Key People-Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)
updated August 21, 2007/March 9, 2009
The listing below sketches the McCain 2008 organization before the July 2007 restructuring/implosion (see here for post-restructuring organization).  The McCain campaign brought together a mix of longtime McCain aides and Bush veterans.  Building on the work of the Straight Talk America PAC, an exploratory committee was established on Nov. 16, 2006.  The campaign committee John McCain 2008, Inc. formed on March 1, 2007.  The McCain campaign waged a classic establishment effort, lining up many endorsements.  However, the first quarter FEC report showed the campaign third in total receipts, raising $13.1 million while running a high burn rate (according to revised figures, the $8.9 million spent left the campaign with $4.7 million in cash on hand and $1.8 million in debts).  The campaign made a few changes, notably shifting finance director Carla Eudy and political director Mike Dennehy.  Although no one could see it at the time, these events were early signs of the major implosion that was to occur.

In a July 2, 2007 conference call campaign manager Terry Nelson and chief strategist John Weaver presented a bleak picture, announcing a major restructuring including cuts impacting every department of the campaign as well as in the states.  Nelson said the campaign had been operating on "incorrect assumptions" based on raising $100 million in the year.  It fell far short; following up on the $13.1 million in the first quarter, the campaign had raised about $11.2 million in the just-concluded second quarter.  Nelson described a "difficult fundraising environment," in part due to Sen. McCain's outspoken leadership on immigration reform and Iraq.  Nelson said the campaign had just $2 million in cash on hand going into the third quarter.  In addition to downsizing operations, Nelson stated he would be working on a volunteer basis for the next several months and senior staff would be taking pay cuts.

On July 10 the campaign faced another blow as both Nelson and chief strategist John Weaver resigned effective immediately, and deputy campaign manager Reed Galen and political director Rob Jesmer followed later in the day.  Rick Davis took over as campaign manager.  There were further reverberations in July as most of the communications and media teams resigned.

See also: Michael D. Shear, Dan Balz and Chris Cillizza.  "Rivalries Split McCain's Team"  Washington Post, July 14, 2007; Page A01.

Headquarters: 1235 South Clark Street, Arlington, VA  22202
Campaign Manager Terry Nelson
(reported by ABC News on Dec. 7, 2006; resigned July 10, 2007)  Senior Advisor to McCain's Straight Talk America (reported by AP's Ron Fournier on March 18, 2006).  Founder and managing partner of Crosslink Strategy Group; also a consultant and member of Akerman Senterfitt's Policy practice group.  Political Director for Bush-Cheney '04, 2003-04 (announced May 30, 2003).  Deputy chief of staff and director of political operations at the RNC from January 2002 until joining the Bush campaign.  In February 2001 Nelson and two partners formed Dawson, McCarthy, Nelson Media, a Washington, DC consulting firm.  Political director for the NRCC during the 2000 cycle, and earlier served as the NRCC's national field director, 1997-99.  Majority staff director of the Iowa Senate, 1997.  NRCC field representative, 1995-96.  Campaign manager for Rep. Jim Nussle, 1992-95.  Graduate of the University of Iowa with a B.S. in Political Science, 1994.  From Marshalltown, Iowa.
Chief Executive Officer Rick Davis
Managing partner of Davis Manafort.  Chaired Straight Talk America.  National campaign manager on Sen. McCain's 2000 presidential campaign.  Deputy Convention Manager for the 1996 National Republican Convention and deputy campaign manager on Sen. Bob Dole's 1996 campaign.  Also worked on the George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan campaigns.  Government service includes Special Assistant for Policy to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Special Assistant for the Budget to the Secretary of the Interior, Special Assistant for Trade Development in the U.S. Department of Commerce, and consultant to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Graduate of the University of Alabama.

Assistant to Rick Davis: Ellen Bradley

Erica Carson
Chief Strategist John Weaver
(resigned July 10, 2007)  In 2002 Weaver moved to Manhattan and switched to the Democratic Party.  He worked for years, on numerous races, as a Republican political consultant based in San Antonio, Texas.  Political director on Sen. McCain's 2000 presidential campaign.  National field director on Sen. Phil Gramm's 1996 presidential campaign; after Gramm withdrew he joined Lamar Alexander's campaign.  Executive director of the Texas Republican Party.  Worked on Bill Clements' successful gubernatorial campaign in 1986.  Deputy campaign manager of Phil Gramm's successful 1984 Senate race.  Graduate of Texas A&M University.  Native of Kermit, Texas (near Odessa).

Assistant to John Weaver: Michael Jaconi

Chief Deputy Strategist

Sarah Simmons
(reported by Hotline On Call on Jan. 3, 2007; left July 2007)  Deputy campaign manager on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenneger's 2006 re-election campaign.  Top aide to White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove.  Returned to Public Opinion Strategies in 2001.  Worked for the Republican Party of Wisconsin for two years.  Started career as a research assistant at Public Opinion Strategies in 1998.  Graduate of American University; B.A. from the School of Public Affairs, 1995 and M.A. from the SPA, 1997.

Strategist: Angela Hession
(John Weaver's fiancée; they plan to marry in Summer 2007)  Deputy chief of staff to New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani to the end of his term in 2001.
Counselor Mark Salter
(remains as a senior advisor focused on speechwriting, message and strategy, pro bono)  Administrative Assistant (Chief of Staff) in McCain's Senate office.  Has helped McCain write his four books.  Started working for McCain in 1989 as a legislative assistant.  Previously worked for Jeanne Kirkpatrick when she was UN Ambassador and at AEI.  From Davenport, Iowa.
Deputy Campaign Manager Reed Galen
(resigned July 10, 2007) Deputy campaign manager for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's (R-CA) 2006 re-election.  Director of advance and scheduling on Bush-Cheney '04.  Previously worked at FEMA and as an advance representative at the White House.

Political Director Rob Jesmer
(from May 2007 succeeding Mike Dennehy; resigned July 10, 2007)  Southeast and Missouri regional political director at the RNC starting in 2005.  Chief of staff to Congressman Mike Rogers (AL3).  A national field director for the NRCC in the 2002 cycle.  1996 graduate of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Assistant to Political Director: Neva Foley
Southern Regional Political Director (Robert) Buzz Jacobs
Director of immigration security policy on the White House Homeland Security Council.  Graduate of the University of Alabama.
Southwest Regional Political Director Timothy Bridgewater
Ran for Congress in 2004 and 2002.  Founder and president of Interlink Management Corporation (, an international investment consulting company, 1994.  He is also a founding partner and managing director of Atlas Management Partners, LLC which manages MorAmerica Capital Corporation, a publicly traded $40 million venture capital fund in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Worked at the Export-Import Bank during the Reagan Administration.  Started his career in commercial banking at First Interstate Bank (now Wells Fargo).  B.S. in business finance from Brigham Young University in 1985.  Born and raised in Salt Lake City.
Western Regional Political Director Jason Huntsberry
Associate Director (South), Office of Political Affairs at the White House.  Associate Director of Scheduling - Surrogate Scheduling at the White House.
Mid-Atlantic Regional Political Director Michael Leavitt
Managed Michael Steele's campaign for U.S. Senate in Maryland starting March 2006.  Executive director of the Maine Republican Party.  Political director on Sen. Olympia Snowe’s (R-ME) 2000 campaign.
Mid-Atlantic Regional Political Director Stacy Schuster
Started with New Jersey.
Midwest Regional Political Director Ben Golnik
Came to the campaign from his position as executive director of the Minnesota Republican Party (started there in Jan. 2006). Political director of the Minnesota Republican Party starting in April 2005.  Campaign manager for congressional candidate Brian Hamel in Maine's Second District.  Executive director of the Vermont Republican Party, started March 2003.  Legislative aide to U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo.  Studied in Russia through a State Department fellowship.  2000 graduate of Middlebury College.
Senior Advisor focusing on communications and political affairs in New England Rob Gray
Founder and president of Gray Media, a Boston-based public relations firm specializing in communications, strategy, media planning, and crisis management for corporate and political clients.

