Fire From The Heartland: The Awakening of the Conservative Woman
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann Ann Coulter Michelle Malkin Phylis Schlafly Sonnie Johnson S.E. Cupp Dana Loesch Congressman Cynthia Lummis Michelle Moore Deneen Borelli Jenny Beth Martin Jamie Radtke Congresswoman Jean Schmidt Michelle Easton Janine Turner

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Congresswoman Michele BachmannCongresswoman Michele Bachmann
Elected in 2006, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is the first Republican woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota. In only her first term, Congresswoman Bachmann developed a reputation as a "principled reformer" who stays true to her conservative beliefs while pushing for real reform of the broken ways of Washington. Bachmann's strong advocacy for her constituents earned her a second term in Congress in November 2008. Prior to serving in the U.S. Congress, Bachmann served in the Minnesota State Senate. And prior to that, Bachmann spent five years as a federal tax litigation attorney, working on hundreds of civil and criminal cases. Bachmann and her husband, Marcus, live in Stillwater where they own a small business mental health care practice that employs 42 people. The Bachmann's have five children, Lucas, Harrison, Elisa, Caroline, and Sophia. In addition, the Bachmann's have opened their home to 23 foster children, which has inspired Congresswoman Bachmann to become one of Congress' leading advocates for foster and adopted children. She was recently honored with an appointment to the bipartisan Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute's Advisory Board. Congresswoman Bachmann currently sits on the U.S. House Financial Services Committee.
Deneen BorelliDeneen Borelli
Deneen Borelli is a Fellow with Project 21, a network of black conservatives that is an initiative of The National Center for Public Policy Research, a public policy group based in Washington, D.C. In her role, Deneen promotes the importance of personal responsibility and the benefits of free market policies as a means for social advancement. She advances these values by writing commentaries and participating in media interviews. Deneen currently serves as an official contributor on the Fox News Channel. Deneen has also appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC, and C-SPAN. Deneen's commentaries on the importance of freedom and limited government have been published by newspapers such as the Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Tribune, Sacramento Bee, Baltimore Sun, Washington Examiner and Washington Times. She has also been a frequent speaker at political rallies and events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12 March on D.C. that drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen serves on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. Previously, she served as Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). In that capacity, Deneen was the Executive Producer and co-host on "The CORE Hour," a weekly Internet radio talk show. Deneen has a B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York.
Ann CoulterAnn Coulter
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.
S.E. CuppS.E. Cupp
S.E. Cupp, the author of Losing Our Religion: The Liberal Media's Attack on Christianity (released in April) and co-author of Why You're Wrong About The Right (published by Simon & Schuster in June of 2008), has a regular online column at the New York Daily News and a regular feature at The Daily Caller. She is a contributing editor at Townhall magazine and a regular contributor to Politico's "Arena." She has been published in The Washington Post, Newsmax, Slate, Human Events, American Spectator, Detroit Free Press and others. S.E. is a political commentator, appearing on FOX News, MSNBC, CNN, CSPAN, and others. She has been heard on dozens of radio shows. She is a graduate of Cornell University (2000) and a Masters candidate at NYU (2010). She was born in Carlsbad, CA and grew up primarily in Andover, MA. She lives in New York City.
Michelle EastonMichelle Easton
In January 1993, Michelle Easton finished twelve years of service in the Administrations of Presidents Reagan and Bush. She received presidential appointments from both Presidents Reagan and Bush with Senate confirmation for her position at the U.S. Department of Education, where she served for seven of the twelve years. In 1994, Virginia Governor George Allen appointed Michelle to the Virginia State Board of Education, whose members later elected her President of the Board. She led the Board to create nationally acclaimed academic standards, tests, and a rigorous new system of accountability for both students and schools. Michelle travels widely to promote conservative principles and speaks at scores of conferences, meetings, and campus events. Her television appearances include Firing Line, Fox News Channel, AM Washington, News Talk Television, National Empowerment Television, Public Television, and C-SPAN. She has been interviewed on hundreds of talk radio programs. Articles she wrote have been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Richmond Times-Dispatch, Human Events, The Washington Times, and many other newspapers and publications. The Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute, founded by Michelle Easton 17 years ago, is putting forward conservative role models who promote traditional family values and reach out to women all over the nation to prepare them for effective conservative leadership. She has been married for 36 years and is the mother of three sons.
Sonnie JohnsonSonnie Johnson
Sonnie Johnson is the Virginia Chapter President of the Frederick Douglass Foundation, an organization formed to be modern day abolitionists, using faith and the Constitution as its guide. New to politics, Johnson gave her first speech in front of a Roanoke Tea Party and hasn't slowed down since. She uses her love of hip-hop and capitalism to spread the message of a free market. You can find her musing at Didshesaythat.com or catch her on the radio at Blogtalkradio.com/WHWD Radio.
Dana LoeschDana Loesch
Dana Loesch blogs at DanaRadio.com, Mamalogues.com, and hosts her own radio show, The Dana Show: The Conservative Alternative on KFTK FM News Talk 97.1. Beginning as a blogger in 2001, she's a former award-winning newspaper columnist, was selected as one of St. Louis's "30 Under 30" in 2008 and named one of the top 16 most powerful moms online by Neilsen.

