Lisa De Pasquale

When I started the De Pasquale’s Dozen in 2010, I wanted to show a different side of political figures, as well as introduce readers to up-and-coming conservative leaders. Over the years I’ve interviewed several primary candidates, including Marco Rubio, Allen West, Richard Mourdock and Adam Hasner. This week, meet Sarah Steelman, U.S. Senate candidate from Missouri.

Steelman is the mother of three sons. She lives in Rolla, MO with her husband and youngest son. She was the Missouri State Treasurer from 2004 to 2008, managing the state’s revenue and investments. She instituted a terror-free investment model, insuring that no taxpayer funds were invested in countries that support terrorists. This policy has since been modeled by many other states.

Prior to her tenure as treasurer, she served for four years in the Missouri State Senate. She has also held positions at the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Revenue, adjunct professor in economics at Lincoln University, and director of the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program in Rolla, MO.

Steelman is running in the Republican primary for the seat currently held by Sen. Claire McCaskill. She has been endorsed by over 40 conservative state legislators and the Tea Party Express. Tea Party Express founder Amy Kremer said, "Sarah Steelman has that maverick streak and will fight for what is best for the people of Missouri and all Americans. She is principled and will not waver from those principles. She has stood up to the establishment before and I have no doubt she will do it again. When I think of Sarah, I think of a mama grizzly fighting for the future of her children. She is exactly what we need in the U.S. Senate!"

A recent Rasmussen poll shows Steelman up 10 points over McCaskill in a head to head match-up. Poised to help conservatives take back the Senate in 2012, Steelman is a conservative leader you should be following.

Each week the De Pasquale's Dozen asks political figures and free market-minded writers and entertainers to take a break from politics and talk about their pop culture obsessions.

1. If there was a television channel that showed only one movie over and over, what movie should it be?

To Kill a Mocking Bird

2. What’s one of your favorite movie quotes?

William Wallace: There's a difference between us. You think the people of this country exist to provide you with position. I think your position exists to provide those people with freedom. And I go to make sure that they have it.

Lisa De Pasquale

Lisa De Pasquale is is a writer in Alexandria, VA. Miss De Pasquale was previously the director of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where she oversaw all aspects of the conference from June 2006 to April 2011. Prior to CPAC, she was the program director of the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute. In 2010, she was named a “Rising Star” by Campaigns & Elections magazine in their annual list of top political leaders under 35. She has written articles for and Townhall Magazine, Human Events, The Daily Caller, Washingtonian, the St. Augustine Record, The Washington Times, The Houston Chronicle, and the Tallahassee Democrat. Originally from Florida, Miss De Pasquale received a B.A. from Flagler College in St. Augustine.

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