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ALEC Featured Speakers:

(This is an incomplete list of people who have spoken at ALEC gatherings. Please help us document other speakers by adding to this list.)

Featured Speakers from the Private Sector

  • Robert L. Bradley Jr., founder and CEO of the Institute for Energy Research, spoke at the 2012 ALEC Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, UT, on July 26, 2012.
  • Charlie Cook, editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report, spoke at the 2012 ALEC Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, UT, on July 26, 2012.
  • Jennifer Morgan, President of SAP Public Services, spoke at the 2012 ALEC Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, UT, on July 26, 2012.
  • Rick McKeown, President and CEO of Leavitt Partners, spoke at the 2012 ALEC Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, UT, on July 24, 2012.
  • Tucker Carlson, Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, received the American Legislative Exchange Council's Warren Brookes Award for Excellence in Journalism at the States and Nation Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. on December 3, 2009. He also spoke at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA, on August 2, 2011.[1]
  • Art Laffer, founder and chairman of Laffer Associates, spoke at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA, on August 2, 2011.
  • Scott Rasmussen, founder and president of Rasmussen Reports spoke at the 2010 ALEC Annual Meeting in San Diego, California on August 5 - 8, 2010.
  • Randall L. Stephenson, president, chairman and CEO of AT&T, spoke at the 2010 ALEC Annual Meeting in San Diego, California on August 5 - 8, 2010.
  • Greg Babe, president and CEO of Bayer Corporation, spoke at the 2010 ALEC Annual Meeting in San Diego, California on August 5 - 8, 2010.
  • Lynn Salo, president of Allergan Medical US Breast Aesthetics Division, spoke at the 2010 ALEC Annual Meeting in San Diego, California on August 5 - 8, 2010.
  • Dr. Joseph Hammang, Senior Director of Worldwide Science Policy for Pfizer, Inc., spoke at the American Legislative Exchange Council's States and Nation Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. on December 3, 2009.
  • Susan Patrick of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning, spoke at the American Legislative Exchange Council's Workshop, "21st Century Learning: Using Technology to Nurture Minds, Save Taxpayers Money, and Build Globally Competitive Leaders" at the States and Nation Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. on , December 3, 2009.
  • Dr. Curtis Johnson of Education Evolving spoke at the American Legislative Exchange Council's Workshop, "21st Century Learning: Using Technology to Nurture Minds, Save Taxpayers Money, and Build Globally Competitive Leaders" at the States and Nation Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. on , December 3, 2009.
  • Terry M. Moe of the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace spoke at the American Legislative Exchange Council's Workshop, "21st Century Learning: Using Technology to Nurture Minds, Save Taxpayers Money, and Build Globally Competitive Leaders" at the States and Nation Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. on , December 3, 2009.
  • Mark P. Mills of the Energy Intelligence column for Forbes Magazine and a founding partner of Digital Power Capital, the energy-tech affiliate of Wexford Capital, a climate change skeptic, spoke at the American Legislative Exchange Council's States and Nation Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. on December 3, 2009.
  • Dennis Bartlett, Executive Director of the American Bail Coalition, spoke as the Workshop Moderator at the "How to Reduce Your Prison Population and Save Money" workshop at the American Legislative Exchange Council's States and Nation Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. in December, 2009.
  • Gene Newman of Accredited Surety & Casualty Co., Inc., spoke at the "How to Reduce Your Prison Population and Save Money" workshop at the American Legislative Exchange Council's States and Nation Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. in December, 2009.
  • Bob Williams of the Evergreen Freedom Foundation (and ALEC "Scholar") spoke as the Workshop Moderator at the "Overcoming Barriers to Budget Transparency In Your State" workshop at the American Legislative Exchange Council's States and Nation Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. in December, 2009.
  • Kristina Rasmussen of the Illinois Policy Institute spoke at the "Overcoming Barriers to Budget Transparency In Your State" workshop at the American Legislative Exchange Council's States and Nation Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. in December, 2009.
  • Arthur J. Rothkopf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce spoke at the "Workforce Development: Ensuring Student Success Outside the Ivory Tower" workshop of American Legislative Exchange Council's States and Nation Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. in December, 2009.
  • Anne D. Neal, President of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni spoke as the Workshop Moderator at the "Workforce Development: Ensuring Student Success Outside the Ivory Tower" workshop of American Legislative Exchange Council's States and Nation Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. in December, 2009.
