March 7, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Conservative Union (ACU) today announced that U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), U.S. Representative Michael Burgess (R-TX), U.S. Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), U.S. Representative Tom Cotton (R-AR), U.S. Representative Cory Gardner (R-CO), U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX), U.S. Representative Steve King (R-IA), U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), U.S. Representative Devin Nunes (R-CA), U.S. Representative Steve Pearce (R-NM), U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo (R-KS), U.S. Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) and U.S. Representative Ann Wagner (R-MO) will address will address CPAC 2013 — the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference. America’s largest gathering of conservative leaders and activists will be held Thursday, March 14 – Saturday, March 16, 2013.
“These Members of Congress are joining an already incredible lineup of featured speakers addressing our CPAC audience,” said ACU Chairman Al Cardenas. “Last week I had the pleasure of presenting many of them with ACU Congressional Ratings awards and look forward to hearing their remarks at CPAC.”
Senator John Barrasso was sworn in to the United States Senate in 2007 having represented the people of Natrona County in the Wyoming State Senate. Barrasso serves on the Republican leadership team as the Chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee. He also serves as Chairman of the Senate Western Caucus. Barrasso serves on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the Environment and Public Works Committee, the Indian Affairs Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
In 2008, Texans overwhelmingly re-elected Senator John Cornyn to represent them for a second six-year term in the U.S. Senate. Cornyn was first elected to the Senate in 2002 and previously served in Texas as a district judge, a member of the Texas Supreme Court, and as Texas Attorney General. Sen. Cornyn currently sits on the Senate Finance and Judiciary Committees. He serves as the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee’s Immigration, Refugees and Border Security subcommittee.
After spending nearly three decades practicing medicine in North Texas, Congressman Michael Burgess has served the constituents of the 26th District since 2003 in the United States House of Representatives. Burgess currently serve on the prestigious House Energy and Commerce Committee and in the 113th Congress, 2013 and in 2014, will serve as the Vice Chairman of both the Subcommittee on Health and the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, and as a member of the Energy and Power Subcommittee.
Believing in the core conservative principles of a strong national defense, fiscal discipline, limited government, and accountability, Congressman Jason Chaffetz distinguished himself as a budget hawk by co-founding the Sunset Caucus, identifying budget cutting measures, running a lean office that returned more than $600,000 of his office budget in his first term, and sleeping on a cot in the closet of his office.
As a Member of Congress, Representative Tom Cotton is a member of the Financial Services Committee and the Foreign Affairs Committee. Following his Iraq deployment, Cotton was assigned as a platoon leader at The Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery, where he was responsible for conducting military honors funerals for veterans from World War II to today’s war. Cotton’s military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and Iraq Campaign Medal.
Congressman Cory Gardner has been a leading conservative voice in Colorado where he served in the state legislature for five years prior to being elected to Congress to represent the state’s 4th Congressional District. As a member of Congress, Gardner serves on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, which he has jurisdiction ranging over national energy policy to interstate and foreign communications.
Serving his fourth term in the United States House of Representatives, Congressman Louie Gohmert was first sworn in January 4, 2005. He proudly represents the First District of Texas which encompasses over 12 counties stretching nearly 120 miles down the state’s eastern border. Louie serves on numerous House committees and subcommittees. He was recently named Vice Chair of the Judiciary subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security due to his extensive knowledge stemming from years in the court room.
Representative Steve King serves the people of the Fifth Congressional District of Iowa and has since his election in 2002. King is a member of the House Judiciary Committee, where he sits on the Constitution Subcommittee and the Immigration Subcommittee. King also chairs the Conservative Opportunity Society, a powerful and legendary House caucus best known for energizing Republicans to regain the majority of the House of Representatives in 1994.
In 2008, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers was elected to serve in the House Republican Leadership, where she held the office of Vice Chair of the Conference for the next four years. In November 2012, McMorris Rodgers was elected to serve as Chairman of the Conference, the fourth-highest-ranking position among House Republicans. She is the highest-ranking Republican woman in Congress.
Devin Nunes has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2003. He currently represents California’s 22nd congressional district which is located in the San Joaquin Valley and includes portions of Tulare and Fresno Counties. At the beginning of the 112th Congress, Nunes was named to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
In 1996, Congressman Steve Pearce was elected to the New Mexico House of Representatives, where he served until 2000. During this time, he was elected as Caucus Chair and served on the Appropriations Committee. Today, Pearce continues a lifetime of service as New Mexico’s only conservative voice in Washington. Pearce was appointed by his peers to serve on the House Committee on Financial Services, and as chairman of the Congressional Western Caucus.
Congressman Mike Pompeo serves the 4th district of Kansas on the Energy and Commerce Committee. In Congress, Congressman Pompeo has focused on freeing private enterprise to succeed. He has launched a national effort called America Flies aimed squarely at promoting the aviation industry against outrageous attacks on “corporate fat cat jet owners.”
Congressman Lamar Smith represents the 21st Congressional District of Texas. He serves as Chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, which has jurisdiction over programs at NASA, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Congresswoman Ann Wagner’s public service began at the grassroots level. She served for nine years as a local committeewoman in Lafayette Township and went on to Chair the Missouri Republican Party delivering historic Republican gains. Ann won her 2012 Congressional race with over 60% of the vote and received more votes than any other Republican candidate for Congress in the State of Missouri this cycle.
CPAC will be held March 14-16, 2013 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, offering three days of blockbuster speeches, policy discussions and networking opportunities – all celebrating the shared principles of smaller government, a strong national defense and traditional American values. For additional information, visit our website at conservative.org/cpac/, on Facebook at facebook.com/CPACNews, or on Twitter at @CPACnews and #CPAC2013. Media registration (including bloggers) is now open. For those who plan to cover the event, please request credentials at http://cpac2013media.eventbrite.com.
Please note that the schedule has been announced, is updated daily and available on our new CPAC 2013 website under “Program.”
Previously announced confirmed featured speakers include: U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte; U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann; former U.S. Representative Ann Marie Beurkle; U.S. Representative Diane Black; U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn; former Florida Governor Jeb Bush; Producer, Writer and Consultant Pat Caddell; U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor; Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery Dr. Benjamin Carson; U.S. Senator Tom Coburn; U.S. Senator Ted Cruz; Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli; former U.S. Representative Artur Davis; U.S. Representative Sean Duffy and Rachel Campos-Duffy; Heritage Foundation President-Elect Jim DeMint; Heritage Foundation President Dr. Edwin Feulner; ACU Board Member Carly Fiorina; former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich; Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal; U.S. Senator Ron Johnson; Producer Mark Joseph; NRA President and ACU Board Member David Keene; Screenwriter Howie Klausner; NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre; U.S. Senator Mike Lee; Mayor of Saratoga Springs; UT Mia Love; former U.S. Representative Connie Mack; U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell; Producer Gerald Molen; U.S. Representative Tom Price; Radio Host and Breitbart TV Editor in Chief Larry O’Connor; former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin; U.S. Senator Rand Paul; Texas Governor Rick Perry; U.S. Senator Marco Rubio; U.S. Representative Paul Ryan; former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum; U.S. Representative Steve Scalise; Eagle Forum Founder Phyllis Schlafly; U.S. Senator Tim Scott; Director and Writer John Sullivan; U.S. Senator Pat Toomey; Donald Trump; former U.S. Representative Allen West; and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.
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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