People-Former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-TN)
revised July 22, 2008
FRIENDS OF FRED
INC ...formed "testing the waters" entity on
1, 2007; announced Sept. 6, 2007
Headquarters: 1130 8th Ave. South, Nashville, TN (The Fall
and an office at 1760 Old Meadow Road, 3rd Floor, McLean, VA ...in
the states >>
National Campaign Leadership Team
(announced Oct. 8, 2007)
Senior counsel to the law
of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz. Served as
the 26th U.S. Ambassador to Japan, appointed in 2001. Chief of
to President Ronald Reagan, 1987-88. Elected to the U.S. Senate
Tennessee in 1966 and re-elected twice; did not seek re-election in
Senate minority leader 1977-81; majority leader 1981-85.
candidate for the Republican nomination for President in 1980.
candidate for U.S. Senate in 1964. Law degree from the University
of Tennessee Law College. Served in the U.S. Navy 1943-46.
Author of four books: No Margin for Error (1980); Howard Baker's
(1982); Big South Fork Country (1993) and Scott's Gulf (2000).
||former Sen. Howard H.
Spencer Abraham -
(announced Oct. 8, 2007) Principal of The Abraham Group, LLC, an
international energy consulting firm he formed in 2005. Secretary
of Energy in the first term of the Bush Administration.
Michigan in the U.S. Senate from 1995-2001; defeated in re-election bid
in 2000. Co-chairman of the National Republican Congressional
(NRCC) from 1991-93. Deputy chief of staff to Vice President Dan
Quayle from 1990-91. Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party,
J.D. from Harvard University, 1978. Graduated from Michigan State
University, 1974. Native of East Lansing.
George Allen - (announced
Oct. 8, 2007) Elected to the U.S. Senate in Nov. 2000; defeated
bid for a second term in Nov. 2006. Chairman of the NRSC in the
Congress. Partner, McGuire Woods starting in 1998. Elected
Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia in Nov. 1993, served one
term limited. U.S. Representative, 1991-93, elected in a special
election. Served in the Virginia House of Delegates,
Republican nominee for the Virginia House of Delegates, 1979.
in private law practice, 1978-91. B.A. in History (1974) and J.D.
(1977) from the University of Virginia.
Liz Cheney -
(announced Oct. 8, 2007) Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of
State for Near Eastern Affairs, 2005-06. During the 2004 (and
presidential campaign, Cheney managed vice presidential debate
and served as a surrogate for the Bush-Cheney campaign. Deputy
Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs. Practiced law at
& Case LLP in the area of international project finance where she
on assignment with the International Finance Corporation, Worked
at Armitage Associates LLP. Worked for the Department of State
at the Agency for International Development from 1989-93.
degree from Colorado College; J.D. from the University of Chicago Law
1996. Eldest daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney.
(announced Aug. 8,
Taking a leave of absence as Director of the Robert J. Dole Institute
Politics at the University of Kansas; selected for the position in
2004. In 1996 Lacy assumed a senior management role in a
held family business. Deputy national chairman and strategist on
Sen. Bob Dole’s 1996 presidential primary campaign. Initially
and management consultant on Thompson's 1994 campaign, then moved to
and took over day-to-day management of the campaign. Held a
role on Sen. Dole’s 1988 campaign. Director of the Office of
Affairs at the White House. Political director at the Republican
Committee during Reagan's 1984 re-election campaign. Deputy
of political affairs at the White House. Deputy director of the
in 1981-82. Ran Reagan's 1980 Maryland primary campaign.
Assistant: Blair Hood
Ran her own consulting
Director of U.S. Senate relations at the Heritage Foundation.
research director on Sen. Bob Dole's 1996 presidential primary
Research director on Thompson's 1994 campaign for U.S. Senate.
||Mary Anne Carter
(reported by Robert Novak
July 14, 2007; officially announced Aug. 8, 2007) Principal of
Consulting Group in Tallahassee, Florida; as a consultant Enwright has
been the RNC's regional political director for Florida since
Previously he served as executive director of the Florida Republican
Senior advisor to President George W. Bush’s 2000 and 2004 campaigns;
a senior advisor to the re-election campaign of Florida Gov. Jeb Bush
2002. Executive director of the Iowa Republican Party,
Missouri campaign director on George H.W. Bush's 1988 presidential
Political director of the Missouri Republican Party, 1985-86.
Deputy to the Political Director:
(11 Midwestern states
Iowa) Political director of U.S. Rep. Jim Nussle's unsuccessful
for governor of Iowa in 2006. Midwest coalitions director on
'04 re-election campaign. Deputy coalitions director on then-Gov.
