Republican National Convention
RNC Committee on
Headquarters: St. Paul, MN ...opened in May 2007
updated July 2, 2009
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30, 2007 grab
(appointed by Ken Mehlman
unanimously approved in Jan. 2007) Co-Chairman of the Republican
National Committee; elected in 2005 and re-elected on January 19,
Chaired the RNC's Site Selection Committee (appointed by Ken Mehlman in
Jan. 2006). Bush-Cheney ’04 Ohio Valley Regional Campaign
A member of the Ohio House of Representatives for 20 years and served
Speaker of the House from 1995-2000. Chairman of the Franklin
Republican Party Central Committee for 25 years. As Chairman of
Ohio House Republican Campaign Committee from 1986-2000, leading the
to return the Republicans to the majority in the Ohio House of
in 1994, for the first time in 22 years. Resident of
Plumlee joined the RNC
in March 2005 as deputy director of member events and relations.
Prior to joining the RNC, she served as events coordinator for Nevada
2004 where she was the ground contact handling all Presidential, Vice
and surrogate visits in the state of Nevada during the 2004 Bush/Cheney
campaign. Previously an account executive at Cooley Advertising
Phoenix, Arizona. Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona and is a
of Arizona State University with a degree in broadcasting.
|Deputy to the COA
(announced March 6,
Deputy Secretary of Transportation (nominated by President George W.
on April 6, 2005, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate a month later;
as the Acting Secretary of Transportation from July 7, 2006-Oct. 4,
following the resignation of Norman Mineta). Deputy chairman at
RNC during the 2004 cycle, appointed June 2003. Assistant
and Director General of the United States and Foreign Commercial
at the U.S. Department of Commerce, appointed in May 2001. Deputy
Chairman for Political and Congressional Relations at the RNC.
Political Director for Bush for President in Austin, TX, responsible
hiring and supervising the national field operation, organizing the
leadership in the 50 states and territories, and establishing staffed
in 22 early primary states. Public policy and government affairs
consultant for Wiley, Rein & Fielding in Washington, DC.
Director and Chief Operating Officer of the National Republican
Committee (NRCC), 1993-97. Chief of Staff for U.S. Rep. Bill
Graduate of St. John Fisher College in Rochester. Native of
New York. [interview]
|President and CEO
Executive Assistant to the
President & CEO: Amy
(started in March 2007)
Previously confidential assistant to Maria Cino when she was Deputy
Secretary at the U.S. Department of Transportation. B.A. in
communications and business from Villanova University, 2005.
Assistant to the President & CEO: Elizabeth
From Ottawa Hill, OH.
(announced June 22,
Most recently, Raines served as Assistant to Vice President Dick Cheney
for Political Affairs. Previously, Raines served as the Director,
Government Affairs Outreach and Communications, for Altria Corporate
Inc. She also held positions at the 2000 and 2004 Republican
Conventions, the Republican National Committee (RNC), and in the office
of United States Senator Daniel Coats (R-IN). B.A. degree from
the Vice President: Maggie Boyd
Government relations analyst for the DC office of the
Blank Rome law firm. Native of St. Louis.
(announced June 22,
A licensed Certified Public Accountant, Puhl will be joining the
from Fairview Health Services, a Minneapolis-based corporation. He also
serves as an Adjunct Instructor in accounting, finance and business at
Academy College in Bloomington, Minn. An Army reservist, Puhl
held positions as Controller for Highland Electric and Fairview
B.S. degree from the University of Minnesota; master’s degrees from
State University and U.S. Army War College. Puhl is a native of
(announced June 22,
Most recently, McBride served as Director of Financial and
Services for the Big Buddy Program; Baton Rouge, La.
McBride served as Deputy Director for Operations, Budget and
at the 2004 Republican National Convention. She was raised in
Rouge and holds a B.A. degree from Louisiana State University.
Financial Services and Administration
|Jan McBride Sumrall
of Financial Services
(announced June 22,
Previously, Everett served as Branch Chief of Travel and Remote Support
in the Executive Office of the President. He also served as
Director of Information Technology at the 2005 Presidential Inaugural
and as Director of Information Technology at the 2004 Republican
Convention. B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin; law
from the University of Houston.
Systems administrator at The Fresh
Connection, Inc. and flooring expeditor/installation coordinator at
Home Depot. A.A.S. in network administration from Academy College, 2007,
A.A.S. in security administration from Academy College, 2008 and B.S.
in computer science from Academy College, 2008.
Supervised the operation of
Helpdesk and Multi-Vendor technical specialists. Planned,
coordinated and supervised deployment of 400 Blackberry devices to
Blackberry Enterprise Server users and Google Application users.
