VVS16 ★ About VVS
Values Voter Summit was created in 2006 to provide a forum to help inform and mobilize citizens across America to preserve the bedrock values of traditional marriage, religious liberty, sanctity of life and limited government that make our nation strong. It has drawn over 3,000 plus attendees from around the nation and foreign countries. Garnering national and international media attention, CNN named it "one of the conservative movement's marquee annual events" and Sean Hannity called it "the premier conservative event now in the country."
VVS showcases the nation's leading conservative voices including Republican presidential hopefuls. Previous speakers have included Governor Mike Huckabee, Sam Brownback, Bobby Jindal and Rick Perry; Senators Ted Cruz, Lindsay Graham, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Tim Scott and former Senator Rick Santorum; Representatives Michele Bachmann, Steve King, Paul Ryan, Steve Scalise and former Representative Allen West; media personalities Glenn Beck, Dr. Bill Bennett, Erick Erickson, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Lt. Col. Oliver North, and Bill O'Reilly; Dr. Ben Carson, Donald Trump, Kirk Cameron, Star Parker, the Benham Brothers, national pro-life advocates including Lila Rose and David Daleiden, whose investigative work exposed the truth about Planned Parenthood; nationally recognized terrorism expert Brigitte Gabriel; and national best-selling authors Joel Rosenberg and Rabbi Jonathan Cahn. Mariam Ibraheem, the Sudanese Christian sentenced to death for her faith, was honored with the inaugural Cost of Discipleship Award in 2014, and in 2015, Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Kentucky Clerk, who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, was awarded the second inaugural Cost of Discipleship Award.
Since its inception, the Summit's primary sponsor has been FRC Action, the legislative affiliate arm of Family Research Council. Through the years, FRC Action has had the privilege of partnering with other like-minded sponsors including American Family Association Action, Alliance Defending Freedom, American Values, First Liberty Institute (formerly Liberty Institute), Liberty Counsel, Liberty Counsel Action, Liberty University, Ohio Christian University, The Heritage Foundation, Family Research Council and, for the first time this year, The D. James Kennedy Center for Christian Statesmanship and United in Purpose. Other partnering organizations have also included Media Research Center, Young America's Foundation, National Religious Broadcasters, National Organization for Marriage, Patriot Voices, Students for Life, The Timothy Plan, Vision America, Susan B. Anthony List, Empower Texans and new 2016 Radio Row sponsor, Bott Radio Network.