Bush's 1999-2000 Iowa caucus campaign.
Partner at South Public
Consulting, LLC in Atlanta. Since 1999 he has served as the
consultant for 25 primary and general elections campaigns.
include Bill Heath's campaign that defeated House Speaker Tom Murphy in
2002, Casey Cagle for Lt. Governor in 2006, Jim Whitehead's June 19,
special election primary campaign in the 10th CD). Graduate of
University of Georgia with a degree in political science.
|Georgia and others
operations director at the Tennessee Republican Party. B.A. in
political science in political science and music from Rice University.
|TN, TX, KY and NC
A founder and managing
of Impact Management Group, a public relations and public affairs firm
based in Little Rock, Ark. Has served as field operative for the
Republican Governor's Association, deputy director for the Republican
of Louisiana , and political director for the Republican Party of
Started career as specialist in psychological warfare for the U.S. Army.
|Deep South (AR,
Special assistant at the US
Department of Agriculture, 2005-08. Worked on Victory 2004.
Worked on state Sen. Kevin Raye's 2002 congressional bid.
Graduate of the University of Maine at Orono.
Experience includes campaign
manager for Vermont gubernatorial candidate Ruth Dwyer in 2000.
COO of Jefferson
Group since Sept. 2006. Executive Vice President of Chesapeake
a government relations consulting firm. Chief of Staff to Sen.
Murkowski of Alaska. Previously chief of staff to Sen. Fred
and to Sen. William Cohen of Maine, and a speechwriter for Sen. Charles
Percy of Illinois. National campaign manager for Elizabeth Dole's
presidential campaign in 1999. Senior vice president and chief
officer for the Baltimore Orioles major league baseball team.
of government and public affairs for the International Paper Company in
Maine. Associate director of public relations for the University
of Chicago. A reporter for the Miami Herald and reporter and
writer for the Wilmington News-Journal. Served in the Peace
A.B. from Brown University and M.S. in journalism from Columbia
(announced Nov. 5,
Most recently served as executive director of the Arlington Group where
she managed a coalition of over 70 organizations advocating on
initiatives. Director of government relations for the Southern
Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission,1999-2003.
assistant to Sen. Slade Gorton; legislative counsel to Sen. Charles
Graduate of Hardin Simmons University, and law degree from The George
On leave from position as
of Fidelis, a Catholic-based advocacy organization.
for Fred Thompson Coalition (announced
Nov. 6, 2007) - National Steering Committee: Co-Chairs General Carl
and Major General James Livingston, Medal Honor Recipient; Executive
Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Repya; and Lieutenant General James Terry
Brigadier General John C. "Doc" Bahnsen, Captain John Dowd, and Captain
James H. Warner.
for Fred Coalition (announced
Nov. 16, 2007) - National Steering Committee: Co-Chairs Victoria
Boris Feldman, and Charles Trost.
for Fred Coalition (announced
Nov. 24, 2007) - National Steering Committee: Co-Chairs Clel Baudler
Gerald Stoudemire (South Carolina), Bill Bunting (Florida), Lee Ann
(South Carolina), Michael Bane (Colorado).
Professionals for Fred (announced
Dec. 10, 2007) - Chairman George P. Bush; Executive Director Nicolee
Business Leaders for Fred Thompson" - National Chairman Jack
Faris (announced Oct. 10, 2007) Senior managing director
at Harpeth Consulting, LLC. President
CEO of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the
largest small-business advocacy group, from 1992, to March 31,
Owned his own marketing and management consulting firm for 12
Worked for the international construction firm of Joe M. Rodgers and
where he was responsible for marketing, personnel, and planning.
Worked in the banking industry in Nashville, Tennessee. Executive
director of the Republican National Committee from 1978-81.
director for Lamar Alexander’s successful 1978 campaign for governor of
Tennessee. Graduate of David Lipscomb University.
Campaign manager on Lt.
Michael Steele's 2006 run for U.S. Senate (stepped down in Feb.
Northeast Regional Political Director for the RNC's Victory '04 and New
England regional chairman on Bush-Cheney '04 at the close of the
Northeastern regional political director at the RNC starting in 2003
continuing after the 2004 campaign. Campaign manager to
Van Hilleary's 2002 gubernatorial campaign in Tennessee. State
for Steve Forbes' 2000 New Hampshire presidential primary campaign.
