Mr. Franklin was a Democrat in his early years, but the more he learned, the more he moved away from liberal ideals. He is now a staunch Christian conservative of the classical liberal school and takes joy in being a husband and father of four boys. He is one course from an MA in Law and Public Policy at Regent University’s Robertson School of Government and two courses from a M.Ed at Regent University’s School of Education. While not a libertarian, Ben believes government often usurps family and community responsibilities to draw power unto itself. He became involved with the Tea Party as a way of protecting the values in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution for his children and grandchildren. Ben has grassroots organization and legislation experience from two years of leadership within the local and state levels in the Virginia Tea Party Patriots federation.