Dana appears regularly on Fox News, CNN, CNBC, and was the first and only female guest host for Michael Savage, who called her his "mental match." She writes for Biggovernment.com, Big Journalism.com, and hosts "Tea Party TV" for PJTV. She speaks regularly across the country on the subject of activism and netroots, serves as co-founder of the St. Louis Tea Party, and is credited with having helped take Dede Scozzafava out of NY23. Dana is finishing a book on the rise of the feminist right this year. She and her husband, Chris, and their two young sons live in St. Louis.
Congressman Cynthia LummisCongressman Cynthia Lummis
Cynthia Lummis was elected to represent the people of Wyoming in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008. She was raised on her family ranch in Laramie County and graduated from the University of Wyoming with bachelor's degrees in Animal Science and Biology. In 1979, Cynthia became the youngest woman ever elected to the Wyoming Legislature. She returned to the University of Wyoming for a law degree, which she received in 1985. Cynthia then clerked at the Wyoming Supreme Court, practiced law in Cheyenne, and served a total of fourteen years in the Wyoming House and Senate, concentrating on natural resource and taxation issues. She completed her legislative service in 1994 and then chaired Governor-elect Jim Geringer's transition team. She continued to work in the Governor's office for two more years, primarily on natural resource issues. Cynthia also served as the interim Director of the Office of State Lands and Investments. Cynthia was elected Wyoming State Treasurer in 1998. In eight years as Wyoming State Treasurer, she converted Wyoming's primarily fixed income investment portfolio of $3.5 billion to a fully diversified portfolio of equities, real estate and fixed income investments, public and private, domestic and international, totaling $8.5 billion. Her term of office as State Treasurer ended in January 2007. Cynthia continues to be involved in the daily operations of the Lummis family ranch. She and her husband, Al Wiederspahn, a former Wyoming legislator who is a Cheyenne attorney, have one daughter, Annaliese.
Michelle MalkinMichelle Malkin
Michelle Malkin is the author of four bestselling books including the New York Times bestseller, Invasion. She is the founder of two of the internet's top conservative blogs, michellemalkin.com and hotair.com. Malkin has worked in daily newspaper journalism since 1992, penned a nationally syndicated column for Creators Syndicate since 1999 and served as a Fox News Channel contributor since 2001. While working as an editorial writer/columnist for the Seattle Times, she won with Council on Governmental Ethics Laws (COGEL) national award for outstanding service for the cause of governmental ethics and leadership and for investigative columns that exposed campaign finance abuses and corruption by Washington state Democrats, Republicans, and political organizations. She now lives with her husband and two children in Colorado.
Jenny Beth MartinJenny Beth Martin
Georgia native, Jenny Beth Martin, graduated from Reinhardt College in Waleska, GA in June 1990 and University of Georgia in June 1992. Following her graduation from UGA in 1992, Jenny Beth had a successful career as a computer programmer and senior information technology manager with Mead and The Home Depot. In February 2009, Jenny Beth Martin was one of about 20 people who took part in the original conference call in response to Rick Santelli's now famous rant. Her commitment to building the burgeoning Tea Party movement has made her one of its breakout stars. Martin is a co-founder and the national coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots, an umbrella organization that claims 1,800 local affiliates with some 15 million members. She serves as co-chair of her hometown Tea Party in Atlanta, and she helped lead the 9/12 movement's march on Washington in September 2009. It was only as she watched protesters trickle down Pennsylvania Avenue to promote Tea Party principles, she says, that "the enormity of the movement hit me." The former Republican consultant is an unlikely beacon - a mother of young twins, she blogs about clipping coupons, her household menu plans and her family's battle with bankruptcy, which had Martin cleaning houses to make ends meet when the Tea Party began brewing. "I have a tendency to raise my hand to volunteer too often," she says of the decision to launch the Tea Party Patriots.
Michelle MooreMichelle Moore
