Distinguished Speakers Series

A reverse chronological list of the McConnell Center's Distinguished Speakers, 1993 to present.
  1. US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, Dec. 2, 2019: story, photos, short video
  2. Australian Ambassador to the US Joe Hockey, Oct. 22, 2019
  3. US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, Oct. 4, 2019: story, photos
  4. US Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), April 1, 2019: videostory, photos
  5. Israeli Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer, Nov. 16, 2018: video, story
  6. CIA Director Gina Haspel, Sept. 24, 2018: video, photos, story
  7. US Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Feb. 12, 2018: video, photos, story
  8. US Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, Sept. 21, 2017
  9. US Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), Oct. 21, 2016: video,photos,story
  10. US Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), Nov. 16, 2015: video,  photos, story
  11. US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, Jan. 12, 2015: video, photos, story
  12. US Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), March 17, 2014: video, photos, story
  13. US Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), March 25, 2013: video, story
  14. Nobel Peace Prize Winner Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Sept. 24, 2012: video, photos, story
  15. CIA Director David H. Patraeus, Sept. 10, 2012: video, photos, story
  16. US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, March 1, 2012: video, photos, story 
  17. US Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH), Oct. 31, 2011: video, photos, story
  18. US Vice President Joe Biden (D-DE), Feb. 11, 2011: video, photos, story
  19. US Senator Scott Brown (R-MA), Nov. 8, 2010: video, photos, story
  20. former President of Indiana APJ Abdul Kalam, April 12, 2010: photos, story
  21. US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, April 9, 2010: video, photos, story
  22. US Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Nov. 11, 2009: video, photos, story
  23. US Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao, Nov. 11, 2009
  24. US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, April 18, 2009: video, photos, story
  25. US Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Jan. 10, 2009: video
  26. Pulitzer Prize Winner for History Doris Kearns Goodwin, Feb. 11, 2008
  27. US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Oct. 15, 2007: photos
  28. US President George W. Bush (R-TX), March 2, 2007: photos
  29. Second Lady of the US Lynne Cheney, Sept. 18, 2006: video
  30. US Senator Edward M. Kenned (D-MA), April 3, 2006: video, photos
  31. US Senator Richard Lugar (D-MA), Sept. 19, 2005: video, photos
  32. US Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Feb. 28, 2005: photos
  33. US Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT), Nov. 8, 2004: video, photos
  34. US National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, March 8, 2004
  35. former US Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen, Oct. 17, 2003: photos
  36. US Senator Elizabeth Dole (R-NC), Sept. 22, 2003: story
  37. US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), March 3, 2003: photos
  38. US Senator Phil Gramm (R-TX), Sept. 9, 2002: photos
  39. US Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Jan. 28, 2002
  40. US Secretary of State Colin Powell, Nov. 19, 2001: video, photos, story
  41. Pulitzer Prize Winner for Commentary George F. Will, April 9, 2001
  42. Prime Minister of Belize Said W. Musa, Feb. 12, 2001
  43. US Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT), Nov. 13, 2000
  44. British Ambassador to the US Christopher Meyer, KCMG, Oct. 30, 2000
  45. US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Sept. 11, 2000
  46. US Senator Robert C. Byrd (D-WV), April 17, 2000: video
  47. former US Secretary of Defense William J. Perry, Jan. 31, 2000
  48. People's Republic of China Ambassador to the US Li Zhaoxing, Nov. 22, 1999
  49. US Representative Anne Northup(R-KY), Sept. 13, 1999
  50. former US Secretary of State James BakerOct. 26, 1998
  51. US Secretary of State Madeleine AlbrightOct. 27, 1997
  52. Baron of Edmonton Thomas Edward Graham, Opposition Chief Whip of the House of Lords (Parliament of the United Kingdom), Sept. 19, 1996
  53. US Senator William Bradley (D-NJ), Feb. 12, 1996
  54. Arab Republic of Egypt Ambassador to the US Ahmed Maher El Sayed, Nov. 13, 1995
  55. US Deputy Secretary of State Nelson Strobridge Talbott, March 20, 1995
  56. Israeli Ambassador to the US Itamar Rabinovich, April 25, 1994
  57. former US Ambassador to Paraguay and El Salvador, March 24, 1994
  58. former US Secretary of State George Schultz, Oct. 5, 1993