ROMNEY FOR PRESIDENT EXPLORATORY COMMITTEE, INC. (formed Jan. 3, 2007)
THE COMMONWEALTH PAC (2006 cycle)
Headquarters: 585 Commercial Street, Boston, MA ...in the states
|Campaign Manager||Beth Myers|
|Chief of Staff to the Campaign Manager||Jessica Peterson|
POLITICAL & FIELD
|Deputy Campaign Manager/Political Director||Carl Forti|
|Field Director||Josh Ginsberg|
|Field/Political Assistant||Joe Wall|
Regional Political Directors
Southeast - Alan Philp
(earlier reported as Idea Factory Director, in policy) Executive Director of the Trailhead Group, LLC, a 527 group in Colorado during the 2006 cycle. Policy Director to Gov. Jeb Bush starting in late 2003. Executive Director of the Center for a New American Century (CNAC), a 501(c)(4) organization connected with Gov. Bill Owens in Colorado; started it up and ran it for 10 months. Executive Director of the Colorado Republican Party in the 2002 cycle, starting in March. Worked for Colorado Gov. Bill Owens as Deputy Chief of Staff for Administration and as his Special Assistant and earlier as Deputy Director of the Governor's Office of Innovation and Technology. Research Director for The Murphy Pintak Gautier Hudome Agency in Falls Church, VA, 1994-98. Research Director for Americans for Tax Reform Foundation, 1993-94. Bachelor's degree in political science from UC Davis, 1991. Master's degree in political science from The American University in Washington, D.C., 1995. Native of San Jose, California.
Mid-Atlantic - PJ Wenzel
Vice president of Wenzel Strategies, a Columbus-based media consulting and public relations firm founded by his father Fritz Wenzel. State liaison director for Ohio Auditor Mary Taylor. Political director for Ken Blackwell’s Ohio Gubernatorial Campaign in 2006. Has served as field director for the Ohio Republican Party in three different regions of Ohio and in 2006 served as the Party’s coalitions director. Political director on the Ohio First Voter Education Fund's successful campaign in 2005. B.A. in political science from the University of Toledo. From Columbus, Ohio.
Midwest - Mike Britt
(Sept. 2007) Associate director (Western region) in the Office of Political Affairs at the White House. Campaign manager on U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert's (WA-8) closely watched 2006 re-election race.
Northeast - Dan Centinello
A deputy field director for California Victory 2006. Managed Kevin Jeffries State Assembly campaign. Operations director on Kevin Faulconer for San Diego City Council in the Nov. 8, 2005 special election and Jan. 10, 2006 run-off. Worked on Steve Francis' campaign for mayor of San Diego (finished third in the July 26, 2005 election). Attended Canisius College in New York; chairman of the New York College Republican State Committee, 2004-05.
|Advisor (social issues/outreach)||Peter G. Flaherty II|
|Advisor (outreach)||Gary Marx|
|Special Advisor on Life Issues||James Bopp, Jr.|
-National Hispanic Steering Committee - Chair Al Cardenas, Florida (announced June 7, 2007; additions announced Aug. 29, 2007; more additions announced Dec. 9, 2007)
-National Faith and Values Steering Committee - Chair Constitutional Attorney Jay Sekulow (announced June 13, 2007; additions announced Sept. 6, 2007)
-Asian Pacific Americans for Mitt - National Chair Ambassador Sichan Siv (announced Aug. 1, 2007), National Co-Chair Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch (announced Sept. 4, 2007)
-Women for Mitt -
Co-Chair Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) (announced Sept. 25, 2007)
|Political Advisor||Tony Feather|
|Policy Director||Sally Canfield|
|Deputy Policy Director||James Bognet|
|Policy Chairman||former Rep. Vin Weber|
|Domestic Policy Task Force Chairman||former Sen. Jim Talent|
Economic Advisory Council
Greg Mankiw -(announced by the PAC on Nov. 29, 2006) (blog) Professor of Economics at Harvard University since 1987; joined the faculty in 1985. Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors, 2003-05. Ph.D. in economics from M.I.T., 1984. A.B. from Princeton University, 1980.
John Cogan - (announced Feb. 9, 2007) Leonard and Shirley Ely Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and since 1980, a Stanford University Public Policy professor. OMB Deputy Director, 1988-89. Associate Director in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB), 1983-86. Assistant Secretary for Policy in the U.S. Department of Labor, 1981-83. Associate economist at the Rand Corporation, 1975-80. A.B. in 1969 and Ph.D in 1976 from UCLA, both in economics.
