2004 Election Cycle
Republican National Committee
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310 First Street, SE, Washington, DC
|last revised March
||168 Members of the RNC
(formerly 165; Northern
Marianas added at the Republican National Convention in New York City)
-Eight elected by Region
MW - Connie Nicholas
(ND), Ron Schmidt (SD)
NE - Joyce Lyons Terhes
(MD), Charlie Glazer (CT)
S - Morton Blackwell
(VA), Anne Petera (VA)
W - Miriam Hellreich
(HI), Solomon Yue (OR)
-Chair Appointments -
Lilly Nunez (CO), Winston Wilkinson (UT), Barbara Alby (CA)
-Elected and Appointed Officers
(Announced June 16, 2003, elected
July 25, succeeding former Montana Governor Marc Racicot) Founder
and principal of Quinn Gillespie & Associates, a bipartisan public
affairs firm formed in 2000. President and CEO of Policy Impact Communications.
Communications director for President Bush's inauguration in January 2001.
Spokesman during the recount in Florida. Senior communications advisor
on then Gov. Bush's 2000 campaign and managed the program for the 2000
Republican National Convention in Philadelphia. In 1996 served as
Director of Communications and Congressional Affairs at the RNC under then
Chairman Haley Barbour. A principal drafter of the “Contract with
America,” which helped Republicans gain control of the House in 1994.
Worked for over a decade as an aide to former House Majority Leader Dick
Armey (R-TX) starting in 1985. Interned for Rep. Andy Ireland (R-FL).
Started working on Capitol Hill as a Senate parking lot attendant while
at CUA. Graduate of the Catholic University of America, B.A. in Political
Science (1983). Originally from New Jersey.
Co-Chair since 2001, re-elected
in 2003, and Chair of the Missouri Republican Party, elected January 16,
199 and serving her third term. 2nd CD Chair of the Dole for president
campaign in 1996; Eastern Regional Political Director, Ashcroft for Senate
in 1994; Executive Director of the Bush/Quayle campaign in Missouri in
1992. Held management positions at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City
and Ralston Purina in St. Louis. Graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia,
with a B.S. in Business Administration (1984).
(Appointment announced March 28, 2003)
Founder and CEO of WCI Communities Inc., a community developer, homebuilder,
and real estate services company based in Florida. Hoffman also served
as National Finance Chairman of the RNC for 2001. Graduate of the
United States Military Academy at West Point, and MBA from the Harvard
Business School. Resident of Fort Myers, FL.
|Chairman, Finance Committee
|Chairman, State Chairmen
||Carol Jean Jordan
||Chairman: Ron Kaufman
||Chairman: Bob Kjellander
(Appointed June 2003)
Appointed by President Bush in May 2001 to serve as the Assistant Secretary
and Director General of the United States and Foreign Commercial Service
at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Deputy Chairman for Political
and Congressional Relations at the RNC. National Political Director
for Bush for President in Austin, TX, responsible for hiring and supervising
the national field operation, organizing the campaign's leadership in the
50 states and territories, and establishing staffed headquarters in 22
early primary states. Public policy and government affairs consultant
for Wiley, Rein & Fielding in Washington, DC. Executive Director
and Chief Operating Officer of the National Republican Congressional Committee
(NRCC), 1993-97. Chief of Staff for U.S. Representative Bill Paxon
(R-NY). Graduate of St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY.
P O L I T I C A L
(announced Jan. 17, 2002)
Previously Deputy Chief of Staff at the RNC, overseeing the creation and
expansion of the Team Leader program and managing the 72-hour program.
Director of Coalitions for RNC Victory 2000. Partner at The
Anderson Group, a Republican political consulting firm, 1999-2000.
Campaign manager for Brian Palmer, the Republican candidate challenging
Rep. David Bonier in MI 10th CD, 1998. Coalitions director
on Jim Gilmore's successful gubernatorial campaign in Virginia, 1997.
Chief of Staff to RNC Co-Chairman Pat Harrison; she managed Harrison's
1997 campaign for the position. On the Dole/Kemp campaign she worked
in the political division overseeing field operations, surrogates, and
scheduling. Regional Field Coordinator in the RNC Political Division,
1994-96. Bachelor's degree from Vassar College.
