OKLAHOMA CITY (May 5, 2015) — One of the U.S. Senate’s most outspoken conservative leaders, Sen. Ted Cruz, will be the keynote speaker for the Energizing America Gala on Friday, May 22 in Oklahoma City. The gala is one of several events included in the Southern Republican Leadership Conference (SRLC) being held May 21-23 at the Cox Convention Center. The gala is Cruz’s only speaking engagement during SRLC.

Cruz, a 2016 presidential candidate, is one of 14 speakers confirmed for the SRLC and will only take the stage during the Energizing America Gala. Cruz was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010 and quickly garnered national attention in Congress for his leading efforts to defeat Obamacare.

“Sen. Cruz’s recent announcement for president has created quite a buzz among Republican voters, and I know primary voters will want to hear what he has to say,” said Randy Brogdon, Chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party (OKGOP). “With the future of Obamacare increasingly in doubt, many have looked to Cruz as the point of the spear in Republican efforts to defeat the president’s signature policy.”

Tickets to the Energizing America Gala can be purchased online through May 19 at www.okgop.com/srlcgala or by phone at (405) 528-3501. Tickets to only the gala are $100 per individual or $175 per couple. Guests also have the opportunity to purchase tickets to a 7 p.m. reception, which includes a picture with Cruz before the plated dinner at 7:30 p.m. Ticket sales from the gala will benefit the Oklahoma Republican Party.

The SRLC is a quadrennial event expected to draw at least 2,000 Republican Party activists from 14 southern states to hear from key Republican leaders on policy and politics of the day, to take part in grassroots training and participate in the first major presidential straw poll that is being conducted by Sooner Polling.

In addition to the Energizing America Gala, the three-day conference will also include an Oklahoma Welcome Reception on Thursday, May 21 at the Myriad Gardens and a luncheon featuring legendary energy entrepreneur T. Boone Pickens on Friday, May 22 at the Cox Convention Center. Both of these events are in addition to the conference fee. More information is available at http://www.srlc.gop.