Michelle Moore is a political activist, sometimes radio host, blogger, and original founding leader of Smart Girl Politics and St. Louis Tea Party. Michelle can be heard Thursday mornings hosting "The Patriot Enclave" with Brian Nieves on 1350 AM and as a contributor Friday afternoons to "The Dana Show" on 97.1 FM. Michelle has appeared on "Fox and Friends" and "America's Newsroom," both on Fox News Channel and "The Dylan Ratigan Show" on MSNBC. Michelle blogs at ATraditionalLifeLived.com, often expressing herself in a brash, direct way. She has been called a bully and a meanie, both of which are probably true. When Michelle is not stirring it up, she is a professional geek and mother to two teenage daughters.
Jamie RadtkeJamie Radtke
Jamie Radtke is a founding board member for Restore the Founders' Vision. She currently holds the position of Secretary/Treasurer on the Board. Jamie is a dedicated wife and home school mother of three young children (ages 3, 5, and 7). She has been involved in grassroots activism for over 15 years. Jamie worked for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee under Chairman Jesse Helms (NC) and in Governor George Allen's (VA) administration. Jamie has also worked as chief strategist for various political campaigns. Jamie has spent the last 6 years challenging rogue Republicans who have chosen the expansion of government above the freedoms and rights of the people. Jamie Radtke has a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Liberty University and a Masters of Public Policy from The College of William & Mary.
Phyllis SchlaflyPhyllis Schlafly
Phyllis Schlafly has been a national leader in the Conservative movement since the publication of her best-selling 1964 book, A Choice Not An Echo. Mrs. Schlafly's monthly newsletter, The Phyllis Schlafly Report, is now in its 43rd year. Her syndicated column appears in 100 newspapers. Mrs. Schlafly is the author/editor of 20 books on subjects such as: family and feminism (The Power of the Positive Woman and Feminist Fantasies), nuclear strategy (Strike From Space and Kissinger on the Couch), education (Child Abuse in the Classroom), child care (Who Will Rock the Cradle?), and phonics (First Reader and Turbo Reader). Mrs. Schlafly served as a member of the Commission on the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution, 1985-1991, appointed by President Reagan. She has testified before more than 50 Congressional and State Legislative committees on constitutional, national defense, and family issues. Mrs. Schlafly is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Washington University, received her J.D. from Washington University Law School, and received her Master's in Political Science from Harvard University. In 2008, Washington University/St. Louis awarded Phyllis an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. The mother of six children, she was the 1992 Illinois Mother of the Year.
Congresswoman Jean SchmidtCongresswoman Jean Schmidt
Jean Schmidt, the first woman elected to represent Southern Ohio in Congress, was elected in the 2005 Special Election to fill the vacancy left when Ambassador Rob Portman resigned from the Second Congressional District seat after being confirmed as the United State Trade Representative. Congresswoman Schmidt has twice been re-elected to Congress. Best described as a consensus builder, in her first full term, she was able to move three significant pieces of legislation even though Republicans were in the minority. Her legislative accomplishments include authorizing nutrition education in the 2008 Farm bill, addressing tarmac delays at our nation's airports, and creating for the first time an inventory of our nation's levee systems. For the 111th Congress, Congresswoman Schmidt will serve once again on the House Transportation Committee and the House Agriculture Committee. On the Agriculture Committee, she will take a leadership role as the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Horticulture and Organic Agriculture. A lifelong resident of Clermont County, Congresswoman Schmidt has held various public offices and continues to be actively involved in civic and community groups.
Janine TurnerJanine Turner
Janine Turner, a native Texan, is probably best known for her role as 'Maggie O'Connell' in the Emmy Award-winning CBS series, "Northern Exposure" and in the top rated, hit Lifetime series, "Strong Medicine." Always creating, she recently produced and directed the short film "Trip in a Summer Dress" which also starred her young daughter, Juliette. She won the coveted Best New Emerging Director for a short film at the Deep Ellum Film Festival. Janine can now add author to her resume. As a single mother since her daughter was born, she spent the last year researching twelve extraordinary single women from history who succeeded in life in spite of life. Her book Holding Her Head High has received national acclaim and made the Washington Post Bestseller List. Turner and her beloved daughter live on their ranch, Mockingbird Hill, in North Texas with their five dogs, cat, two birds, two gerbils, two horses, and 28 longhorns.

 

 

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