Desk Coordinators: Charles Liebshutz, Megan Ortagus
Senior Advisor Mike Dennehy
(served as Political Director through early May 2007; announced resignation on May 7, 2007 citing family and said he would move back to NH)  Founder and president of The Dennehy Group, based in Concord, NH.  Managed Craig Benson's successful 2002 campaign for governor in New Hampshire.  New England Political Director and New Hampshire Campaign Manager on Sen. McCain's 2000 presidential campaign.  Managed Jay Lucas' 1998 gubernatorial campaign in New Hampshire.  Executive director of the New Hampshire Republican Party, starting in March 1996 through late 1997.  New Hampshire political director on Sen. Phil Gramm's 1996 primary campaign.  Special assistant to Gov. Stephen Merrill (R-NH).  B.S. from Southern New Hampshire University.
Coalitions Director Dave Rexrode
Director of Coalitions at the RNC starting in 2005.  Deputy Director of Coalitions for the Central Region for Bush-Cheney '04.  Graduate of James Madison University; while at James Madison managed Randy Fisher's first campaign for Augusta County sheriff.  Native of Augusta County, VA.
Coalitions  Rob (Robert) Seidman

Liaison to Capitol Hill


Field Director Jon Seaton
Associate director (West/Northern Plains) in the White House Office of Political Affairs.  Executive director of Bush-Cheney '04 in Washington State.  Field representative at the National Association of Realtors®.  Worked at the National Republican Congressional Committee and in the first part of 2002 he managed John Redwine's primary campaign in Iowa's 5th CD.  He worked on the field teams of the National Federation of Independent Business and Associated Builders and Contractors.  Graduate of the University of Colorado.

Communications Director Brian Jones
(reported by Chris Cillizza "The Fix" on Dec. 7, 2006; resigned July 16, 2007)  Communications director at the RNC from Jan. 25, 2005.  Jones was a Senior Communications Advisor to Bush-Cheney ’04.  Vice President for Polling and Advertising of Mercury Public Affairs.  Research Director for the NRCC.  He has worked on campaigns at the local, state and national level.
Deputy Communications Director Danny Diaz
(reported by Hotline On Call on Jan. 3, 2007; resigned July 16, 2007)  Deputy communications director at the RNC, announced Feb. 9, 2005.  (Overseeing the RNC’s regional media efforts).  Diaz was a Regional Spokesperson for the Southwest and Mountain States for Bush-Cheney ’04.  He previously worked as Deputy Press Secretary for the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC).  He has also worked for several public relations firms in the Washington, DC area.
Regional/Traveling Press Secretary Brooke Buchanan 
Regional press secretary for the RNC, 2006.  Department of State Global Operations Team at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, 2005.  Nevada communications director for Bush-Cheney '04.  President of UNLV College Republicans in 2003-04.
Regional/Traveling Press Secretary Tucker Bounds
A regional press secretary at the RNC.  Oregon communications director for Bush-Cheney '04.  Graduate of the University of Oregon.  From Hermiston, OR.
Radio and TV Kevin McLaughlin

War Room Director Robert Terra
(monitoring TV and radio broadcasts, newspapers, blogs)  Directed the war room on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's (R-CA) 2006 re-election.
Deputy Communications Director for Rapid Response Matt David
(resigned July 16, 2007)  Deputy communications director on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's (R-CA) 2006 re-election.  Worked rapid response on Bush-Cheney '04.

Press aides: Adam Temple and Amanda Hennenberg (resigned July 16, 2007)

More Press: Andrea Bozek
Senior Advisor Steve Schmidt
(reported by Chris Cillizza "The Fix" on Dec. 20, 2006; announced Dec. 21)  Campaign manager for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's (R-CA) 2006 re-election.  Deputy Assistant to the President and Counselor to the Vice President, responsible for Cheney's press relations and communications.  Point man for the Bush Administration on the confirmations of Judge John Roberts and then Judge Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Deputy Communications Director/Director of Rapid Response on Bush Cheney '04.  Communications director at the NRCC in the 2002 cycle.  Spokesperson for the House Energy and Commerce Committee.  Communications director on Lamar Alexander's 2000 campaign for the Republican presidential nomination for the first part of 1999.  Press secretary on Matt Fong's 1998 U.S. Senate campaign in California.  From North Plainfield, NJ.
Communications Strategist (Debate Prep.) Brett O'Donnell
(reported by the Lynchburg News & Advance on Nov. 16, 2006; to start Jan. 8)  Coach of Liberty University's debate team for 17 years; also president of O'Donnell and Associates, Ltd., a political consulting firm. In 2004 the Bush-Cheney campaign retained O'Donnell to assist President Bush in debate preparation.

Research Director Brian Rogers
Research director on Victory 2006/Californians for Schwarzenegger in 2006.  Previously research analyst at the RNC, 2003-05, and at the NRSC in the 2002 cycle.  Graduate of Washington & Lee University.

More Research:
Gabriel Gillett
Brian McNeill
Christine (Chrissy) Randall
Evan Yost

National eCampaign Director Christian Ferry
Strategic consultant at Davis Manafort.   as Deputy director for political affairs at the Union Pacific Corporation, 2000-03.  Assistant campaign manager on the McCain 2000 campaign.  Special assistant for the Virginia Department of Natural Resources in the late 1990s during the Jim Gilmore administration.  Northwestern field director on the Gilmore for Governor campaign, 1997.  Worked on the Bob Dole for President campaign and the 1996 Republican National Convention.  B.A. in government and history from University of Virginia.
Deputy eCampaign Director Mark SooHoo
Vice president of Campaign Solutions in Alexandria, VA; joined the firm in 1999.  Has worked for National Journal's Cloakroom web site and the Tarrance Group. political communication from The George Washington University.

Trygve Olson
eCampaign Videographer Justin Germany
Account executive at Campaign Solutions in Alexandria, VA.  Videographer and editor for the Bush-Cheney eCampaign.  B.A. in mass communication from Louisiana State University, 2002 and a M.A. in political management from the George Washington University, 2003.
Consultant Patrick Hynes
(started as sub-contractor late April 2006, consultant from May 23, announced July 24, 2006)  Founder of New Media Strategics, and account services director for Calypso Communications in Portsmouth, NH; has written, produced, and placed hundreds of television and radio advertisements.  Blogger (Ankle Biting Pundits, formerly Crushkerry).  Started the website in January 2004.  Signed on to Orrin Hatch's presidential campaign in June 1999.  Political director for the NH Republican State Committee starting in February 1999.  Political director on Jay Lucas' 1998 gubernatorial campaign.  Worked on the NH GOP's 1994 state Senate campaign effort.  Graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a B.A. in English Literature.  Hynes is also author of In Defense of the Religious Right: Why Conservative Christians Are the Lifeblood of the Republican Party and Why That Terrifies the Democrats (July 2006).