  • Dr. Sheryl Kingsberg, Division Chief of OB/GYN Behavioral Medicine at University Hospitals Case Medical Center (UHCMC) in Cleveland, OH, spoke at the "Workforce Development: Ensuring Student Success Outside the Ivory Tower" workshop of American Legislative Exchange Council's States and Nation Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. in December, 2009.
  • Dr. Susan Kellogg Spadt, Professor of OB/GYN at Drexel University College of Medicine, spoke at the "Workforce Development: Ensuring Student Success Outside the Ivory Tower" workshop of American Legislative Exchange Council's States and Nation Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. in December, 2009.
  • Paul Romness, Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Policy at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, spoke as the Workshop Moderator at the "Workforce Development: Ensuring Student Success Outside the Ivory Tower" workshop of American Legislative Exchange Council's States and Nation Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. in December, 2009.
  • Roba Whiteley, Executive Director of Together Rx Access, spoke at the American Legislative Exchange Council's States & Nation Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. on December 2, 2009.
  • Stephen Moore, Wall Street Journal Editorial Board Member (and ALEC "Scholar"), spoke at the American Legislative Exchange Council's 2009 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA on Thursday, July 16, 2009.
  • Dr. Arthur B. Laffer, economist and Chairman of Laffer Associates (and ALEC "Scholar"), spoke at the American Legislative Exchange Council's 2009 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA on Thursday, July 16, 2009.
  • Herman Cain, conservative businessman and radio talk-show host from Georgia, spoke at the American Legislative Exchange Council's 2009 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA on Thursday, July 16, 2009.
  • Tamer Abdelgawad, Director of Economic Policy Analysis at Pfizer, Inc., spoke at The American Legislative Exchange Council's 2009 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA, on July 16, 2009.
  • Kimball Rasmussen of Desert Power, spoke at the 2009 ALEC Meeting in Atlanta, GA, on July 16, 2009.
  • Peter Coors, Chairman of the Molson Coors Brewing Co., spoke on "philanthropy" at the American Legislative Exchange Council's 2009 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA on Wednesday, July 15, 2009.
  • Dr. Claire Gaudiani, Author and Former President of Connecticut College, spoke on philanthropy at the American Legislative Exchange Council's 2009 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA on Wednesday, July 15, 2009.
  • Doug McMillon, president and CEO of Sam's Club, spoke at the 2008 ALEC Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL, July 30 - August 3, 2008.
  • Dr. Richard Vetter, Professor of Economics at Ohio University, spoke at the 2008 ALEC Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL, July 30 - August 3, 2008.
  • Christopher Manning of Manning and Sossoman, spoke at the 2008 ALEC Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL, July 30 - August 3, 2008.
  • Professor Clayton Christensen of Harvard's Business School, spoke at the 2008 ALEC Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL, July 30 - August 3, 2008.
  • Jerry Watson, General Counsel for the American Bail Coalition, discussed the use of bail bonds for "safe early release of prisoners" at the Annual Meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council in Philadelphia, PA, July 25 - 27, 2007.
  • Neil Cavuto of Fox News spoke at the 2007 ALEC Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, July 25 - 27, 2007.
  • Lauren Nelson, Miss America 2007, spoke at the 2007 ALEC Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, July 25 - 27, 2007.
  • Economist Milton Friedman spoke at ALEC's 33rd Annual Meeting in 2006, about issues including the economy, school choice, education reform, tax reform.[3]
  • Allison Taylor of the Texas Council on Sex Offender Treatment spoke on sexual offenders and predators at the 2005 ALEC Annual Meeting in Grapevine, TX on August 4, 2005.
  • Janet Scott of Wal-Mart spoke on organized retail theft at the 2004 Task Force Meeting in Washington, DC on December 4, 2004.
  • Robert Novak, nationally syndicated columnist, spoke at the 2002 ALEC States and National Policy Summit in Washington, DC on December 14, 2002.
  • Lonny Wilder of the Law Enforcement Television Network spoke on their Public Safety Training and Communications Network initiative at the 2002 ALEC Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL on August 9, 2002.
  • Rob Sexton of the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance on the threat of animal and ecological terrorism by animal rights groups at the 2002 ALEC Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL on August 9, 2002.
  • Bill O'Reilly of Fox News spoke at the 2002 Spring Task Force Summit in Las Vegas, NV on April 13, 2002.
  • Bernard Goldberg, author of "Bias," spoke at the 2002 Spring Task Force Summit in Las Vegas, NV on April 13, 2002.
  • Sean Hannity of the FOX News Channel was a headlining speaker at the 2001 ALEC Annual Meeting in New York City.[4]
  • Gisele Huff, executive director of Jaquelin Hume Foundation, spoke at the 2001 Task Force Meeting in New York, NY on August 3, 2001.
  • Professor Jonathan Turley of the George Washington School of Law was a headlining speaker at the 2001 ALEC Annual Meeting in New York City.[4]

