Dick Morris, a regular political commentator on Fox News, is the author of seven New York Times bestsellers. He is also a columnist for The Hill. Morris authored Behind The Oval Office, a memoir of his role as an advisor to former President Clinton during the successful 1996 re-election campaign, where he was widely credited with assisting Clinton in articulating a middle course between Republican conservatism and traditional Democratic liberalism.
Earlier in his career, Morris was a campaign consultant for Clinton's Arkansas gubernatorial campaigns. And he has advised a wide range of political leaders, including Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., Republican Minority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Tx and former New York City Mayor Ed Koch.
Fred Barnes is co-founder and executive editor of The Weekly Standard. From 1985 to 1995, he served as senior editor and White House correspondent for The New Republic. He covered the Supreme Court and the White House for the Washington Star before moving on to the Baltimore Sun in 1979. He served as the national political correspondent for the Sun and wrote the "Presswatch" media column for The American Spectator.
From 1998 to 2009, he was host, along with Mort Kondracke, of the "Beltway Boys" on FOX News. Mr. Barnes appears regularly on FOX's "Special Report with Bret Baier." From 1988 to 1998, he was a regular panelist on "The McLaughlin Group." He has also appeared on "Fox News Sunday," "CBS This Morning," "Nightline," "Meet the Press," "Face the Nation," "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer," and "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." In addition, Barnes hosts "Issues in the News" on Voice of America. Formerly, he was chief correspondent on the PBS series "National Desk" and host of "What's the Story?" on Radio America. Mr. Barnes authored the book Rebel in Chief: Inside the Bold and Controversial Presidency of George W. Bush in 2006 based on his exclusive interviews with top administration officials - as well as President Bush.
Over the years, he has written for Reader's Digest, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Spectator, Washingtonian, the Public Interest, Policy Review and both the Sunday Telegraph and Sunday Times of London. The Media Guide has given Barnes four stars - its highest rating - and called him "a great political reporter-columnist" whose material is "exquisitely timed." Mr. Barnes graduated from the University of Virginia and was a Neiman Fellow at Harvard University.
Tony Blankley is an Executive Vice President for Global Public Affairs at Daniel J. Edelman Company. Tony Blankley joined Edelman's Washington office in September 2007. For more than 25 years, Tony has been at the intersection of national politics, media and public policy. For seven years, Tony served as press secretary to then-Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich. Working for the most renowned speaker of the House in decades, Tony became one of the leading spokesmen for the Contract with America. Prior to his career on Capitol Hill, Tony served President Ronald Reagan as a speechwriter and senior policy analyst. Before coming to Washington, Tony was a California deputy attorney general for seven years. His opinions and analysis of political events have been featured on the front pages of The New York Times, USA Today, and other major publications. Tony authored his first book in 2005, a New York Times bestseller, The West's Last Chance: Will We Win the Clash Of Civilizations.
Senator Christopher S. Bond
At age 33, Kit Bond became the 47th Governor of the State of Missouri on January 8, 1973 - the youngest Governor the state has ever had. Bond was re-elected to a second term as Governor in 1980. After his second successful term as Governor, Bond continued his service to Missouri from his newly won seat in the United States Senate. In that 1986 election year, Bond was the only Republican to capture a seat previously held by a Democrat. Based upon his solid ability to protect and advance Missouri's interests in the United States Senate, Bond was returned by Missouri voters to the U.S. Senate in 1992, 1998, and 2004.
While serving in the United States Senate, Bond has built a reputation as a statesman who advocates for a strong U.S. military, improved care for our nation's veterans and men and women in uniform, an expert in Southeast Asia, and a reformer of our nation's intelligence community. Bond serves as the Vice Chairman on the Senate Select Intelligence Committee, where he is working to give the Intelligence Community the tools to detect and disrupt planned terrorist attacks on America.