(announced Aug. 29,
Principal at DC Navigators. Senior communications strategist for
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger; co-communications director on
2003 gubernatorial campaign. Communications director and
on Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's 2002 re-election campaign. Traveling
secretary and spokesman on Sen. John McCain's 2000 presidential
earlier spokesman on Rep. John Kasich's (R-Ohio) presidential
effort. Deputy communications director for the NRCC.
for Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan's 1997 re-election
Did California media for the Dole/Kemp campaign in 1996. Harris
also worked on several U.S. House races. Graduate of UCLA.
(announced Sept. 4,
Started a public relations/strategic communications firm based in
Communications director for the California Republican Party,
Spokeswoman for Arnold Schwarzenegger during the 2003 recall
Interned for state Senator Bruce McPherson (R-Santa Cruz). B.A.
the University of the Pacific (in Stockton), 1999.
(start Aug. 17, 2007;
seen as Florida communications director) Came to the campaign
his position as communications director of the Florida Republican
Press secretary to Sen. Mike DeWine (R-OH). A regional press
for Bush-Cheney '04. Worked at TNSMI/Campaign Media Analysis
from 2001-04. Graduate of James Madison University with a degree
in international affairs.
(announced Sept. 4,
Member of the Bush-Cheney rapid response operation in 2004.
for Virginia Sen. John Warner, and for the House Judiciary
Graduate of the University of Virginia, 2000 and J.D. from Wake Forest
University School of Law, 2007.
(announced Sept. 4,
A grassroots director for the Republican Jewish Coalition. Has
for the American International Group ("AIG"), as well as the White
Office of Public Liaison. Graduate of The George Washington
(announced Sept. 17,
Comes to the campaign from position as Deputy Secretary for Public
at California's Business, Transportation and Housing Agency.
deputy press secretary for the Office of Governor Schwarzenegger,
A deputy press secretary for Californians for Schwarzenegger 2005, and
held the same position on the Californians for Schwarzenegger 2003
campaign. Deputy press secretary on Bill Simon's 2002
campaign. B.A. in political science from the University of
"The idea, from my
perspective, was to harness the power of the Net to build a robust
community that would become an integral part of the ground game."
See: Michael Turk. "Fred08.com: An Outside Insider’s View." On his blog, Kung Fu Quip, Jan. 24, 2008.
eCampaign director for the
Draft Fred Thompson 2008 Committee. Treasurer/director RightSense
PAC. Attended University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
Publisher of The American Mind
weblog starting in Dec. 1999. Lead bookseller at Barnes &
Noble Booksellers, 1998-2006. Field representative for the
Minnesota Family Council, 1997-98. Graduate of University of Minnesota Duluth,
through Wade Strategic Communications and is Vice President of
Grassroots at the National Cable Television Association, started in
Oct. 2005. eCampaign Director for the Republican National
Committee. eCampaign Director for the Bush-Cheney 2004
re-election campaign. Partner in Jamikal Data Technologies,
an information systems and
communications consulting firm. Worked
briefly on e-government
initiatives at the Office of Management and Budget. Oversaw
of the U.S. Department of Energy's online communications. Technology
and director of D.C. operations
for Grassroots Enterprise (originally Grassroots.com) for two years
beginning in May 2000. A network architect for the Republican
Committee. Deputy Director and Executive Director for the
of New Mexico. Information Systems Director for Quayle
Bivings Group (Todd
Zeigler), Washington DC - design
episode49 (Ken Smith),
Chattanooga, TN - databases and functionality
Strategies, Alexandria, VA
StraightLine Media -
content management system
New Media Strategies (Jon
Henke and William Beutler) - outreach to blogs and
(Aug.-Sept. 2007) Acting eCampaign director
the RNC from Feb.-May 2007; previously deputy eCampaign director at the
RNC, and earlier associate director for ePolitics at the RNC starting
Feb. 2005. During the 2004 election cycle Livingston worked as a
political analyst for the RNC, gathering and tracking voter
data from targeted areas. Previously, he interned for Bush-Cheney
'04 and the RNC's Political Department. From Marshalltown, Iowa;
attended the University of Iowa.
Research director on
Sen. George Allen's unsuccessful 2006 re-election campaign.
Legislative assistant to Sen. Allen for three years. Worked on
federal government relations for the American Association of
Orthopaedic Surgeons for two years. Graduate of the University of
Richmond. Raised in Southwest Virginia.
