Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., has only been in Congress for six weeks, but he is already preparing a talk at this week's Conservative Political Action Conference.
Zinke is one of five House GOP freshman slated to speak at the annual conservative confab, according to an agenda distributed by organizers . All told, there are at least 25 current and former members of Congress currently scheduled to speak during the Feb. 25-28 event.
It's a prime audience for conservative activists, who typically fill the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.
The forum also serves as a testing ground for presidential hopefuls, many of whom are expected to attend, including Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida. Other possible GOP presidential candidates on the schedule include former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former CEO Carly Fiorina, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
The conference includes discussion panels, debates, book signings, career consultations and nightly films, with topics ranging from “China Rising” and “The Future of Marriage in America” to cyber-insecurity and voter fraud. This year, organizers included a new “do-it-yourself campaign and activism training” on Wednesday.
Here's a list — organized alphabetically by chamber — of additional congressional Republicans scheduled to appear at CPAC this week and their event, according to a public agenda :
- Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming ("The Conservative Replacement to Obamacare").
- Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas ("When Should America Go to War?").
- Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa ("Salute to Veterans").
- Sen. Mike Lee of Utah (book signing).
- Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska ("Reclaiming the American Dream: Millennials Look Toward Their Future").
- Rep. Diane Black of Tennessee ("How Schools and Universities are Failing to Teach Kids").
- Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee ("The Conservative Replacement to Obamacare").
- Rep. Jeff Duncan of South Carolina ("Immigration: Can Conservatives Reach a Consensus?").
- Rep. Bill Flores of Texas ("Climate: What Tom Steyer Won’t Tell You").
- Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte of Virginia ("Hands Off My Wi-Fi!!! The Politicization of Internet Access; and Dusting Off the 10th Amendment: The Future of Federalism").
- Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas ("Friends in Low Places: How Cronyism Corrupts the Free Market").
- Rep. Mia Love of Utah ("Reclaiming the American Dream: Millennials Look Toward Their Future").
- Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington.
- Rep. Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina ("Reining in a Lawless President: Obamnesty and Other Pen and Phone Affronts").
- Rep. Randy Neugebauer of Texas ("Religious Freedom: Would Pilgrims Still be Welcome Here?").
- Rep. Mike Pompeo of Kansas ("Surfing for Secrets: Cyber Insecurity in the Digital Age").
- Rep. Tom Price of Georgia ("Deficits Debunked: It’s a Spending Problem, Not a Revenue Problem").
- Rep. Peter Roskam of Illinois ("Vote Early, Vote Often: How to Combat Election (Voter) Fraud").
- Rep. Roger Williams of Texas ("The Wealth of a Nation: Economic Policies that Help Average, Middle-Class Americans; and Comrades with Calculators: Reforming the Tax Code for Liberty").
- Former Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina ("A Strong America: Protecting Opportunity for All").
- Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.
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