By Oscar Y. Harward
Chairman Priebus said, "We are proud and excited to announce these outstanding leaders will address the nation during our convention in Tampa. They are some of our party's brightest stars, who have governed and led effectively and admirably in their respective roles. Ours will be a world class convention, worthy of the next president of the United States, and these speakers-and those that will be announced later-will help make it a truly memorable and momentous event."
The announced speakers are:
- Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, will introduce Mitt Romney for his speech to accept the Republican nomination for president of the United States on Thursday, August 30.
- New Jersey Governor Chris Christie As a keynote speaker, he will make the case for America's Comeback Team and will rally The Republican party and country in support of the Romney-Ryan ticket.
- South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, the first female governor of South Carolina and the youngest sitting governor in the United States.
- Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, the 44th governor of Arkansas and 2008 presidential candidate is a NY Times best-selling author, radio and television show host.
- Ohio Governor John Kasich, former House Budget Committee chairman.
- New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, the first female Hispanic governor in the U.S. and the first female governor of New Mexico.
- Arizona Senator John McCain, the party's 2008 nominee, now serving his fifth term in the U.S. Senate.
- Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, America's 66th secretary of state and the first African-American female to hold the position.
- Florida Governor Rick Scott, 45th governor of Florida, the convention host state.
- Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, 43rd governor of Florida and current chairman of the Foundation for Florida's Future.
- Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, first woman to serve as both Oklahoma's lieutenant governor and governor, and the first woman elected to Congress from Oklahoma since the 1920s.
- U.S. Senator Rand Paul, junior senator from Kentucky and founder of the U.S. Senate Tea Party Caucus.
- Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, 2012 presidential primary candidate, and U.S. Senator (1995-2007) and U.S. Representative (1991-1995) from Pennsylvania.
- Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, Florida's 37th attorney general and first female attorney general in state history.
- Texas Republican U.S. Senate Nominee Ted Cruz, former Texas solicitor general (first Hispanic and youngest person in that position).
- Puerto Rico Governor Luis Fortuño, first Republican elected governor of Puerto Rico since 1969 and first Republican representative from Puerto Rico elected to Congress.
- Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens, former chairman of the Cobb County Commission.
- Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, 45th governor of Wisconsin and the first U.S. governor to have successfully kept their seat in a recall election.
- U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte, United States Senator from New Hampshire and former New Hampshire Attorney General.
- Former Democratic National Convention Speaker Artur Davis, former Alabama congressman from the 7th District (2003-2011) who was the first member of Congress not from Illinois to endorse President Obama in 2008. Davis, then a Democrat, seconded the official nomination of Obama at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He recently announced he is joining the Republican Party and supporting Mitt Romney.
- Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, 55th governor of Louisiana, winning election in 2007 and winning re-election in all of the state's 64 parishes in 2011; former U.S. Congressman; led the state's response to the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf in 2010.
- Congressman Connie Mack Florida's Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate; first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2004.
- Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, chairman of the Republican Governors Association and chairman of the Republican National Convention Committee on Resolutions (the Platform Committee).