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The Republican National Convention is upon us, and by July 21st, we’ll have ourselves an official presidential nominee for our party. The convention itself will take place over four days in lovely Cleveland, Ohio, home of the NBA champions the Cleveland Cavaliers. Since it became clear that Donald Trump was going to be the Republican nominee, which was frankly a lot earlier than many people anticipated, there has been a lot of discussion about who would be attending the convention, who would skip it, and who would land a coveted speaking spot. Only days ago, the party released the official speaker list. We saw some familiar names on the list, but many of us, even those who know the Republican movement well, had to google parts of the list and do some investigation to decide if we were excited or underwhelmed. To save you time, and to pique your interest for the convention, we’ve broken down who exactly every speaker on the list is.

Pastor Mark Burns – an Evangelic televangelist pastor of The Harvest Praise and Worship Center

Phil Ruffin – owner of a Las Vegas casino, the Treasure Island Resort & Casino

Congressman Ryan Zinke – the sitting congressman from Montana.

Pat Smith – mother of Sean Smith, who was killed in the Benghazi attack.

Mark Geist – Benghazi survivor, co-author of “13 Hours”                                                         

John Tiegen – Benghazi survivor, co-author of “13 Hours”                                                     

Congressman Michael McCaul – a congressman from Texas.                             

Sheriff David Clarke – sheriff of Milwaukee County                                                 

Congressman Sean Duffy – a sitting congressman from Wisconsin.                                   

Darryl Glenn – a candidate for the Senate in Colorado                                                           

Senator Tom Cotton – current senator from Arkansas.                                                   

Karen Vaughn  mother of slain Navy SEAL Aaron Vaughn.                       

Governor Mike Huckabee – Former Governor of Arkansas and former presidential candidate

Mayor Rudy Giuliani – Former Mayor of New York City                                              

Melania Trump – a model and designer as well as the wife of Donald Trump, the presumptive nominee.                    

Senator Joni Ernst – a freshman senator from Iowa.                                               

Kathryn Gates-Skipper – the first female Marine in combat during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.    

Marcus Luttrell – a former Navy SEAL and recipient of the Purple Heart, known as the “Lone Survivor”

Dana White – the president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.              

Governor Asa Hutchinson – the current governor of Arkansas.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge – the current Attorney General for the state of Arkansas.    

Michael Mukasey – the former Attorney General of the United States 

Andy Wist – the president of a waterproofing company in the Bronx        

Senator Jeff Sessions – a current senator from Alabama.

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn – the former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and chair of the Military Intelligence Committee.   

Alex Smith – chairwoman of the College Republicans National Committee.         

Speaker Paul Ryan – the current Speaker of the House, Representative from Wisconsin, and former vice-presidential nominee in 2012.    

Congressman Kevin McCarthy – a current congressman from California, currently also the House Majority Leader,

Kerry Woolard – the general manager of the Trump Winery in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Senator Shelley Moore Capito – a current senator from West Virginia.

Dr. Ben Carson – an acclaimed neurosurgeon and former presidential candidate.

Sharon Day – co-chairman of the Republican National Convention

Natalie Gulbis – a professional golfer

Kimberlin Brown – an actress best known for her roles on The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful.

Antonio Sabato, Jr– an actor known for his role on General Hospital

Peter Thiel – the cofounder of Paypal and Paltntir.

Eileen Collins – a retired astronaut, and the first female pilot and commander of the Space Shuttle.

Senator Ted Cruz – a Senator from Texas and a former presidential candidate.

Newt Gingrich – the former Speaker of the House of Representatives and a past presidential candidate.

Michelle Van Etten – an American businesswoman

Lynne Patton – the vice-president of the Eric Trump Foundation and assistant to Eric, Ivanka, and Donald Trump Jr.

Eric Trump – A businessman and entrepreneur, as well as the son of Donald Trump. He is the executive vice president of development and acquisitions of the Trump Organization.

Harold Hamm – an oil entrepreneur

Congressman Chris Collins – Representative from New York since 2013.

Brock Mealer – a former football player who recovered from partial paralysis after a 2007 car wreck to walk again

Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn – Representative from Tennessee

Governor Mary Fallin – the current governor of Oklahoma.

Darrell Scott -a Country musician best known for his 1997 song “It’s a Great Day to Be Alive”

Lisa Shin – the National Diversity Coalition for Trump advisor

Governor Rick Scott – the Governor of Florida.

Chairman Reince Priebus – the chairman of the Republican Party.

Tom Barrack the CEO of Colony Capital and a real esate investor

Ivanka Trump  A businesswoman and former model, she is Donald Trump’s daughter. She’s also a published author.

Attorney General Pam Bondi – the current Attorney General of Florida

Jerry Falwell Jr. – the president of Liberty University

Chris Cox  a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association

Senator Mitch McConnell – the current Senate Majority Leader, fromKentucky

Tiffany Trump – a model and, according to the Washington Post, an internet celebrity, she is also the daughter of Donald Trump.

Governor Chris Christie – the Governor of New Jersey and a former presidential candidate

Donald J. Trump Jr. – a businessman and the oldest son of presumptive nominee Donald Trump.

Governor Scott Walker – the current Governor of Wisconsin and a former presidential candidate.

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