Planned, implemented and supervised the RNC network and IP
telecommunications infrastructure to four locations in the Saint Paul
metropolitan area. Completed requirements analysis of desktops
and laptops for all departments. Coordinated the ordering,
delivery and installation of all desktops and laptops used for the
convention. Responsible for the configuration and deployment of
125 network and end user printers.
Experience includes a bit less than
5 years work on Capitol Hill,
starting in 2002 as an intern in Rep. John Linder's office, then
working as a legislative correspondent, legislative assistant, and as
professional staff on the House Homeland Security Committee.
|Julie Ann Schmidt
Former counsel to the
on House Administration.
From Knoxville, TN.
has directed media operations for every Republican Convention since
He covered the 1964 and 1968 conventions as a correspondent for the
newspaper chain. Miller also operated Elkmont Productions, a
affairs consulting firm.
Media Operations, Production and Official Proceedings
House Speaker Dennis Hastert. Graduate of Manchester
College. Native of Greentown, IN.
of Operations and Logistics
(started at the Committee in July
2007) Worked for the deputy director of the Office of Management and
Budget Joel Kaplan in Washington, DC. Graduate of the University
of Texas in Austin, 2005. Native of Amarillo, TX.
(March 2008) Director of
special projects for the DC office of the Jones Walker law firm for
over 10 years. Worked for a year on Capitol Hill. Graduate
of Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College,
1994. Native of Baton Rouge, LA.
(effective October 1,
Most recently worked in the Alumni & Development office at the
School in Millbrook, NY. In the 2004 cycle Pennoyer worked as
director for operations for the 2004 Republican National Convention in
New York City, absentee ballot coordinator for Victory NH (the fall
campaign in New Hampshire), and then oversaw the Republican Party's
to recruit and coordinate more than 5,000 volunteers for the 2005
Inaugural Committee. B.A. in political science from Kenyon
Assistant: Hayden Pruett
Previously worked on Capitol Hill as an office manager for Rep. John
Boozman (R-AR). Graduate of the University of Alabama, 2006. From
Deputy of Media Operations: Branda
Operations Coordinators (3) including Robert Todd
Kahler left in July 2008) Served
as chief of staff to Deputy Secretary of
Commerce David A. Sampson.
for Official Proceedings
Mosser worked as an
assistant to Mike Miller on the 2004 Republican National Convention
after graduating from Northwestern. From Fairfield, NJ.
of Official Proceedings
Official Proceedings Coordinator:
(announced March 13,
Fifth straight convention for Nash, a veteran television and stage
Nash started on Broadway as a stagehand and has worked on more than 200
||David J. Nash
President and C.E.O. of The
Tarrance Group. More than thirty years of working professionally
in politics; he has served as political director of the NRCC, a field
operative for the RNC, campaign manager in several campaigns, and chief
of staff to a congressman.
Assistant: Katie Handel
Greener worked on program planning
and execution on the 2000 Republican National Convention and served as
convention manager for the 1996 Republican National Convention.
He is a founding partner of the firm, Greener and Hook, LLC (1998);
also serves on the faculty of The George Washington University's
Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM). Previously
partner at the firm of Smith & Harroff for seven and a half
years. Vice president for public affairs for Wheelbrator
Technologies, Inc. in 1990; vice president for corporate communications
and state affairs at the International Paper for three years; deputy
chief of staff for political operations at the Republican National
Committee; communications director for the RNC; director of public
affairs at the Department of Energy during the Reagan Administration;
director of media operations for the NRCC; communications director for
the Illinois Republican Party; communications director for the 1980
Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Illinois; served in the
communications offices of the Treasury Department and the Ford White
House. Graduate of Washington and Lee University, 1972 and
pursued graduate-level studies in psychology at Miami of Ohio
|William I. (Bill) Greener
|Freeman - Greg Lane
as a senior advisor) Partner
at the MITA Group and president of William D. Harris and
Served as convention manager and CEO for the 2004 Republican National
Convention in New York City and has been involved in the planning and
management of RNC conventions since 1984,
when he served as Sergeant at Arms. First convention attended was
in 1972. Executive director of the NRSC in the 1994 cycle. B.A. from the University
Manager for Caucus Operations
|William D. (Bill) Harris
An account manager and
support specialist for the MITA Group. Served as the 72-Hour
coordinator for the RNC in North Carolina in the 2004 campaign.
Principal aide to William D. Harris, the CEO of the 2004 Republican
National Convention in New York City. Worked in the Office of
Sen. Jeff Sessions (AL)
and earlier on his 2002 re-election campaign. Degree in
international business from the University of Mississippi.
the Convention Manager for Caucus Operations
|Manning McPhillips, Jr.