Served as a consultant to
the campaign while also starting up the Little Rock, Ark. office of
Mercury Public Affairs. Interim U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas,
Dec. 2006 until resigned effective June 1, 2007. Mobilized to active duty in
Sept. 2005; served in Iraq. Special Assistant to the President
and Deputy Director in the Office of Political Affairs starting in
April 2005. Research Director and Deputy Communications Director
at the RNC in the 2004 cycle (announced July 1, 2002). Special Assistant to the
Assistant Attorney General Michael Chertoff, 2001-02. During the 2000
campaign Griffin served at the RNC as Deputy Research Director under
Comstock and then was a legal advisor to the Bush/Cheney recount in
Florida. Senior Investigative Counsel for the House Committee on Government Reform.
Associate Independent Counsel for In
Re: Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros.
Judge Advocate General in the U.S. Army Reserve starting in 1996.
J.D. from Tulane University, 1994; attended graduate school at Pembroke
College at Oxford University; undergraduate degree from Hendrix College
in Conway, Ark., 1990. Arkansas native.
Most recently vice
of defense and international affairs at the Aerospace Industries
starting in May 2006. Director of national security to Senate
Leader Bill Frist (R-TN). Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense
Negotiations Policy, 2002-04. Previously held a number of
on Capitol Hill as a staffer on the House Armed Services Committee, the
Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the Senate Governmental Affairs
and in the personal offices of Senators Fred Thompson and Chuck
Chief of staff at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC.
for ten years in the U.S. Army as an Infantry Officer including on
Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Graduate of the United States
Academy at West Point and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at
|Director of Policy
Served as Acting United
Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legislative Affairs.
Chief of staff to Sen. Peter G. Fitzgerald (R-IL). Senior counsel
to the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee starting in Jan.
Staffer on the Senate Judiciary Committee, 1990-96. Graduate of
University and The University of Chicago School of Law.
(announced Sept. 17,
President and Chief Executive Officer of The Lindsey Group, 2003 to the
present. Assistant to the President and Director of the National
Economic Council at the White House, 2001-02; chief economic advisor to
Gov. George W. Bush during the 2000 presidential campaign. Arthur
F. Burns Scholar in Economics at the American Enterprise Institute,
and managing director of Economic Strategies, a global consulting firm,
1997-2001. A Governor of the Federal Reserve System,
Special assistant to the President for domestic economic policy at the
White House, 1989-91. Associate professor at Harvard University,
1984-89. Senior staff economist for tax policy, President's
of Economic Advisers, 1981-84. Ph.D. in economics from Harvard
M.A. in economics from Harvard University; A.B. from Bowdoin College.
(started July 2007)
Director of scheduling for First Lady Laura Bush at the White House for
about seven months in 2006-07. B.A. in English from Vanderbilt
Works for Event Strategies, Inc. in
Alexandria, VA. Did advance for First Lady Laura Bush in
2004. Special projects director for the Bush-Cheney campaign in
Ohio in 2000. Graduate of The Ohio State University. Lima,
Returned to the RNC in
serving as director of the Raiser’s Edge (recruitment, organization,
management of individual volunteer fundraisers), and then as director
the RNC Regents Program (individuals who contribute $25,000 each, and
per couple collectively each year to the RNC). Finance
of the 55th Presidential Inaugural Committee. Regional finance
for the Midwest and Northeast for Victory 2004 and earlier regional
director for the Midwest at Bush-Cheney ’04. During the 2001-02
Moss served as the regional finance director for the Southeast at the
for two years. Prior to this she was the finance director at the
Tennessee Republican Party. She has also worked on the
of Fred Thompson and Lamar Alexander and the second Inauguration of
Don Sundquist. B.S. in political science and communications from
Belmont University in Nashville. Native of middle Tennessee.
Deputy to the Finance Director: Katie Walsh
A finance event director for the
2005 Presidential Inauguration, and earlier a regional finance
coordinator for Bush Cheney ’04. Woelk has also served in the
of International Organization Affairs at the U.S. Department of State
and in the Office of the Vice President at the White House.
of the College of the Ozarks with degrees in history and
(Nov. 2007, succeeded
Bell) Experience includes chief development officer for First
and president of the Ayers Foundation. Chaired the Tennessee
Party's finance committee in the 1990s. Resident of Green Hills,
||B.C. "Scooter Clippard
Experience includes creative media
specialist for the House Republican Conference.
|Director of IT
Senior partner at Event Strategies,
Inc. in Alexandria, VA.
