FOR PRESIDENT, INC.
ROMNEY FOR PRESIDENT EXPLORATORY COMMITTEE, INC. (formed Jan. 3, 2007)
THE COMMONWEALTH PAC (2006 cycle)
Headquarters: 28800 Orchard Lake Road, Suite 210 in Farmington Hills, MI ...official opening March 15, 2007 special guest Scott Romney, House Republican Leader Craig DeRoche, State Representatives Chuck Moss and Marty Knollenberg, former Royal Oak Mayor Dennis Cowan, and former U.S. Senate candidate Ronna Romney scheduled to attend.
|Co-Chair||Congressman Joe Knollenberg|
|Co-Chair||Congressman Pete Hoekstra|
|Co-Chair||Congressman Dave Camp|
|Co-Chair||Speaker of the House Craig DeRoche|
|Co-Chair||Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard|
|State Director||Jason McBride|
|Field Director||David Mroz|
Regional Field Directors
|1st and 4th Congressional Districts||Brandon Darin|
|2nd and 6th Congressional Districts||Ryan Kool|
|3rd and 7th Congressional Districts||Reka Holley|
|5th and 8th Congressional Districts||Stefani Zimmerman|
|Oakland County||Ryan Klementowski|
|Macomb County and 10th Congressional District||Jon Minjoe|
|Wayne County and 15th Congressional District||Gailute Dedinas|
|Grassroots Chairman||Gerry Mason|
Grassroots Steering Committee
On March 5, 2007 the campaign announced its Grassroots Steering Committee comprising 44 current (32) and former (12) county GOP chairs, 41 current and former GOP state committee members, and 7 current and former GOP Congressional District chairs.
Oakland County Leadership Team
On April 11, 2007 the campaign announced its Oakland County Leadership Team comprising 26 men and women.
West Michigan Leadership Team
On April 12, 2007 the campaign announced its Western Michigan Leadership Team comprising 31 men and women.
Mid-Michigan Leadership Team
On May 11, 2007 the campaign announced its mid-Michigan Leadership Team 35 men and women.
Alcona County Chair - Mike Maturen
(announced April 27, 2007) Former evangelical Reverend serving the Saginaw area. A member of St. Anne's Catholic Church, he has lived in Harrisville, Michigan, for the past seven years with his wife Sue, and three children – Joshua, Jeremy and Rebekah. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus and has been active in numerous political campaigns.
Leading the campaign in Macomb County
- Michigan State Senator Alan Sanborn
(announced May 19, 2007) From Richmond Township.
Endorsements of the Republican
chairs of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties (the three largest counties
in Michigan) (announced May 31, 2007)
Macomb County GOP Chair Jim Carabelli - currently serving his second term as chair. Carabelli was a grassroots volunteer for both Presidents Reagan and Bush. He was honored with the Alexander Grosebeck Award for being a dedicated and hardworking Republican activist. Carabelli is currently serving his second term as a Shelby Township Trustee.
Wayne County Republican Committee Chair Susan Chmielewski - has volunteered on most national, state and local elections since President Reagan's 1980 campaign and has been a precinct Delegate since 1982. She is a charter member, past Vice Chair and Secretary of the Taylor Republican Club as well as a founding member, past Vice Chair and Secretary of the Wayne County Republican Committee. She has served as a Republican State Committee member for 16 of the last 20 years.
Oakland County GOP Chair Dennis Cowan - Unanimously reelected to a second term as chairman in December 2006. Elected to the Royal Oak City Commission in November 1987 and re-elected in 1991. Mayor of Royal Oak, 1993-2001. Actively involved in Republican politics at the local, county, state and national levels for the last 20 years. In both 2000 and 2004, Cowan worked on the Oakland County Bush-Cheney election teams. He also worked on the campaigns of Sen. Spencer Abraham, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County Prosecutor David Gorcyca and Attorney General Mike Cox. In 2002, he served on Attorney General Mike Cox's Transition Team.
