McCain General Election Campaign Organization, Texas
updated March 9, 2009

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Regional Campaign Manager (South Central - AR, CO, KS, LA, NE, OK and TX) Craig Goldman
Candidate for Texas State Representative (Fort Worth HD-97) in the Nov. 6, 2007 special election.  Executive director of McCain's Straight Talk America, started Aug. 2005, then executive director on McCain's campaign in California through March or April 2007.  Goldman has been in and out of politics.  His private sector experience includes vice president of Ronnie's LLC of Ft. Worth, TX, his family’s retail business specializing in fine wines and epicurean foods, for seven years; and head of government relations at InsCap, LLC, an insurance and capital markets start-up company with offices in Nashville and New York.  In politics he managed former Los Altos Hills Mayor Toni Casey's campaign for the 2004 Republican U.S. Senate nomination in California.  Volunteered as needed on McCain's 2000 campaign.  Campaign manager on Rob Mosbacher for mayor of Houston, TX, 1997.  Worked for Sen. Phil Gramm for five years, starting in 1991 as assistant to Gramm at the NRSC and working on special projects (Iowa Straw Poll, the Florida GOP Presidency 3 and the Iowa Caucuses) on his 1996 presidential campaign.  B.A. in government from the University of Texas in Austin, 1991.

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900 Congress, Suite 300 Austin, Texas 78701   512.879.4066
Roger Williams
(July 16, 2007)  Served as Texas Secretary of State until resigning effective July 1, 2007.

Executive Director
Bech Bruun
Graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Texas School of Law.

Senior Advisor/Finance Director
Leanne Ivey

Executive Assistant/Scheduler
Ashley Hester

Victory Voter File Director
Angela Gower

Lilly & Company
Susan Lilly, President

Political Director
K.C. Jones
A regional political director on Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign.  Campaign manager for Rick O'Donnell's 2006 campaign in Colorado's 7th CD.  RNC's 72 Hour Director in Virginia.  Deputy Associate Director in the Office of Presidential Personnel at the White House.  Served the Bush-Cheney ’04 campaign in Iowa as field director and in Minnesota as deputy executive director.  B.A. in government and business from the University of Texas at Austin, 1999.

Regional Field Directors
Central & Northwest Texas - Colby Hale

Mirand Zepeda
DFW - Emily Cornell

Greater Houston & East Texas - Scott Luther

Greater Houston - Luke Sheffield

South Texas - Thomas Marks

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Tina J. Benkiser
(since 2003; elected in 2004, 2006 and 2008)  Attorney and Counselor at Law in Houston.  Prior to election as chair served three terms on the State Republican Executive Committee.

Executive Director
Eric Opiela
Managing member at Opiela Mixon PLLC law firm in Austin since Jan. 2004.  J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law, 2002.  B.A. in history and government from the University of Texas at Austin, 2000.

Organizational Director
Jenny Sykes

Executive Assistant
Candice Wigand

Aurora Johnston

Office Manager
La'Richer Parks

Janice Rupert

Compliance Consultant
Susan McClain


Director of Communications and Political Operations Hans Klingler
Consultant at Jim Arnold and Associates, a public affairs consulting firm in Austin.  Political director on Rick Perry's 1998 race for lieutenant governor.  Worked for Sen. Phil Gramm in several capacities starting in 1994 as West Texas regional director and then on the presidential campaign and as field director on Gramm's 1996 re-election campaign.  Legislative aide to several house members during the 1980s and early '90s.  B.A. in political science from Texas Tech University.

Research Director
Derek Ryan

Deputy Communications Director
Ashley Heath

Political Assistant
Jamie Mathis


Finance Director
Andrea Antal

Deputy Finance Director
Nikki Burris

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