(started Aug. 2007)
Experience includes Senior Vice President and Secretary of Landair
Transport, Inc. and Senior Vice President, General Counsel and
Secretary of Forward Air Corporation from July 1994 to April
2003. Partner in the law firm of Baker, Worthington, Crossley
& Stansberry from Jan. 1991 to Aug. 1994, and previously an
associate of the firm.
Previously worked for two
years in Congressman John Shadegg's office first as legislative
correspondent, then as scheduler. B.A. in political science and
journalism from Baylor University.
|Jeri Thompson Chief of Staff
|Personal Assistant to Fred Thompson
Author of Mullings®,
an American cyber-column. In 2004 he worked on the press
of the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq.
director of the political office of Speaker Newt Gingrich; press
to Gingrich when he was House Republican Whip. Director of EDS's
Emerging Markets Group, 1992-96. Press secretary to then
and U.S. Senator Dan Quayle. Elected to the Marietta (OH) City
News director of the local radio station in Marietta, OH. B.A.
Marietta College in Ohio.
Left position as chairman
the Tennessee Republican Party in July 2007 to join the campaign;
to that position in Dec. 2004 and re-elected in Dec. 2006. Served
as Thompson's state director
from 1994 to 2002; campaign manager on Thompson's 1996 re-election
campaign. Political director at the Tennessee
Republican Party, 1989-94. 3rd CD coordinator in Mississippi on
George H.W. Bush's 1988 campaign. B.S. in communications from the
University of Tennessee, 1984. Seventh generation east
Tennessean; raised in Maryville.
Head of Threshold, a
publishing imprint at Simon & Schuster. Senior advisor to
'04. Assistant to President George W. Bush and counselor to Vice
President Dick Cheney, the first White House official to hold that
title. Hosted CNN's "Crossfire;" she was the founding co-host of
the Washington-based political weeknight talk show, "Equal Time," which
premiered in May 1993 on CNBC. Deputy campaign manager for
operations, responsible for the overview and organization of all 50
operations on President George H.W. Bush's 1992 campaign. Chief
staff at the RNC. Held senior positions in George H. W. Bush's
campaign. Chief of staff to RNC co-chair Betty Heitman.
voter contact director for the Reagan-Bush campaign in 1984.
Hofstra University Law School for a year. Worked at the
Attended Western Illinois University. Illinois native.
(Reitz essentially built
first iteration of the campaign) Senior counselor at the
political campaign and commercial advertising firm 360Advantage.
Returned to Washington, DC and was an executive at
Went to California and helped found Curb Records. Deputy chairman
at the Republican National Committee. Headed up Young Voters for
the President on Richard Nixon's 1972 re-election campaign.
of executive communications at Verizon.
Served as chief
speechwriter for John Ashcroft when he was Attorney General of the
Joined the international
firm Bryan Cave LLP as a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office
in March 2007. Member of the Federal Election Commission (FEC)
in 2002 and served as chairman during 2006. General counsel of
Bush-Cheney Transition Team and the Bush-Cheney 2000 presidential
Has also served as chief counsel of the Republican National
J.D. from Cornell Law School, 1992; M.A. from Johns Hopkins University,
1989; and B.A. from the University of Virginia, 1986.
Michael Toner at the Federal Election Commission (FEC) in
2002. J.D. from The George Washington University, 2004;
B.A. in American studies from Yale University, 2000.
Senior campaign finance
analyst with the FEC's reports analysis division. B.A. in
economics and political science from Muhlenberg College, 2004.
||John and Jim McLaughlin,
for the first couple of months; resigned July 24, 2007) A former
vice president of public affairs at Altria; joined what was then The
Morris Companies Inc. in 1992. Assistant Secretary of Commerce
Administration and later chief of staff and Assistant Secretary of
Member of the transition team. Senior traveling aide to Vice
Bush during the 1988 campaign. Served on Vice President Bush's
staff from 1985-89, first as Deputy Assistant to the Vice President and
Staff Secretary, and then as Assistant to the Vice President for
Special assistant to Secretary of Commerce Malcolm Baldridge,
B.A. in political science from Drew University, 1981. Staffer on
George H. W. Bush's presidential campaign in Connecticut,
Native of Bloomfield, CT.
Jim Rydell - family
friend, often took photos.
Thompson's wife Jeri also has a
role in the campaign.
national endorsements include
National Right to Life (announced
Nov. 13, 2007)
...and state affiliates
including West Virginia Right to Life (Nov. 26); South Carolina
for Life - Holly Gatling, exec. dir. (Dec. 5); Wisconsin Right to Life
- Susan Armacost, WRTL PAC director (Dec. 6); Vermont Right to Life -
F. Toberg, chairwoman (Dec. 13); California ProLife Council - Lawrence
Lehr, PAC chairman (Dec. 17); Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life -
Fischbach, exec. dir. (Dec. 18); North Carolina Right to Life PAC -
Holt, PAC president (Dec. 19); Virginia Society for Human Life - Brenda
Fastabend, president (Dec. 20).