Arthur C. Brooks is the president of AEI. Until January 1, 2009, he was the Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government Policy at Syracuse University. He is the author of eight books and many articles on topics ranging from the economics of the arts to applied mathematics. His most recent books include The Battle: How the Fight Between Free Enterprise and Big Government Will Shape America's Future (Basic Books, May 2010), Gross National Happiness (Basic Books, 2008), Social Entrepreneurship (Prentice-Hall, 2008), and Who Really Cares (Basic Books, 2006). Before pursuing his work in public policy, Mr. Brooks spent twelve years as a professional French hornist with the City Orchestra of Barcelona and other ensembles.
Senator Tom Coburn M.D.
Tom A. Coburn, M.D. was elected to the U.S. Senate on November 2, 2004. Dr. Coburn and his wife, Carolyn, a former Miss Oklahoma, were married in 1968 and have three children and five grandchildren. They are members of First Baptist Muskogee. Dr. Coburn's priorities in the Senate include reducing wasteful spending, protecting your liberty, balancing the budget, improving health care access and affordability, protecting the sanctity of all human life - including the unborn - and representing traditional, Oklahoma values. As a citizen legislator, Dr. Coburn has pledged to serve no more than two terms in the Senate and to continue to care for patients. He is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Intelligence Committee, the Indian Affairs Committee and the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.
As a senator, Dr. Coburn has offered more amendments than any of his colleagues. He has offered amendments to eliminate funding for the "Bridge to Nowhere," the "Woodstock Museum" in New York and countless other special interests earmarks sponsored by members of both parties. Prior to his election to the Senate, Dr. Coburn represented Oklahoma's Second Congressional District in the House of Representatives from 1995 through 2001. He was first elected in 1994, then re-elected in 1996 and 1998, becoming the first Republican to hold the seat for consecutive terms. Dr. Coburn retired from Congress in 2001, fulfilling his pledge to serve no more than three terms in the House.
Ann Coulter is a frequent guest on many leading television programs and has been profiled in numerous nationally recognized publications. Coulter is the author of seven New York Times bestsellers - Guilty: Liberal Victims and Their Assault on America (January 2009); If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans (October, 2007); Godless: The Church of Liberalism (June 2006); How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must) (October, 2004); Treason: Liberal Treachery From the Cold War to the War on Terrorism (June 2003); Slander: Liberal Lies About the American Right (June 2002); and High Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Case Against Bill Clinton (August 1998).
Coulter is the legal correspondent for Human Events and writes a popular syndicated column for Universal Press Syndicate. In 2001, Coulter was named one of the top 100 Public Intellectuals by federal judge Richard Posner. A Connecticut native, Coulter graduated with honors from Cornell University School of Arts & Sciences, and received her J.D. from University of Michigan Law School, where she was an editor of The Michigan Law Review. After practicing law in private practice in New York City, Coulter worked for the Senate Judiciary Committee, where she handled crime and immigration issues for Senator Spencer Abraham (R-MI). From there, she became a litigator with the Center For Individual Rights in Washington, D.C., a public interest law firm dedicated to the defense of individual rights with particular emphasis on freedom of speech, civil rights, and the free exercise of religion.
Nationally-syndicated talk show host, anchor of the Lou Dobbs financial report, and best-selling author. Lou Dobbs is the country's leading independent conservative advocate for our constitutional values and free enterprise. Dobbs gives voice to those who are often denied representation in Washington, D.C., the American middle class. He challenges leaders on both sides of the political spectrum, passionately presenting a compelling case for America to invest in education, research, and infrastructure. Dobbs calls on American political, business, and labor leaders to restore public education, rapidly expand the nation's manufacturing base, invigorate small business, and to make the doubling of our exports a national priority. One of America's most respected and insightful commentators on the economy, business, and politics, Dobbs strongly believes that the federal government has grown far too large to be anything but inefficient and dysfunctional. Dobbs brings three decades of experience and commanding knowledge to his keen analysis and bright perspective on the important issues of the day.
