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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.

President Reagan on New Year's Day

On January 1, 1982, Ronald Reagan said:

“Although I know most of the world celebrates the New Year with us today, I think this holiday is an especially American tradition. Most of us are at home or with our families this morning, getting ready to watch the splendor of parades and excitement of football. Later our families will gather around the dinner table, and we'll pray for guidance and strength in the New Year. Today we take a short and well-earned break from the building and industry and enterprise that make our country strong. We pause to reflect on the values of God and family and freedom that make us great.”

Ronald Reagan was a strong president.  A man of faith, a man of conservative principles, and a man of action – who loved America and knew what made our country great.

I served for three years under President Reagan on his White House Staff.  I miss...

Merry Christmas from LI
The Leadership Institute wishes students, faculty, donors, and friends a merry Christmas.
 
In the holiday season, we are all thankful -- for our families, for our friends, and for the blessings in our lives.  Everyone at the Leadership Institute is  thankful for you, and your support of the Institute and training the next generation of conservative leaders.  LI is thankful for all you do to fight for conservative principles.
 
Whether at worship at church or gathering for a meal with family and friends, the Institute hopes you have a blessed and joyous day.
 
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