Members (Senior Economic Advisors):
Cesar Conda - (announced Nov. 29, 2006) Currently a Senior Fellow at Freedom Works, a member of the Policy Council of the Free Enterprise Fund, and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the International Economy magazine. Headed the domestic policy staff in the Office of the Vice President as Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief advisor on domestic and economic policy issues; joined the White House staff in Jan. 2001. Worked for 12 years in various positions in the U.S. Senate including administrative assistant and legislative director for U.S. Senator Spencer Abraham (R-MI), minority staff director of the Senate Committee on Small Business, and legislative assistant for U.S. Sen. Robert W. Kasten, Jr. (R-WI). Othere experience includes policy advisor on the 1996 Dole-Kemp presidential campaign; and executive director of the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution. 1983 graduate of the College of William & Mary.
Brian Reardon -
(announced March 7, 2007) A Principal at D.C.-based Venn
a public affairs and advocacy firm. Previously served as Special
Assistant to President Bush for economic policy, where he was the
tax aide at the President’s National Economic Council. Staff
and chief economist of the Senate Republican Policy Committee.
tax lobbyist at the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB);
with the NFIB for three years. Aide to U.S. Sen. Spencer Abraham
(R-MI). Masters degree in economics from George Mason University.
|Advisor on Intelligence||Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI)|
|Senior Advisor for Counterterrorism and National Security Issues||Cofer Black|
|A Senior Advisor for National Security Affairs||Major General James "Spider" Marks (ret.)|
On Nov. 14, 2007 Gov. Romney announced his Homeland Security Policy Advisory Group chaired by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX).
On Oct. 31, 2007 Gov. Romney announced his Trade Policy Advisory Group, chaired by Dr. Thomas J. Duesterberg.
On Sept. 13, 2007 Gov. Romney announced members of his Counter-Terrorism Policy Advisory Group, chaired by Cofer Black, and announced Rep. Pete Hoekstra as chair of his Intelligence Policy Advisory Group.
On June 14, 2007 Gov. Romney announced Professor Mary Ann Glendon and Professor Douglas Kmiec as co-chairs of his Advisory Committee On The Constitution And The Courts. On Oct. 2, 2007 Gov. Romney announced members of this advisory committee. On Oct. 3, 2007 Gov. Romney announced Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) as congressional co-chairs of this advisory committee.
On Feb. 28, 2007 Gov. Romney announced and met with members of his Latin American Policy Advisory Group.
On Dec. 1, 2007 Gov. Romney announced
his Education Policy Advisory Group, co-chaired by Dr. Paul E.
and Nina Rees.
|Communications Director||Matt Rhoades|
|Deputy Communications Director||Carolyn Weyforth|
|National Press Secretary||Kevin Madden|
|Traveling Press Secretary||Eric Fehrnstrom|
|Deputy Press Secretary for Regional Media||Sarah Pompei|
|Deputy Press Secretary for Regional Media||Gail Gitcho|
|Director of Specialty Media||Alex Burgos|
|Rapid Response||Joe Pounder|
|Campaign Photographer||Abby Brack|
|Deputy Communications Director & Research Director||Ted Newton|
|Deputy Research Director||Christopher McInerney|
|Director of Online Communications||Stephen Smith|
|Director of eStrategy||Mindy Finn|
|Chief Information Officer||Larry Simmons|
OPERATIONS (includes scheduling and advance)
|Director of Operations||Erin Bradley|
|Director of Advance||Mark Glanville|
|Chief of Staff
|Finance Director||Spencer Zwick|
|Deputy Finance Director||Ben Godley|
|Deputy Finance Director||Shelly Carson|
|Deputy Finance Director for Affinity Groups||Julie Teer|
|National Finance Advisor||Ann Woods Herberger|
|Finance Consultants include|
National Finance Chairs
(announced July 31, 2007; there was an initial announcement Jan. 4, 2007)
National Women for Mitt Finance
and Vice Chairs
(announced Dec. 19, 2007) and over 500 women on the steering committee
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER AND COUNSEL
|Chief Financial Officer and Counsel||Charlie Spies|
|National Counsel||Benjamin Ginsberg|
|General Counsel||Katie Biber Chen|
|Treasurer||Darrell W. Crate|
Alex Castellanos - (reported Nov. 16, 2006) Started at National Media (Alexandria, VA) in 1989. Has worked on five U.S. presidential campaigns.
