Highschool students 13-19 years of age
Entering 9th grade or have just completed 12th grade
In the House Track, first-time students are sworn-in as members of the House of Representatives. Designed to challenge students to understand and apply biblical principles to current issues, the House Track gives students the chance to wrestle through current issues in a safe environment. Students learn the responsibilities of citizenship and engage in activities that build the skills of critical thinking, teamwork, and public speaking.
LEAD Alumni who are entering 10th grade or have just completed 12th grade
This advanced track takes the challenge a step farther by allowing students to amend their bills, both in committee and during the mock legislative session. The amendment process is challenging and involves plenty of strategy. Teamwork, critical thinking and debate skills are developed even more as students learn to work from all sides of an issue.
Third Year Alumni or Alumni Upper Classmen
Submit the Media Application after completing initial registration (online or mail-in). This application will be emailed to students who select the Media Track in their registration.
In the Media Track, students role-play as journalists and TV reporters, covering all the highlights of LEAD. Media students learn to conduct interviews with VIP’s, such as MN Representatives and MN Senators. Their work is printed in a daily newspaper and aired in 2-3 broadcasts during the week.
Anna Wills – Anna is a lifelong Minnesotan with an extensive background, including several years of experience in the restaurant industry and private in-home care services. She also worked as a Legislative Staffer in the Minnesota Senate. Anna is the first homeschool graduate to be elected to the Minnesota Legislature and she attended the University of Northwestern, St. Paul. Anna got involved in the political process in her early teens, and has served in many volunteer leadership positions: as a volunteer coordinator, a campaign office manager, and as Burnsville City Chair for a 2008 Presidential Campaign. Anna and her husband, Rob, live in Rosemount with their three children: Gideon and twins Shalom and Solomon. Rob and Anna are active members of Bethlehem Baptist Church. In her spare time, Anna enjoys yoga, reading, and having fun with her family and friends.
John Tuma – John is a former MN state legislator and litigation attorney. Elected as a Republican in 1994, John was known for his independent thinking and ability to work across party lines. He carried the marquee legislation for several state agencies and organizations representing a wide variety of interests. John earned his JD from the University of Minnesota and BA, in political science, from Mankato State University. In January 2015, John was appointed by the Governor to serve as a Minnesota Public Utilities Commissioner. John and his wife Wendy have two adult children.
Matt Steele - Matt currently works at the Minnesota Senate with Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka. In his role, Matt helps the Majority Leader advance his legislative priorities in and outside of the capitol. Prior to working in government he worked in data analysis in the private sector and with nonprofits to combat human trafficking. Matt holds a bachelors and masters degree from the University of Minnesota in political science and public policy respectfully. In his free time, Matt volunteers at his church, travels internationally, and spends time up on Minnesota's beautiful north shore.
David and Elizabeth Thompson - David Thompson is a writer and independent filmmaker at heart who’s currently selling life insurance to pay the bills. He’s a fiery patriot, an ardent proponent of liberty and justice for all, and believes that we as Christians ought to be the best in our respective fields.
Elizabeth Thompson was the news editor for her college newspaper, and afterwards wrote freelance articles for local publications. Her passion for the written word, research, and the English language has brought her opportunity to tutor high school and college students in writing.
David and Elizabeth met while volunteering at Michigan’s Student Statesmanship Institute in 2009. Together, they rebuilt the SSI MI Media Track and ran it from 2010-13. They married in 2012 and now have three daughters, ages 5, 3, and 2.
Anthony Weber - In addition to being a pastor for the past 15 years, Anthony Weber was an English, Logic, and Comparative Worldviews teacher at Traverse City Christian school from 1997 until 2017. He currently teaches a Contemporary Ethical Dilemmas class at Northwestern Michigan College and a Biblical Perspectives class for Spring Arbor University in addition to his pastoral work.
Much of Anthony’s life revolves around seeking to engage a wide variety of people in conversation that is bold, honest and true when it comes to issues of life: God, morality, politics, the church, etc. Anthony blogs on entertainment and worldview issues at empiresandmangers.blogspot.com; he podcasts with Beth Milligan, a journalist and friend, at etceteratc.blogspot.com (on Soundcloud, it’s Etcetera Podcast).
Anthony's hobbies are trying to lift too much at the gym, drinking coffee, writing, reading, and ineffectively trying to avoid arguments on Facebook. Anthony and his wife, Sheila, have been married 29 years and have three boys: AJ (23), Braden (19), and Vincent (14).
James Muffett - Founder and President of the LEAD program in Michigan, James has been active in the MI public arena for over 30 years. Married to Margot since 1979, father of 5, former pastor, nationally recognized spokesperson for biblical values, statewide organizational leader, and passionate citizen – he brings a vibrant vision to Michigan’s cultural landscape. His perspective on how the Bible, history of our nation, current times, and future tie together inspires everyone, leading to effective cultural engagement. James’ bucket list includes visiting a LEAD alum in the Oval Office.
