About FRC Action


Fighting for the American Family

Based in Washington, D.C., FRC Action is the legislative affiliate of Family Research Council. We seek to educate and influence elected officials on Capitol Hill and in the states, activate our grassroots network, and mobilize Values Voters on behalf of faith, family, and freedom. FRC Action is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit and was founded in 1992. FRC Action exists so that our nation’s most fundamental values are represented as we impact public policy, influence elections, and support candidates who share our values for public office.

Tony Perkins

Chairman

Tony Perkins is Family Research Council's fourth and longest-serving president, joining the organization in August of 2003. Described as a legislative pioneer by the national media, Tony has established himself as an innovative pro-life and pro-family policy and political leader since first being elected to office in 1996.

Recognized as the leading conservative and pro-life voice in the Louisiana Legislature, Tony was a tireless advocate for the family. In an effort to address the growing social problems brought about by the instability of marriage and no-fault divorce, he authored and passed the nation's first Covenant Marriage law in 1997, which captured the attention of policymakers across the country.

Keeping his commitment to serving only two terms, Tony had a significant impact on Louisiana politics as a state representative and as a candidate for the United States Senate in 2002. His firm yet empathetic stance on issues and his unwavering commitment to principle has won him the admiration of his allies and the respect of his adversaries.

While in the Legislature, he authored numerous other policy initiatives, including:

  • State Family Impact Statement, requiring state agencies to consider the impact of rules and regulations on families;
  • Comprehensive Abortion Clinic regulations;
  • Genetic Nondiscrimination Act;
  • Public School Internet Filtering requirement; and
  • Expansion of Louisiana Department of Corrections partnership with faith-based organizations to reduce recidivism rates.

During his tenure as FRC's president, Tony has substantially deepened the organization's influence on Capitol Hill and throughout the country through his frequent attendance at state and regional political and policy events. Tony has also expanded the organization's reach across the nation by building a major network of pastors and churches, encouraging them to impact the culture by thinking nationally, but acting locally.

In May 2018, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appointed Tony to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), and in May 2020, Leader McConnell reappointed him to a second term. During his time on the independent, bipartisan commission, he has served as both Chair and Vice Chair.

Tony, who is an ordained minister, remains active in Christian ministries and frequently fills pulpits across the country. He is a board member of Caring to Love Ministries, one of Louisiana's largest pregnancy resource centers. Tony is the immediate past president of the Council for National Policy.

An effective communicator, Tony is the host of a daily, nationally syndicated radio show, Washington Watch with Tony Perkins. He frequently appears as a guest on national news programs and talk shows. In addition, he has been a guest speaker for respected organizations across the country. He is the author of No Fear: Real Stories of a Courageous New Generation Standing for Truth.

A veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a former police officer, Tony brings a unique perspective to the public policy process. In addition to domestic law enforcement, he oversaw the training of hundreds of international police officers as the general manager for a Washington, D.C.-based firm contracted by the U.S. Department of State to provide the training and services in anti-terrorism.

Tony holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Liberty University, a Master of Public Administration degree from Louisiana State University, and was awarded an honorary doctorate of divinity from Liberty University.

He and his wife Lawana have been married since 1986 and have five children.

 

 

Jody Hice

President

Jody Hice serves as Senior Vice President at the Family Research Council. Previously he served as the representative of Georgia’s 10th Congressional District for 8 years.

Born in Atlanta and raised in Tucker, Georgia, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Asbury College, a Master’s of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry from Luther Rice Seminary. Jody served as a pastor in Texas and Georgia for almost 25 years, and hosted The Jody Hice Show, a conservative talk radio program for 11 years, reaching over 400 radio stations.

While in office, Jody served on the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and the House Committee on Natural Resources. In addition, at different points during his congressional tenure, he served as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on National Security and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Government Operations.

He and his wife Dee Dee have been married since 1983 have two daughters and four grandchildren.

Jerry Boykin

Executive Vice President

Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William G. "Jerry" Boykin serves as Family Research Council's Executive Vice President. He was one of the original members of the U.S. Army's Delta Force. He was privileged to ultimately command these elite warriors in combat operations. Later, Jerry Boykin commanded all the Army's Green Berets as well as the Special Warfare Center and School. In all, Lt. Gen. Boykin spent 36 years in the army, serving his last four years as the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence. He is an ordained minister with a passion for spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ and encouraging Christians to become warriors in God's Kingdom. Jerry and his wife Ashley enjoy spending time with their five children and growing number of grandchildren.

Brent Keilen

Vice President for Strategic Initiatives

Brent serves as vice president for strategic initiatives. His focused initiatives help reach and equip Christians who want to engage government and positively influence their communities and culture. Brent spent over four years in the Michigan state legislature as a legislative aide and policy director, drafting and advancing legislation and managing constituent services. He worked with the Republican National Committee during George W. Bush’s presidential race in 2004 and has assisted with numerous gubernatorial, congressional, state legislative, and ballot initiative campaigns. His first memories of involvement in politics are going door-to-door and helping pass out literature at 10 years old. Since that time, he’s knocked on an estimated 10,000 doors for various candidates and causes.

Brent has been interviewed by radio, TV, and print media outlets and speaks at churches, conferences and events focusing on government, politics, civic engagement, and faith. He is passionate about cultural renewal and equipping our generation with truth. He graduated from the University of Phoenix with his Bachelor of Science in Management. He resides in beautiful west Michigan with his wife and enjoys the outdoors, sports, serving in his church, and engaging stories.

Matt Carpenter

Director

Matt Carpenter serves as Director of FRC Action, where he is responsible for overseeing FRC Action activities including outreach to pastors and grassroots organization, as well as various candidate support and election efforts. Under the direction of the Vice President for FRC Action, Matt works with the FRC Action field representatives, pastors, Family Policy Councils, allied organizations, and the grassroots. Before joining FRC Action, Matt worked as the Deputy Director of State and Local Affairs for Family Research Council where he was responsible for educating state policymakers on legislation relating to life, marriage and family structure, and religious liberty. He also worked in the former Florida Governor Rick Scott's Office of Policy and Budget as a legislative and budget analyst, and on a number of political campaigns at the federal and state level. He earned his B.A. in Political Science from Roanoke College in Virginia. Matt currently lives with his famly in Virginia.

Jacob Kersey

Operations Coordinator

 

Jacob Kersey serves as the Operations Coordinator for FRC Action. He is a former police officer from Port Wentworth, Georgia. He resigned from his position after facing intense pressure from his superiors and being placed on leave for sharing his Christian belief on marriage by paraphrasing Ephesians 5 on his private Facebook page while off duty. Jacob, who has a passion for military history, was a Park Ranger for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and a Historical Interpreter for the Coastal Heritage Society in Georgia. Most importantly, Jacob became of follower of Jesus at age 7 when his relationship to God became personal.