Russ Schriefer and Stuart Stevens - Partners in The Stevens & Schriefer Group (SSG). Previously worked for the McCain campaign; resigned from that effort in July 2007.
|Pollster||Jan Van Lohuizen|
|Direct Mail Fundraising||Stephen Meyers|
(announced Oct. 17, 2006) Lobbyist and strategic communications consultant at Blank Rome Government Relations LLC; joined as a principal on Oct. 1, 2003; for example she worked with conservative groups on the Supreme Court nominations of Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito and served as a Bush/Cheney 2004 media surrogate. Director of the Office of Public Affairs for the U.S. Department of Justice, under Attorney General John Ashcroft, Jan. 2002-Sept. 2003. In 2001 she developed the RNC's "Winning Women" communications initiative focusing on outreach to women voters. In the 2000 election cycle, Comstock served as Director of Research and Strategic Planning at the RNC. Chief Counsel, Chief Investigative Counsel and Senior Counsel to the House Government Reform Committee, 1995-99. A senior staffer to Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA). Professional staff member with the House Select Committee on Children, Youth and Families, 1991. Attorney in private practice in Fairfax County, VA, 1987-90. J.D. from Georgetown Law School, 1986; A.B. from Middlebury College, 1981. Comstock has been involved in numerous Republican campaigns and conventions, including serving as a Republican convention delegate and working on the Republican Platform Committee.
(announced Oct. 17, 2006) Senior Campaign Advisor to the Bush-Brogan 2002 re-election campaign. Chief of Staff for Gov. Jeb Bush from Jan. 1999 to Dec. 2000. Managed Jeb Bush's 1998 and 1994 gubernatorial campaigns. Executive Director of the Foundation for Florida's Future, a non-profit grassroots public policy institute. Political Director of the Republican Party of Florida, Executive Director of the 1992 Florida Bush-Quayle campaign, and Staff Director for the House Republican Office in Tallahassee. Has lived in Florida since 1991. Before moving to Florida, Bradshaw worked at the White House as an Associate Director for the Office of Political Affairs from 1989-91. Regional field coordinator for the Bush for President campaign in 1988. Undergraduate degree in political science from George Washington University.
Senior director at the White House Writers Group, a Washington, DC communications firm. In 2006, Rees assisted Henry Paulson with his maiden speeches as Treasury Secretary. Chief speechwriter and senior adviser to the SEC chairman William Donaldson, Sept. 2003-July 2005. A director for foreign policy speechwriting on the National Security Council at the White House, Feb. 2001-Sept. 2003. Before joining the Bush Administration, Rees spent nearly 10 years as a journalist, working in Washington for The Weekly Standard, The Economist, and The New Republic, and in New York and Brussels for The Wall Street Journal. Graduate of Wesleyan University. Native of Lafayette, California. Author of "From the Deck to the Sea: Blacks and the Republican Party" (Longwood Academic Press, 1992).
Gov. Bill Owens (R-CO)
(announced Jan. 5, 2007) Elected Governor in Nov. 1998; re-elected in 2002, served through Jan. 2007 (term limited). Formed a think tank, the Center for a New American Century, after being re-elected in 2002. Elected Colorado Treasurer in 1994. Elected to the State House in 1982, served through 1988; elected to the State Senate. Worked for 20 years in the private sector as director of a trade association ("oil and gas lobbyist") starting in 1980, with the Gates Corporation in Denver starting in 1977; and with the consulting staff of Deloitte and Touche in Washington, DC. Master's degree in public administration from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, 1975. B.S. from Stephen F. Austin State University, 1973.
(announced Jan. 5, 2007; switched support to not-yet-announced probable candidate former Sen. Fred Thompson on May 25, 2007) Represents Tennessee's 7th CD (an irregularly shaped district in the western part of the state); first elected to Congress in 2002. Elected to the State Senate in 1998. Executive director of the Tennessee Film, Entertainment, and Music Commission, 1995-97. Graduate of Mississippi State University.
|House Congressional Liaison||U.S. Rep. Jim McCrery (R-LA)|
|Co-Senate Liaisons||U.S. Sens. Bob Bennett (R-UT)
(announced Oct. 31, 2007)
U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC)
(announced Jan. 9, 2007 as a Senior Advisor) Elected to the U.S. Senate in 2002. Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1998, and elected president of the Republican freshman class. Owner of a Greenville based market research firm. Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee and M.B.A. from Clemson University. Born and raised in Greenville, SC.