Policy Coordinator Dan McKivergan
Most recently deputy director of the Project for the New American Century.  Previously legislative director for Sen. McCain.  Policy director for the Philanthropy Roundtable and associate editor of its magazine, Philanthropy.   Legislative director for Congressman Dan Miller (R-FL).  Research director for the Weekly Standard magazine starting in 1995.   Joined the staff of the Project for the Republican Future, a Washington, D.C. think tank, in 1993.   Worked at the Republican National Committee, 1989-92.  Served in the United States Coast Guard Reserve from 1985-89.  Degrees from Holy Cross and Johns Hopkins.
Domestic Policy Director Dan Crippen
Served on NASA's Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) starting in mid-2004.  Director of the Congressional Budget Office, Feb. 1999-Jan. 2003.  A principal at Washington Counsel, a consulting firm, 1996-99.  A founding partner and senior vice president of the Duberstein Group.  Advisor (Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy and then Domestic Policy Advisor and Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy) to President Reagan on domestic policy, 1987-89.  Executive director of the Merrill Lynch International Advisory Council, Jan. 1985-87.  Chief counsel and economic policy advisor to Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker, 1981-85.  During the 1970s Crippen worked at NASA, the budget office of the State of South Dakota, the Brookings Institution, and conducted research on revenue sharing for the Department of the Treasury.  B.S. from the University of South Dakota, 1974; M.A. (1976) from Ohio State University, and Ph.D. in public finance (1981) also from Ohio State University.
Economic Policy Director Douglas J. Holtz-Eakin
Previously director of the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.  Director of Congressional Budget Office, 2003-05. Chief economist for the Council of Economic Advisors under President George W. Bush, 2001-02.  Chairman and trustee professor of economics and associate director of the Maxwell Center for Policy Research at Syracuse University.  Senior staff economist for the Council of Economic Advisors under President George H. W. Bush, 1989-90.  Doctorate in economics from Princeton University, 1985.  Graduate of Denison University, 1980.
National Security and Foreign Policy Director Randy Scheunemann
President of Orion Strategies LLC which he founded in 2001; also founded Scheunemann & Associates in 2001.  A project director at the Project for the New American Century.  Founded the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq (CLI) in 2002 and served as pro bono president and executive director of CLI to 2003.  Consultant to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, 2001.  President of the Mercury Group, 1999-2000.  Foreign policy and defense advisor on Sen. McCain's 1999-2000 presidential campaign.  National security advisor to Senate Republican Majority Leaders Bob Dole and Trent Lott, 1993-99.  A senior advisor to Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole and served on the 1996 Republican Platform Committee.  Served on the staffs of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and the House Republican Policy Committee, 1986-93.
Policy Liaison Niki Fenwick
(started at Straight Talk America in March 2006)  Previously director with Luntz Research Companies.  Worked at Baker Botts LLP in Washington, DC as a trial attorney specializing in criminal defense.  Graduate of the Harvard Law School, 2003; undergraduate degree in Government  from Harvard College, 2000.

Elizabeth Farrell
Research Director Gordon Gray
Previously worked as a research assistant at the American Enterprise Institute.  B.A. in political science from Tufts University.
General Policy Chairman Robert Zoellick
(reported by Time magazine's Mike Allen on Aug. 23, 2006; nominated president of the World Bank in May 2007 and assumed the position on July 1)  Deputy Secretary of State, Feb. 2005-July 2006.  U.S. Trade Representative, starting in Feb. 2001.  Executive Vice President at Fannie Mae, managed the company's affordable housing business; legal, regulatory, government relations activities; and international financial services, starting in 1993.  During President George H.W. Bush's Administration, served as Under Secretary of State for Economic and Agricultural Affairs, as well as Counselor to the Department (Under Secretary rank).  Served at the Department of the Treasury in various positions, 1985-88.  J.D. from Harvard Law School and a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, 1981.  Undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College, 1975.  Raised in Naperville, Illinois.
Senior Policy Advisor David Crane
Senior vice president at Global USA.  Previously senior vice president at The Washington Group.  Senior policy advisor to then Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott.  Two years on the staff of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, serving as a senior advisor to the Committee's chairman, Sen. McCain.
Senior Policy Advisor John Raidt
Project director at The Reform Insititute.  Professional staff member for the 9/11 Commission.   Policy coordinator for the McCain 2000 campaign.  Staff director for the Senate Commerce Committee.   Legislative director to Sen. McCain, 1993-97.

Policy Advisor former Sen. Phil Gramm
A vice-chairman of UBS Investment Bank.  Served three terms in the U.S. Senate; first elected in 1984 and re-elected in 1990 and 1996.  Unsuccessfully sought the 1996 Republican presidential nomination.  Chaired the NRSC, 1991-94.  Elected to Congress as a Democrat in 1978 and re-elected in 1980 and 1982; resigned in 1983 and re-elected as a Republican in a special election.  Economics professor at Texas A&M University, 1967–78.   Ph.D. in economics from the University of Georgia, 1967; B.A. from University of George, 1964.
Senior Economic Advisor Gerald Parsky
(announced March 8, 2007)  Chaired the California Bush-Cheney campaigns in 2000 and 2004.  Chairman of Aurora Capital Group, LP, a Los Angeles-based investment firm.  Senior partner of the Los Angeles law firm of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, 1977-92.  Parsky served as Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury for international affairs and capital markets, 1974-77.  He was appointed to the U.C. Board of Regents by Gov. Pete Wilson in 1996; the Board named him chair for a two-year term on May 20, 2004.  Parsky was also a member of President Bush’s Commission to Strengthen Social Security.
Chairman, Education Policy Committee Phil Handy
see Florida

Finance Director Mary Kate Johnson
(reported by Chris Cillizza "The Fix" late April 2007 succeeding Carla Eudy who was moved to senior advisor role; reported resigned July 10, 2007 by Chris Cillizza "The Fix")  Founded her own fundraising firm, MK Group. Vice president at Cassidy & Associates.  Deputy finance director on Bush's 2000 campaign.  Worked for William Weld.  Springfield, Mass. native (Mary Kate Kelly).
Senior Advisor Carla Eudy
(Finance director from the start through latter part of April 2007)  Republican fundraising consultant, The Eudy Company, and previously, in the late 1990s to 2002 co-owner and operator of Eudy Nelson & Associates.  Finance director for McCain's 2000 presidential campaign.  Finance director for Phil Gramm's 1996 presidential campaign.

More Finance:
Alex Lawhon
James McCray
Parker Sims
Elizabeth Verrill

National Finance Co-Chairs
(first 8 national finance co-chairs--Donald Bren, Donald R. Diamond, Lewis M. Eisenberg, James B. Lee, Jr., Thomas G. Loeffler, John A. Moran, A. Jerrold Perenchio and John A. Thain--announced Dec. 14, 2006)

New York Area Finance Team

(announced Dec. 19, 2006)  Includes four national co-chairs, three honorary New York co-chairs, and fifty New York, New Jersey and Connecticut finance committee members.

New York Finance Director - Tamara Hallisey

Scheduling - Amber Johnson
Effectively Director of Advance (although didn't have that title) Davis White

More Advance:
Mark Braden
Timothy Tripepi
Surrogates Samantha Dravis
Executive assistant to Rep. Dan Lungren (CA-3).  Scheduler/staff assistant to Rep. John Peterson (PA-5).

Personal Aide/Body Man Joseph Donoghue

Cindy McCain Claire Sechler Merkel
Experience includes Central and Eastern European director at the International Republican Institute.
Intern Coordinator Missy (Melissa) Sousa

Front Desk Katherine Wiles


Director of Administration Annie Kelly
(Took over from Michael Boisvenue when he went to Iraq.  Boisvenue served as senior advisor to Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction.  Director, White House Management Office).

