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Michael Farris, co-founder of Convention of States, returns as Senior Advisor


Michael Farris, co-founder of Convention of States, returns as Senior Advisor

“Do not let anybody tell you that what we’re about to do is impossible. Don’t ever
 buy into that.”
– Michael Farris, co-founder of Convention of States and Senior Advisor

DES MOINES, IOWA, March 27, 2023–Michael P. Farris has been an active conservative leader since the late 1970s. He was the founding president of the Home School Legal Defense Association that legalized homeschooling in all 50 states, was founding president of Patrick Henry College and co-chairman of the Drafting Committee for the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

In 2022, he retired from six years of service as the President and CEO of Alliance Defending Freedom. Under his leadership at ADF, his team served as co-counsel for the Dobbs decision that reversed Roe v. Wade.

Now he returns to Convention of States Action, which he co-founded with Mark Meckler in 2013, to advocate for an Article V Convention of States.

“We were told for 49 years that it was impossible to reverse Roe vs. Wade,” Farris said to a crowd of COS activists at the Reclaiming Liberty Leadership Summit in Orlando, October 2022. “God reversed Roe vs. Wade. So what we’re trying to do... it’s going to take time. It’s going to take sacrifice but do not listen to the naysayers who say it’s impossible because it is not impossible. I have seen God do the impossible time and time again in my life. And I’ll just tell you this, let’s do what’s right and... I will say this predicting the future... We’re going to save this country.”

In addition to his advocacy for Convention of States, Mike continues to serve Alliance Defending Freedom as Counselor to the President & CEO while representing the National Religious Broadcasters Network (NRB) as General Counsel. He serves as board chairman for the Home School Legal Defense Association and remains active with Patrick Henry College as Chancellor Emeritus and a member of its Board of Trustees.

As a constitutional litigator, Mike has argued before the appellate courts of thirteen states, eight federal circuit courts of appeals, and twice before the Supreme Court of the United States, where in 2018 he successfully argued NIFLA v. Becerra, which protected the free speech right of California’s pro-life pregnancy centers.

Mike has written fifteen books and numerous scholarly and popular articles. His 2017 article, “Defying Conventional Wisdom: The Constitution was not the product of a runaway convention,” published in the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, definitively answers the left-wing myth that defames the legitimacy of the U.S. Constitution.

Mike is an honors graduate of Western Washington State College (BA, Political Science), Gonzaga University School of Law (JD), and the University of London (LLM, Public International Law). He is married to Vickie with ten children and many grandchildren and is an elder at their local church, Cornerstone Chapel in Leesburg, Virginia.


About Convention of States Action—Boasting a grassroots network of over 5 million supporters and volunteers, Convention of States’ mission is to restore a culture of self-governance in America and to curtail federal overreach. Its primary focus in accomplishing this mission is using a limited Article V Convention to propose constitutional amendments that impose limitations on the size and scope of the federal government, including a balanced budget requirement and term limits for federal officials.

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Physicians for COS

The diagnosis is clear.

We have a growing cancer today known as the Obamacare. As a result physicians are no longer free to practice medicine.

No profession feels the full force of the federal government more than physicians. The medical profession is the most highly regulated profession in the United States. The practice of medicine is controlled, taxed, and regulated to the point of being destroyed by the heavy hand of the federal government.

Physicians are told how to bill, how much to charge, and how to treat patients. They are mandated to use expensive electronic medical records. The federally enacted HIPPA (Health Information Privacy and Portability Act) makes the communication between physicians and atients burdensome, inefficient,and expensive. Every physician is required by federal mandate to register with the government to obtain an NPI (national provider identifier.) We are required by federal law to obtain and pay for a license to prescribe medication through the DEA, which is separate from our state licensure.

This heavy hand of government not only oversees the largest federal health bureaucracy ever created, but by extension reaches into every state, every city, and every small town to regulate how every licensed physician practices the art of medicine and how citizens obtain care.

The treatment is also clear.

The prescription for a cure was written into our constitution by our founders. Article V of our constitution allows for the states to call for a convention of states to limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government through the proposal of constitutional amendments. Physicians should be the strongest supporters of this brilliantly-crafted states’ rights tool placed into our constitution by our founders.

I urge my fellow American physicians to join with me in supporting an Article V Convention of States to take back control of the practice of medicine. It’s the only way that we can return the practice of medicine back to the intimate relationship between a doctor and patient without interference by the heavy hand of a distant, national government.

Jeffrey I. Barke, M.D. Family Physician Newport Beach, CA
Convention of states action

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