2005-06 Edition (through
Fall 2006)--last revised Jan. 21, 2007
Republican National Committee
310 First Street, SE, Washington, DC
(The RNC is a confederation
of state parties. Power flows from the local level up to the national
level. The RNC is governed by the rules adopted at the last convention.
In contract, the DNC often changes its rules between conventions.
In a sense, the RNC's lack of flexibility in changing its rules forces
it to look to the future rather than adjusting to the tides of the moment).
Every four years.
168 Members of the RNC
Meet twice yearly.
1 Committeeman, 1 Committeewoman and 1 Chairperson from each state.
Committee members terms run from Convention to Convention. (Formerly
165 Members -- increased with the addition of three Members from the Commonwealth
of the Northern Mariana Islands).
||Executive Committee (28 members)
Sounding board for the Chair.
Decisions between meetings of the full RNC.
8 by Region -
MW - Ron Schmidt (SD),
Mary Jo Arndt (IL)
NE - Charlie Glazer
(CT), Joyce Terhes (MD)
S - Morton Blackwell
(VA), Anne Petera (VA)
W - Solomon Yue (OR),
Miriam Hellrich (HI)
3 Chair Appointments
Lilly Nunez (CO), Winston
Wilkinson (UT), Ann Wagner (MO)
17 Elected and Appointed
Chairman, Co-Chair, Vice
Chairs, Treasurer, Secretary; General Counsel, Finance Chairman, Chairman
of State Chairmen's Advisory Comm., Chairman of the Budget Committee, Chairman
of the Rules Committee.
(Elected Jan. 19, 2005) Campaign
manager for Bush-Cheney '04 (announced May 16, 2003) Served as director
of political affairs at the White House starting January 2001. National
field director for Bush/Cheney 2000, after serving as Midwest regional
political director during the primaries. Chief of staff to Rep. Kay
Granger (TX-12), 1996-99. Legislative director to Rep. Lamar Smith
(TX-21), 1994-96. Previously he practiced environmental law for three
years in Washington. During his career Mehlman has worked on a number
of campaigns including the elder Bush's 1992 re-election campaign and Bob
Dole's 1996 campaign. Mehlman is a 1991 graduate of Harvard Law School
and 1988 graduate of Franklin and Marshall College.
(Elected Jan. 19, 2005) Bush-Cheney
’04 Ohio Valley Regional Campaign Chair. Member of the Ohio House
of Representatives for 20 years, including Speaker of the House from 1995-2000.
As Chairman of the Ohio House Republican Campaign Committee from 1986-2000,
she spearheaded the successful effort to return the Republicans to the
majority in the Ohio House of Representatives in 1994, for the first time
in 22 years. Chairman of the Franklin County Republican Party Central
Committee for 25 years. Chairman of the Taft for Governor campaigns
in 1998 and 2002. Resident of Reynoldsburg, Ohio.
8 Vice Chairs - Elected from the
Wisconsin. (Elected Aug.
Chairman of the Republican Party
of Florida. Co-owner of Jordan Irrigation and Landscape, Inc., in
Vero Beach Florida.
|Chairman, State Chairmen
||Carol Jean Jordan
(Announced March 10, 2005; nomination
confirmed by the full RNC at the 2005 Summer Meeting) Resident of
McLean, Virginia. Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
of NVR, Inc., the sixth largest homebuilder in the United States.
Longtime philanthropist for children’s charities and an instrumental figure
in the higher education community. Mr. Schar has also been appointed
to the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts for the Kennedy Center.
not have to be an RNC member to serve on the Finance Committee.
|Chairman, Finance Committee
(56 members - 1 from each state)
|Standing Committee on Rules
||Chairman: David Norcross (NJ)
(9 members - 1 appointed by
the Chairman and 2 elected from each region)
||Chairman: Blake Hall (ID)
(11 members - 3 appointed by
the Chairman, 4 elected from the regions, 4 ex officio: Chair, Co-Chair,
Treasurer, Chairman of the Finance Committee)
||Chairman: Ron Kaufman (MA)
(9 members - Chair appointed
by the Chairman and 2 from each region) Western: Barbara Alby
(CA) and Jeff Kent (WA). Southern: Sharon Day (FL) and Edgar
Welden (AL). Midwestern: Connie Nicholas (ND) and Richard
Graber (WI). Northeastern: Sara Gear Boyd (VT) and David Norcross
|Site Committee (announced
Jan. 23, 2006)
||Chairman: JoAnn Davidson (OH)
(60-plus members including 1
from each state)
|Committee on Arrangements
(9 members - Chair appointed
by the Chairman and 2 elected from each region)
Jan. 25, 2005) Bush-Cheney
'04 Deputy to the Campaign Manager for Campaign Operations.