Reverend Phillip Knight and Dr. Benny
Tate - (announced Dec. 14, 2007) co-founders and
of the Wesleyan Center for Strategic Studies
in the states
(announced Sept. 6,
Des Moines-based consultant (Eagle Media Group LLC). Senior Iowa
consultant on Steve Forbes' 2000 Iowa caucus campaign. Managed
Phil Gramm's 1996 Iowa caucus campaign. Managed Sen. Chuck
1992 re-election campaign. Worked for the Iowa Senate Republican
Caucus. Graduate of Iowa State University; law degree from the
of Iowa, 1988.
(announced Sept. 19,
Member of the 2007-08 NH Republican Executive Committee and acting
City chair. In fall 2006 Christoffersen served as volunteer
manager for Nancy Wall, the Republican state Senate Candidate from
Hampshire page >>
Campaign manager for Rep.
J. Duncan's 2006 re-election campaign in Tennessee. National
director of the Christian Coalition of America. Southern regional
political director on Elizabeth Dole's 2000 (1999) presidential
campaign, where he was responsible for the grassroots operations in 16
states, including South Carolina. Began working for Fred Thompson
in 1994 during his first campaign for the U.S. Senate, served on his
staff on Capitol Hill, and worked on the his successful reelection
Carolina page >>
states in alpha order
(announced Oct. 30,
Republican nominee for Lt. Governor in 2006. Candidate for
in the historic 2003 recall election. Republican nominee for
Controller in 2002; lost by very narrow margin. Elected to the
Senate in 2000. Served a second stint in the Assembly from
Director of Economic and Regulatory Affairs for the Claremont
Golden State Center for Policy Studies. Republican nominee for
Controller in 1994. Director of the Center for the California
a project of the National Tax Limitation Foundation, 1992-94.
nominee for Congress in California's 24th CD (Beilensen) in 1992.
Elected to the Assembly in 1982, at age 26, and served through
Chief of staff to Senator Ed Davis. B.A. in political science from UCLA.
||State Sen. Tom McClintock
and eleven other Republican legislators
named as state co-chairs.
Joined Enwright Consulting
in June 2007. Executive director of the Republican Party of
Feb. 2005-June 2006. 72-Hour director on Florida Victory
Served in Gov. Jeb Bush's administration as a chief policy analyst for
health and human services. Held a number of positions in the
Legislature, including staff director for the House Health Care
Has worked at the Enwright
Group for the past four years specializing in legislative campaigns and
issue advocacy. Worked on the Redistricting Committee of the
House of Representatives from 1997-2002, starting as an analyst and
up to staff director. Started his political career working as a
for House campaigns at the Republican Party of Florida during the 1996
(announced Sept. 19,
Elected to the Georgia Senate, representing District 21 (parts of
and Cobb counties), in 2004; is chair of the Senate Finance Committee
a member of the Committee on Assignments. Elected to the Georgia
House of Representatives in 2002. Self-employed in broadcasting
real estate. Undergraduate degree from Georgia Tech and graduate
degree from Georgia State University. Native of Kennesaw.
||State Senator Chip Rogers
(announced Oct. 16,
Brady has served in the Illinois Senate since 2002 and previously
in the Illinois House of Representatives from 1993 to 2001. A
for the Republican nomination for Governor in 2006. Brady and his
brothers have owned and operated real estate development, property
mortgage, insurance, home construction and broadcasting businesses in
Illinois for more than 25 years. Graduate of Illinois Wesleyan
in Bloomington. Lifelong resident of Bloomington.
||State Senator Bill Brady
(announced Oct. 16, 2007)
elected to Congress in 1992. Represents the 16th CD of Illinois,
which includes the counties of Winnebago, Boone, Stephenson, Jo
Ogle, Carroll, the majority of McHenry County and parts of DeKalb and
||Congressman Don Manzullo
(announced Dec. 14, 2007)
represented House District 53 (Cumberland, Green, Metcalfe and Monroe
since 2001. Farmer, businessman. Former president of the
FFA, former chairman of the Republican Party of Monroe County.
from Western Kentucky University.
||State Rep. Jamie Comer
(announced Oct. 12,
Minority Leader in the Senate (elected in 2007); elected to the State
in 2003. Elected a Member of the House of Delegates in
Graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park. Native of
||State Senator David Brinkley
(announced Oct. 12,
Minority Leader in the House of Delegates. A member of the state
legislature since 1995. Nine-year veteran of the United States
Delegate O'Donnell has also served as a delegate to the 1996, 2000, and
2004 Republican National Conventions.
||Delegate Anthony O'Donnell
(announced Oct. 12,
Chairman of the Baltimore County Republican Party since 2003.