General Counsel Trevor Potter
Attorney at Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered and president and general counsel of the Campaign Legal Center.  General counsel of the McCain 2000 campaign.  Commissioner at the Federal Election Commission, 1991-95.  Deputy general counsel of the Bush 1988 campaign.  Assistant general counsel to the Federal Communications Commission, 1984-85.  Attorney at the Department of Justice, 1982-84.  Graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, 1982, and of Harvard College, 1978.

Evelyn McCafferty
Todd Steggerda

Assistant Treasurer Salvatore Purpura
(started on the campaign in Nov. 2006)  Comptroller of The George W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation since April 2006.  Treasurer on Bush-Cheney'04, May 2003-April 2008.   Comptroller on Bush-Brogan 2002.  Budget director on Bush-Cheney 2000.  Deputy comptroller on Jeb Bush for Governor, 1997-99.  Finance assistant at the Republican Party of Florida.  States budget director on Dole-Kemp'96.  Budget liaison on Phil Gramm for President, 1995-96.  Staff assistant at the Florida Department of Education.  Finance assistant on Jeb Bush for Governor and Bush-Feeney'94.

More Treasurer:
Kevin Broghamer
Anthony Casale, Jr.
Diana Gardner
Bradley Loncar
Raymond Riley
Austin Smith

Senior Strategist Lance Tarrance, Jr.
(announced Aug. 2, 2006)  Partner with Thomas Riehle at RT Strategies.  Managing Director, Public Affairs at Burson-Marsteller, starting Oct. 1997.  First Managing Director and President of Gallup China in Beijing, 1993-95.  Member of the Board of Directors of the Gallup Organization, 1987-92.  President and Founder of Tarrance & Associates, a Houston-based national survey research company, 1977-92.  Special Assistant to the Director of the 1970 U.S. Census.  Director of Research for the Republican National Committee and an officer of the 1968 Republican National Convention.  Master's degree in Electoral Behavior from American University in Washington DC; B.A. in European History from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.  Author or co-author of five published books about electoral behavior.
Senior Advisor Bill McInturff
Partner and co-founder of Public Opinion Strategies.  "His prior experiences include 'hands on' campaign management experience at the local, congressional, and the presidential level.  He also held senior positions with the Republican national party committees prior to entering the field of survey research."

Mark McKinnon - Vice chairman at Public Strategies, Inc. in Austin, TX, president of Maverick Media, and co-founder of  Chief media advisor on George W. Bush's 2000 and 2004 presidential campaigns.

Russ Schriefer and Stuart Stevens - Partners in The Stevens & Schriefer Group (SSG)resigned in July 2007

Fred Davis - Strategic Perception, Inc., Hollywood, CA.  [according to the Washington Post Davis' firm designed the campaign logo and its bus]  resigned in July 2007

Stevens, Reed, Curcio & Potholm
Schriefer, Stevens and Davis announced on Jan. 19, 2007.

"closely involved in the daily workings of the campaign, and assist with fundraising, strategy, and message development."
Thomas G. Loeffler (announced as General Co-Chair on March 7, 2007; announced as a National Finance Co-Chair on Dec. 14, 2006)  see above
former Sen. Phil Gramm (announced as General Co-Chair on March 12, 2007; had been serving as a policy advisor) see above

National Co-Chairman Gov. Jon Huntsman, Jr. (R-UT)
(reported by Chris Cillizza July 19, 2006: "will help coordinate politics and policy for McCain in Western states.")  Elected governor in Nov. 2004.  A business executive, he has held an number of positions with the Huntsman Corporation, most recenty Chairman and CEO of the holding company.  Under President George W. Bush he was a deputy U.S. trade representative and U.S. trade ambassador.  Under President George H. W. Bush, he was deputy assistant secretary of commerce for trade development, deputy assistant secretary of commerce for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, as well as U.S. ambassador to Singapore (fluent in Mandarin).  Staff assistant to President Ronald Reagan.  Attended the University of Utah and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
National Co-Chairman Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN)
(announced by the Exploratory Committee on Jan. 15, 2007)  Elected Minnesota’s governor in 2002 and re-elected in 2006.  In line to become chairman of the NGA in summer 2007.  Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, 1992-2002; elected House majority leader in 1998.  Member of the Eagan City Council.  Prosecutor.  J.D. from University of Minnesota Law School and B.A. in political science from the University of Minnesota.  Grew up in South St. Paul, MN.
National Co-Chairman Frederick W. Smith
(announced by the Exploratory Committee on Feb. 6, 2007)  Chairman, president, and CEO of the FedEx Corporation (endorsement in his individual capacity and not on behalf of the FedEx Corporation).  Founded FedEx in 1971.  Officer in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1966-70.  B.A. from Yale University, 1966.
National Co-Chairman John Chambers
(announced by the Exploratory Committee on Feb. 15, 2007; in addition to co-chair is economic and technology advisor)  Chairman and CEO of Cisco (endorsement in his individual capacity and not on behalf of the Cisco).  Assumed the role of President and CEO in 1995; joined Cisco in 1991 as senior vice president, worldwide sales and operations.  Prior to joining Cisco, he worked eight years at Wang Laboratories,1982-90 and six years at IBM, 1976-82.  M.B.A. in finance and management from Indiana University, 1975.  Law degree, 1974, and B.S./B.A. in business from West Virginia University, 1971.
National Co-Chairman Former Sen. Warren Rudman (R-NH)
(announced Feb. 22, 2007)  Of counsel to the international law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison since Jan. 2003; partner in the firm, 1992-2002.  Co-founded the Concord Coalition in 1992.  Served in the U.S. Senate from Dec. 29, 1980, to Jan. 3, 1993; did not seek re-election in 1992.  Practiced law in Manchester, 1976-80.  Attorney general of New Hampshire 1970-76.  Legal counsel to the Governor 1970.  B.S. from Syracuse University, 1952; served in the United States Army Infantry 1952-54; law degree from Boston College Law School, 1960.  Author of Combat: Twelve years in the U.S. Senate (Random House, 1996).
National Co-Chairman Former Gov. Tom Ridge (R-PA)
(announced Feb. 28, 2007)  First Secretary of the newly-created Department of Homeland Security, sworn in Jan. 24, 2003, served until 2005.  Appointed Assistant to the President for Homeland Security in October 2001.  Twice elected Governor of Pennsylvania, served from 1995 to 2001.  Elected to Congress in 1982, the first enlisted Vietnam combat veteran elected to the U.S. House, and re-elected six times.  Assistant district attorney in Erie County, 1972-82.  Private practice.  J.D. from Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, PA, 1972.  Drafted into the U.S. Army, 1968-70; served as an infantry staff sergeant in Vietnam.  B.A. from Harvard University, 1967.

National Vice Chair for Jewish Outreach Fred Zeidman
(announced by the Exploratory Committee on Jan. 31, 2007)  Chairman of Seitel, Inc., founder of the Houston Venture Capital Association, and chairman of Turnaround Partners, Inc.  Zeidman is vice chairman and board member of the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC).

Southern Co-Chair Alec Poitevint 
(announced Jan. 9, 2007)  Georgia Republican Party Chairman, elected May 1, 2003, and Republican National Committeeman, elected August 12, 1988.  Chairman and President, Southeastern Minerals, Inc..
Southeast Co-Chair U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus (AL)
(announced Jan. 29, 2007)  Elected to Congress in 1992.  Chair, Alabama Republican Party, 1992.  Candidate for Attorney General, 1990.  Managed Guy Hunt's successful campaign for governor in 1986.  Elected member of the State School Board, 1986-90.  Elected to the State House of Representatives and served one term, 1984-86.  Served in the State Senate.  Partner, Bachus, Dempsey, Carson, and Steed law firm.  Graduate of Auburn University, 1969 and the University of Alabama School of Law, 1972.  Native of Birmingham.