Gov. Matt Blunt (R-MO)
(announced Dec. 5, 2006 "Governors Advisory Council) Elected Missouri's 54th governor in 2004. Secretary of State. Member of the Missouri General Assembly. Active duty Naval Officer. Graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1993. Born and raised in Missouri.
U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH)
(endorsement announced Oct. 29, 2007) Elected to the U.S. Senate in 1992 and currently serving his third term. Previously served two terms as Governor of New Hampshire, 1989-93; four terms as U.S. Representative for New Hampshire's 2nd CD, 1981-89; and one term as Executive Councilor for New Hampshire's Council District 5, 1979-81. Partner in the law firm of Sullivan, Gregg and Horton in Nashua. A.B. from Columbia University, 1969; J.D. in 1972 from Boston University Law School in 1972 and L.L.M. in tax law in 1975. New Hampshire native; resident of Rye Beach.
|National Co-Chair||former U.S. Rep. Jennifer Dunn (R-WA)|
Paul Weyrich - (announced Nov. 5, 2007) Chairman and CEO of the Free Congress Research And Education Foundation. Served as the Foundation's President from 1977 to 2002 and as President of the Foundation's Kreible Institute from 1989-96. Founder and past director of the American Legislative Exchange Council, the founding president of the Heritage Foundation and the current National Chairman of Coalitions for America.
Ambassador Thomas Melady - (announced Nov. 6, 2007) Currently a professor and senior diplomat in residence at The Institute of World Politics. U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See from 1989-93; also served as U.S. Ambassador to Burundi, U.S. Ambassador to Uganda and Senior Advisor to the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations.
David A. Keene -
Nov. 29, 2007) Chairman of The American Conservative Union since
Dec. 1984. A major national conservative spokesman since the
Keene has worked in the White House and the Senate and has held senior
positions in the past presidential campaigns of Ronald Reagan, George
Bush and former Kansas Senator Bob Dole.
IN THE STATES
|Campaign Manager||Gentry Collins|
|State Director||Joe Brezny|
|Senior Advisor||Ryan Erwin|
|Chairman of NH Steering Committee||Bruce Keough|
Hampshire page >>
|Co-Chair||Congressman Joe Knollenberg|
|Co-Chair||Congressman Pete Hoekstra|
|Co-Chair||Congressman Dave Camp|
|Co-Chair||Speaker of the House Craig DeRoche>|
|State Director||Jason McBride|
|Senior Advisor for the Southeastern Region||J. Warren Tompkins, III|
|Campaign Manager||Terry Sullivan|
Carolina page >>
More States: Alphabetical
|Chairman||Treasurer Kay Ivey|
On Oct. 12, 2007 the campaign announced the endorsement of Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell.
Elected alongside Sarah Palin in 2006. Served two terms in the Alaska State House and two terms in the Alaska State Senate. Practiced law. Graduate of Pacific Lutheran University and Seattle University School of Law.
|Honorary Chair||Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio|
|Chair||State Senator Chuck Gray|
|Co-Chair||State Rep. Mark Anderson|
|State Director||Jason Rose|
|State Finance Director||Corrine Lovas|
Arizona Finance Steering Committee (held its first meeting on Jan. 25, 2007; initial co-chairs announced Jan. 31)
Endorsed by State Rep. Donna Hutchinson (announced Nov. 16, 2007)
California Leadership (announced April 11, 2007)
Senator Dick Ackerman- Republican Leader of the California State Senate since 2004; elected to the Senate representing the 33rd District (Orange County) in 2000. Previously served in the Assembly; elected in 1995. Served on the Fullerton City Council for 12 years, including two terms as mayor. Has has practiced law for over 30 years in Orange County. B.A. in mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley; J.D. from Hastings School of Law, 1967. Southern California native.
Former Assemblyman Tony Strickland - Republican nominee for State Controller in 2006. Served three terms in the Assembly, including as the GOP Caucus Chairman. A founding member and past President of the California Club for Growth. B.A. in political science from Whittier College.
