Though she calls South Carolina home, Samantha Bonsack – soldier, world traveler, and writer – will be the first to tell you she is a Multi-State American Girl. She recently added Iowa to her repertoire of states due to her new job as Congressional Staff Assistant to Rep. Rod Blum.
Samantha, though forging ahead in her political career, came relatively recently to the working world of politics. After a life of military service, and several other jobs that took her across the country and around the world, Samantha sought a new direction in life.
“I began to question the direction of my life,” Samantha said. “I had one job and I was lucky if I got 18 hours! I was pretty bad off at 31 with a degree and a 10 year military background but no open doors.”
Samantha said the Leadership Institute (LI) helped her open a door where at first it seemed there were only walls.
Due to travel and safety concerns, the Tuesday, February 17, 2015, Conservative Intern Workshop has been canceled. This workshop will be rescheduled later this semester.
Drumroll please…..the winner of the Leadership Institute’s 2014 employee of the year is Miss Kaitlyn Schallhorn.
Kaitlyn Schallhorn joined the Leadership Institute as a Campus Reform (CRO) reporter in February of 2014.
One of the first things Kaitlyn wrote for CRO was a 1,500 word exclusive report that uncovered a corrupt Black Panther professor, who was intimidating students, and involved in a graduation scandal that resulted in the resignation of the university’s chancellor.
But Kaitlyn’s crowning achievement has been her tireless work developing...
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...