Prior to the campaign, McCullough worked at the RNC as regional political
director for the South and director of political education. Associate
director of political affairs at the White House, Jan. 2001-Jan. 2002.
Alabama director for Karl Rove + Company, 1997-2000.
|Chief of Staff
P O L I T I C A L
(January 2005) Northeast regional
political director for Bush-Cheney '04. Prior to the campaign served
as executive director of the New Jersey Republican Party starting in January
2002. Has his own political consulting firm, DuHaime Communications,
Inc., which he formed in 2001. Deputy campaign manager of Bob Franks'
2000 Senate campaign. From Hoboken, NJ.
Northeast: Randy Bumps -
from 2005. Bush-Cheney '04 Maine executive director. Previously
served as state director for Sen. Susan Collins, overseeing her state offices.
Deputy campaign manager on Collins' 2002 re-election campaign. Earlier
served as a regional field representative for Collins in Augusta, and in
western Maine for then-Senator Bill Cohen. Served three terms as
a State Representative, elected in 1996 and re-elected in 1998 and 2000.
Graduate of Bates College with a degree in Political Science, 1995. From
Minot, Maine. (succeeded Graham Shafer)
Midwest: Karen Slifka
- Most recently, Slifka served the Midwest Regional Political Director
for Bush-Cheney ‘04 directing the campaign in the battleground states of
Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Previously political director of
the Iowa Republican Party. During the 2002 election cycle she served
as a consultant to the Republican Party of Iowa as Co-Director of the Victory
campaign. During the 2000 Iowa caucuses campaign Slifka worked for
John Kasich and, after he withdrew, for Steve Forbes. Started her
political career in 1992 as a field representative for Rep. Jim Nussle.
Originally from Waterloo, IA.
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.
Southeast and MO: Rob Jesmer-
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. (succeeded Randy
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.
Southwest: Jay McCleskey
- in 2004, McCleskey ran the RNC's successful Victory operation in New
Mexico. Prior to that, McCleskey served as Executive Director for
the Republican Party of New Mexico and as Campaign Manager for John Sanchez's
2002 bid for Governor. McCleskey has worked on political campaigns
at all different levels, including managing the campaign that defeated
the longest-serving Speaker of the New Mexico State House in 2000.
Western: Cary Evans
- Evans served as a Regional Political Director for Bush-Cheney ’04 starting
in June 2003. Previously he was field director for Sen. Gordon Smith
(R-OR), was the Deputy Campaign Manager for the Smith re-election campaign
in 2002 and acted as Treasurer and Counsel for Smith. Before joining the
Smith team, Evans served as the Oregon State Director of the President’s
(2005, succeeded Raul Dumas) 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
A Cuban-American from Miami.
Involved in Republican politics for about 20 years, most recently as political
consultant; has "done everything from being a campaign volunteer to legislative
staffer to being a press secretar yfor a member of Congress."
|Director of Hispanic Outreach
Served as Bush-Cheney '04 New
Hampshire Field Director. Campaign Manager for Assembly candidates
Bill Baroni and Sidna Mitchell in New Jersey's 14th Assembly District,
2003. Campaign Manager for Kathe Donovan for Bergen County Executive
also in New Jersey, 2002.
|Absentee/Early Vote Director
(announced Jan. 25, 2005) National
Business Coalitions Director and Northeast Regional Coalitions Director
for Bush-Cheney ’04. Previously served as Director of the Department
of Labor’s Office of Public Liaison and Special Assistant to the Secretary
of Labor. Prior to joining the Department of Labor, Nguyen was a
management consultant with Accenture, a global consulting firm.
