Mark Meckler is one of the nation’s most effective grassroots activists. He co-founded the Tea Party Patriots and served as its national coordinator. Upon leaving Tea Party Patriots, Mark founded Citizens for Self-Governance in 2012 to focus on growing the nation’s bipartisan self-governance movement. Mark appears regularly on a wide variety of television outlets, including MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He is the co-author of Tea Party Patriots: The Second American Revolution, and writes regularly on Breitbart, The American Spectator, and He also is an attorney who specializes in internet privacy law.

Mark and his wife live in Northern California with their two teenage children where they share their love of the outdoors, mountain-biking, soccer and horses.


Jim DeMint served in the U.S. House of Representatives for South Carolina’s Fourth Congressional District from 1999-2005. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004, and served as one of South Carolina’s senators until he resigned in 2012 to become President of The Heritage Foundation. With 18 years of political experience working both inside and outside Congress, DeMint offers a wealth of wisdom and insight to the volunteer grassroots armies that are reaching every state legislature in the country with the Convention of States Project’s message: We CAN take our power back.

DeMint is married to his high school sweetheart, Debbie, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications from the University of Tennessee as well as a master’s degree in Business Administration from Clemson University. Prior to his election to Congress, DeMint founded and led the DeMint Group, a Greenville-based marketing research and strategic planning business.