First Vice-Chairman of the Maryland Republican Party. Was
in coordinating operations in Baltimore County for the Bush-Cheney
in 2000 and 2004.
(announced Nov. 15,
First elected in 1996, now serving his sixth term. Resident of
represents District 21A (all of Lyon County and most of Redwood
Works as an admissions counselor. B.A. in political science from
Southwest Minnesota State University. Lifelong resident of
||Minnesota House Minority
(announced Nov. 19, 2007)
||Senator Thad Cochran and
(announced Nov. 19, 2007)
in private practice since Jan. 1999; joined Wise Carter's Jackson
as a shareholder, in 2006; previously partner in Reed Smith Shaw &
McClay LLP's government relations group. Chief Counsel to U.S.
Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS). Served two terms as a State
J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law, 1987; B.A. in
and political science from the University of Mississippi, 1975; also a
former Lieutenant Commander of the U.S. Navy.
(announced Dec. 20,
Elected to the State Senate in 2004; represents Senatorial District
Is also Chief Financial Officer for Ely Radio, LLC. Ran for
in 2006, finishing second in the primary. Elected to the Nevada
in 1998. Co-founder and managing partner of Wilson, Beers &
which merged with another firm in 2002. Licensed as a CPA in
B.A in Business Administration from UNLV, 1987. News director for KCBN
and KRNO radio in Reno starting in 1980, then worked at KLUC and KMJJ
in Las Vegas.
||State Senator Bob Beers
(announced Dec. 20,
Elected to the State Senate in 2002; represents Senatorial District 8
of Clark County). Elected to the State Assembly in 1996 and
as District 5's Assemblywoman for three terms from 1997 to 2001.
A Nevada resident since 1974.
||State Senator Barbara Cegavske
endorsements include Senator Jim
and Congressman John Sullivan (announced Oct. 10,
Tennesse Leadership Team
- Honorary Chairman former U.S. Sen. Howard Baker joined by
honorary co-chairs and 61 honorary state chairs. (announced
Nov. 7, 2007)
(announced Oct. 16,
Re-elected as the 50th Attorney General of Texas on Nov. 7, 2006.
Previously served as a Justice on the Texas Supreme Court, appointed by
then Gov. Bush in 1995 and twice re-elected. Earlier served as a
State District Judge in Harris County (129th District Court) for three
years. Graduated from the University of Texas with a B.B.A. in
law degree from Vanderbilt University. Native Texan.
||Attorney General Greg
(announced Oct. 16,
Elected the 27th Commissioner of the General Land Office in 2002.
Served six years as state senator for District 11 (Harris, Galveston,
Commissioned in the U.S. Marine Corps, volunteered for duty in Vietnam
in 1972 and was later designated as a Naval Flight Officer and served
Marine fighter squadrons until his retirement from the Marine Corps
as a Lt. Colonel in 1993. Graduated from Texas A&M in 1969.
||Land Commissioner Jerry
also supported by Texas Railroad
(announced Nov. 13,
Also a national co-chair. (see above)
||former U.S. Sen. George Allen
(announced Nov. 13,
Elected as the 44th Attorney General of Virginia on Nov. 8, 2005.
McDonnell represented the 84th District for 14 years in the Virginia
of Delegates, first elected in 1991; also partner at the law firm of
Poole & Mahoney, P.C for 14 years. Prosecutor in the Virginia
Beach Commonwealth's Attorney's office. McDonnell served 21 years
in the U.S. Army before retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.
degree in management from Notre Dame, M.S. in business administration
Boston University, and Master's degree and Law degree from Regent
||Attorney General Bob
Executive director of the
Virginia GOP, 2001-04. Communications director of the Ohio
Party, 1998-2001. Deputy district director for former Ohio
Frank Cremeans. Abernathy has worked as a reporter, columnist and
editor for various newspapers in Ohio. Author of ELEPHANT
Why fight the Democrats when we have each other? (iUniverse, Inc.,
June 20, 2005).
