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Competitive Enterprise Institute 2013 Dinner and Reception
Thursday, June 20, 2013
6:00 pm – 11:59 pm
J.W. Marriott Washington
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NWWashington, DC
Competitive Enterprise Institute
2013 Dinner and Reception
The annual CEI Dinner and Reception brings together an audience of policy professionals, distinguished scholars, congressional staff, and CEI supporters to celebrate another year of CEI's effective advocacy for freedom. It is often cited as one of the most enjoyable DC events of the year.
View the special video tribute to CEI Founder Fred L. Smith, Jr.
View the text of CEI President Lawson Bader's speech, featured on Rare.US:
Free enterprise needed now more than ever
Thursday, June 20th, 2013
United States Senator for Kentucky
Dr. Rand Paul is the junior United States Senator for Kentucky. Elected in 2010, he has proven to be an outspoken champion for constitutional liberties and fiscal responsibility, and a warrior against government overreach. Among his first legislative proposals: cutting $500 billion in federal spending and a plan to balance the federal budget in just five years. He has since introduced similar bills with growing support. In the Senate, Rand serves on the Foreign Relations; Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; Homeland Security and Government Affairs; and Small Business Committees.
A graduate of Duke University School of Medicine, Rand was a practicing ophthalmologist in Bowling Green, Kentucky, for 17 years. In 1995, he founded the Southern Kentucky Lions Eye Clinic, an organization that provides eye exams and surgery to needy families and individuals. Today, even as a U.S. Senator, he continues to provide pro-bono eye surgery to Kentuckians in need of care.
Rand has been a vocal advocate for term limits, a balanced-budget amendment, a Read the Bills Act, and an audit of the Federal Reserve. He has gained prominence for his independent positions on many political issues.
In 2013, Time magazine named Rand as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Rand has been married for over 20 years to Kelley Ashby of Russellville, Kentucky, and they have three sons. He is the son of former Republican Congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul of Texas.
Master of Ceremonies
Distinguished Professor of Economics, History, English, and Communication, University of Illinois at Chicago
Deirdre McCloskey teaches economics, history, English, and communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago. A well-known economist and historian and rhetorician, she has written sixteen books and around 400 scholarly pieces on topics ranging from technical economics and statistics to transgender advocacy and the ethics of the bourgeois virtues. She is known as a "conservative" economist, Chicago-School style (she taught for 12 years there), but protests that "I'm a literary, quantitative, postmodern, free-market, progressive Episcopalian, Midwestern woman from Boston who was once a man. Not 'conservative'! I'm a Christian libertarian." Her latest book, Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economics Can't Explain the Modern World (University of Chicago Press, 2010), which argues that an ideological change rather than saving or exploitation is what made us rich, is the second in a series of four on The Bourgeois Era. The first was The Bourgeois Virtues: Ethics for an Age of Commerce (2006), asking if a participant in a capitalist economy can still have an ethical life (briefly, yes). With Stephen Ziliak she wrote in 2008, The Cult of Statistical Significance (2008), which criticizes the proliferation of tests of "significance," and was in 2011 the basis of a Supreme Court decision.
For information on previous Simon Award winners please visit: http://cei.org/julian-l-simon-memorial-award