13 Co-Chairs (announced
April 11, 2007)
27 California Finance Co-Chairs (announced March 15, 2007)
Colorado Statewide Finance Committee (announced Aug. 15, 2007)
Honorary Finance Chair Former Governor Bill Owens – Owens served two terms as Governor of Colorado, from 1999-2007, and was re-elected by the largest margin in Colorado history. During his two terms, Owens was committed to improving Colorado's transportation infrastructure, reforming education, and lowering the tax burden for families and businesses. He is currently Vice Chairman of RBS Greenwich Capital, an institutional banking and capital firm with more than $160 billion in assets. Owens also is a partner in the JCB Group, a Denver-based land development firm with projects in Colorado and Arizona. (announced as a senior advisor to the Romney for President Exploratory Committee, Inc. on January 5, 2007)
Honorary Finance Chair John W. Suthers – Suthers is the Attorney General for the State of Colorado, having been appointed to his position by Governor Bill Owens in January 2005 and elected in November 2006. Prior to his appointment as Attorney General, Suthers served as the United States Attorney for the District of Colorado, a position to which he was nominated by President Bush in 2001 and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate that same year. He also served two terms as the District Attorney for Colorado Springs. He has served on the board of numerous civic organizations, including as Senior Vice President of the Colorado Bar Association, and as President of the Colorado District Attorney's Council. He is a lifelong resident of Colorado. (endorsement announced July 19, 2007)
Honorary Chair Senator Wayne Allard
– Senator Allard is currently serving his eleventh
the United States Senate. He is a member of the Appropriations, Budget,
Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Banking, and Housing and Urban
Committees. Senator Allard is also founder of the Senate Renewable
and Energy Efficiency Caucus. He is currently the Chairman of the
Space Caucus. He formerly served in the U.S. House of Representatives,
the Colorado State Senate and is a trained veterinarian. (endorsement
Apr. 16, 2007)
See Colorado page >>
|State Director||Jay Malcynsky|
|State Director||Mandy Fletcher|
|State Director||Brandon Phillips|
Chairmen (announced May 22, 2007)
Senator Larry Craig – From
Payette. A Co-Senate Liaison on the Romney for President campaign
(announced Feb. 8) First elected to the U.S. Senate in 1990 and
currently serving his third term. Chaired the Senate Republican
Committee, 1996-2003. Previously served in the U.S. House of
first elected in 1980, and in the Idaho State Senate, 1974-80.
University of Idaho in Moscow, 1969.
resignation from position announced Aug. 27
Lt. Governor James E. Risch – Rancher and attorney from Boise (Ada County). Elected Lieutenant Governor in Nov. 2002, and in June 2006 became the 31st Governor of Idaho following appointment of Dirk Kempthorne; served in the position for seven months. Re-elected Lieutenant Governor in Nov. 2006. Served in the Idaho State Senate for 22 years; first elected in 1975, spent 12 years as Majority Leader and six years as President Pro Tem. Ada County Prosecuting Attorney, 1970-74. J.D. from the University of Idaho College of Law, 1968. B.S. in forestry from the University of Idaho, 1965.
|Chair||Senator Dan Rutherford|
Indiana Statewide Finance Committee Co-Chairs (announced April 5, 2007).
former Congressman Chris Chocola - represented Indiana's 2nd CD From 2003-07.Prior to being elected, Chocola was a successful businessman.
Secretary of State Todd Rokita - (endorsement announced March 14, 2007) Elected in 2002 and re-elected in 2006. President-elect of the National Association of Secretaries of State. Prior to taking office, he served as General Counsel to the Indiana Secretary of State and earlier practiced law.
former State Representative Dan Dumezich - Partner at the Chicago office of Mayer Brown Rowe And Maw. Chaired Rokita's 2006 re-election campaign.
David Dorff - President Of Marathon Development Company, a consulting firm In Indianapolis. Dorff is also the former Director of the Office of Small Business Advocacy in the Indiana Governor’s Office.
Bob Grand - Managing partner at the Indianapolis office of Barnes And Thornburg. Grand served as the Bush-Cheney Finance Chairman for Indiana and as a member of the Bush-Cheney recount team in Palm Beach County, Florida in 2000. He also serves as the State Republican Committee Finance Chairman.