Charity Malick – Charity hails from Ypsilanti, Michigan, where she grew up with her 3 younger brothers and 3 younger sisters. She graduated from her living room classroom in 2000. Charity, a LEAD Alumnus, argued so well for a bill on mandatory testing for homeschoolers, that her parents informed her that she was walking home afterwards. She was one of the first ADCs and also a gluten for punishment, came back as a chaperone (and loves every minute of it). Charity has worked with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) for 12 years and currently is the program director YWAM Colorado@Cimarron. She has trained and encouraged young people from all over the world and has traveled to 6% of the world. Her two main ministries in life is to point people to Jesus and to love & encourage people.
Senator Warren Limmer –At the current time, Warren is the most senior Republican member of the state legislature. He also is an Assistant Majority Leader and in the Senate Chamber, is the seat mate of the Senate’s Majority Leader. He also is the Chairman of the MN Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee. He has been acknowledged over the years for his efforts to limit the size of government, stronger data privacy laws, and deregulation of business rules. Just this year he received the “Legislator of the Year” Award from the MN Police and Peace Officers Association for his strong advocacy of the law enforcement profession in Minnesota. He also has twice been awarded recognition by the MN Family Council for his strong pro-family legislative efforts and for his chief authorship of the Marriage Amendment in 2012, that if passed, would have defined marriage as only between one man, and one woman. He earned a BA degree in Criminal Justice Studies from St. Cloud State University. Senator Limmer and his wife Lori make their home in Maple Grove and have three adult children. In his private life, Senator Limmer is active in real estate sales and investments.
Senator Dan Hall – Dan has been in the Minnesota Senate 9 years, representing District 56 (which is most of Burnsville, all of Savage, and a small portion of Lakeville. Dan and his wife Valerie have raised their eight children (ages range from 22-44), and now have 14 grandchildren. Dan grew up in south Minneapolis attending Roosevelt High School and Augsburg College (where Dan was Augsburg’s first Hockey All-American). He has been an Evangelical minister for over 30 years, former teacher and principal, chaplain for the metro Police Departments, and now works for our Minnesota Senate. Senator Hall may be most known for his stand in support of Religious Freedom, and has been quoted on the Floor during the Traditional Marriage debate, saying, “Some have said, ‘But don’t you want to be on the right side of history?’ The truth is I’m more concerned about being on the right side of eternity.”
Senator Roger Chamberlain - Roger is serving his third term as the Senator representing Minnesota Senate District 38, which includes the Twin Cities suburbs of Blaine, Centerville, Circle Pines, Dellwood, Hugo, Lexington, Lino Lakes, North Oaks, White Bear Lake, and White Bear Township. He is the chairman of the Senate Taxes Committee, and serves on the Committees on Commerce and Consumer Protection, and E-12 Finance and Policy. Sen. Chamberlain grew up in New Hope with his sister and three brothers. He graduated from Cooper High School and holds a B.S. from Metropolitan State. After graduating, he served in the United States Navy and the Army National Guard. He works as a financial advisor for Thrivent Financial. He and his wife Annette live in Lino Lakes, and are members of South Shore Trinity Lutheran Church in White Bear Lake. They have two adult children.
Senator Karin Housley - Karin Housley was elected to the Minnesota Senate in 2012 and was re-elected in 2016. She represents District 39, which includes the Forest Lake area and communities along the St. Croix River Valley, and serves as Assistant Majority Leader. In the state legislature, Karin has become known for her passionate advocacy for seniors, veterans, and families. She currently serves as chairwoman of the Senate Family Care and Aging Committee.
Senator Carla Nelson - After moving to Rochester with her husband, Terry, a small business owner, in 1983, Carla stayed home with their three children until 1992, when she resumed teaching at Homes Elementary School and Willow Creek Middle School. Recognizing an opportunity to serve her community, Carla ran for the state House of Representatives and won. After her initial legislative tenure, Carla entered into the family business, quickly building a successful insurance and investment firm. During her time in the Senate, Carla has served on numerous education and health care committees, most recently serving as chairwoman of the Senate Education Finance and Policy Committee.
Carla is a proven leader in business, nonprofit, and faith communities. She has served in various leadership positions with Junior Achievement, the University of Minnesota Citizens Advisory Council, the Friends of Mayowood, and the Rochester Music Guild.
Rev. Dale Witherington - Dale is a passionate follower of Jesus Christ driven to partner with fellow believers for one purpose – to restore righteousness in the State of Minnesota through spiritual and civic transformation based on the gospel of Jesus Christ. As a pastor to our state legislators, Dale serves them as the State Director of the Minnesota Prayer Caucus and functions as the Chief Steward of Restore Minnesota. Dale travels throughout Minnesota speaking in churches and to business leaders and civic groups on behalf of Minnesota Family Council & Minnesota Family Institute as the Director of Community Engagement. His topics include: Biblical Citizenship, The Biblical Foundations of the United States, Celebrate America, America at a Crossroads, as well as issues related to specific arenas of national security. Dale and his wife, Sue, reside near the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul and enjoy the families of their 3 sons and one daughter, which now include 6 grandchildren.