Dobbs has won almost every broadcasting honor, including the Lifetime Achievement Emmy, Peabody Award, and Luminary Award for "visionary work" in business journalism. Named Man of the Year by the Organization for the Rights of American Workers, Dobbs is the recipient of the Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Award, the Horatio Alger Distinguished American Award, and Father of the Year Award. Dobbs is the author of three best-selling books: Independent's Day, War on the Middle Class, and Exporting America. Dobbs and his wife Debi live on their farm in northwestern New Jersey. His personal interests include golf, horse breeding, amateur astronomy, scuba diving and fishing.
Michael is Editor-in-Chief of Big Government. He has 20 years experience in policy development, legislative affairs, media relations, political campaigns, and crisis communication. For a number of years he directed all policy and legislative activities for the American Legislative Exchange Council, the nation's largest bi-partisan membership association of state legislators. He began his policy career in the Illinois General Assembly, where he worked as an analyst both in the Capitol and in the Assembly's Washington, D.C. office.
He has testified often before the U.S. Congress and before at least two-dozen state legislatures. His work has been cited by the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Post and numerous regional newspapers and radio. Additionally, he has frequently appeared on a number of broadcast and cable networks, including CNN, CNBC, Fox News, ABC World News Tonight, Reuters Financial, and C-SPAN. His work recently won top awards from the Western Publishing Association and the Los Angeles Press Club. Mike attended the University of Iowa, where he studied English and Economics.
Speaker Newt Gingrich is well known as the architect of the "Contract with America" that led the Republican Party to victory in 1994. Newt is the Founder of the Center for Health Transformation, General Chairman of American Solutions, a Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the National Defense University. Newt and his wife, Callista, host and produce historical and public policy documentaries. Recent films include Nine Days That Changed The World, and Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny. He is an analyst for the Fox News Channel. As an author, Speaker Gingrich has published twenty-one books, including twelve fiction and non-fiction New York Times best-sellers. He resides in McLean, Virginia with his wife, Callista Gingrich.
U.S. Representative Dan Lungren
Dan Lungren represents California's 3rd Congressional District, which includes parts of Sacramento and Solano County, as well as all of Alpine, Amador, and Calaveras Counties. Dan Lungren graduated with honors in English from the University of Notre Dame in 1968. Shortly thereafter, he returned to California to chair "Youth for Nixon." He began his law studies at the University of Southern California and later transferred to Georgetown University Law Center from which he earned his JD in 1971.
Congressman Lungren first sought elective office in 1976, narrowly losing a bid for California's 34th Congressional District. Two years later, at age 32, he re-challenged the two-term incumbent and won the Congressional seat in California's historic 1978 "Prop 13" election year. For ten years, Dan served in the U.S. Congress where he was viewed as a Republican leader in criminal justice and immigration issues. In 1990, Lungren was elected Attorney General of California, a position he held for eight years. During his two-term service as California's Attorney General (1991-1999), Dan helped author and later defended in court California's landmark "Three-Strikes-and-You're-Out" law.
Following an unsuccessful run for Governor against Gray Davis in 1998, Dan did a stint as a nationally syndicated radio talk show host and served as a fellow at Harvard University's Institute of Politics before returning to the private practice of law. The events of 9-11 prompted Dan's return to public service. Believing that each of us had to respond in the most effective way to the terrorist threat, he sought election to the Congress so that the lessons learned from his past governmental experience might be added to the national debate. Dan is personally committed to enhancing the quality and depth of Congressional oversight of our government's intelligence gathering and analysis and the provision of homeland security. As a member of the House Judiciary Committee and Homeland Security Committee, Congressman Lungren is in a unique position to make that a reality. Dan and his wife, Bobbi, have three adult children: Jeff, Kelly and Kathleen and six grandchildren -Reagan, Julia, Jack, Alexandra, Andrew and Fiona.
