Francisco González is living the Florida dream. Born and raised in South Florida, Francisco graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, earned his B.A. in history at Florida Atlantic University, and an M.A. in History at the University of Maryland. While at Maryland, he was the co-founder and Managing Editor of The Terrapin Times, an award-winning conservative student newspaper.
From 2004-2007, Francisco was the Director of Membership and Campus Leadership and later, a development officer, at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, an organization devoted to “Educating for Liberty” on America’s college campuses.
Since 2008, Francisco has worked as the Director of Development for The James Madison Institute, Florida’s premier free-market think tank. In 2012 he was promoted to Vice President of Advancement for the Institute.
In 2008, he co-authored the book, Who is the Real Barack Obama? For the rising generation; by the rising generation. He was the primary organizer of the Tallahassee Tea Party, which brought together more than 2,000 people to Florida’s historic state capitol for a “Tax Day” tea party on April 15, 2009.
Francisco serves on the Board of Directors of Project Veritas and Rock By The Sea. In his leisure time, he enjoys playing tennis, watching college football, reading, running, working out, and hitting the beach.
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Eli Lehrer is president of a national think tank focused on promoting the free market. (Okay, it’s the R-Street Institute, same one that Reaganista works for.) Currently, his interests include insurance, reinsurance, tobacco, civil liberties, politics, and telling jokes about pirates.
Lehrer also played a major role in founding the smartersafer.org coalition, a coalition of taxpayer, environmental, insurance, and free-market groups dedicated to risk-based insurance rates, mitigation, and environmental protection.
Prior to his think tank life, Lehrer worked as speechwriter to United States Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R.-Tenn.). He has previously worked as a manager in the Unisys Corporation’s Homeland Security Practice, senior editor of The American Enterprise magazine, and as a fellow for The Heritage Foundation. He has spoken at Yale and George Washington Universities.
Lehrer holds a B.A. (cum laude) from Cornell University and an M.A. (with honors) from The Johns Hopkins University, where his Master’s thesis focused on the Federal Emergency Management Agency and flood insurance. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Washington Times, Weekly Standard, National Review, The Public Interest, Salon.com, and dozens of other publications.
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Marlin Scott Muller was born and raised in the Florida fishing paradise of Jupiter. Marlin studied at the University of Southern Mississippi while serving a six year enlisted contract with the National Guard before transferring to Florida State University where he earned a BS in Geography (specializing in GIS). While at “Southern Miss,” Marlin served as the President of the College Republicans, a Student Senator, and a staff writer for the school newspaper before transferring home to Florida State University. While at FSU, Marlin focused his efforts on volunteering to aid handicap veteran students through their studies at the university.
In 2005 Marlin enlisted in the Army National Guard as an 11B (Infantryman). In 2008 Marlin was mobilized at Camp Shelby Mississippi in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2009 Marlin was deployed to Iraq. He served ten months in Iraq with B Co. 1-155th INF BN. Marlin proudly received the Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and most notably the Combat Infantry Badge for actions in combat in Mosul, Iraq among other awards.
In 2010 Marlin returned home to the United States and opened a Cash for Gold store. The business was very successful and continues to thrive today under the management of Marlin’s brother Sean in Petersburg, VA.
In 2011 Marlin began working at a lobbying firm in Tallahassee in support of veteran friendly legislation where he still resides today.
Marlin is a strongly conservative-minded person who champions fiscal responsibility, small business, states’ rights, and above all else veterans.
Follow Marlin on Twitter: @MarlinMuller
Evan Power was born and raised in Tennessee. He moved to Florida to Attend The Florida State University where he earned both his Bachelors and Masters degrees.
Evan began his career working in the Florida House Majority Office under then Majority Leader Marco Rubio. Mr. Power moved with Speaker-Designate Rubio to serve in the Procedures and Policy Office as his legislative analyst. Evan then went to work for Gomez Barker Associates, a governmental relations firm representing over thirty clients on the state level.
Outside of his professional roles he has served as a Graduate Advisor to a Fraternity and chaired a Philanthropic foundation. Evan serves as a Vice-Chairman of the Leon County Republican Party and is currently running for the Leon County Soil and Water Conservation District.
Follow Evan on Twitter: @evanpower