Advancing Liberty Through Action

Liberty Counsel Action Welcomes John Stemberger to the Team

Apr 1, 2024

ORLANDO, FL – We are pleased to announce John Stemberger has become President of Liberty Counsel Action and will also serve as Senior Counsel of Liberty Counsel. 

Stemberger founded the influential Florida Family Policy Council (FFPC) and headed that organization for nearly 20 years. “John Stemberger brings with him a wealth of experience in public policy and grassroots organizing. He will hit the ground running and will be a valuable leader on our team,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel and Chairman of Liberty Counsel Action. 

Stemberger said: “I have known of and watched the work of Mat Staver and Liberty Counsel for over 35 years. The organization is nationally renowned for its aggressive representation and professional advocacy in courts and legislative bodies around the country. The scope and breadth of the many divisions of Liberty Counsel are quite remarkable, and I look forward to even greater victories coming from the work of this great organization. I am pleased and excited to join this great work as Senior Counsel of Liberty Counsel and to lead Liberty Counsel Action as its new President.”

Stemberger is an AV-rated Orlando attorney who has been a conservative policy advocate for over 30 years. In addition to his private law practice, Stemberger was the Founder and President of the Florida Family Policy Council from 2004-2024. Since starting the FFPC, he served as Chairman of the campaign to amend Florida’s Constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman, which was adopted by 61.9 percent of Florida voters in 2008. He also launched the “Florida Judicial Accountability Project” by filing a federal lawsuit against the Florida Bar and Judicial Qualifications Commission to strike down Florida’s gag order, which prohibits judge candidates from announcing their views on issues during their campaigns, and created a statewide judicial voter guide.  

In 2009, Orlando magazine named Stemberger one of the top 50 most powerful people in Central Florida. In 2018, Florida Trend magazine named him one of the top 500 most influential business leaders in Florida. 

As an Eagle Scout and former Scoutmaster, Stemberger was one of the primary founders and was named as Chairman of the Board Emeritus of Trail Life USA, a Christian scouting movement for boys that started in 2014 and now has around 50,000 members with over 1,000 troops chartered in all 50 states. 

After legislative internships in both the Florida House and Senate, Stemberger worked with attorney Ken Connor in Tallahassee for several years and then served with Connor as the lobbyist for Florida Right to Life. Stemberger has a unique understanding of law, government, and the media from his extensive political background advising state, federal, and presidential campaigns. In 1992, he was appointed as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Florida during the final campaign of former President George H.W. Bush. Starting in 2001, Florida Governor Jeb Bush twice appointed Stemberger to the Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) for the Ninth Judicial Circuit of Florida, where he served for eight years screening and recommending new judge candidates in Central Florida. In 2017-2018, he was appointed to and served as a member of the historic Florida Constitution Revision Commission, which only convenes once every 20 years. 

A native Floridian, he attended Florida State University, where he studied political science and philosophy before obtaining a Juris Doctor of Law at the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. He founded the Institute for Conservative Studies as a permanent student-led think tank at Florida State University. 

In 2023, Stemberger published the book Legacy of Life. With a foreword by Ben Shapiro, this full-color commemorative coffee table book honors 50 of the greatest pro-life leaders from the last 50 years. Each tribute is written by a national leader. The book is filled with beautiful art and history. 

“We are thrilled to welcome John Stemberger to our team. John has been committed to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of human life, and other conservative causes for decades. In his new role, John will be able to extend his accomplishments in Florida across the country. We envision a close cooperative relationship with the many fine legal and policy organizations to extend our impact in the nation’s capital and to serve the needs of state organizations. The timing of John becoming an integral part of our team could not be better,” Staver concluded.