|Director of Government
|Director of Political Education
||Steven W. Soper
C O M M U N I C A T I O N S
(announced Jan. 25, 2005)
Jones was a Senior Communications Advisor to Bush-Cheney ’04 and previously
served as Vice President for Polling and Advertising of Mercury Public
Affairs. Prior to joining Mercury, Jones served as Research Director
for the NRCC. He has worked on campaigns at the local, state and
(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.
|Deputy Communications Director
(announced Feb. 9, 2005) Press Secretary
for the 2005 Presidential Inaugural Committee. Regional Spokesperson
for the Western States and Northern Plains for Bush-Cheney ’04. Previously
worked as a Regional Spokesperson at the RNC and as a Communications aide
in the White House from 2001 to 2002. In 1999 and 2000, Schmitt worked
as the cable television liaison for Bush-Cheney 2000 in Austin, Texas.
Graduate of the University of Southern California, broadcast journalism.
Regional Press Secretaries
Anne-Marie Hauser - Served
as BC'04 Iowa Communications Director.
Aaron McLean - Served
as BC'04 Ohio Communications Director.
Tucker Bounds - Served
as BC'04 Oregon Communications Director.
(announced Feb. 9, 2005)
Joined the RNC in May 2004 as Press Secretary for Outreach. Previously
Wall spent 13 years as a news report, anchor and talk show host for the
local ABC, NBC and CBS affiliates in Detroit.
|Director of Outreach Communications
(announced Feb. 9, 2005) Rhoades
served as the Research Director for Bush-Cheney ’04. He has previously
been Deputy Research Director at the RNC and has also served as White House
Liaison at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and as an Associate
Director in the White House Presidential Personnel Office.
|Director of Research/Deputy
|Deputy Director of Research
eC A M P A I G N
(announced Oct. 11, 2005) Webmaster
and Blogger for Bush-Cheney '04, responsible for managing President George
W. Bush’s reelection campaign website, starting in June 2003. Deputy
Director of Online Communications at the RNC, July 2002-June 2003.
Staff assistant at American Enterprise Institute, March 2001-June 2002.
Ruffini ran a political blog which launched in July 2001. May 2000
graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with B.A. in Diplomatic History
and Political Science; was chairman of Penn College Republicans, 1998-99.
(announced as Associate Director for ePolitics
on Feb. 16, 2005) During the 2004 election cycle Livingston worked
as a political analyst for the RNC, gathering and tracking voter registration
data from targeted areas. Previously, he interned for Bush-Cheney
'04 and the RNC's Political Department. From Marshalltown, Iowa;
attended the University of Iowa.
|Deputy eCampaign Director
S T R A T E G Y A N
D D A T A
(announced Jan. 25, 2005) Gray served
as the National Voter Contact Director for Bush Cheney ’04. Previously
he worked at the White House as Deputy Director of Scheduling from 2001
to 2003. In 1999 and 2000, he served as Northeastern Regional Political
Coordinator for Bush-Cheney 2000. He worked in the Chairman’s Office
at the RNC during the 1998 election cycle and has also worked for Rep.
John Sweeney (R-NY).
|Director of Strategy
(announced March 4, 2005)
Previously a partner at TargetPoint Consulting, where he worked to research
and develop MicroTargeting (Bush/Cheney ’04, the NRSC and the RNC
used MicroTargeting in the 2004 election). Also worked with the NRCC
in 2002 on an extensive Social Security reform project. Seaborn is
a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and earned a Masters degree in
Political Management from the George Washington University.
|Deputy Director of Strategy
|Director of Voter Vault
served as Organization Director for the Republican Party of Iowa through
Jan. 2003. Earlier he was state chair of the Iowa Federation of College
- Matt Kennicott
Absentee ballot coordinator
on NM Victory '04. Served as Political Director for the College Republican
National Committee. While a student at UNM ran Patrick Milligan's
campaign for District 4 city council in Albuquerque, Oct. 2003.
Graduate of the University of New Mexico with a degree in political science,
|Director of Network and
F I N A N C E
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.
Team 100 -
|Director of Marketing/Deputy
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.