Dr. Gary L. Wolfram
(announced June 1, 2007) George Munson Professor of political economy at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan and the President of the Hillsdale Policy Group, a consulting firm specializing in taxation and public policy analysis.
Congressman Vernon Ehlers
(announced Aug. 14, 2007) Elected to the 103rd Congress in a special election on Dec. 7, 1993. Served 11 years in the Michigan Legislature - just over two years in the House and nine years in the Senate, where he finished his tenure as President Pro-Tem. Served eight years on the Kent County Board of Commissioners, including three years as chairman. Taught physics at Calvin College in Grand Rapids for 16 years and later served as chairman of the Physics Department. Undergraduate degree in physics and his Ph.D. in nuclear physics from the University of California at Berkeley.
former Lt. Gov. Connie Binsfeld
(announced Oct. 8, 2007) Served as Lt. Governor under John Engler from 1991-99. The only female in Michigan history to hold a leadership position in the House, Senate, and the Executive Office. Served in the State House of Representatives from 1974-82, when she was elected to the State Senate and served two terms. Binsfeld and her husband, John, currently reside in Burdickville, Michigan.
State Senator Jason Allen
(announced Oct. 13, 2007) Has represented Michigan's 37th State Senate District since 2002, and is the current Senate Majority Whip. He is vice president of sales at the Captain's Quarters, the family menswear business. Served in the Michigan House of Representatives for the 104th District from 1999-2002. Elected to Grand Traverse County Board of Commission. Bachelor's degree in finance from Miami University of Ohio. Lifelong resident of Traverse City.
Gerald and Sonja "Smokie" Wall
(announced Oct. 29, 2007) They have been involved in politics since 1976. Gerald Wall is currently a 4th District Michigan Republican Party State Committee Member and chairman of the Roscommon County Republican Club.
Former Sen. Walt North
(announced Dec. 12, 2007) North's first involvement in politics began in 1962 as he campaigned for George Romney for Governor. North served as Gov. George Romney's Assistant State Treasurer, and then served for seventeen years as the Mackinac Bridge Comptroller and ten years as the Mackinac Bridge Chief Executive Officer. In 1994, North was elected to the Michigan State Senate and served for eight years.
Michigan Women for Mitt Coalition Steering
(announced Nov. 7, 2007)
University of Michigan and Michigan
State University Leadership teams
(announced Nov. 2, 2007)
Students for Romney Campus Chairs
On May 1, 2007 the campaign announced 22 "Michigan Students For Romney" Campus Chairs.
Michigan Small Business Coalition
On Aug. 23, 2007 the campaign announced the Romney for President Michigan Small Business Coalition, a committee of 30 men and women.
Endorsements by State Legislators
On Feb. 15, 2007 the campaign announced eight members of the Michigan Senate and 34 members of the Michigan House of Representatives -- over half of the Republicans in the Michigan State Legislature 21 Republican senators and 52 Republican representatives) -- have endorsed Romney's candidacy.
Michigan Statewide Finance Committee
On May 8, 2007 the campaign announced the 30 members of his Michigan Statewide Finance Committee, headed by six co-chairs: David Brandon (Ann Arbor), David Fischer (Bloomfield Hills), J.C. Huizenga (Grand Rapids), Peter Karmanos (Orchard Lake) John Rakolta, Jr. (Bloomfield Hills) and Ed Schwartz (Bloomfield Hills)
75-Person Steering Committee
On Aug. 23, 2006 the Commonwealth PAC announced a 75-person Steering Committee comprising "7 members of President Bush’s Ranger/Pioneer finance team, 37 members of the Michigan House of Representatives, including Speaker Craig DeRoche, grassroots activists who serve as County and District Chairs, and members of the Michigan Republican State Committee. Other members of the Steering Committee include: Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Congressman Joe Knollenberg, Peter Karmanos of Detroit-based Compuware and J.C. Huizenga of Grand Rapids."
|Co-Chair/Finance Committee (announced Aug. 22, 2006)||John Rakolta, Jr.|
|Co-Chair/Finance Committee (announced Aug. 22, 2006)||David Fischer|
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