U.S. House Whip Team (announced Jan. 31, 2007; "work to build on Senator McCain's base of support in the chamber.")
Rep. Fred Upton (MI-06), Rep. Spencer Bachus (AL-06), Rep. John Shadegg (AZ-03), Rep. John Shimkus (IL-19), Rep. Mark Kirk (IL-10), and Rep. Dan Lungren (CA-03); (added Feb. 22, 2007) Rep. Chip Pickering (MS-03)

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Charlie Black
(early March 2007) Chairman of BKSH & Associates.  Senior advisor to Presidents Reagan and Bush (41).  Principal public spokesman for President Bush in the 1992 presidential campaign.  Chief spokesman for the RNC, 1990.  Has managed the successful elections of more than ten members of the U.S. Senate and more than a dozen Members of Congress.  Political consultant to U.S. Senators Jesse Helms, Robert Dole, Phil Gramm and Dave Durenberger.  Political director at the RNC during the chairmanship of Bill Brock (late 70s-1981).  B.A. in political science from the University of Florida and a J.D. from The American University.  Native of North Carolina.

more than 200 veterans from around the country (endorsements announced April 12, 2007)

former Secretary of Defense James Schlesinger, the Honorable Robert ‘Bud’ McFarlane, and former CIA Director R. Jim Woolsey(announced April 23, 2007...will advise his campaign on energy and national security issues)


Chairman David Roederer
(announced by Straight Talk America on Sept. 22, 2006)  Chair of the Lamberti for Congress Committee and the Vaudt for State Auditor Committee.  Chaired the Iowa Bush-Cheney 2004 campaign.  Managing partner of StrataVizion, Inc. in Des Moines.  Served as the Economic Development Coordinator for Iowa State University.  Chief of staff for Gov. Terry Branstad, 1991-95; campaign manager for Gov. Branstad, 1990-91.  Director of the Iowa Department of Commerce, 1988-90.  B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa, 1973.  [Also, in the private sector Roederer worked for two and a half years in Saudi Arabia designing a national law enforcement agency for a Lockheed Martin company].
State Director Matt Strawn
(reported Feb. 15, 2007 through July 1, 2007 restructuring)  Chief of staff and top political adviser to U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers of Michigan for the past five years.  A top advisor on Jeff Lamberti's 2006 congressional campaign in the Iowa 3rd CD.  Graduate of the University of Iowa.  Iowa native (from Van Horne according to Krusty Konservative, that's in Benton County in eastern Iowa).

See Iowa page >>

Chairman Peter Spaulding
(reported by Granite Status on Dec. 8, 2006)  Executive Councilor (District Two) from 1983-2006.  Vice President for Community Relations with Providian National Bank in Concord since 1994.  A Merrimack County Commissioner from 1970-92 (one of three).  Delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1988, 1996 and 2000.  Chaired Sen. McCain's 2000 New Hampshire primary campaign.  B.A. from the University of New Hampshire in 1966.  New Hampshire native; grew up in Bradford, NH.  Resident of Hopkinton, NH.
Campaign Manager Jim Barnett
(succeeded Jim Martin, the campaign's first NH Campaign Manager, after he was dismissed on May 11, 2007.  Barnett previously served as the campaign's New England Regional Director, first reported by The Associated Press on Nov. 16, 2006)  Chairman of the Vermont Republican Party, elected May 2003, served through late Nov. 2006.  Deputy campaign manager on Jim Douglas' successful 2002 campaign for governor of Vermont, then worked on Gov. Douglas' senior staff.  Deputy Associate Director in the Presidential Personnel Office.  Worked at the RNC during the 1998 and 2000 cycles.

See New Hampshire page >>

Chairman Attorney General Mike Cox
(announced Dec. 14, 2006)  Re-elected to a second term in 2006; first elected in 2002, the first Republican Attorney General of Michigan in 48 years.  Worked in the Wayne County prosecutor's office in Detroit.  Graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1989.  Entered the Marines after high school.
State Director John Yob
Partner in Strategic National Consulting, LLC; previously president of Independent Campaign Marketing Inc..  Graduate of the University of Michigan's College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA); former chairman of the Michigan College Republicans.  Youngest son of Michigan RNC Committeeman Chuck Yob.

See Michigan page >>

Campaign Manager Trey Walker
(announced by the exploratory committee on Jan. 8, 2007)  Chief executive assistant to Attorney General Henry McMaster, directing communications and governmental affairs, for the past four years.  Lead consultant on McMaster’s 2002 campaign.  Consultant at Richard Quinn & Associates.  National field director for Sen. McCain’s 2000 presidential campaign.  Executive director of the South Carolina Republican Party for almost seven years, 1993-99.
Consultant Richard Quinn
Principal of Richard Quinn and Associates, consulting firm based in Columbia.  Lead South Carolina strategist for McCain's 2000 campaign (signed on in Feb. 1999).  Consultant to Sen. Phil Gramm's (R-TX) 1996 campaign in South Carolina.

See South Carolina page >>

Co-Chairs (announced April 27, 2007)
State Senator Mark Amodei - Amodei represents portions of Douglas, Lyon, and Storey Counties, and portions of Carson City; he has served in the Nevada State Senate since 1999, including President pro Tempore, 2003-05.  He is also a partner at Kummer Kaempfer Bonner Renshaw & Ferrario, one of Nevada's largest law firms.  Previously served in the Assembly.  Captain, U.S. Army, Judge Advocate General’s Corps (1984-87).  B.A. from University of Nevada, Reno, 1980; J.D. from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 1983.  Carson City native.

State Senator Dennis Nolan - Elected to the State Senate in 2002 representing Clark County Senatorial District No. 9; serves as assistant majority floor leader.  Served in the Assembly from 1994-2002.  Las Vegas native.

Clark County Commissioner Bruce L. Woodbury - Appointed to the Clark County Commission in 1981 and elected to his first full term in 1982.  He is also a partner in the law firm of Jolley, Urga, Wirth and Woodbury. Graduate of University of Utah; J.D. from Stanford School of Law.  Native Las Vegan.

See Nevada page >>

Co-Chair Attorney General Troy King 
(announced Aug. 30, 2006)  Alabama Attorney General since 2004, when he was appointed by Gov. Bob Riley (R); seeking election to the office in 2006.  Previously a legal advisor to Gov. Riley.  Four years as an Assistant Attorney General to Attorney General Bill Pryor, 1999-2003.  Deputy executive secretary/deputy legal advisor to Gov. Fob James.  J.D. from University of Alabama School of Law, 1994; B.S. in History and Social Sciences from Troy State University, 1990.  From Elba, AL
Campaign Manager Tim Howe
(announced Feb. 7, 2007)  Leaving position as executive director of the Alabama Republican Party to join the McCain campaign.  Campaign manager for Justice Mike Bolin's successful Supreme Court campaign in 2004.  Deputy campaign manager for Justice Harold See during his successful re-election campaign in 2002.

See Alabama page >>

Chairman U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl
(announced Feb. 23, 2007)  First elected to the U.S. Senate in 1994; elected to a third term in Nov. 2006;  Previously served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Practiced law at Jennings, Strouss & Salmon in Phoenix.  Bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Arizona.

On Feb. 28, 2007 the exploratory committee announced members of its Arizona Finance Committee.

