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IRC Republicans for Life

"IRC Republicans for Life" meeting at
Vero Beach Yacht Club

NEXT MEETING: Friday, May 26th, 2023

Meet the Speaker


President, Florida Family Policy Council

John Stemberger is an AV Rated Orlando attorney who has been a conservative policy advocate for over 30 years. As a native Floridian, he attended Florida State University where he studied political science and philosophy before obtaining a Juris Doctorate of Law at the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. In 1987, he founded the Institute for Conservative Studies (ICS), as a permanent student led think-tank at Florida State University.

After legislative internships in both the Florida House and Senate, Stemberger worked with attorney Ken Connor in Tallahassee for several years and then served as the lobbyist for Florida Right to Life with Connor in 1989. Stemberger has a unique understanding of law, government, and the media from his extensive political background having served as an advisor to state, federal, and presidential campaigns. In 1992, he was appointed as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Florida during the final campaign of former President George H. W. Bush. Stemberger has been quoted in news and media sources hundreds of times as an expert on law, policy, culture and politics including in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Time, The Economist and National Public Radio. His legal, political and non-profit advocacy work has appeared on ABC News Nightline, Fox News, C-SPAN, MSNBC, and Court TV. Starting in 2001, Florida Governor Jeb Bush twice appointed Stemberger to the Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) for the Ninth Judicial Circuit of Florida, where he served for eight years screening and recommending new judge candidates in Central Florida. In 2017-2018 he served as a member of the historic Florida Constitution Revision Commission which meets once every twenty years.

A sought after speaker around the country, John Stemberger is also a member of the Council for National Policy and in a feature article on his work, the Miami Herald called him, “One of the most interesting and influential people you’ve never heard of.” In 2009, Orlando Magazine named him one of the top 50 most powerful people in Central Florida. In 2018, Florida Trend Magazine named him one of the top 500 most influential business leaders in Florida.

In addition to the private practice of law, in 2004 Stemberger became the President of the Florida Family Policy Council (FFPC). Since starting the FFPC he served as Chairman of the campaign to amend Florida’s Constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman which was adopted by 61.9% of Florida voters in 2008. He also launched the “Florida Judicial Accountability Project” by filing a federal lawsuit against the Florida Bar and Judicial Qualifications Commission to strike down Florida’s gag order which prohibits judges candidates from announcing their views on issues during their campaigns and created a statewide judicial voter guide. He has also launched Strong Marriages Florida, a statewide coalition campaign, to reduce the divorce rate and strengthen marriages across Florida. In 2009, Stemberger’s law firm received international media attention for representing Rifqa Bary, the Muslim teenager from Columbus, Ohio, who fled to Orlando, Florida after she was threatened to be killed by her father for not renouncing her faith after her conversion from Islam to Christianity was discovered. Rifqa’s book Hiding in the Light is a New York Times best seller.

Most recently, as an Eagle Scout and former Scoutmaster, John was one of the primary founders and now the Chairman of the Board for Trail Life USA, a Christian scouting movement for boys which started in 2014 and now has around 30,000 members with 800 troops chartered in 48 states.
Most importantly, he has been married to his wife Olivia for twenty-seven years and they have four children Joseph, Benjamin, Hannah and Rachel.

11:30 Gathering—Noon
Luncheon ~ $25.00

Meat Loaf
Mashed potato, gravy, vegetable medley


Fried Cod
Mashed Potato , gravy, vegetable medley


Spring Toss Salad ~   with chicken


Chef’s Choice Dessert

It is very important for you to call-in your reservation by NOON on Wednesday, May 24th to Connie Poppell at (772) 562-1299 or e-mail conipop45@gmail.com
Kindly have exact cash or a check made out ahead of time. Your attention to this matter is greatly appreciated.

The Indian River County Republicans for Life is a conservative political organization chartered through the Republican Party of Florida. As our name suggests, our entire purpose is to promote the pro-life movement, celebrating and defending life from conception to natural death.

In order to carry out our mission, we seek to:

  • Educate voters about pro-life issues including the various stages of fetal development.
  • Inform our membership about legislation affecting the unborn, the handicapped and the elderly.
  • Energize our members to actively participate in pro-life events.
  • Influence elections and legislation by supporting pro-life candidates and bills.
  • Engage our culture via media and other public forums.
  • Impact our community by advocating in support of the pro-life cause.

The IRC Republicans for Life hosts a luncheon meeting at the Vero Beach Yacht Club on the last Friday of each month except for July and August (during non-election years). The dates of our November and December meetings are flexible due to the holiday season. At each luncheon, special speakers address our membership and guests about important topics that are pertinent to the pro-life movement.

Our Board of Trustees meet the first Thursday of each month at the Miracle Mile-Panera Bread at 9:30a.m.

Paul Zelno is currently the President of Republicans for Life.

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