Virginia page >>
(announced Sept. 27,
Edmonds currently serves in the Wyoming House of Representatives.
Veteran of a number of state and national campaigns. Worked in
medical and insurance field for 10-plus years. B.A. in social
from the University of Wyoming. Resides in Cheyenne.
(announced Sept. 27,
Partner at Brown, Drew & Massey since 1999. Served as State
of the Republican Party starting in 2005. Senior Assistant
General in the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office, 1996-99. Trial lawyer
at Bassey and Selesko P.C., Southfield, Michigan, 1993-96.
counsel for the Coastal Corporation and ANR Pipeline Company in
Michigan for five years. J.D. from the University of Wyoming
of Law, 1988; B.A. in political science from the University of Wyoming,
1985. Resides in Cheyenne.
Former: The Thompson effort underwent a tremendous amount of
particularly before the formal launch...
Michael D. Shear.
"Head of 'The House." Washington Post. November 13,
"Fred completes overhaul, campaign goes 'corporate'" The Hill.
September 11, 2007.
shuns talented help." September 13, 2007.
Chair of 'First Day Founders' Philip
Martin resigned from that
in early Nov. 2007.
(after article by the Washington
Post 's Matthew Mosk on Nov. 4, 2007 "Thompson Adviser Has Criminal
Past") Businessman, friend of Thompson's since the mid-1990s.
National finance chairman Thomas D.
Bell, Jr. left that position in late Oct. 2007.
CEO of Cousins Properties
Media consultant Nelson Warfield
left in the latter part of Oct. 2007.
National spokesman on
Sen. Bob Dole's 1996 presidential campaign.
On Oct. 3, 2007 CN8, The Comcast
announced that senior communications advisor Robert Traynham
join CN8 as its Washington D.C. bureau chief.
(reported joining Thompson
as Senior Advisor, Communications by Marc Ambinder on June 27,
Does consulting at traynhampr, a Washington, DC based media and
public affairs firm. Joined the staff of Sen. Rick Santorum
in Jan. 1997; served as press assistant, deputy press secretary, press
secretary (including on Santorum's 2000 campaign), and deputy chief of
staff and director of communications for the Senate Republican
Special assistant to the Director of Information Services at the RNC;
assistant at the 1996 Republican National Convention. M.A. in
communication from George Mason University. B.A. in political
from Cheyney University of Pennsylvania.
Senior advisor Mark Corallo
at the beginning of Sept. 2007.
Founder and Principal
Member of Corallo Media
LLC. Public affairs director for the U.S. Department of
2002-05. Communications director for the U.S. House of
Committee on Government Reform, 1999-2002. Took leave of absence
from Congress in 2000 to serve as press secretary for Victory 2000, the
Republican National Committee's official campaign effort. Press
to U.S. Representative and Chairman of the Appropriations Committee,
Livingston (R-LA), 1996-99. Veteran of the U.S. Army
Bachelors degree from Georgetown University.
Spokesman Jim Mills started
20, 2007 but left after two weeks.
Mills came to the campaign
from Fox News Channel where he was a senior congressional
A Capitol Hill producer for C-SPAN, 1991-95. Wrote at
for National Journal. Mills has also been a freelance writer for
radio networks and UPI, and has served as a statehouse reporter and as
a news director. Author of The Power (1990, fiction).
Communications director Linda
Rozett was dismissed on Aug. 27, 2007.
Joined the U.S. Chamber
of Commerce in Sept. 1999 as media relations director; promoted in Jan.
2001 to vice president of media relations and in Aug. 2005 to vice
of communications. Public relations director for the Natural Gas
Supply Association. Media relations manager for the Edison
Institute. Worked 13 years as a broadcast journalist including
years as a field producer in ABC's Chicago bureau for World News
and two years as the Washington, DC editorial producer for Good Morning
America. B.A. in English from the University of Virginia.
by the Politico on July 14, 2007; departure from the campaign reported
Aug. 27, 2007)
Press secretary Burson Taylor Snyder
left in August 2007.
for House Minority Whip Blunt; has worked for him for six years and on
Capitol Hill for 10 years. Previously worked as press secretary
Thompson and for the late Sen. Paul Coverdell (R-GA). Native of
Lead political advance person Sam
resigned on July 26 after less than two weeks on the Thompson team.
Tom Frechette, who had been
to Tom Collamore, resigned July 26.
J.T. Mastranadi was hired as
director in July but resigned within a week and a half on July 25.
Acting campaign manager Tom
resigned on July 24 and was named as a senior advisor.
Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action