U.S. Representative Thaddeus G. McCotter
A life-long resident of southeast Michigan, U.S. Representative Thaddeus McCotter was first elected to Congress in 2002 to represent the citizens of Western Oakland and Western Wayne Counties. Congressman McCotter has focused his efforts on preserving and promoting manufacturing and small businesses, because he knows they form the back bone of our community's economy. He has steadfastly supported winning the War for Freedom and increasing our homeland security; tirelessly fought to reduce taxes and the size and scope of government; and, most importantly, Congressman McCotter has dedicated every effort to listen to and serve his constituents. Congressman McCotter was elected by his colleagues in Nov. 2006 to serve as Chairman of the Republican House Policy Committee. Congressman McCotter is also a member of the House Financial Services Committee, where he serves on the Capital Markets, Insurance, and Government Sponsored Enterprises and the Housing and Community Opportunity subcommittees.
Congressman McCotter is a graduate of Catholic Central High School; the University of Detroit; and the University of Detroit Law School. He is a bar admitted attorney by profession. Thaddeus and Rita McCotter, a registered nurse, have three young children, George, Timothy, and Emilia. The McCotter family lives in his home town of Livonia. Congressman McCotter travels to and from our nation's capital every week to serve our community.
U.S. Representative Sue Myrick
Representative Sue Myrick (NC-9) came to Congress in 1995 after building a successful advertising and public relations business, and serving two terms as mayor of Charlotte, NC, the state's largest city and commercial hub. She is currently in her eighth term representing North Carolina's 9th district, which covers portions of Union, Mecklenburg, and Gaston Counties. Sue serves on the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee, which is the oldest legislative committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. Sue is a member of its Health subcommittee and Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection subcommittee.
In 2009, Sue was selected by House Leadership to serve on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. From 2002 to 2004, Sue served as chairman of the Republican Study Committee, the largest voting bloc in Congress. The RSC is a group of House Republicans that are organized for the purpose of advancing a conservative economic and social agenda for America. Under Sue's tenure, the RSC grew from 65 to over 96 members and became an influential force in shaping policy in Congress. Her leadership of this group and dedication to controlling government spending has made her a national voice for House conservatives. In January 2003, Sue was appointed as a Deputy Whip of the 108th Congress. As Deputy Whip, Sue was one of only a handful of Republican House members with a seat at the leadership table. Due to her hard work, she continues to serve as a Deputy Whip into the 111th Congress.
A breast cancer survivor, Sue co-chairs the House Cancer Caucus. She has successfully championed legislation aimed at stopping the deadly disease through increased research, education, early detection, and development of promising new medical therapies. Sue is also leading the charge nationally on issues related to terrorism. She is the founder of the Congressional Anti-Terrorism Caucus, which has more than 120 Members. This caucus meets with experts on terrorism and works to educate the public about the dangers we face from Islamofascism. Sue is a wife; a mother of two children and three step-children. She and her husband, Ed, have 12 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
Eric Singer, is the Portfolio Manager of the Congressional Effect Fund (CEFFX). He first published an article on the general effect of Congress on daily stock prices in an article published in Barron's in 1992. Since then, the idea has attracted support and evidence from both the financial and academic community. He also publishes the Congressional Wealth Destruction Monitor, which can be found at www.congressionaleffectmanagement.com/watch.php.
Mr. Singer has been a finance professional for over 25 years. Most recently, his practice focused on raising funds for, and investing in, small cap public companies. During the 1990's, he was head of Corporate Finance at Gerard Klauer Mattison & Co., a research oriented brokerage firm. In the 1980's, he launched a corporate finance new products group at Smith Barney, and headed a similar group at PaineWebber. He also practiced law for several years and developed real estate. He was graduated from SUNY at Stony Brook, where he was Phi Beta Kappa, and Cornell Law School, where he was on Law Review. To learn more, go here: http://www.congressionaleffect.com.