Staff (as of May 2006): Delita Alexander, Eric Anderson, Andy Briggs,
John Buchanan, Peyton Cox, Lizzie Cullen, Chris Darmanin, Matt Fitzgerald,
Lashawn Forman, Sue Gazdo, Annette Gibson, Teressa Jackson, Crystal Johnson,
Jeff Johnson, Kristi Keeler, Liz Kelly, Dee Dee Lancaster, Martine Laveist,
Debbie Lehardy, Ned Lippman, John Lorentzen, Mark Meredith, Dorinda Moss,
Kevin Niehaus, Michael Noller, Frances Parker, Heather Patterson, Trevor
Person, Georgia Pistolas, Gene Prezocki, Jim Rowley, Michael Stober, Scott
Ward, Tricia Weir, Robert Yann.
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.
|Director of Building Services
M E M B E R E V E N T S
A N D R E L A T I O N S
|Director of Member Events
Feb. 22, 2005) Previously served as Assistant to the Campaign Manager
at Bush-Cheney ’04. Paulson came to the campaign from the Department
of Justice’s Office of Public Affairs, where she served as a Special Assistant.
She has also worked for now-Sen. John Thune (R-SD) as Director of Events
L E G A L
Josefiak returns to his position
as RNC Chief Counsel after serving as General Counsel for Bush Cheney '04.
He started at the Cousel's Office at the RNC in Feb. 1992. Appointed
by President Reagan as a commissioner on the Federal Election Commission
in 1985 and served a six-year term. Special deputy to the Secretary
of the Senate, representing the Secretary at the FEC, 1981-85. Special
Counsel to the Minority of the Committee on House Administration, 1977-79.
Counsel to the NRCC, 1977-80. Legislative Assistant to Congressman
Silvio Conte (R-MA). J.D. from Georgetown University. Undergraduate
degree from Fairfield University in Connecticut. Native of Adams,
(election law reform, and federal
and state election law compliance for the national party). Previously
a litigation associate at the Washington D.C. law firm Covington &
Burling. J.D. from NYU in 2001, M.Phil. from Cambridge University
in 1998, and B.A. from American University in 1997.
Previously Counsel in the Office
of Legal Policy at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked on the
reauthorization of the USA PATRIOT Act and the nominations of Chief Justice
John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Worked on President Bush's 2004 and 2000 presidential campaigns.
J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2004, and business degree from Texas A&M
University in 2001. Native of Graham, TX.
(trademark and employment law
issues, federal and state election law, Rules of the Republican Party)
Previously Executive Assistant to Ed Gillespie at Quinn Gillespie &
Associates. J.D. from the University of Richmond, 2003. Press
Assistant in the office of Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-SC). B.A. from
Virginia Tech, 1998.
||Lauren Brown Sigler
Dowd also held this position during the
2002 election cycle. He is founder of Dowd Strategic Consulting,
an Austin-based public affairs firm, and will teach at the University of
Texas. Dowd served as Chief Strategist for Bush-Cheney ’04 and was
Director of Polling and Media Planning for the Bush-Cheney 2000.
Prior to the 2000 campaign, Dowd served as President and Founding Partner
of Public Strategies Inc., an international public affairs firm based in
-On May 4, 2005 Chairman
Mehlman announced formation of an Hispanic
Advisory Committee to "assist in the strategic implementation of the
RNC’s Hispanic outreach efforts." The Advisory Committee is to meet
monthly with Mehlman.
-On March 10, 2005 Chairman Mehlman
announced formation of an African-American
Advisory Committee to "provide a sounding board to assist in strategy
implementation of the RNC’s outreach efforts in the black community."
The Advisory Committee is to meet monthly with Mehlman.
At the Jan. 2005 winter meeting in
Washington, DC the new Chairman Ken Mehlman announced formation of four
committees under Rule 10(8)(c). They are to analyze the 2004 election
cycle and present results and recommendations later in the year.
Election Day Committee
- turnout, the role of challengers and poll watchers, HAVA: Ann Wagner
(MO, Chairman), Rick Graber (WI), Bob Bennett (OH), Tom Rath (NH), Alec
Pointevint, David Norcross and Dianne Tebelius (WA).
New Technology Committee
- improvements to Voter Vault, ways to utilize technology for voter
registration, voter ID, turnout and fundraising: Van Hilleary (TN, Chairman),
Denise McNamara, Sandy Treadwell, Chris Vance (WA), Curly Haugland (ND),
Randy Bumps and Virginia Haines (NJ).
