You can probably name at least one, possibly more, conservative politicians. But do you know how they influenced the political scene and if they are still in power now? Conservative leaders dominate Congress for right now, but with mid-term elections drawing nearer, they may lose the majority.
We’ll take a look at some of the most conservative politicians, as well as other critical conservative players in the political game and see how they influenced politics and our world. Here is our list of some of the top conservative politicians.
Paul Ryan is the current Speaker of the House, and he is one of the top political conservatives in Congress right now. He started his political career as a member of Congress for Wisconsin’s 1st district. He was a chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and worked on several issues like healthcare, taxes, and job-creating trade agreements.
When John Boehner, House Speaker before Ryan, decided to retire in 2015, Congress elected Paul Ryan as the new Speaker. During his short term as Speaker, he has dealt with many tough issues including the 2016 Presidential election. That race was very contentious and at times Ryan and then Presidential candidate Donald Trump sometimes butted heads. Now, Ryan focuses on getting things like healthcare and tax reforms through Congress to help shape the lives of all Americans.
Lindsey Graham is one of the top conservative Republicans in Congress right now, and he often appears on national TV to talk about pressing issues. He has long been involved in both service to our country as well as in politics. Before his election to the Senate in 2002, he served in the House of Representatives for South Carolina starting in 1994.
Graham has used his strong conservative voice to try and shape national defense as well as foreign policy. He has been a big proponent of making sure the outcomes of the war on terror serve the greater good of the people. Graham also has strong opinions about the role of government in business and pushes for more freedoms for the people with less government regulation.
John McCain is another conservative politician that most people know and has done a lot to shape the future of our country. Good friends with Sen. Lindsey Graham, he has also served the nation both on the battlefield and in office. He started in the House of Representatives in 1982 and was first elected to the Senate in 1986. He has served there for the state of Arizona ever since.
McCain also had a role in the 2008 Presidential election. He was the Republican candidate that ran against Barack Obama in his first race. He ran with Sarah Palin as his Vice President nominee and even though he didn’t win, still plays a crucial roll in politics. Recently, McCain was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive brain tumor, but it hasn’t slowed him down too much. He still makes it a point to vote on key issues on the floor.
It’s fitting to talk about Sarah Palin as the first female conservative politician right after John McCain. She rose to famous conservative politician status when she became McCain’s running mate in the 2008 Presidential election. That move made history as Sarah Palin was the first female to run on the Republican Party’s presidential ticket.
Palin is no stranger to making history though. In 2006, she was sworn in as the first female governor of Alaska as well as the youngest governor. During her tenure as Alaskan governor, she worked to overhaul education, work on job opportunities, and protect Alaska’s natural resources. She still makes appearances in public today and did some campaigning for Donald Trump in the 2016 Presidential election.
Speaking of the 2016 presidential election, Ted Cruz was one of the many Republican candidates before Trump became the official nominee. But before he decided to throw his hat into the ring for President, he had a long history in conservative politics. He started his career in politics in 1993 and served in various positions such as Associate Deputy Attorney General and domestic policy advisor to George W. Bush on his 2000 campaign.
In 2003, he became the Solicitor General of Texas and was the longest serving Solicitor General in Texas History. After being voted in as Senator for Texas, he turned his focus to protecting the freedoms of the American people. Because his father came from Cuba to enjoy the privileges America offered, Cruz wants to make sure future generations can enjoy the same freedoms. He has fought for a border wall in Mexico, to repeal Obamacare, and uphold the Bill of Rights.
Michelle Malkin is the first female conservative on our list that is not in a political office. She is, in fact, a blogger, author, conservative syndicated columnist, and recently joined the Conservative Review as an editor. She regularly contributes to Fox News and has appeared on MSNBC, C-Span, and numerous public radio shows.
Her main passion is in journalism and started her career in Los Angeles with the Los Angeles Daily News. From there she moved to Washington and began to cover politics and became a syndicated columnist in 1999. Among her newspaper writings, she has also written six books about conservative politics. She still writes and contributes to all the conservative media outlets as well as runs her own blog and political commentary.
Bay Buchanan became a famous conservative politician in 1981. At that time, she was the youngest United States Treasurer to serve since the position began in 1775. She was 32 years old at the time and served under Ronald Reagan.
Since her time as United States Treasurer, she has served in many capacities to conservative ideals. She helped manage her brother’s, Pat Buchanan, campaigns to be President. She was also a regular commentator on shows like The Situation Room, CNBC, and MSNBC. She even had her own talk radio show at one point. Currently, she works as a real estate and serves as the President for The American Cause, a foundation that promotes traditional conservative values.
If you have spent any time in the conservative political sphere, you have probably heard of Rush Limbaugh. He is one of the most prominent conservative political commentators. He hosts his own radio show, The Rush Limbaugh Show. It has more than 13 million weekly listeners.
Most of his career has been in radio broadcasting, and he has spent a lot of time as a disc jockey. He is currently among the highest paid personalities in media and has also written several books. He is known for his harsh criticisms of liberals and the liberal agenda. He even attacks the press, where he makes most of his money, as being slanted towards liberal views.
Another famous conservative voice in media is Glenn Beck. Not only does he host his own radio talk show, Glenn Beck Radio Program, but he is the founder and owner of Mercury Radio Arts. Mercury Radio Arts also is the parent company of his television and radio network. His political commentary reaches far and wide, and his fans love his style.
Most of his conservative views involve limiting the reach of government in American’s lives. He has six best-selling books to his names and regularly contributes to the local media circuits. Because he is so public, Glenn Beck has come to blows with many other public figures. He regularly criticized Obama while he was in office saying that Obama had consistently shown a “deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture.” Not only did he oppose Obama, but he also had issues with Trump. He compared him to Hitler, and he got a suspension for some inflammatory comments about Trump.
No list of conservative politicians would be complete without adding Dick Cheney. Dick Cheney’s most significant role in politics was as the 46th Vice President for George W. Bush. He has been a lifelong politician and served in many distinct roles in different administrations. His first job was as an intern for Congressman William A. Steger, and his career only blossomed from there.
Cheney served under the Nixon and Ford administrations, even achieving the title of Chief of Staff. After that, he was elected to the House of Representatives and had a short stint as the House Minority Whip. He served the first President Bush as Secretary of Defense and handled things like Operation Desert Storm. He took a brief break during the Clinton administration but came back as George W. Bush’s running mate.
Whether you consider yourself conservative or not, there have been a lot of influential conservative politicians over the years. Some of them might serve in office, and others spread their ideas through various forms of media. Hopefully, this list gave you a better idea of a few of the most conservative politicians.