Mike Shields and Katie Walsh Shields as Featured Speakers for 2018

National "Power Couple" to Headline January 26 - 28 Roanoke Conference

The Board of the Ninth Annual Roanoke Conference is very pleased to announce that CNN Political Commentator and Partner of Convergence Media, Mike Shields, and Advisor to America First Policies, Katie Walsh Shields, will be Featured Speakers at the 2018 Roanoke Conference held January 26 – 28 in Ocean Shores, WA.

Recently married, Mike and Katie have risen to the top of the nation's political structure.  "We feel very fortunate to have the Shields be a part of our exciting 2018 Conference Program," said Roanoke President Anitra Zipperer. "Not only are they the new 'Power Couple' they have experience working with the diverse interests within the current Republican structure.  Their insight will be very interesting."

Mike Shields served as President of the Congressional Leadership Fund during the 2016 election cycle when they assisted 32 House races, winning an impressive 29.  Previously Shields served as the Chief of Staff to the Republican National Committee, President of the American Action Network, Political Director of the National Congressional Committee, and Communications Director for then Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.  Many in Washington State will remember Shields for serving as the Chief of Staff for Rep. Dave Reichert from 2005 – 2009.

"I have always wanted to participate in the Roanoke Conference, and I am glad we are finally able to attend," said Shields. "It will be great to see many friends and help kick-off the important 2018 election year."

Katie Walsh Shields has rapidly risen through the political ranks in her remarkable career.  After being a Regional Finance Director for John McCain's 2008 Presidential campaign, she became Deputy Finance Director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee.  In 2013 Walsh Shields joined the Republican National Committee where she eventually became the Finance Director and then the Chief of Staff in 2015.  Upon Donald Trump's election as President, Walsh Shields became Deputy Chief of Staff before becoming an Advisor to the America First Policies last spring.

"I am looking forward to seeing everyone in Ocean Shores in January," said Walsh Shields.  "The Roanoke Conference has quickly built a great reputation for being one of the top regional conservative conferences in the country."

Shields and Walsh Shields join an impressive list of Featured Speakers at the Roanoke Conference.  Previous conference attendees have heard from such noted individuals as Dana Perino, Arthur C. Brooks, Jonah Goldberg, Stephen F. Hayes, Bob and Pat Herbold, and Michael Medved.  Currently, the Shields are expected to be featured during the Saturday evening program as well as participating in panels held earlier during the day.

The Roanoke Conference is an annual gathering of moderate to conservative political activists and elected officials from across Washington State.  2018 will be the ninth weekend-long conference, all held at the Ocean Shores Convention Center.  Attendance is usually between 500 – 600 people.  Panels and debates are held on a wide array of issues that are currently in the public discussion.

To attend the Conference, register today at http://www.roanokeconference.org/register/