Outreach Committee -
bringing new voters to the party and deepening the base: Carol Jean Jordan
(FL, Chairman), Bob Asher (PA), Lilly Nunez, Tina Benkiser (TX), Bob Kjellander,
Winston Wilkinson (UT), Terry Strine, Mary Jean Jensen (SD) and Morton
Voter Registration Committee
- best practices to efficiently target voters who believe in the principles
of the Party: Duff Sundheim (CA, Chairman), Edgar Welden (AL), Jo Ann Davidson
(OH, Betsy Werronen (DC), Rosie Tripp (NM), Joe Brown (NV) and David Kramer
Northeast Regional Political Director: 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.
Southeast and MO Regional Political Director:
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.
(announced Feb. 3, 2005) During
the 2004 election cycle, Damas managed the RNC’s effort to identify, educate
and activate members from more than three dozen national coalitions, including
evangelical Christians, small business owners, African-Americans, sportsmen,
Hispanics, veterans and seniors. Damas joined the RNC in 2003 as
Director of Hispanic Coalitions, and in 2002 he co-founded Latino Opinions,
a bilingual polling and communication strategy firm based in Alexandria,
(announced Feb. 3, 2005) Most recently
served as the Bush-Cheney ’04 Executive Director for West Virginia.
Donahue has managed several competitive political campaigns including Mike
Ferguson for Congress (NJ), Steve Pearce for Congress (NM) and Diane Allen
for U.S. Senate (NJ). Donahue has also served as Deputy Chief of
Staff to Congressman Mike Ferguson and a Vice President for Jamestown Associates,
a political consulting firm.
|Director of Network and
(below from the e-campaign team as announced Feb. 16,
(Jan.-Oct. 2005) Directed
the e-Campaign for Bush-Cheney '04. Worked briefly on e-government
initiatives at the Office of Management and Budget. Oversaw redesign
of the U.S. Department of Energy's online communications. Turk worked
for Grassroots Enterprise (originally Grassroots.com) as a technology consultant
and director of D.C. operations for two years beginning in May 2000.
Previously he worked as a network architect for the Republican National
Committee, Deputy Director and Executive Director for the Republican Party
of New Mexico, and Information Systems Director for Quayle 2000.
He is a partner in Jamikal Data Technologies, an information systems and
communications consulting firm that has advised several campaigns including:
Redmond for Senate, the Republican Party of New Mexico and Heather Wilson
for Congress, Walter Bradley for Governor, and Rob Perry for Attorney General.
(part of the eCampaign team announced
Feb. 16, 2005) Finn served as Deputy Webmaster for Bush-Cheney '04, where
she facilitated email outreach and online grassroots activism. She
came to the campaign from Capitol Hill where she worked for Congressman
Lamar Smith (R-TX), as legislative correspondent and Webmaster, and Senator
Michael Enzi (R-WY). Prior to entering politics, Finn worked as a congressional
correspondent for a Connecticut daily newspaper. She is originally
from Houston, Texas.
|Deputy eCampaign Director
During the 2004 campaign Harbath was a
Senior Communications Assistant at the RNC in charge of the RNC Web site,
GOP.com, and Rising Tide, the committee's quarterly magazine. She is from
Green Bay, Wisconsin and a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate.
|Associate Director for eCommunications
Previously, she worked in the political
department at Bush-Cheney ' 04 for the Northwest region and also worked
for New Hampshire Victory as a College Coordinator. She is from Wichita,
Kansas and attended the University of Kansas.
|Associate Director for Special Projects
Previously worked for Bush-Cheney '04.
Zedlacher has been instrumental in the design of several companies' websites
within the private sector. In Colorado, he worked as a co-assistant
manager for a grocery store, and served as a firefighter and ambulance
driver for the Snowmass Fire Department, where he received several awards,
including the "Chief's Spirit of Service Award," and the "Award for Actions
above and Beyond the Call of Duty." Originally from Snowmass Village,
||Franz P. Zedlacher
Previously worked at the 55th Presidential
Inaugural Committee staff and was an eCampaign intern at Bush-Cheney '04.
He also worked on the 2003 Texas Inaugural Committee staff and interned
with the Gov. Rick Perry 2002 election campaign. Rodriguez is from
Fort Worth, Texas and is a University of Texas - Austin graduate.
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2006, 2007 Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action.