2013 Friends of the Family Banquet


Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah)

Elected in 2010 as Utah’s 16th Senator, Mike Lee has spent his career defending the basic liberties of Americans and Utahns as a tireless advocate for our founding constitutional principles.

Senator Lee acquired a deep respect for the Constitution early on. His father, Rex Lee, who served as the Solicitor General under President Ronald Reagan, would often discuss varied aspects of judicial and constitutional doctrine around the kitchen table, from Due Process to the uses of Executive Plenary Power. He attended most of his father’s arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, giving him a unique, hands-on experience and understanding of government up close.

Lee graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science, and served as BYU’s Student Body President in his senior year. He graduated from BYU’s Law School in 1997 and went on to serve as law clerk to Judge Dee Benson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, and then with future Supreme Court Justice Judge Samuel A. Alito, Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Lee spent several years as an attorney with the law firm Sidley & Austin specializing in appellate and Supreme Court litigation, and then served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Salt Lake City arguing cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Lee served the state of Utah as Governor Jon Huntsman’s General Counsel and was later honored to reunite with Justice Alito, now on the Supreme Court, for a one-year clerkship. He returned to private practice in 2007.

Throughout his career, Lee earned a reputation as an outstanding practitioner of the law based on his sound judgment, abilities in the courtroom, and thorough understanding of the Constitution.

Today, Lee fights to preserve America’s proud founding document in the United States Senate. He advocates efforts to support constitutionally limited government, fiscal responsibility, individual liberty, and economic prosperity.

Lee is a member of the Judiciary Committee, and serves as ranking Member of the Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights Subcommittee protecting business competition and personal freedom.

He also oversees issues critical to Utah as the top Republican on the Water and Power Subcommittee of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He serves on the Armed Services Committee and the Joint Economic Committee, as well.


Phyllis Schlafly – President, Eagle Forum

Phyllis Schlafly is the author or editor of 20 books on subjects as varied as family and feminism, nuclear strategy, education, child care, phonics textbooks, and the judiciary. Her latest books are The Flipside of Feminism and No Higher Power: Obama’s War on Religious Freedom. She has written her monthly newsletter called The Phyllis Schlafly Report since 1967. Her syndicated column appears in many newspapers and websites, her radio commentaries (now totaling 7,800) are heard daily on 500 stations, her radio talk show is heard weekly on 90
stations, and everything is available on her website www.eagleforum.org.

Mrs. Schlafly is a lawyer and 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 security, and family issues.

Mrs. Schlafly is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Washington University/St. Louis, received her J.D. from Washington University Law School, and received her Master’s in Political Science from Harvard University. She received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Washington University. She was named one of the 100 most important women of the 20th century by the Ladies’ Home Journal. The mother of six children, she was the 1992 Illinois Mother of the Year.

Phyllis Schlafly helped to invent the conservative movement in 1964 by selling 3 million copies of her first book A Choice Not An Echo. Then she helped to invent the pro-family movement in the 1970s by bringing thousands of new people into the political process to defeat the so-called Equal Rights Amendment. In a 10-year battle, Phyllis taught the grassroots conservatives how to win despite the opposition of three Presidents, nearly all public officials, 99% of the media, and even Hollywood.

Phyllis Schlafly is America’s most articulate and successful opponent of the radical feminist movement. She has appeared on virtually every national television and radio talk show and has lectured or debated on more than 500 college and university campuses. Mrs. Schlafly is the founder and president of Eagle Forum, a national organization of citizens who participate as volunteers in the public
policymaking process.

When the publisher of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat presented her with the Woman of Achievement Award in 1963, he said:  “Phyllis Schlafly stands for everything that has made America great and for those things which will keep it that way.”

President Ronald Reagan gave Phyllis Schlafly this tribute at a national meeting in 1984: “Eagle Forum has set a high standard of volunteer participation in the political and legislative process. . . . You’ve been out front on so many of the most important issues of our time. . . . Your work is an example to all those who would struggle for an America that is prosperous and free.”

2013 Summer House Party Series

Featuring U.S. House & Senate Candidates:

Rod Blum

Dubuque, Iowa




Sam Clovis

Hinton, Iowa




Joni Ernst

Red Oak, Iowa




Scott Schaben

Ames, Iowa





Matt Whitaker

Urbandale, Iowa




David Young

Van Meter, Iowa