Kris Kobach - chairman of the Kansas Republican party and a professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law (Jan. 28, 2008)
Carlos Mayans - Mayor Of Wichita 2003-07; served as a Kansas State Representative from 1993-2003 (Dec. 17, 2007)
Kentucky Secretary Of State Trey Grayson (announced Nov. 27, 2007)
U.S. Reps. Ed Whitfield (KY-1), Ron Lewis (KY-2) and Hal Rogers (KY-5) (Feb. 2, 2007) +
Maryland Statewide Steering Committee Co-Chairs (announced Oct. 11, 2007)
Louis Pope - Pope is the National Committeeman for the Maryland Republican Party. He is the president and owner of Century 21 Trademark Realty, Inc., as well as a partner in Triangle Title Company, and a member of the Republican National Convention Rules Committee. Pope has served as chairman of the Maryland State Republican Party and is a four-time delegate to the Republican National Conventions.
Joyce Lyons Terhes- Terhes is the National Committeewoman for the Maryland Republican Party. She was previously Chairman of the Maryland Republican Party for nine years. Terhes was elected to two terms on the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners. She is a founding member of both the Maryland Women's Heritage Center and the Republican Women Leaders of Calvert. Terhes has served as a delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1988, 1992, 1996, and 2004.
On June 18, 2007, the campaign announced the Romney for President Massachusetts Steering Committee led by statewide chairs former Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey, The Honorable Jody Dow and The Honorable Ron Kaufman.
On Feb. 15, 2007, the campaign announced support of 27 current elected officials including 2 of the 5 Republican state Senators and 18 of the 19 Republican state Representatives.
Minnesota Statewide Steering Committee Co-Chairs (announced Aug. 27, 2007).
Jack Meeks – President and CEO of The Walker Group, Inc., a strategic consulting firm he founded in 1992. Also a senior consultant to North State Advisors, a Minnesota public affairs and lobbying firm, and partner in Twin Cities Strategies a firm founded in 2007 to meeting clients’ 2008 Convention needs. Served as chief of staff to Congressman Vin Weber (R-MN) until his retirement in 1993. Elected Minnesota Republican National Committeeman in 1992, and re-elected in 1996, 2000, and 2004; resigned in 2005. Executive director of the Minnesota Reagan for President Committee in the 1980 presidential campaign. Prior to that effort, he worked on the Washington, D.C. staff of Congressman Arlan Stangeland (R-MN) after successfully managing his 1977 special election campaign. B.A. in political science from Moorhead State University.
Brian Sullivan – Sullivan is currently the RNC National Committeeman for Minnesota and was first elected to the position in 2005. CEO of SterilMed, Inc., a medical device and healthcare services company, and is a board member of numerous charitable organizations in the Twin Cities.
Evie Axdahl – Axdahl is the RNC National Committeewoman for Minnesota and was first elected to the position in 1989. Axdahl also served on the State Central Committee for 14 years and has been a Delegate to the Republican National Convention on five separate occasions. She currently sits on the RNC Executive Committee. She is married and has four children.
Tony Sutton – Sutton is currently the Secretary/Treasurer of the Republican Party of Minnesota. CEO of Baja Sol Restaurants Group, which operates a chain of Mexican restaurants. In addition to various volunteer leadership activities in the Republican Party at the local and state level, Sutton has also served the state GOP in many professional roles including executive director and general consultant. Sutton served as Deputy State Auditor for the State of Minnesota after the election of State Auditor Pat Anderson in 2002.
On Aug. 20, 2007 the campaign announced the endorsements of State Sen. Gary Nodler and State Rep. Bryan Pratt.
Former Sen. Jim Talent (R-MO) announced
as Domestic Policy Task Force Chairman on Feb. 1, 2007.
("oversee all domestic policy development") Elected to the U.S. Senate from Missouri in 2002 special election; lost 2006 re-election bid. Elected to Congress in 1992; served eight years in the U.S. House of Representatives. Elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 1984; served eight years. Law clerk to Judge Richard A. Posner. J.D. from University of Chicago Law School, 1981. A.B. in political science from Washington University in St. Louis.
Support of Gov. Matt Blunt (R-MO)
on Dec. 5, 2006 ("Governors Advisory Council").
Elected Missouri's 54th governor in 2004. Secretary of State. Member of the Missouri General Assembly. Active duty Naval Officer. Graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1993. Born and raised in Missouri.
|Honorary Chairman||Former Gov. Tim Babcock|
|Chairman||Secretary of State Brad Johnson|
|State Director||Joe Brezny|
Sen. Joseph Kyrillos - State Senator from Middletown since 1992. Real Estate Broker, GVA Williams. Chairman of the Republican State Committee, 2001-04. M.S. in Communications from Boston University. B.A. in Political Science from Hobart College.