Previously Chief of Staff to
Rep. Cass Ballenger (R-NC), starting Jan. 2001. Political Director
of the North Carolina Republican Party through Dec. 2000; worked for the
party for about five years. Graduate of Appalachian State University
in Boone, NC, 1994. Mitchell County native.
Field Director and Deputy Political Director
Northeastern: Graham Shafer
- has held the position since 2003. Campaign manager to Congressman
Van Hilleary's 2002 gubernatorial campaign in Tennessee. State director
for Steve Forbes' 2000 New Hampshire presidential primary campaign.
Mid-Atlantic: David James
Midwestern (Great Lakes): Anne Hathaway
- has held the position
since 2001. Prior to joining the RNC, she was Executive Director
of the Indiana House Republican Campaign Committee. Hathaway also
served Vice President Dan Quayle at the White House as Assistant to the
Vice President and Director of Scheduling and Public Liaison and was Executive
Director of his political action committee, Campaign America.
held the position since 1999. Served as executive director of the
Republican Party of Kentucky for two years, 1997-99, and as political director
of the Missouri Republican Party for four years including the 1994 cycle.
He was elected to two terms as a city councilman in Jefferson City, Missouri.
Florida: Randy Enright -
has held the position since 2001. He has served as executive director
of the Republican Party of Iowa and the Republican Party of Florida.
Southwestern: Kevin Shuvalov
- served as a regional political director on Bush's 2000 campaign.
Previously worked at Rove + Company.
Mountain: Rich Beeson
Northwestern (CA, NV, ID, WA, OR,
AK, HI and terrs.): John Peschong - has held the
position since 1998. Previously served as Executive Director of Dan
Quayle's PAC, Campaign America, 1997-98. Executive Director of the
California Republican Party, 1994-97. Other experience includes press
secretary to a U.S. Senate candidate, partner in a PR firm, White House
Office of Communications during the Reagan Administration, Commission on
the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution, RNC, Fund for America's
Future (a PAC). Peschong is a 1984 graduate of Loyola Marymount University.
Regional Finance Directors
Sam Fischer, Tina Seppala, Corbin Casteel
(worked to help targeted
states raise funds for Victory programs)
Previously served as senior
account executive for the Republican voter contact firm of Feather Larson
& Synhorst where she drafted and implemented voter contact plans for
campaigns at all levels. Forrester served director of operations
for the RNC political department in 2001 and as the RNC's western regional
field coordinator in the 1998 cycle. She has additional experience
working as a campaign training coordinator for the NRCC, with the Nevada
Republican party and helping to manage a congressional campaign.
Graduate of Gettysburg College with a B.A. in Political Science, 1994.
|Victory 2004 Director
(Presidential and First Lady
activities for Victory 2004) Previously served as Senior Counsel
to the Assistant Secretary for Legislation at the Department of Health
& Human Services. General Counsel at the lobbying firm of Meyers
& Associates. Has held positions with Congressman Jerry Lewis,
Congresswoman Kay Granger, Congressman Pete Geren and Fort Worth Mayor
Kenneth Barr and in the Government Affairs Office of American Airlines
and the Texas State Senate. B.B.A. from Texas A&M University
in 1994 and J.D. From Texas Wesleyan University School of Law in Fort Worth
in Dec. 1999.
|Director of Events
(Note: The GOPTeamLeader.com site [designed
by the Bivings Group] the Golden Dot Award for the Best Political Party/PAC
Internet Campaign at the 2003 Politics Online Conference on March 21, 2003)Served
as Deputy Director of Coalitions for the RNC's Victory 2000, focusing on
outreach to Asian Americans, Arab Americans, Eastern Europeans and Muslims.
