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Conference Speakers


LuDPAC Luncheon Fundraiser
(ticketed event)
Monday, March 23
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Charlie Cook, The Cook Political Report

Charlie Cook is the Editor and Publisher of The Cook Political Report, and a political analyst for the National Journal Group. Charlie is also a political analyst for NBC News.

In 1984, Charlie founded the independent, non-partisan Cook Political Report. Now, with a staff of six, it is a publication that the New York Times once said was “a newsletter that both parties regard as authoritative” while CBS News’ Bob Schieffer called it “the bible of the political community.”

Al Hunt in the Wall Street Journal has referred to Cook as “the Picasso of election analysis.”

The late David Broder of The Washington Post, long considered "the Dean of the Washington press corp", once wrote that Charlie Cook is “perhaps the best non-partisan tracker of Congressional races.”

Charlie has appeared on the ABC World News Tonight, the CBS Evening News, the NBC Nightly News, and on ABC’s This Week. Since the 1990’s, he has also appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press over a dozen times. Over the years, Charlie has served as an Election Night analyst for CBS, CNN, and, since 1996, on the NBC News Election Night Decision Desk in New York.

In 2010, Charlie was the co-recipient of the American Political Science Association’s prestigious Carey McWilliams award to honor “a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics." In 2013, Charlie served as a Resident Fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

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Washington Briefing Breakfast
Tuesday, March 24
7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Representative Buddy Carter (R-GA) is an experienced businessperson, health care professional, and faithful public servant. Representative Carter is serving his third term in the United States House of Representatives and is a member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. As the only pharmacist serving in Congress, Rep. Carter is the co-chair of the Community Pharmacy Caucus and is dedicated to working towards a health care system that provides more choices, less costs and better services. As the representative of the entire coast of Georgia, he is also a member of the Select Committee on Climate Change. 

As the owner of Carter’s Pharmacy, Inc., South Georgians have trusted Rep. Carter with their most valuable assets: their health, lives and families for more than thirty years. While running his business, he learned how to balance a budget and create jobs. He also saw firsthand the devastating impacts of government overregulation, which drives his commitment to ensuring that the federal government creates policies to empower business instead of increasing burdens on America’s job creators.

A lifelong resident of the First District, Rep. Carter was born and raised in Port Wentworth, Georgia and is a proud graduate of Young Harris College and the University of Georgia where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. 
Representative Carter (R-GA-01) speaking at 7:00am

Mike Braun represents the state of Indiana in the U.S. Senate. Senator Braun is a conservative who is proud to work with the White House to create jobs, build a strong national defense, reduce the debt and deficit, and help our veterans.

In the Senate, he serves on the Aging Committee, Agriculture Committee, Budget Committee, Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee, and the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP).

In addition to Sen. Braun's impactful public service, he is also an accomplished businessperson. After earning his MBA from Harvard Business School, he founded Meyer Distributing and co-founded Crystal Farms, Inc. both located in his hometown of Jasper, Indiana. Senator Braun has expertise in the manufacturing sector and distribution markets. Today, Meyer Distributing is a nationwide contender in the third-party logistics business.

 Senator Braun (R-IN) speaking at 8:00am