David Norcross - Partner at Blank Rome LLP and a senior principal in Blank Rome Government Relations LLC. Member of the Executive Committee of the Republican National Committee and chairman of the RNC's Standing Committee on Rules (elected to the latter position at the 2005 summer meeting). LLB from University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1961; B.A. from University of Delaware, 1958.
Jersey page >>
|State Director||Pam Younggren|
Dakota page >>
|State Director||David Gallagher|
Oregon Statewide Finance Committee (announced March 12, 2007)
Stephen Babson – A partner at Endeavour Capital, a private equity firm headquartered in Lake Oswego.
Kevin Mannix – An attorney in the Salem area. In 2002, he narrowly lost to Ted Kulongoski in what was the closest Oregon gubernatorial election in 100 years. Chairman of the Oregon Republican Party from 2003-05.
Ron Saxton – An attorney at the Ater Wynne law firm in Portland. In 2006, he ran for Governor of Oregon against Ted Kulongoski. A native Oregonian.
Peter Stott – Vice Chairman and Principal of the Scanlan Kemper Bard Companies, a real estate merchant banking firm in Portland.
Charles J. "Butch" Swindells – Vice Chairman of the US Trust Company and a former United States Ambassador to New Zealand.
- John Carter, CEO Schnitzer Steel Industries, Portland
- Jim Fitzhenry, SVP Flir Systems, Wilsonville
- Jim Gaffney, Moss Adams, Portland
- Fred Granum, Co-Operations, Portland
- Karen Hinsdale, The Cellar Door, Portland
- Roger Johnson, Coldstream Capital Management, Portland
- Shawn Lindsay, Attorney at Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf, P.C., Portland
- Jim McCreight, Oregon Entrepreneurs Forum, Portland
- Brendan O'Scannlain, Attorney at Stoel Rives LLP, Portland
- Guy Pope, Columbia Management, Portland
- Chris Shepanek, Oil Can Henry's, Lake Oswego
Puerto Rico Steering Committee Co-Chairs (announced Sept. 20, 2007)
Republican National Committeewoman Zoraida Fonalledas
former Puerto Rico Attorney General José Fuentes-Agostini
Rico page >>
Gov. Don Carcieri (announced Mar. 13, 2007)
State Rep. Joseph A. Trillo of Warwick (District 24) (announced Nov. 5, 2007)
Island page >>
27 person Texas Statewide Finance Committee (announced March 27, 2007)
also, endorsed by
U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway (TX-11) (Mar. 24, 2007 Opinion Piece in the Midland Reporter-Telegram)
former U.S. Rep. Henry Bonilla - represented TX 23 from 1993-2007 (announced June 14, 2007)
U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett (Feb. 8, 2007)
U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch (Mar. 19, 2007)
U.S. Rep. Chris Cannon (Nov. 1, 2007)
Lt. Gov. Gary Herbert, 16 members of the Utah Senate and 40 members of the Utah House of Representatives (announced Feb. 20, 2007)
|Chairman||Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling|
West Virginia Statewide Steering Committee (announced Aug. 9, 2007)
Chaired by State Delegate Bob Ashley (Spencer), the committee includes fifteen West Virginia Republican leaders from communities across the state. John H. McCutcheon, II (White Sulphur Springs) and Bill Phillips, Jr. (Elkins) are senior advisors for West Virginia.
Virginia page >>
Camille Solberg (support announced April 25, 2007)
Editor of the Wisconsin Christian News. Recently served as president of the Wisconsin Coalition for Traditional Marriage where she led the successful ballot initiative to defend traditional marriage. Has served on the executive committee of the Wisconsin Republican Party. A leader in Wisconsin's Hispanic community; in 2004, she served as the Bush-Cheney '04 Wisconsin Hispanic Coalitions Chair.