Started her political career with Dan Hazelwood of Targeted Creative Communications,
working as a project manager. B.S. in Political Science from Fairfield
University in Fairfield, CT.
|Director of Team Leader
and Voter Vault
Managed Bobby Jindal’s gubernatorial campaign
in Louisiana in 2003. Worked at the U.S. Department of Education,
2001-02 and at the RNC, 1999-2001. Has worked for John Thune, for
Vice President Dan Quayle, at the NRSC in 1997 and at the Republican National
Convention in 1996.
|Director, 72-Hour Task
["managed the RNC's effort to identify,
educate and activate members from more than three dozen national coalitions"]
(joined the RNC in 2003 as Director of Hispanic Coalitions) In 2000
Damas co-founded Latino Opinions, a bilingual polling and communication
strategy firm based in Alexandria, VA.
|Director, Grassroots Development
Education, Farmer and Rancher,
First Responder, Snowmobiler, Sportsmen, Veteran, Women - Jennifer
African American, Arab American,
Haitian American, Muslim, Lebanese American - Chris Garrett
Catholic, Law Enforcement
- Martin Gillespie
Evangelical - Lindy Landreaux
Home School, Student - Drew Ryun
Hispanic - Claudia E.
Asian American/Pacific Islander,
Indian American, International Relations - Andrew Olson
Irish American, Eastern
Europe - John Eddy
Stock Car - Brian Lyde
Conservative Punk, Senior
- Raul Dumas
Jewish, Small Business,
Young Professional, Greek American, Italian, Labor - Sarah Magruder
American Indian - Kiahna
High Tech - Serenety
|Director of Volunteer Development
|Director of List Development
Previously Deputy Director of
Government Affairs with primary responsibility State and Local elected
officials. In 2000 he led an effort on behalf of the RNC at the state
legislative level, which targeted legislative chambers for defense and
for pick up. He created the Republican Attorneys General Association
and the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association. Jaso has also
served as Director of Political Education and Training at the RNC.
Started his career on Capitol Hill in the office of Congressman Henry Bonilla
(TX-23). Undergraduate degree in Business from Virginia Tech.
|Director of Government
C O M M U N I C A T I O N S
In addition to their day-to-day efforts,
Jim Dyke and his communications team were responsible for creative earned
media strategies that garnered significant media attention including websites
kerrypicksedwards.com and kerryoniraq.com and a school of costumed dolphins
(flipper, flopper, and flapper) that shadowed Democrat nominee Sen. John
Kerry pointing out inconsistencies in his positions. They ran the
RNC counter convention operation during the 2004 Democrat National Convention
to "rebut John Kerry's extreme makeover." (All told the RNC had about
30 staff in Boston and held daily press conferences at 10 a.m.). Communications
produced a documentary on Sen. Kerry's positions on the War in Iraq, in
his own words, that the party distributed widely.
Previously press secretary at the RNC.
Before joining the RNC, Dyke served as press secretary at the U.S. Department
of Commerce under Don Evans. He worked at Quinn Gillespie & Associates
building coalitions and developing communications strategies for clients.
A one-time assistant to the brewmeister at Capital City Brewing Company,
Dyke became a lobbyist for the Beer Institute. He started his career
in Washington, DC as a Senate parking lot attendant. Dyke is a graduate
of the University of Arkansas with a degree in History.
Iverson served as Communications
Director for John Thune's 2002 Senate campaign. She has served as Communications
Director for the House Republican Conference under Conference Chairman
J.C. Watts and as Communications Director of the Senate Committee on Health,
Education, Labor and Pensions under Chairman Judd Gregg. A former television
news reporter and anchor, Iverson grew up on a fourth generation family
farm near Grand Forks, ND and graduated from Moorhead State University
in Moorhead, MN.
Regional Press Secretaries
NE - Heather Layman
S - Lindsay Taylor
MW - David James
W - Yier Shi
Previously served as Outreach Coordinator
at the Special Outreach Division of the Department of Health and Human
Services (within the office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs).
Before joining the RNC
in May 2004, Wall spent 13 years as a news report, ancho and talk show
host for the local ABC, NBC and CBS affiliates in Detroit.
|Press Secretary for Outreach
Sheridan came to the RNC after serving
as a spokesperson for Virginia Gov. James S. Gilmore III.
|Director of Bracketing
Levinson's experience includes
over three years working in Rep. Christopher Shays' office, starting in
the front office, and serving as legislative assistant and press secretary.
|Director of Television
Executive Editor of CNSNews.com
starting in May 1998. Radio services manager at the RNC starting
in 1992, serving under three Chairmen and directing radio operations for
the 1992 and 1996 Republican National Conventions en route to becoming
a senior member of the RNC Press Office. Extensive experience in
journalism going back in 1970 when at 13 years old he was a press photographer
and cutline writer for the Montevideo-American News in Montevideo,
|Director of Radio
(In charge of the RNC Web site, GOP.com,
and Rising Tide, the committee's quarterly magazine). From Green Bay, Wisconsin
and a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate.
|Senior Communications Assistant
R E S E A R C H
(announced July 1, 2002) Served
as Special Assistant to Assistant Attorney General Michael Chertoff at
the Department of Justice (a political appointee position), and was detailed
as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office for
the Eastern District of Arkansas in Little Rock. During the 2000
campaign Griffin served at the RNC as Deputy Research Director under Barbara
Comstock and then was a legal advisor to the Bush/Cheney recount in Florida.