See Arizona page >>

Chairman Bill Jones
(announced May 1, 2007)  Co-founded co-founded Pacific Ethanol, Inc. in Jan. 2003 and serves as chairman of the board.  Republican Party nominee for U.S. Senate in 2004.  California Secretary of State; elected in 1994, served from 1995 to 2003.  Sought the Republican nomination for governor in 2002 but finished third in the primary.  In 2000 Jones initially backed Bush for president, but switched his support to McCain after the NH primary.  Elected to the California State Assembly in 1982, served from 1983-95 including two years as Republican Leader.  Farmer and rancher.  Ran an unsucessful campaign for California State Assembly in 1976.  Bachelor's degree in agribusiness and plant sciences from California State University, Fresno in 1971.

On Feb. 28, 2007 the exploratory committee announced the formation of its California Finance Team, comprising five national co-chairs, 20 national finance committee members, and 45 California finance committee members.

See California page >>

State Director George Gallo
(announced Feb. 1, 2007)  Outgoing state chairman of the Connecticut Republican State Central Committee, elected Dec. 7, 2005.  Senior partner of The Vinco Group, LLC, a grassroots and political consulting firm he formed in 2003.  Managed Gov. John G. Rowland's 2002 re-election campaign.  Executive director of the Connecticut Republican State Central Committee, 1996-2001 and chaired Victory 2000 for Connecticut.  City of New Haven Alderman, 1993-97.  M.A. in political science from Yale University, Dec. 2003; M.A. in liberal studies from Wesleyan University; and B.A. from Albertus Magnus.  Resident of Middletown.

and endorsed by Rep. Chris Shays

Chairman U.S. Rep. Mike Castle
(announced Feb. 20, 2007)   First elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992.  Elected Governor of Delaware, 1984 and re-elected in 1988.  Elected Lieutenant Governor of Delaware in 1980 and served one term.  Elected to the Delaware Senate.  Elected to the Delaware House of Representatives and served one term.  Deputy Attorney General of Delaware, 1965-66.  Graduate of Hamilton College and Georgetown University Law School.  Born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware.
Co-Chair Speaker of the House Terry Spence
(announced Feb. 20, 2007)  Elected to represent the 18th District in the Delaware House of Representatives in 1980 and selected as Speaker in 1987.  Spence is the longest serving Speaker of the Delaware House in state assembly history.

Co-Chair F. Philip Handy
(announced Aug. 3, 2006)  Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Industries, a worldwide diversified service and manufacturing company, since Oct. 2001.  Chairman of the Florida State Board of Education, appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush.  Has chaired eight statewide political races.  State Chairman of Jeb Bush’s gubernatorial campaigns in Florida in 1993-94 and 1997-98; and co-chairman of his 2002 re-election campaign.  Chairman of Limited Political Terms petition effort in Florida in 1991-92.  CEO of ComBanks Corporation, a bank holding company in central Florida.  Vice President for investment banking with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Inc. in New York, 1970-76.  Started career as a securities analyst at Fidelity Management and Research in Boston, 1968.  MBA from Harvard Business School; B.A. in Economics from Princeton University.
Co-Chair Brian Ballard
(announced Feb. 5, 2007; also named as National Finance Co-Chair)  Managing partner of the government relations firm Smith & Ballard, P.A. and of counsel for Panza, Maurer & Maynard, P.A..  A co-chair of Florida Gov. Charlie Crist’s inaugural committee.  Served as chief-of-staff to Gov. Bob Martinez, 1988-90.  Graduate of the University of Florida with a B.S., 1984 and a J.D., 1988.
Member of the National Strategy Team Kathleen Shanahan
(announced Dec. 14, 2006)  CEO of WRS Infrastructure & Environment in Tampa and is serving as the vice chair for Governor-elect Charlie Crist's transition team.  Previously the President of Irish ROSE Consulting, LLC.  Senior consultant to John Thain, CEO of the NYSE, from Feb.-Sept. 2004.  Chief of staff to Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Jan. 2001-Nov. 2003.  Worked for Dick Cheney as his chief of staff on the 2000 campaign and presidential transition.  Senior Vice President Public Affairs/Government Relations with New York based Paine Webber Inc., 1996-2001.  Deputy Secretary of Economic Development with the California Trade Commerce Agency, 1993-95.  Senior Vice President with The Wexler Group, 1989-92.  Special assistant to Vice President George H.W. Bush, and staff assistant to President Ronald Reagan’s National Security Council.  Managed Gov. Pete Wilson's 1994 re-election campaign against Kathleen Brown.  Deputy campaign director for the California Bush-Quayle campaign in 1992.  Deputy GOP Convention director for the George Bush for President campaign in 1988.  Undergraduate degree in biochemistry from University of California, San Diego and M.B.A. from the New York University's Stern School of Management.

Florida Organizer Russell Peck

See Florida page >>

On March 29, 2007 the campaign announced a Georgia Advisory Committee comprising seven influential Georgia Republicans:
state Senator Jeff Mullis, Chairman Alec Poitevint, Derrick Dickey, Leigh Ann Wood Gillis, Clint Murphy, John Sours, and Jay Walker.

On Jan. 9, 2007 the exploratory committee announced that Alec Poitevint would serve as Southern Co-Chair.
Georgia Republican Party Chairman, elected May 1, 2003, and Republican National Committeeman, elected August 12, 1988.  Chairman and President, Southeastern Minerals, Inc..

See Georgia page >>

On March 22, 2007 the campaign announced support of 23 state legislators led by Representative Jim Durkin serving as a national legislative co-chair and Senate Minority Leader Frank Watson serving as the Illinois chairman of legislators.

See Illinois page >>

endorsed by Gov. Mitch Daniels (announced Feb. 22, 2007)
endorsed by Attorney General Steve Carter (announced March 7, 2007)

Co-Chair U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe
(announced Jan. 29, 2007)  Elected to the U.S. Senate in 1994, and re-elected in 2000 and 2006.  Elected to the U.S. House in 1978 and served 16 years.  Elected to the Maine Senate representing Androscoggin County in 1976.  Elected to the Maine House in 1973 and re-elected in 1974.  Degree in political science from the University of Maine, 1969.
Co-Chair U.S. Sen. Susan Collins
(announced Jan. 29, 2007)  Elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996, and re-elected in 2002.   Republican nominee for Governor, 1994.  New England Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, 1992-93.  Commissioner of Professional and Financial Regulation in the cabinet of Gov. John R. McKernan, 1987-92.  Worked for U.S. Sen. William S. Cohen (D-ME) for 12 years.  Graduate of St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY, 1975.
Vice Chair Representative Josh Tardy
(announced Jan. 29, 2007)  Republican Leader in the Maine House of Representatives and serving his third term representing the 25th District.  Attorney.  Undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Maine.  Resident of Newport.

See Maine page >>

Chair Jean Inman
(announced Feb.12, 2007) Chairwoman of the Massachusetts Republican State Committee from 2002-03 and from 1997-99.  Massachusetts chairwoman of Sen. McCain’s 2000 campaign.  Dietician/nutritional consultant from Avon.
Co-Chair Rep. Paul Loscocco
(announced Feb.12, 2007)  Has served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives since 2001.
Co-Chair Sheriff Joe McDonald
(announced Feb.12, 2007)  Elected Plymouth County Sheriff in 2004.  Previously spent eight years as an assistant district attorney for Plymouth County.