Representative Greg Boe - Greg was raised in a small town, in a home that valued service to community. While growing up, he saw his father and grandfather volunteering to serve on various county boards, city boards, church boards, and school boards. As an adult, he began to mirror that behavior by volunteering within his own community. After serving the maximum of three terms on the Chaska City Planning Commission, Boe was elected to three terms on the Chaska City Council, which firmly planted the desire to serve his community. When he was approached in 2018 by community leaders and asked if he would consider serving in the State House of Representatives, he was excited for this new opportunity. Today, Greg Boe is proud to represent residents and businesses in eastern Carver County, and the communities of Chanhassen, Chaska, and Victoria, in the Minnesota State House of Representatives.
Representative Jim Nash - Jim represents HD 47A and is a three term legislator. Prior to serving in the House of Representatives he was the Mayor of Waconia for two terms. He and his wife Kim have six children ranging from 23 down to 11. Rep Nash has worked in the IT industry for 10 years and after selling his company recently he joined a Twin Cities Cybersecurity company called FRSecure as their Cyber Evangelist. Rep Nash is a year round volunteer with Operation Christmas Child and when he’s not working at the Capitol or at his day job he can be found on a lake fishing, or in his workshop making American Flags out of reclaimed barn wood.
Representative Tony Albright - Tony is a business strategy consultant and President of Hansen Engine Corporation. Prior to accepting the position of President at HEC, Albright spent 25 years as an investment advisor, specializing in trustee/fiduciary issues related to corporate pension planning. In December 2018, Representative Albright was elected Assistant Minority Leader by the House Republican Caucus, and was appointed to a second term as Speaker Pro Tempore, He is currently serving his fourth-term. Representative Albright acts as Minority Lead on State Government Finance and as the ranking member of the Health & Human Services Policy Committee. He also serves on the House Ways and Means Committee and Rules and Administration.
Albright is a graduate of Minnesota State University – Moorhead, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and Marketing. He is married and has three adult children. When not fulfilling his duties in the Minnesota Legislature or his position in the private sector, Albright volunteers for a number of charitable organizations.
Representative Eric Lucero – Eric presently serves in the Minnesota Legislature as a member of the State House of Representatives. Eric was first elected in 2014 and is currently serving his third term representing District 30B which includes the eastern Wright County cities of Albertville, Hanover, Otsego, St. Michael, and the Wright County portion of Dayton. Eric is a member of the three House committees (Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform, Judiciary Finance and Civil Law, and Higher Education Finance and Policy) as well as a member of the Legislative Commission on Data Practices and Personal Data Privacy. Eric’s academic background includes a Bachelors in Law Enforcement and a Bachelors in Computer Forensics with Minors in Mathematics and Psychology, each from Metropolitan State University, and an MBA from the Carlson School of Management. Eric's professional background includes over 15 years working in the cyber security field as well as a former instructor at Metropolitan State University having taught Computer Security, Computer Forensics, Voice & Data Communications, and other courses.
Representative Lisa Demuth - Lisa is married to Nick and they have four children, two sons-in-law and three grandchildren. They have lived in Cold Spring for over 20 years. As a first term State Representative, Lisa is appointed to the P-20 Education Partnership, the Legislative Task Force on Child Protection and the newly created Family Child Care Task Force. Lisa is a small business owner, overseeing the property management of a commercial retail/office building that she co-owns with her husband. She is the founder and owner of the smartphone app, myKin. She serves on the Board of Trustees for Trinity Bible College in Ellendale, ND. She serves on the Advisory Board for Bridging the Gap and works on the production team for the Thrive Conference. Her life’s work has focused on faith, family and friends. Spending time with family and friends, reading, traveling and encouraging the next generation are the things that bring joy to Lisa.
Representative Kristin Robbins - Kristin is a native of Crookston, Minnesota and has lived in the western suburbs for more than twenty years. Prior to being elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2018, she worked as the Executive Director of the Economic Club of Minnesota, a non-profit focused on strengthening Minnesota’s economic competitiveness, which she led since its founding in 2008. Kristin and her husband, Brent, have been married for almost 26 years and have raised three daughters in Maple Grove. She is a “soccer mom” and has spent countless evenings and weekends cheering on her girls in soccer, basketball, softball, gymnastics and trap shooting. She is an active member of New Hope Church, where she serves on the board of HopeBridge food shelf.
Representative John Heinrich - John was first elected to the legislature in 2018 and represents Minnesota House District 35A, which includes the cities of Anoka and Ramsey. Heinrich lives in Anoka with his wife, Jessica, and their three children and works as an asphalt contractor. He is a retired United States Marine Corps military police officer who served combat tours in Iraq.