He earned his JD from Tulane University; attended graduate school at Pembroke
College, Oxford University; and earned his bachelor's degree from Hendrix
College in Conway, AR. Native of Magnolia, AR.
other work Newton developed the opposition research book on Sen. John Kerry).
Senior research analyst at the NRSC in the 2002 cycle. Junior research
analyst at the RNC in the 2000 cycle. Graduate of Cornell University
with a degree in Government, 1999.
|Deputy Research Director
N E T W O R K A N D
O N L I N E S E R V I C E S
(Ellis did technical solutions
for GOP.com while Serenety Hanley handled the GOPTeamLeader.com site and
ran the Team Leader program and Jim Dyke and Katie Harbath were responsible
for the content on GOP.com).
|Director of Network and
F I N A N C E
to the FEC, from Jan. 1, 2003 to Nov. 22, 2004 the RNC raised $384.31 million.
During the 2004 calendar year, the RNC reported receiving $247.3 million
from 1.7 million active donors, including $14 million between Election
Day and the end of the year. In 2004 the cost of fundraising was
$91 million or 36% of gross; the total number of new donors was over 760,000;
and the average contribution was $68.35 from approximately 3.6 million
contributions. The RNC ended 2004 with $14,667,311.63 cash on hand and
Finance Director since February
2001. Deputy Finance Director, March 1997-December 2000. President
of Shea Consulting, April 1993-March 1997. National Finance Director
for the Bush-Quayle '92 Primary Committee, Oct. 1991-July 1992, then National
Finance Director of The Presidential Trust and Victory '92. At the
RNC Shea served as Director of the National Republican Legislative Campaign
Committee, then Regional Field Finance Director, 1990-91. Worked
on a couple of campaigns and as finance director to the Republican Parties
of New Mexico and Wisconsin.. First position at the RNC was as Assistant
Director to Republican Eagles and Midwestern Regional Rep., 1981-84.
B.S. in Journalism from West Virginia University, 1980.
Eagles - Debbie Lehardy
Team 100 - Dee Dee Lancaster
Regents - Heather Patterson
..direct mail, telemarketing
and internet programs and the $1,000 and 5,000 major donor clubs.
|Director of Marketing/Deputy
Knopp has been Director
of Marketing/Deputy Finance Director since 1997 and was Director of Marketing,
1993-96. Previously she worked for ten years at Odell, Roper &
Simms, a direct marketing consulting firm.
A D M I N I S T R A T I O N
|CFO/Director of Administration
has been CFO/Director of Administration since 1983. Comptroller at
the RNC, 1981-83. Director of Acoounting at the RNC, 1976-81.
Prior to joining the RNC he worked for two years as a staff accountant
at Ted Jones and Company, C.P.A. in Rehoboth Beach, DE. B.S. degree
in Accounting and Business Administration from Madison College in Harrisburg,
VA, 1973; A.S. from Brandywine College in Wilmington, DC, 1971.
C O U N S E L
(announced Feb. 23, 2004) Previously
practiced law in Warrenton, VA. Counsel at the Department of Energy
starting in 2001. Counsel in the Florida Presidential Recount in
West Palm Beach and Osceola County. Staff counsel and deputy counsel
for the RNC Jan. 1997 to 2001. Worked on the 2000 Republican National
Convention in Philadelphia. Worked for the 1996 Republican National
Convention in San Diego and then the Dole campaign. B.A. in Government
and Religion from the College of William and Mary, and J.D. from DePaul
University School of Law in Chicago.
||Jill Holtzman Vogel
Finance Chairman: Mercer Reynolds
Vice Chairman: Jack Oliver
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