Anderson, SC- Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-3) announced his keynote speakers and special guests for his 7th Annual Faith & Freedom BBQtaking place on August 28th at 6:00pm at the Anderson Civic Center, an event that has grown to become the largest annual gathering of conservatives in South Carolina and has attracted national media attention.
Congressman Duncan announced that this year's event will include a ceremony honoring all veterans, our military, and first responders.
Additionally, Duncan announced that this year's keynote speaker would be US Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa, with other invited guests including Governor Henry McMaster, Lt. Governor Kevin Bryant, South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, and South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Drew McKissick.
"I am honored to have the Senate's first female combat veteran in South Carolina to help honor veterans and first responders, as well as celebrate the freedoms that we enjoy as Americans. Joni is a strong conservative who has fought the against the status quo in Washington from day one. I know the public will be excited to welcome a fighter like Joni to South Carolina!"
"I'm thrilled to attend Congressman Duncan's annual Faith and Freedom BBQ, and to honor and celebrate our veterans, military and first responders," said Senator Ernst. "I'm looking forward to a night of South Carolina BBQ and discussions about conservative solutions to ensure our freedoms are protected and our voices are heard in Washington."
U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R- Iowa) was born and raised in southwest Iowa where she grew up on her family farm. Joni attended and graduated from Iowa State University, where she joined the Army ROTC and served for more than twenty three years in uniform, including duty as a Company Commander in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Iowa National Guard. She retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in November 2015.
Upon returning from her overseas deployment, Joni was elected as Montgomery County Auditor, where she served for six years. Joni left that post in 2010 after being elected to the Iowa State Senate where during her tenure she helped pass the largest tax cut in Iowa history, cut wasteful spending and fought for pro-growth and pro-job creation policies.
On November 4, 2014, Joni was elected to represent the Iowa in the United States Senate. When Joni was sworn in, she became the first woman elected to represent Iowa in federal office. Joni serves on the following U.S. Senate Committees: Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, Small Business and Entrepreneurship; Environment and Public Works; and Armed Services.
Tickets for the event are available for purchase at www.JeffDuncan.com. Ticket prices are $35 per person, $60 for a couple. Children under 12 can attend for free with an adult. Veterans, guardsmen, active duty military, reservists, first responders and their families can all attend the event free of charge by registering for a special ticket at www.JeffDuncan.com.
Previous speakers at this event include Senators Jim DeMint, Tim Scott, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz, along with Governor Scott Walker, Ambassador Nikki Haley, Dr. Ben Carson, OMB Director Mick Mulvaney, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, & House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows.