Trump family, UFC, PGA and politics: an in-depth look at the speakers for Day 2 of the RNC
CLEVELAND – A wide range of speakers will be on stage on Tuesday to highlight the Republican vision for restoring economic growth and opportunity. They are all tying in to the theme for Day 2 of the convention, which is “Make America Work Again.”
The speakers are all part of Tuesday’s prime time program, and will begin talking as soon as the formal nominations for president and vice president are finished. That starts at 5:30 p.m., right after the convention convenes for the evening.
Here is the list of speakers and some background information on each of them:
Sharon Day, Co-Chairman of the Republican National Committee
Sharon Day was elected Co-Chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC) on January 14, 2011, and was re-elected on January 25, 2013. From 2009-2011 she served as RNC Secretary. She has served the Republican Party at the local, state, and national levels for more than 20 years. Day has also built several businesses in the insurance and marketing industry, creating jobs for hundreds of individuals and families.
Dana White, President, Ultimate Fighting Championship
Dana White is the president and business visionary behind the success of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). A self-described political independent, White has expressed his gratitude to presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump for helping the UFC succeed. Trump hosted the once-controversial mixed martial arts competitions at his Trump Taj Mahal casino property when other venues shunned the sport.
Governor Asa Hutchison, Governor of Arkansas
Asa Hutchinson is serving his first term as Governor of Arkansas. His main priority is bringing more jobs and economic growth to his native state, and he is working hard to make Arkansas an attractive place to locate a business.
Leslie Rutledge, Arkansas Attorney General
Rutledge’s election in 2014 was the first time a woman or a Republican had been elected Arkansas Attorney General. Rutledge has joined Arkansas with Texas and other states in challenging the constitutionality of the Obama administration’s executive orders on immigration and court filings to protect personal property rights.
Michael B. Mukasey, Former Attorney General
Michael Mukasey served as Attorney General of the United States from November 2007 to January 2009. Prior to serving as Attorney General, Mukasey served as a judge in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, including a tenure as Chief Judge from 2000-2006.
Andy Wist, Businessman
Andy Wist founded the Standard Waterproofing Company in 1979. Beginning in his mom’s basement in Brooklyn, Andy grew the company into one of the largest roofing, waterproofing, and landmark restoration companies in New York City, which today counts more than 180 employees and is headquartered in the Bronx.
U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin)
Elected in 2010, Johnson has been fighting to get the country’s fiscal house in order. He is focused on reining in government spending and bringing jobs back to the people of Wisconsin. Before being elected to office, Johnson started a polyester and plastics manufacturing business, PACUR, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Running this small business, Johnson did everything from operating the equipment to keeping the company books.
Chris Cox, Executive Director of NRA Institute for Legislative Action
Chris Cox directs NRA’s nationwide legislative and political efforts. As a champion of the right to bear arms guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, Cox has directed NRA’s electoral efforts at every level. He has been at the forefront of efforts resisting Obama administration gun control initiatives as well as abuses of power, including the Justice Department’s Operation Fast and Furious effort that knowingly allowed guns to “walk” to Mexican drug cartels.
Natalie Gulbis, Professional Golfer
Natalie Gulbis is a professional golfer playing on the U.S.-based LPGA tour. The California native has played golf since the age of four and earned second place in Rookie of the Year points during her first year on tour in 2002. Gulbis starred in the 2005 and 2006 reality show, The Natalie Gulbis Show, which aired on The Golf Channel. Gulbis wrote a much-talked about piece on golf.com entitled “The Donald Trump I Know” in which she voiced her strong support for Donald Trump to become President of the United States.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky)
U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell has represented the state of Kentucky since 1985, making him the state’s longest-serving senator. McConnell also serves in the Senate leadership; he is currently the Senate Majority Leader, which is the chamber’s highest-ranking Republican. Before assuming that role, he served an eight-year term as Senate Minority Leader.
U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI-1)
U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is the chairman of the 2016 Republican National Convention. Born and raised in Janesville, Wisconsin, Ryan has spent his life advocating for real solutions that help increase opportunities for all Americans. He first won election to the U.S. House in 1999, and during his tenure, he has become known for his leadership on budget and fiscal matters.
U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA-23)
Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has represented California in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2007. A fourth-generation resident of Kern County, California, he grew up in a working-class family and ran a small business, Kevin O’s Deli. He has applied this background to his work on behalf of small businesses and reducing the burdens of taxes and regulations.
Governor Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was a candidate for president in the 2016 Republican primary. First elected governor in 2010, he was re-elected to his second term in 2013. The governor’s top priorities include balancing the state’s budget, education reform, and changing the national conversation about drug addiction and treatment.
Tiffany Trump, Daughter of Donald Trump
Tiffany Trump was born October 13, 1993 to Donald Trump and Marla Maples. Raised in California, she is the second-youngest of Donald Trump’s children. Tiffany graduated from the University of Pennsylvania this spring with a double major in sociology and urban studies. She is a fashion model, singer, and influential presence on social media.
Kerry Woolard, General Manager, Trump Winery
Kerry Woolard is the General Manager at Trump Winery, a 1,300-acre estate located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in central Virginia. A graduate of the College of William and Mary, Kerry has 15 years of winery management experience and has contributed wine columns for the Wine Gazette and USA Today. In her role at Trump Winery, Kerry oversees all operations and has worked with Donald Trump to make the business a huge success.
Donald Trump, Jr., Son of Donald Trump and EVP, The Trump Organization
Donald J. Trump, Jr. is an innovator and leader in today’s business world. As an Executive Vice President at The Trump Organization, Donald Jr. works in tandem with his siblings Ivanka and Eric to expand the company’s real estate, retail, commercial, hotel and golf interests nationally and internationally. His extensive real estate development experience, rigorous education and inherent business sense add a level of detail and depth to the management of all current and future Trump projects.
U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia)
When elected in 2015, Senator Shelly Moore Capito achieved two historic firsts: she became the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate in West Virginia’s history, and in garnering more than 62 percent of the vote and winning all 55 counties, she secured the largest margin of victory for a Republican in a statewide race in the history of West Virginia. Capito has already sponsored more than 100 pieces of legislation in the Senate and is the only freshman to chair a subcommittee on the Appropriations Committee. Capito previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives, where she represented West Virginia’s Second District for 14 years.
Dr. Ben Carson, Neurosurgeon
A candidate for the presidency in the 2016 Republican primary, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson grew up in a poor, single-parent household in Detroit, Michigan. Initially a student earning mediocre grades, his mother encouraged him to read and cultivated his love of learning. Between his degrees, Carson worked as an X-ray technician, a bank teller, a school bus driver, a supervisor for highway cleanup crews, and a crane operator in a steel factory.
Kimberlin Brown, Actor
An actress best known for her roles in the television dramas The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful, Kimberlin Brown is also a California avocado farmer, host of The Design Network show Dramatic Design, and a small business owner.