VVS18 ★ 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 has called it "one of the top 10 political events of the year" and "one of the conservative movement's marquee annual events." Sean Hannity called it "the premier conservative event now in the country." In 2016, then-candidate Mike Pence referred to it as "the greatest gathering of conservative pro-family Americans in the nation."
VVS welcomed President Donald Trump in 2017. It showcases the nation's leading conservative voices including Republican presidential hopefuls. Previous speakers have included then-candidate Mike Pence; then-Governors 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 Vicky Hartzler, Mark Meadows, Steve King, Paul Ryan, Steve Scalise and former Representatives Michele Bachmann and Allen West; media personalities Glenn Beck, Dr. Bill Bennett, Erick Erickson, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Mark Levin, Dana Loesch, Lt. Col. Oliver North, Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson; Dr. Ben Carson, Dr. Alveda King, 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; military and intelligence analyst Dr. Sebastian Gorka; Dr. Carol Swain; 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, Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC), American Values, Christian Healthcare Ministries, First Liberty Institute (formerly Liberty Institute), Liberty Counsel, Liberty Counsel Action, Liberty University, Ohio Christian University, Oklahoma Wesleyan University, The Heritage Foundation, Family Research Council, 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, The Washington Times, Vision America, Western Journalism, Susan B. Anthony List, Empower Texans and Bott Radio Network, who joins us again as Radio Row Sponsor in 2018.