Adam Guillette was raised to believe in freedom and liberty. When other parents were telling their children stories of Hansel and Gretel, Adam’s father would tell him stories about the great achievements of Reagan and Churchill.
Originally from central New Jersey, Adam moved to Gainesville, Florida in 1999 to attend the University of Florida. While at UF, Adam served as the chairman of the College Republicans, as well as their conservative group, the Freedom Foundation.
In less than a year, his newly-created PAC ran two pro-business candidates for city commission and registered 4,000 voters in 4 weeks, a record for Alachua County.
At the age of 19, Adam ran for Mayor of the City of Gainesville. Though he finished in 3rd place in a field of 6 candidates, he helped defeat the liberal incumbent and moved Gainesville politics into a more pro-business direction.
In 2000 Guillette ran the youth effort for Mike Rogers, a Michigan congressional candidate. The Wall Street Journal called the Mike Rogers race the “most hotly contested race in the country.” Congressman Rogers won by less than 100 votes in a recount.
When he returned to the school Adam helped found and became the publisher for The Gator Standard. This conservative publication became the largest student-owned newspaper in the nation.
Later, Adam began a campaign to place American flags in the classrooms at the University of Florida. After he began to spread this campaign around the state, a State Senator successfully passed legislation placing American flags in each of Florida’s public school classrooms. Rather than using tax dollars, the legislation required university presidents to raise the money through private contributions.
Since 2004 Adam has served as a Distinguished Faculty member for the Leadership Institute. In this capacity he has traveled around North America to help identify and train free-market activists.
In 2007 Americans for Prosperity selected Adam Guillette to launch their Florida chapter. Within a year the chapter gained over 150 media hits statewide while defeating over $370 million in tax increases.
Currently, he is the Director of Development for the Moving Picture Institute. MPI’s goal is to guarantee that film's unique capacity to give shape to abstract principles is used to support and promote liberty.
Adam Guillette has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Times, National Review magazine and the Alan Colmes radio show. He lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida with his wife Nikki and their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Liberty.