News Category: LI's Conservative Leaders

Millennial on the Move
Millennial on the Move

The 21-year-old Jessie Markell, a former Leadership Institute intern, is working hard as the youth coordinator for Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli—a 2005 graduate of Leadership Institute grassroots activist training. 

Previously, Jessie was the state chairman for Young Americans for Liberty in Florida, his chapter’s president, and an intern for multiple organizations—all while putting himself through college.

Strong Families, Strong Economy
Strong Families, Strong Economy

Two days from now social conservatives across America will gather in Washington, DC for the annual Values Voter Summit, organized by the Family Research Council.

“Social conservatives bring a lot to the conservative movement, as they stand strong for protecting the sanctity of human life and promoting traditional family values,” Family Research Council Web Editor Krystle Gabele said.  “A strong family is the key to a prosperous society and ensuring that future generations have an even better America to look forward to.”

Student Travels 6 Hours to Sharpen Political Arsenal
Student Travels 6 Hours to Sharpen Political Arsenal

You care about your cause, but do you have the tools to make change happen? Scott Gibbons of North Carolina now has the tools after traveling six-and-a-half hours to attend LI’s Tactical Warfare Workshop – with more than 150 other conservatives who have added to their political arsenal to fight the left.

Do the Right Thing

Dave Wallace’s  father  always  told  him  to  do  the right thing -- "No  matter how hard it is, do the right thing."

Dave, a small business owner, husband, and father of three, has spent his life trying to do just that, including using the profits from his business to promote the message of liberty.

“I’ve  always loved freedom,” Dave said. From the time he was a youngster, growing up in a “postage-stamp-sized yard” in Maryland, he realized the importance of liberty.

State Chairman of Florida College Republicans
State Chairman of Florida College Republicans

Stephen McDuffie, a 24-year-old born on a U.S. Air Force base in West Germany just months before the Berlin Wall fell, is now state chairman of the Florida Federation of College Republicans (FFCR).

“My role is to lead and be the face of the College Republicans to our state,” Stephen explained.

As chair – a role he started in April – he manages the executive board and officers and represents FFCR to the media, the Republican Party of Florida, the Republican National Committee, and the College Republican National Committee.

Liberty Isn’t Free: It Must Be Fought For
Liberty Isn’t Free: It Must Be Fought For

Teri Capshaw, a homeschooler from South Dakota, worked as a reporter during college. After graduation, she was hired as an evening news producer in Boise, Idaho, where she met her husband -- before starting her own sewing business. Now, she takes her professional background into meetings with donors and potential partners for Campaign for Liberty, where she serves as the donor relations officer. Read on for more about Teri and the upcoming Liberty Political Action Conference.

Ballerina Dances Her Way Into Colorado Politics
Ballerina Dances Her Way Into Colorado Politics

Alexa Van Anne isn’t your ordinary 19-year-old.

She’s a competitive ballerina, a committed conservative activist, and dreaming of running for office herself – but first, she’s got to finish college.

Alexa got her start in politics working for the reelection of her congressman, Rep. Mike Coffman, in 2012.

“Working for the Coffman campaign marked my entrance into politics. I sought out the opportunity on my own having been interested in politics my entire life,” Alexa said.

As area campaign director for Mike Coffman for Congress, Alexa coordinated door-to-door canvassing and phone banking. As November neared, Alexa became more involved in working on projects with the field director for her district.

The Koehler Family Trains at LI
The Koehler Family Trains at LI

At the age of 20, Jessica Koehler has already accomplished much.

She finished college with a Bachelor’s degree in just two years, taught English to children in Taiwan, and is now helping her father run for state representative in Ohio, where she and her family live.

Her path into politics began with TeenPact Leadership Schools, which teaches students how to lead through hands-on activities such as mock legislatures. At the age of 14 while learning how her state government functions, Jessica discovered how she and others her age could impact politics.

“Getting my age group involved in political activities is very important to me,” Jessica said. “It’s important because my generation has been told again and again that it is acceptable to just sit back and let the world run its course, and that getting involved will not make a difference.”

“LI Completely Changed My Life!”
“LI Completely Changed My Life!”

Growing up in a very patriotic family, it's only fitting that Jean Morrow end up working full time at the Institute for Justice after summer internships at Family Research Council, The Heritage Foundation, and the Leadership Insitutute. “As LI’s development department intern, I had the opportunity to work on numerous direct mail, major gifts, and foundations projects,” Jean said. "These projects taught me integral fundraising and non-profit management skills which I plan to utilize in my position at the Institute for Justice.” 

TN Councilman, the Good Samaritan
TN Councilman, the Good Samaritan

For Wiley Bird, polycystic kidney disease left him kidney-less after a failed transplant 10 years ago and more recently, many emergency surgeries, hooked to a dialysis machine, without a job and on disability, and once again on the transplant waiting list – hoping for a miracle. Enter Nick Steward, a city councilman in Tennessee and Leadership Institute graduate, who donated his kidney to Wiley, a stranger.

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