Politicians

  • President George H.W. Bush spoke at ALEC meetings in 1991,[8] and in February[9] and August of 1992.[10]
  • U.S. Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives, spoke before the American Legislative Exchange Council's States and Nation Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. on December 4, 2009
  • U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Republican Whip, received the American Legislative Exchange Council's Thomas Jefferson Award at the States and Nation Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. on December 2, 2009
  • Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, spoke at the American Legislative Exchange Council's 2009 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA on Friday, July 17, 2009
  • The Honorable Zell Miller, former U.S. Senator and Governor (GA), spoke at the American Legislative Exchange Council's 2009 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA on Thursday, July 16, 2009
  • Senator Mike Johanns (R-NE), former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, presented a talk called "Opening Agricultural Markets by Restraining the EPA and Expanding Trade" at the American Legislative Exchange Council's 2010 States and Nation Policy Summit in Washington, DC on December 2, 2010.[11]
  • U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) addressed state legislators and business leaders at the American Legislative Exchange Council's States and Nation Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. on December 3, 2009 and discussed the American Legislative Exchange Council's efforts in Health Reform on C-SPAN on December 22, 2009
  • Representative Phil Montgomery (R-Wiscosin) spoke as Moderator of the "Dynamics of Broadband Investment: The $350 Billion Question" workshop at the American Legislative Exchange Council's States and Nation Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. in December, 2009
  • Rep. B.J. Nikkel (R-Colorado) spoke at the "Overcoming Barriers to Budget Transparency In Your State" workshop at the American Legislative Exchange Council's States and Nation Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. in December, 2009
  • Rep. Laura Brod (R-Minnesota) Member of ALEC's Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force. [12]spoke at the "Overcoming Barriers to Budget Transparency In Your State" workshop at the American Legislative Exchange Council's States and Nation Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. in December, 2009
  • Rep. Len Walker (R-Georgia) spoke at the "How to Reduce Your Prison Population and Save Money" workshop at the American Legislative Exchange Council's States and Nation Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. in December, 2009
  • Rep. Linda Upmeyer (R - 12th District, Iowa) spoke at the "Workforce Development: Ensuring Student Success Outside the Ivory Tower" workshop of American Legislative Exchange Council's States and Nation Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. in December, 2009
  • Rep. Pearl Burris-Floyd (R - 110th District, North Carolina) spoke at the "Workforce Development: Ensuring Student Success Outside the Ivory Tower" workshop of American Legislative Exchange Council's States and Nation Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. in December, 2009
  • Rep. Jerry Madden, (R - Texas) spoke as the Workshop Moderator at the "How to Reduce Your Prison Population and Save Money" workshop at the American Legislative Exchange Council's States and Nation Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. in December, 2009
  • FCC Commissioner Robert M. McDowell and Representative Phil Montgomery (R-Wisconsin) spoke as Moderators of the "Dynamics of Broadband Investment: The $350 Billion Question" workshop at the American Legislative Exchange Council's States and Nation Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. in December, 2009
  • Sara Martinez Tucker, Former Undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Education, spoke at the "Workforce Development: Ensuring Student Success Outside the Ivory Tower" workshop of American Legislative Exchange Council's States and Nation Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. in December, 2009
  • European Parliament Member Daniel Hannan spoke at the American Legislative Exchange Council's 2009 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA on Friday, July 17, 2009
  • Sam Beard, Commissioner of President George W. Bush's Social Security Commission, was a headlining speaker at the 2001 ALEC Annual Meeting in New York City.[4]

ALEC Spokespersons

  • Kristin Armshaw, former Director of the American Legislative Exchange Council, spoke on tort reform on Feb 19, 2005.

References

  1. Brendan Fischer, Nonpartisan “Truthtelling” at ALEC, PRWatch.org, August 11, 2011
  2. American Legislative Exchange Council, "Solutions for the States," 38th Annual Meeting agenda, on file with CMD, August 3-6, 2011
  3. Milton Friedman, Hoover Institution, "Economic Issues," C-SPAN, July 21, 2006
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 American Legislative Exchange Council, 2001 Annual Report, organizational report, 2002, accessed September 23. 2011
  5. President George W. Bush, Remarks to the American Legislative Exchange Council in Grapevine, Texas, presidential speech transcript archived by the United States Government Printing Office (GPO), August 3, 2005.
  6. American Legislative Exchange Council, President to Receive ALEC's Thomas Jefferson Freedom Award, organizational press release, July 29, 2005.
  7. President George W. Bush, Remarks to the American Legislative Exchange Council in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, presidential speech transcript archived by the GPO, July 26, 2007.
  8. President George H.W. Bush, Remarks to the American Legislative Exchange Council, presidential speech transcript archived by the GPO, March 1, 1991.
  9. President George H.W. Bush, Remarks to the American Legislative Exchange Council, presidential speech transcript archived by the GPO, February 21, 1992.
  10. President George H.W. Bush, to the American Legislative Exchange Council in Colorado Springs, Colorado, presidential speech transcript archived by the GPO, August 6, 1992.
  11. American Legislative Exchange Council, 2010 SNPS Presentations, organizational website, accessed July 17, 2011. This website has been altered by ALEC. An archived version containing this information, from April 9, 2011 is available here.
  12. American Legislative Exchange Council, organizational task force membership directory, March 31st, 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause April 2012