The Home School Legal Defense Association Political Action Committee (HSLDA PAC) is the connected PAC of HSLDA. Founded and chaired by Mike Farris, HSLDA PAC is a multi-candidate federal political action committee, formed to allow HSLDA to engage directly in the political arena. Formed in 2003, HSLDA PAC is dedicated to providing support and services to pro-family, pro-homeschooling candidates running for federal office. HSLDA PAC’s goal is to increase the number of pro-family, pro-homeschooling men and women in federal office.
Michael P. Farris, Esq.
Michael P. Farris is Chairman and General Counsel of the Home School Legal Defense Association and Chancellor of Patrick Henry College.
Since founding HSLDA in 1983, Farris has used his extensive experience in both politics and appellate litigation to defend parental rights and help grow the organization to over 80,000 member families. He is also the founding president and current Chancellor of Patrick Henry College, a Christian institution with the mission of training students through a classical liberal arts curriculum and apprenticeship methodology to impact the world “for Christ and for Liberty.”
Farris has written over a dozen books, including three novels, a constitutional law textbook, and works on marriage, parenting, homeschooling, political advocacy, and religious liberty. His daily radio program, Home School Heartbeat, airs on several hundred stations nationwide.
In recognition of his work in home education, Education Week has named Farris one of the “Top 100 Faces in Education of the 20th Century.” Heritage Foundation awarded him its Salvatori Award for American Citizenship in 2002.
Mike and Vickie Farris live in Purcellville, Virginia, and have ten children and ten grandchildren.
J. Michael Smith, Esq.
Attorney Mike Smith is the President of Home School Legal Defense Association, an organization which he helped found in 1983. Established to protect the right of parents to teach their children at home, HSLDA now represents over 81,000 member families. Mike became involved in defending homeschoolers after he and his wife Elizabeth decided to homeschool their children. Three of their four children graduated from home schooling and all have graduated from college.
Mike has been speaking at home school conferences for over 15 years. His desire is to communicate his overriding belief that God has raised up this movement for a special purpose at this time in history, and that the benefits of home schooling far exceed the burdens, with special emphasis on encouragement to moms and challenge to dads to be involved.
William A. Estrada
A homeschool graduate from Pennsylvania, Will began working for HSLDA in January 2004 as a legal assistant to Staff Attorney Scott Woodruff. After graduating from Oak Brook College of Law with his J.D., he moved on to direct HSLDA’s Federal Relations department and to serve as HSLDA’s federal lobbyist. As HSLDA’s representative on Capitol Hill, Will uses his passion for homeschooling to advocate for all homeschoolers before Congress and the federal departments. He has testified before Congress and met with senior officials from federal agencies and the executive branch.
From October 2007 through December 2012, Will served as the director of Generation Joshua, a division of HSLDA, where he worked with young people who are passionate about making a difference in politics. He oversaw a doubling of Generation Joshua’s membership, an increase in local clubs, and an expansion of Generation Joshua’s reach and effectiveness. In July 2011, he also took on lobbying for ParentalRights.org as the organization’s director of federal relations, where he advocates before Congress for the Parental Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Will is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court bar and the California bar. He serves on the board of Life Raft International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping refugees in Thailand, and also serves on the board of Good Samaritan Advocates, a nonprofit pro bono legal services organization in the greater Washington, D.C. area. Will and his wife Rachel, who is also a homeschool graduate as well as a professional pastel artist, and their son Dominic, reside in northern Virginia.