Operations Staff: Andrew Plehal
(announced June 22,
Prior to joining the COA, Burns served as press secretary at the U.S.
of Veterans Affairs. He previously served in New York Gov. George
Administration, and at the 2004 Republican National Convention.
a northern New York native, holds a B.A. degree from Monmouth
(started at the Committee in Feb.
2008) Previously communications director in the Office of
Congressman John Boozman; started there in Aug. 2006. Executive
producer at KRGV-TV; assistant news director at KAIT-TV. Arkansas
||(Kenneth) Ryan James
(started June 2008) Senior
account executive at Racepoint Group. Communications staffer on Romney
for President, Inc.. Assistant press secretary for the U.S.
of Homeland Security, 2005-07. Public affairs specialist at the
Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, 2004-05. Worked in Media
Affairs at the White House. Graduate of the University of
2004. Also serves as communications director for Roots of Hope,
(focuses on Cuban youth).
Press secretary to Gov. Jim Gibbons
(NV) through Feb. 2008; started working for Gibbons in his
congressional office as a press assistant in Feb. 2005. Staff
assistant to Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell. Bachelor's degree in
political science from San Diego State University, 2004. From
Fair Oaks, CA.
|Deputy Press Secretary
(announced July 9,
Currently owner and managing editor of the Gulf Coast Times
in Fort Myers, FL. She previously served as a communications specialist
for Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL) and at the Republican National
Committee. Fluent Spanish speaker and native of Miami.
|Deputy Press Secretary for Specialty Media
de la Torre
Senior associate at Nahigian
Strategies in Alexandria, VA. Worked for over four years as
primary speechwriter for Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK).
Press secretary for Rep.
Buck McKeon (R-CA) and Republican staffer for the House Education and
Labor Committee. Press secretary for Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ),
2005-06. Speechwriter for the Texas commissioner of
education. TV anchor and reporter for an ABC affiliate in
Michigan. Degree in mass communications and speech communications
from Texas State University.
(started working for the
Convention as communications coordinator in Jan. 2008) Public
affairs analyst in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for
Public Affairs, 2006-07. Director of congressional
research/legislative liaison in the Office of the Secretary of Defense,
M.P.A. (2008) and undergraduate degree (2003) from Georgia College and
(announced Oct. 10, 2007;
in Fall 2007..."duties will include outreach to the business community;
federal, state, and local government offices; interest groups; and
of the general public." includes coordination of the volunteer
program) A senior policy advisor at Akin Gump
Hauer & Feld LLP in Washington, DC, representing clients before
on a broad range of issues, including transportation, appropriations
international trade. In 2004, Foti served as the director of the RNC's
72 Hour Task Force Legal Volunteer Program. In 2000, he was an
to the RNC’s advisory committee for the 2000 Republican National
in Philadelphia, where he managed surrogate media activities and
with floor operations, and he was appointed by the Bush-Cheney 2000
office as coordinator of the Transition Advisory Committees, where he
the operations of the committees that advised the president-elect on
and management matters. District director to Congressman Bill
(R-NY) from 1994-98 and Western New York regional director for New York
State Assembly Minority Leader John Faso. B.A. from the State
of New York at Buffalo.
Assistant scheduler in the Office of
the Majority Whip, U.S. House of Representatives, 2000-01.
Attended Baylor University.
Previously served as Director of
Governors Office Relations & Events at the Republican Governors
(announced June 22,
2007 as Deputy
Venues and Master Calendar)
Prior to joining the convention, Boozman served as Director of
Outreach for the U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Department of
She previously served as the Deputy Chief of Protocol at the Department
of Commerce. Prior to joining the Bush Administration, Boozman held
in special services with the 2005 Presidential Inaugural Committee and
as associate director of hotels and function space at the 2004
National Convention. Worked in the finance department at the RNC,
2001-03. B.S. degree from the University of
Native of Rogers, Ark.
of Delegate Services
(started at the Committee in
May 2007 as hotels and venues manager) Special assistant at the White
House Project, 2005-07. Managing director of special services on
the Presidential Inaugural Committee. Worked at the Republican
National Committee from July 2003-Nov. 2004, starting as a staff
assistant, then scheduler in the chairman's office, and deputy events
director for the Northeast on Victory 2004. Degree in business
administration from Meredith College, 2003. From Fayetteville, NC.
Venues and Master Calendar
Management analyst at the Republican
National Committee. Volunteer deployment coordinator for the
Nevada Republican Party during the 2006 election. Graduate of the
University of Dayton, 2005. Native of Fox Chapel, PA.
|Hotel Manager for
Previously group sales and
marketing manager for The Melting Pot in Chicago. Graduate of
Augustana College. Lincolnshire, IL native.
