Published: July 30, 2013

Contact: Laura Rigas, (202) 347-9388, [email protected]

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Conservative Union (ACU) today announced Texas Governor Rick Perry as a featured speaker at the 2013 regional Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in St. Louis, Missouri on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013.

“I am pleased to welcome Texas Governor Rick Perry as a featured speaker for our 2013 regional CPAC in St. Louis,” said ACU Chairman Al Cardenas. “Governor Perry has led his state by promoting free enterprise, creating jobs, and defending life and conservative American values. Governor Perry was a crowd favorite at CPAC 2013 and we look forward to hearing him speak in St. Louis.”

Texas’ 47th governor Rick Perry has led a life of public service, starting in the United States Air Force and continuing over two decades in elected office. Governor Perry's administration has focused on creating a Texas of unlimited opportunity and prosperity by improving education, securing the border and increasing economic development through classic conservative values.

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. For additional information, visit our website at, on Facebook at, or on Twitter at @cpacnews and #CPACSTL. Media registration (including bloggers) will open on September 3, 2013.

Confirmed speakers include: Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, ACU Chairman Al Cardenas, U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), U.S. Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO), Texas Governor Rick Perry, U.S. Representative Jason Smith (R-MO), and U.S. Representative Ann Wagner (R-MO). Invited speakers include: U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), U.S. Senator Dan Coats (R-IN), Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE), South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, Former Governor Mike Huckabee, NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KS), and U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA). For a complete list, visit: Stay tuned for more announcements in the coming weeks.

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.