatism, and wins for conservatism.


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