(announced June 22,
2007 as Director of
and Human Resources)
Prior to joining the convention staff, Sullivan served at the State
as Special Assistant and Chief of Staff to Ambassador to Ireland James
C. Kenney. She previously held other positions at the State
including service in the offices of the Deputy Secretary and White
Liaison. Sullivan also worked for Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) and the
Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. The Andover,
native holds a B.A. from Gettysburg (Pa.) College.
| Transportation Assistant
(announced Oct. 10,
work in close partnership with local, state, and federal law
in planning, coordinating, and implementing a comprehensive security
for the convention.") Previously, Spicka was a senior-level law
professional with the United States Secret Service (USSS) for more than
24 years. Bachelor's degree in political science from Stanford
Saint Paul, Minn. native.
(announced Dec. 19,
More than 30 years of law enforcement experience. Currently dean
of the School of Professional Programs and director for the Police
program at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. Maplewood Police
Chief from 1998-2002 and previously worked for 27 years at the City of
Saint Paul Police Department including as District Commander.
degree from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, master's degree
the University of Saint Thomas (Minn.), and is a graduate of the
Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) National Academy. He is also a
2007) Most recently served as
President of Operations for Quinn Consulting, Inc. in the DC
Boland worked for House Speaker Dennis Hastert, including three
as Director of Advance, 2000-06. In 2004, he directed scheduling,
Congressional relations, media affairs, corporate sponsor
and state delegation communication for the Speaker in his role as
Chairman of the 2004 Republican National Convention. Graduate of
the University of Notre Dame.
of Operations and Logistics
May 29, 2008; to July 2008) The fifth GOP convention Kahler has worked
on. Worked on Capitol Hill for
former U.S. Rep. Peter Blute. Began her career in politics at the
age of four, gathering signatures for her father, former White House
Chief of Staff Andrew Card, in his run for the Massachusetts State
House of Representatives.
|Rachel Card Kahler
and Committees >
Chairman - U.S. House Republican Leader John Boehner of
Temporary Chairman - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell
Deputy Permanent Co-Chairs
- Arizona Secretary of State Jan Brewer; former New Hampshire State
Chairman Steve Duprey; David Roederer of Iowa; U.S. Rep. Ileana
Ros-Lehtinen of Florida; Kathleen Shanahan of Florida; and Michigan
National Committeeman Chuck Yob
Parliamentarian - U.S. Rep. David Dreier of California
Chief Sargeant at Arms -
South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster
Secretary - former Massachusetts Republican State
Chairwoman Jean Inman
Treasurer - Tim Morgan, National
Committeeman for California
General Counsel - Blake Hall,
Committeeman for Idaho
Chief Page - James S.
Bookwalter of Connecticut
Convention Credentials Committee
||Jim Herring (MS)
Convention Rules Committee
||Alec Poitevint (GA)
Committee on Permanent Organization
Convention Committee on Resolutions
||Congressman Kevin McCarthy
Senator Richard Burr
one man and one woman from
each state and territory
May 1, 2008)
||Congressman Kevin McCarthy
(announced June 5, 2008)
||Senator Richard Burr (NC)
May 1, 2008) Policy director and chief
counsel at the Senate Republican Conference under Sen. Jon Kyl starting
in Jan. 2007; previously deputy policy director and
chief counsel for the Senate Republican Policy Committee starting in
June 2006 and a judiciary policy analyst and counsel for the Committee
2003. Practiced constitutional law for Mayer, Brown,
Rowe & Maw, 2001-03. Judicial clerk for the Alaska Supreme
from 1999-2000. Undergraduate degree from Georgetown
University, 1992; J.D. from the University of Chicago,1999.
Native of Vista, CA.
July 11, 2008 the RNC announced the
Platform Committee website.
-On Aug. 9, 2008 the RNC announced
six Platform Subcommittees and their leadership.
RNC Committee on Arrangements
National Committeeman for Illinois.
RNC Committee on the
"formally announce the
and dates of the Convention as well as the number of delegates
Oct. 9, 2007) Longtime chairman of the Ohio Republican Party.
||Robert T. Bennett
RNC Committee on Contests
Dec. 19, 2007) Chairman of the Mississippi Republican Party and
RNC’s Chairman of the State Chairmen. A partner at Herring, Long
and Crews, P.C., Herring served as a judge on the Mississippi
of Appeals and was a Colonel in the Air Force Reserve JAG Corps for 25
"resolving issues related
to states’ delegate selection processes prior to the 2008 Republican
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