Former Vice President Dick Cheney

Former Vice President Dick Cheney

Mock Convention is ecstatic to welcome former Vice President Dick Cheney to Washington and Lee University as its fourth keynote speaker on Feb.12.

Mr. Cheney served as the Vice President under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2009. While serving as vice president, Mr. Cheney was best known for his involvement in matters of national security, especially following the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Mr. Cheney attended Yale University for his undergraduate degree, and received both a B.A. and an M.A. in political science from the University of Wyoming.

Mr. Cheney began his career in the White House under President Gerald Ford, who chose Cheney to serve as the White House Chief of Staff from 1975 to 1977. Mr. Cheney was elected to the House of Representatives in 1978 as the sole member from his home state of Wyoming. Mr. Cheney was reelected to the House five times.

In 1989, President George H. W. Bush nominated Mr. Cheney to serve as Secretary of Defense. In his four years at the Pentagon, Mr. Cheney successfully led American forces in Operation Just Cause in Panama and Operation Desert Storm in the Persian Gulf. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1991.

Mr. Cheney worked in the private sector through most of the 1990s as chief executive officer of Halliburton Company in Dallas, Texas until he was asked to serve as George W. Bush’s running mate in 2000.

Mr. Cheney’s memoir, In My Time, was published in 2011, and he released his most recent book, An American Medical Odyssey, in 2013.

Mr. Cheney lives with his wife in Wyoming and has two daughters and seven grandchildren.

 Matt Bevin, Governor of Kentucky 

Matt Bevin, Governor of Kentucky 

Mock Convention is thrilled to announce that Kentucky Governor and Washington & Lee alum Matthew G. Bevin has joined our lineup of fantastic Convention speakers. Mr. Bevin will be the keynote speaker on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 3:20 p.m. 

Governor Bevin was elected as the 62nd Governor of Kentucky in November, 2015. He attended W&L on an ROTC scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree. After W&L, he went on to serve as an active duty United States Army officer, eventually transitioning into the Army Reserve and working in the financial industry. In 2011, he became president of Bevin Brothers, a bell manufacturing company that has produced bells used by Salvation Army volunteers. A company in the midst of bankruptcy, Bevin Bells was saved by Governor Bevin’s strong leadership and financial knowledge.

After moving to Kentucky seventeen years ago with his wife, Glenna, Bevin has had a large impact on his community. He founded several companies in Kentucky and has invested in numerous others throughout the Commonwealth. Bevin has experience managing and expanding various businesses across a range of industries and has served on many non-profit boards, including the Louisville Area American Red Cross. He has endowed numerous scholarship funds, grants and centers to provide America’s future with access to educational resources.

Come help us welcome Governor Bevin back to Lexington! 


And last but certainly not least, Mock Con welcomes acclaimed author and editor Rich Lowry to speak at Convention Weekend. Mr. Lowry will speak on Feb. 12 at 8:00 p.m. in The Warner Center.

Mr. Lowry is the editor of National Review, a conservative news and opinions magazine. He is also a syndicated columnist, focusing mainly on political topics. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and other publications.

He has appeared as a guest commentator on the FOX News Channel, as well as contributed articles to Politico. In addition, he makes frequent appearances on Meet the Press and This Week With George Stephanopoulos.

Mr. Lowry is the author of Lincoln Unbound, and Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years, which appeared on the New York Times Bestseller list.

A native of Arlington, Virginia, Mr. Lowry attended the University of Virginia, where he studied English and History. Today, he resides in New York City.