Wyoming Statewide Steering Committee (announced October 18, 2007)
State Senator Stanley Cooper – Kemmerer
State Senator Drew Perkins – Casper
State Senator James Owen Peterson – Mountain View
State Representative Elaine Harvey – Lovell
State Representative Pete Illoway – Cheyenne
State Representative Allen Jaggi – Lyman
State Representative David Miller – Riverton
State Representative R. Ray Peterson – Cowley
Former Director of Agriculture and Former Majority Floor Leader Ron Micheli – Fort Bridger
Former State Representative Clarene Law – Jackson
Coleman Andrews – Wilson
Dave Bush – Cheyenne
Bill Cubin – Casper
Heidi Linford – Fort Bridger
Matt Micheli – Cheyenne
Anna Marie and Sloan Hales – Cheyenne
Wendy Miller – Riverton
Dave and Annemarie Picard – Cheyenne
Mike Smith – Cheyenne
Dennis Tippets – Riverton
Christopher Collins, Managing
of First Atlantic Capital, LLC, Massachusetts
Mark Guzzetta, President of Gemstone Development, Florida
Jon Huntsman Sr., Chairman of the Huntsman Corporation, Utah
John Miller, Founding Member of National Beef Packing Company, LLC, Kansas City, Missouri
John Rakolta, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Walbridge Aldinger, Michigan
Ambassador Mel Sembler, Chairman of the Board of The Sembler Company and former ambassador to Italy, Australia, and Nauru, Florida
Tom Tellefsen, President of Tellefsen Investments, California
Ted Welch, Owner of Ted Welch Investments, Tennessee
Meg Whitman, President and CEO of eBay, California
announced March 28, 2007
Carl H. Lindner, Jr, Founder and Chairman of the Board of American Financial Group, Inc., Ohio
|Director of Operations||Jay Garrity|
|Deputy Campaign Manager/Day to Day Operations||Jason Roe|
(announced Oct. 17, 2006) Founding principal of Neusner Communications LLC, a firm specializing in strategic communications, speechwriting, and policy-specific writing. Director of Communications and Strategic Planning for Josh Bolten at the Office of Management and Budget he twice oversaw the editing and production of the federal budget, and managed all communications and media relations; also White House Liaison to the Jewish Community. President George W. Bush's primary speechwriter on domestic policy matters, including tax relief, Medicare reform, and energy, for nearly two years. Nearly a dozen years experience as a journalist including work at the Tampa Tribune, Bloomberg News, and U.S. News and World Report and has co-authored or edited four books.
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on Jan. 8, 2007 that the exploratory committee had a staff of 60.
Top staffers in the Governor's Office included:
|Chief of Staff||Mark D. Nielsen|
|Communications Director||Eric Fehrnstrom|
Other Senior Staff:
Chief Legal Counsel Brian Leske; Senior Legislative Director John O'Keefe.
Top staffers on
2002 campaign included
Ben Coes (campaign manager), Brian Shortsleeve (deputy campaign manager
for political operations), Alex Dunn (deputy political director),
Chayet (deputy campaign manager for finance).
Executive Director - Trent Wisecup.
(The Boston Globe reported Jan. 27, 2006 that Wisecup would be taking leave from DC Navigators starting Spring 2006 to work full time as a strategist for Romney; Chris Cillizza reported in The Fix on March 11, 2006 that Wisecup quit after clashes with CoS Beth Myers). Partner at DC Navigators, announced April 2005. Policy aide, researcher, and debate preparation strategist on Arnold Schwarzenegger's gubernatorial campaign, 2003. Vice President at The Murphy Pintak Gautier Hudome Agency (MPGH), where he advised The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and The Financial Services Coordinating Council. Consulted on Lamar Alexander's U.S. Senate campaign and Rep. Heather Wilson (R-NM)'s re-election campaign, 2002. Media spokesman to former Sen. Spencer Abraham (R-MI), 2000. Spokesman on Ronna Romney's 1994 and 1996 U.S. Senate campaigns. Worked for Congressman Joe Knollenberg, 1993-99. Graduate of Michigan State University's James Madison College.
- Mike Murphy.
(through the end of 2005) Murphy was consultant on Romney's 2002 campaign. He was chief political consultant to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and lead strategist for Sen. John McCain's 2000 presidential campaign. He is a longtime Republican consultant; in 2003 he co-founded Navigators, LLC. Previously he was founder and principal at The Murphy Pintak Gautier Hudome Agency (MPGH).
- Matt Elliott.
(briefly; reported by Chris Cillizza "The Fix" severing ties Feb. 2006) Previously director of Iowa Republicans' Legislative Majority Fund. Graduated from Drake University with a degree in political science, 2003. From Farragut, Iowa.
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