Vice Chairs: Massachusetts Republican State Committee Treasurer Brent Andersen and Republican State Committee Member Ed Bertorelli.

endorsed by former Massachusetts Gov. Jean Swift
(announced Feb. 14, 2007) Principal and founder of WNP Consulting, which provides advice to early stage education companies.  Governor from April 2001 to January 2003 (became governor when Paul Cellucci resigned to become the U.S. Ambassador to Canada).  Elected lieutenant governor in 1998.  Elected to the State Senate in 1990 and rose to Assistant Minority Leader.  B.A. in American Studies from Trinity College, in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1987.

On Feb. 26, 2007 the exploratory committee announced McCain's Minnesota Leadership Team, comprising 54 conservative and grassroots leaders from around the state.  The list includes 10 current state Representatives and 3 current state Senators.

See Minnesota page >>

Chairman U.S. Rep. Chip Pickering (MS-03)
(announced Feb. 22, 2007)  First elected to Congress in 1996.  Professional staff member on the Senate Commerce Committee.  Member of Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott’s staff.  Appointed by President George H.W. Bush as a Department of Agriculture liaison to the former European Communist countries.  Bachelors degree in business administration from the University of Mississippi and a masters degree in business administration from Baylor University, 1989.  Co-chairman of Mississippi for Bush-Cheney 2000 and 2004.

and endorsed by U.S. Sen. Trent Lott

Key Supporters (announced March 5, 2007)
Ed McGlynn of Monmouth County - President of ERM Government Affairs and counsel at the law firm of Stone Mandia in Neptune.  Formerly chief-of-staff to Gov. Tom Kean and an advisor to former New Jersey Attorney General Irwin Kimmelman.

Mike Torpey of Mercer County - Co-founder of State Street Partners, a lobbying firm in Trenton.  Served as chief-of-staff to Gov. Christie Todd Whitman.  Torpey was President George W. Bush’s campaign director in New Jersey in 2004.

Matt Eventoff of Mercer County - President and founder of PPS Associates/Princeton Public Speaking.  He has served as press secretary, spokesman, chief-of-staff, and advisor to numerous political leaders and campaigns.

Legislative Advisory Committee (announced Oct. 26, 2006)
Senators Peter Inverso (Mercer and Middlesex Counties) and Bill Gormley (Atlantic County).  Assembly members Bill Baroni (Mercer and Middlesex), Jennifer Beck (Monmouth), Francis Blee (Atlantic), Jon Bramnick (Union, Essex, and Morris), Steve Corodemus (Monmouth), Amy Handlin (Monmouth and Middlesex), Sean Kean (Monmouth), and Samuel Thompson (Monmouth and Middlesex).

See New Jersey page >>

Chairman Ed Cox
(announced March 29, 2007)  A senior partner in the corporate department at the law firm of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler.  In 2005 he explored running for the Senate seat held by Sen.Hillary Rodham Clinton.  Chair, trustee, director or member of numerous organizations.  Experience includes general counsel to Synfuels Corporation during the Reagan administration.  Best known as the son-in-law of Richard Nixon; married Tricia Nixon in 1971.  J.D. from Harvard Law School, 1972; A.B. from Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, 1968.

See New York page >>

State Steering Committee members
former North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Ferrell Blount (announced March 8, 2007)
former Charlotte Mayor Richard Vinroot (announced March 8, 2007)
former North Carolina Governor Jim Martin (announced March 12, 2007)

endorsed by U.S. Sen. Richard Burr (NC) (announced March 9, 2007)

endorsed by Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem (announced March 7, 2007)

Chairman former U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine
(announced Feb. 20, 2007)  Elected to the U.S. Senate in 1994, re-elected in 2000, defeated in 2006.   Unsuccessfully challenged Sen. John Glenn in 1992.  Elected Lieutenant Governor of Ohio in 1990.  Elected to the U.S. House in 1982 and served eight years.  Elected to the Ohio State Senate, 1980.  Elected Greene County Prosector, 1976.  Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Greene County.  Bachelor's degree in education from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio), 1969 and a J.D. from Ohio Northern University, 1972.

endorsed by U.S. Rep. Steven LaTourette (OH-14) (Feb. 7, 2007) +

endorsed by former Gov. Frank Keating (announced Feb. 20, 2007)

Co-Chair U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith
(announced Aug. 9, 2006)  Elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996 and re-elected in 2002.  Elected to the Oregon State Senate in 1992; elected Minority Leader and then President of the Senate during his first term.  Managed his family's frozen vegetable processing company.  Attorney in private practice. Law degree from Southwestern University, 1976.  Graduate of Brigham Young University, 1976.  Native of Oregon.

Chairman House Minority Leader Robert Watson
(announced Feb. 9, 2007)  Elected to the Rhode Island House of Representatives in 1992.  Prior to serving in the House, Watson was a state Senator for two years.  He served as chairman of Sen. McCain’s team in Rhode Island in 2000.

See Rhode Island page >>

Chairman James Huffines
(announced Dec. 14, 2006)  Commercial banker; chairman, Central and South Texas, of PlainsCapital Bank in Austin.  Currently serves as chairman of the University of Texas System Board of Regents.  Major roles in the elections of Gov. Rick Perry, including  chairman of the Perry transition team in 2000-01, co-chairman of the Texas Inaugural Committee in 2003 and 2007, and chairman of Perry’s successful 2006 re-election campaign.  Member of the inaugural committee for then Gov. George W. Bush in 1999.  Huffines began his political career by working on Bill Clements’ successful gubernatorial campaign and served Gov. Clements as appointment secretary, Nov. 1986-June 1990.  Executive at several Dallas banks.  BBA degree in finance from U.T. Austin in 1973 and attended Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University
Honorary Chairman former Gov. William P. Clements
(announced Dec. 7, 2006)  Elected first Republican governor of Texas since Reconstruction in 1978, and elected to another term in 1986.  Deputy U.S. secretary of defense in the Nixon and Ford administrations.  A former chairman of the board of governors of Southern Methodist University.  Co-founder and co-owner of Southeastern Drilling Company, which later changed its name to SEDCO Inc. and became the world's largest oil drilling contracting firm.
Honorary Finance Chairmen
(announced Dec. 7, 2006) 
Robert Mosbacher 
Billy Joe “Red” McCombs
McCombs, a renowned philanthropist, is the founder of the Red McCombs Automotive Group and a co-founder of Clear Channel Communications. He is a former owner of the San Antonio Spurs, the Denver Nuggets, and the Minnesota Vikings.  Mosbacher is chairman of Mosbacher Energy Company.  He is the past chairman of the RNC and served as national finance chairman for the campaigns of Presidents Ford and George H. W. Bush.  Secretary of Commerce under President George H.W. Bush from 1989-92.

endorsements of Senators Kip Averitt of Waco, John Carona of Dallas, Robert Duncan of Lubbock, Kevin Eltife of Tyler, Troy Fraser of Horseshoe Bay, and Steve Ogden of Bryan (announced May 2, 2007)

National Co-Chairman Gov. Jon Huntsman, Jr. (R-UT)
(see above)
State Chairman Attorney General Mark Shurtleff
(announced Dec. 7, 2006)  A lifelong Utahn and two-term Attorney General.  Prior to serving as Attorney General, Shurtleff was Chairman of the Salt Lake County Commission. He also served in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps and as an assistant attorney general, a deputy county attorney, and a small claims judge pro tempore in Utah. Graduated from Brigham Young University and the University of Utah School of Law.

endorsement of Senate Majority Leader Curt Bramble (announced June 12, 2007)

On May 2, 2007 the campaign announced the endorsements of twenty-seven Vermont legislators including Senate Minority Leader Bill Doyle and House Minority Leader Steve Adams.

