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...
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.
2014 was an exciting year for the Leadership Institute! From trainings to student activism and conservative events to career building, the Leadership Institute (LI) -- with the support of generous donors -- continued working to grow the conservative movement.
LI’s staff and 348 volunteer faculty trained 18,182 students in 2014, bringing the total trained to 161,271 since LI’s 1979 founding. The Institute trained 7,805 students nationally and 10,377 students internationally.
In total, LI hosted 353 trainings throughout the country and around the world.
These 353 trainings covered 36 of the 44 types of LI trainings as varied as On-Camera TV trainings, week-long Campaign Management Schools and Comprehensive Fundraising Trainings, Grassroots Activism Workshops, Public Relations Schools, and Career Trainings.
In 2014, LI added the Women’s Leadership Training, designed by women, for women. Over the year, 127 women graduated from this training.
Following the 2014 Elections, LI staff have identified...
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...
For Brendan Steinhauser, politics is personal.
“Politics for me is about real world issues that affect us every day,” said Brendan, campaign manager for Senator John Cornyn of Texas.
Since playing an integral part in the organization of the tea party in 2010, Brendan has helped elect many prominent conservative politicians, including Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and many others.
Brendan isn’t alone in his effort to make conservative politics personal. He helps recruit and train new grassroots activists for a growing movement. And it’s paying off.
With a Republican majority in Congress, many incumbent and newly-elected conservative politicians have local grassroots efforts to thank. More importantly, they have the people behind those efforts to...
He didn’t leave anything to chance. He knew what was needed to win.
West Virginia Congressman-elect Alex Mooney knows politics well enough to know a good heart isn’t all it takes to win an election.
The first Hispanic elected to Congress in West Virginia history, Alex is a Leadership Institute (LI) grad who will join a U.S. House of Representatives with a Republican majority. Owning a majority brings expectations, and Alex is excited to do his part in meeting those.
“With the strong majority I will be joining in the U.S. House of Representatives, voters are going to expect us to fight for them and deliver results,” he said.
One of Alex’s primary focuses is scaling back...
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
Our nation’s first president issued a proclamation of Thanksgiving on October 3, 1789 “to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many favors of Almighty God ... especially an opportunity to establish a form of government for our safety and happiness.”
In his proclamation, George Washington also asked Americans to pray for our government to be “a blessing to all the people by constantly being a government of wise, just, and constitutional laws.”
A fellow Leadership Institute's donor graciously loaned a full-size portrait of George Washington. It stands in the Leadership Institute’s headquarters to remind my staff and me about the America our founding fathers built – a country built on prayer, tradition, and hard work.
With your help, the Leadership Institute fights to uphold...
Few activists have accomplished as much as Carl Andersen has at his age.
The son of a successful construction entrepreneur and raised on a chicken farm in South Jutland, Denmark, Carl has begun fighting for the conservative cause in his home country.
Despite being a 19-year-old recent high school graduate, Carl is already very involved in Danish politics.
“I have been a member of Liberal Alliance and Liberal Alliance Youth since 2009, and have risen in the party on every single level,” he said. “I am on some boards at local, regional, and national levels, and run some campaigns for our candidates. I got elected to the county board in Vejen last year. I am now sitting as a member of the Technique and Environment Committee.”
In September 2014, Carl began working as an intern at the Leadership Institute (LI). As an intern, he has been able to take trainings he believes will help him continue advancing conservative principles in Denmark.
“Especially, I like that LI is an international organization; LI does not only focus on Americans and America, but on freeing the world from...
Recalling his life in the Soviet Union, Igor Birman paints a dreary picture.
“Imagine every aspect of your life from the cradle to the grave being dictated to you by government,” said Igor. “No matter your talents or wishes, you had little say in your own future.”
Igor Birman was born in the Soviet Union in 1981. After a decade of Soviet refusals for exit permits, his family arrived in California in 1994.
Igor first felt compelled to defend conservative principles as a student columnist at UC Davis, where he studied Political Science.
“My parents risked everything to get me out of the Soviet Union where freedom did not exist and into the United States, which was founded on the notions of personal responsibility, limited government and individual liberty,” said Igor. “How could I possibly not dedicate my life to ensuring...