See Vermont page >>

endorsed by Sen. John Warner (announced Feb. 26, 2007)
State Finance Chair Carter Pate
Managing partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers Washington Federal Practice.

Honorary Chairman Former U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton 
(announced March 1, 2007)  Elected to the U.S. Senate in 1988 and 1994; defeated by Patty Murray in 2000.  Elected to the U.S. Senate in 1980, defeating longtime incumbent Warren Magnuson, served one term; defeated in 1986 re-election bid by Brock Adams.  Washington Attorney General, 1969-81.  Served in the Washington State legislature from 1959-69.  Attorney.  U.S. Air Force, 1953-56.  Columbia University Law School, 1953.  Graduate of Dartmouth College, 1950.

endorsed by Attorney General Rob McKenna (announced Feb. 23, 2007)

On April 18, 2007 the campaign announced its West Virginia leadership, comprising "twelve influential West Virginia Republicans."
Former state Delegate and Republican Minority Leader Larry Swann, former state Republican Party Chairman David Tyson, Senate Minority Whip Clark Barnes, state Senator Mike Hall, state Delegate Tom Azinger, state Delegate Daryl Cowles, state Delegate Thomas Mike Porter, state Delegate Jeffery Tansill, state Delegate William R. Romine, former state Senator Sarah Minear, Adjutant Miles Epling of the West Virginia American Legion, and prominent local attorney Mark Carter.

On the McCain 2008 payroll (2nd Quarter FEC report):
does not include the many consultants (for example chief strategist John Weaver was paid $20,000/month for "GOTV consulting")
A - Phil A. Adams, Christopher Allen, Jessica Amend, Patrick Anderson, Joel Arends.

B - Vollie Bailey, John Balbach, James Barnett, Crystal Benton, Julia Bereslavskiy, Bryan Bernys, Michael Boisvenue, Benjamin Boling, Diane Borchard, Tucker Bounds, Andrea Bozek, Mark Braden, Ellen Bradley, Timothy Bridgewater, Kevin Broghamer, Christopher Brown, Lindsay Brown, Brooke Buchanan, Noreen Bush.

C - Leslie Caron, Dwayne Carson, Erica Carson, Anthony Casale, Jr., Gene Chandler, Joseph Coletti, Lindsay Conwel, Doris M. Corley, Jennifer Crall, Sarah Crawford, Dan Crippen, Andrea Crosby, Philip Curtis.

D - Matthew David, Michael Dennehy, Danny Diaz, Laura Dlugacz, Joseph Donoghue, Samantha Dravis.

F - Elizabeth Farrell, Nicole Fenwick, Christian Ferry, Matthew Flanders, Neva Foley, Kathryn Fox.

G - Reed Galen, Diana Gardner, Jason Ghazvini, Gabriel Gillett, Shana Goetting, Craig Goldman, Courtney Goodings, Aaron Goulette, Somer Grasser, Matthew Gray, Robert Gray, Michael Grisson, Matthew Gronewald.

H - Brian Haley, Tamara Hallisey, Katherine Haltiwanger, Bryan Haskins, Sommer Hawthorne, Jill Hazelbaker, Brigitta Hebdon, Erik Helland, Amanda Henneberg, Brad Henry, Angela Hession, Ivan Hession, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Katherine Homan, Timothy Howe, Bryan Humphreys, Jason Huntsberry.

J - Robert Jacobs, Michael Jaconi, Katie Jerabek, Robert Jesmer, Amber Johnson, Linda Johnson, Mary Kate Johnson, William Jones.

K - Ann Kelly, Marla Kloosterhouse.

L - Alexander Lawhon, Michael Leavitt, Jason Levine, Charles Liebshutz, Bradley Loncar.

M - Ashley Maagero, James Martin, Evelyn McCafferty, James McCray, Rachel McGregor, Daniel McKivergan, Leah McKnight, Kevin McLaughlin, Brian McNeill, Lynn McRoberts, Claire Sechler Merkel, Timothy Miller, Robert Minard, Blake Montgomery.

N - Janice Nearon, Terry Nelson, Marco Nunez, Jr..

O - Brett O'Donnell, Margaret O'Malley, Trygve Olson, Megan Ortagus.

P - Bryan Parker, Norman Pawlewski, Russell Peck, Jon Peters-Harrison, Wesley Peterson, Wendy Poole, Marlys Popma, Andrew T. Powell, Joseph Price, Salvatore A. Purpura.

R - Christine Randall, David Rexrode, Kelly Reynolds, Michael Ricci, Raymond Riley, Joshua Robinson, Guy Rodgers, Brian Rogers.

S - Marshall Salter, Andrea Saul, Margaret Scholz, Stacy Schuster, Jonathan Seaton, Kristin Seidel, Robert Seidman, Raj Shah, Jennie Shaw, Maxine Sielman, Sarah Simmons, Parker Sims, Austin Smith, Melissa Sousa, Stanhope Spears, Katherine Spellman, Todd Steggerda, Matthew Strawn, Jakob Suski.

T - Vernon Tarrance, Adam Temple, Robert Terra, Erica Tibbe, Shelly Tidmore, Timothy Tripepi.

V - Andrew Vanzee, Elizabeth Verrill.

W - Edgar Walker, III, Lori Ward, David Welch, Davis White, Katherine Wiles, Scott Will, Matthew Wise.

Y - John Yob, Richard Yoder, Evan Yost, Grant Young.

Z - Jay Zeidman.

Deputy Director of Coalitions
and National Director of the Americans of Faith coalition
Marlene D. Elwell
(announced by the Exploratory Committee on Feb. 1, 2007; reported fired by U.S. News & World Report on May 31, 2007)  Resident of Farmington Hills (Oakland County), MI.  President of the Michigan Christian Citizens Alliance.  In 2004 Elwell directed Citizens for the Protection of Marriage, which qualified Proposal 2, a constitutional amendment defining marriage a the union between one man and one woman, for the November ballot in Michigan; voters approved the measure by 59%-41%.  Elwell was Instrumental in establishing Michigan Right To Life and in forming the Christian Coalition.
Deputy Director of the Americans of Faith coalition Guy Rodgers
(announced by the Exploratory Committee on Feb. 5, 2007)  President of Strategic Consulting Services, which provides political, strategic, and fundraising services.  Previously president of Guy Rodgers & Associates, a political consulting firm.  First national field director of the Christian Coalition; coalitions director in Iowa for Pat Robertson’s presidential campaign.  Rodgers was also the president of Principle Approach International, a Christian education foundation.

Carla Eudy served as National Finance Director from the start through latter part of April 2007; she is continuing as a Senior Advisor.

Mike Dennehy served as National Political Director through early May 2007; he announced his resignation on May 7, 2007 citing family and said he would move back to NH but will continue as a Senior Advisor.
California Executive Director Craig Goldman
(departure from the campaign reported by Chris Cillizza "The Fix" in April 2007)  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.
New Hampshire Campaign Manager Jim Martin
(dismissed May 11, 2007; reported by Granite Status on Jan. 4, 2007)  Vice president for government relations at the Hawthorn Group, L.C., a Washington, DC consulting firm.  Took a leave in '04 to manage research at the NRSC.  Prior to joining the Hawthorn Group was director of coalitions for the NRCC.  Deputy campaign manager on Sen. McCain's 2000 NH primary campaign (under Mike Dennehy), then political director for McCain’s Straight Talk America PAC.  Has worked on many state and local campaigns in the New England area and done market research for an international legal publisher.  B.A. degree in history and political science from Franklin Pierce College in NH.


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