Pawlenty for President, One Financial Plaza, 120 S. Sixth St., Minneapolis, MN [website]
as reported by Sam Black of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal on April 5, 2011, "the committee is leasing about 5,000 square feet, or half of the ninth floor"
announced withdrawal on Aug. 14, 2011 ... announced candidacy on May 23, 2011 ... formed Pawlenty for President Exploratory Committee on March 21, 2011 ... formed Freedom First PAC in Oct. 2009
(page updated August 18, 2011)
Campaign Manager Nick Ayers
April 10, 2011; to start April 25, 2011) Transition director at
the RNC following the election of Reince Priebus as chairman in Jan.
2011. Executive director of the Republican Governors Association
in the 2008 and 2010 cycles (started in Jan. 2007). Before
joining the RGA, Ayers managed Gov. Sonny Perdue (GA)’s 2006
re-election campaign after serving as a senior aide to Perdue and
working on Purdue's 2002 campaign. Ayers started at Kennesaw
State University, but left freshman year to join Purdue's 2002 campaign
(he finished his degree in 2009). Worked at Georgia State
Bank. From Cobb County, GA. twitter
Senior Advisor Phil Musser
(announced Oct. 1, 2009) President of New Frontier
Strategy consulting firm, founded Jan. 2007. In 2007 Musser
served as senior advisor to Mitt Romney (R-MA)'s presidential campaign
as well as to the campaigns of Governor Matt Blunt (R-MO) and Governor
Bobby Jindal (R-LA). Executive director of the Republican
Governors Association, Nov. 2005-Jan. 2007 (named by Gov.
Romney). Vice president of The Dutko Group Companies, announced
July 2004. A deputy director in organizing the G8 Summit, in Sea
Island, GA. Deputy chief of staff to Secretaries Alphonso Jackson
and Mel Martinez at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
Development, Jan. 2001-April 2004. Senior staff member for the
2001 Presidential Inaugural Committee. A lead advance
representative for the Bush-Cheney campaign in 2000 in Austin,
Texas. Assistant vice president to Dutko’s state and local
lobbying firm, K*N*P, Jan. 1998-Aug. 2000. Advance representative
on Dole for President, 1995-96. Special assistant at the RNC,
1994-95. B.A. in History from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio,
Senior Advisor Terry Nelson
(announced Oct. 1, 2009) Most recently partner
at Mercury Public Affairs; became a partner when his Crosslink Strategy
Group merged into the firm in May 2006. Campaign manager on John
McCain 2008, Dec. 2006-July 2007. Senior advisor to McCain's
Straight Talk America leadership PAC from March 2006; in Fall 2006 he
also headed the RNC's independent expenditure effort. 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.
Senior Advisor Sara Taylor Fagen
(announced Oct. 1, 2009) President of BlueFront Strategies,
which she founded in 2007 >;
Iowa. Graduate of
Drake University, 1997. From Dubuque, Iowa; her father Ray Taylor
served as a state representative.
Political Director Jon Seaton
(announced April 13, 2011) Runs East Meridian Strategies, a political consulting firm based in Alexandria, VA. In the 2008 cycle Seaton served as regional campaign manager for Ohio and Pennsyvlania for the McCain-Palin campaign; briefly Northwest regional political director at the RNC, state director on McCain's Iowa caucus campaign; and the McCain campaign's national field director prior to the July 2, 2007 restructuring. Associate director (West/Northern Plains) in the White House Office of Political Affairs. Executive director of Bush-Cheney '04 in Washington State, and in the last three weeks transferred to Iowa where he oversaw Election Day strategy and GOTV. 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. Native of Berkeley, CA.
Communications Director AnnMarie Hauser
(June 6, 2011 Tweet) Comes to the campaign from position as vice president for media relations and corporate responsibility at JPMorgan Chase, started there April 2010. Communications director to Sen Mike Johanns, 2009-10. Director of public affairs and earlier press secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Jan. 2008-Jan. 2009. Spokeswoman for international affairs at tue U.S. Department of Treasury, 2007-08. Regional press secretary at the RNC, 2005-06. Iowa communications director on Bush-Cheney '04, from May 2004. Worked on business development at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer Feld LLP in Washington, DC. Associate at the White House Writers Group, 1999-2000. B.A. in speech communications from Texas A&M University. twitter
National Press Secretary Alex Conant
Communications director for Pawlenty's Freedom First
PAC (announced Oct. 1, 2009). Consultant alexconant.com. Press
secretary at the Republican National Committee in the 2008 cycle.
Midwest regional spokesman in the White House Office of Media
Affairs. Spokesman at the Office of Management and Budget.
Press secretary to Sen. John Thune (R-SD), Jan.-Aug. 2005.
Communications director on George Nethercutt's 2004 campaign for U.S.
Senate in Washington State. Speechwriter for Secretary of
Commerce Don Evans. Worked on Norm Coleman's 2002 U.S. Senate
campaign. B.A. in economics (2002) and M.P.A. in domestic policy
(2003) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was
editor-in-chief of the Badger Herald.
Assistant Press Secretary Caitlin Dunn
Scheduler at Pawlenty's Freedom First PAC starting in
Dec. 2009. Worked on the McCain-Palin campaign. B.A. from
the University of Notre Dame, 2008.
Digital Director Corey Vale
(announced June 18, 2011) Managing director at Red Yawp Digital in Arizona since Jan. 2009; internet director for John McCain 2010. Senior strategic account manager at Limelight Networks, 2007-09. Communications coordinator on Len Munsil for Governor campaign in Arizona, 2006. Midwest regional sales director at FinanCenter Inc. 2001-06. Vice president of business development at Magellan.edu, an e-learning company, 1998-2001. Degree in political science from the University of Arizona, 1997. twitter
Deputy Policy Director Elise Stefanik
(Director of new media and deputy policy director for
Freedom First PAC) "Economic think tanker." Founded
American Maggie, a website for conservative and Republican women, in
Sept. 2009. Executive assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff for
Policy and Chief of Staff in the White House Chief of Staff's office,
and earlier worked on the President’s Domestic Policy Council.
Graduate of Harvard University, 2006. Originally from upstate New
York; "worked on numerous political campaigns growing up." twitter
Senior Policy Advisor Brian Hook
Senior policy director for the PAC, reported by
Politico Jan. 29, 2010. Appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of
State for the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, March
2008. A senior advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to the United
Nations from 2006-08. Special Assistant to the President for
Policy, Office of the Chief of Staff at the White House. Counsel
in the Office of Legal Policy at the Department of Justice from
2003-04. Practiced corporate law at Hogan and Hartson LLP in
Washington, DC, 1999-2003. Deputy legislative liaison for Gov.
Terry E. Branstad of Iowa. Legislative aide to Congressman James A.
Leach. Law degree from the University of Iowa, 1999; Master’s
degree in philosophy from Boston College; and a bachelor’s degree in
marketing from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Policy Chair Al Hubbard
June 10, 2011) Headed the National Economic Council under
President George W. Bush.
Policy Advisor Honorable Vin Weber
(announced Oct. 1, 2009) Managing partner at Clark and Weinstock. Served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1981-93 representing Minnesota's 2nd CD.
(team announced in a conference call on March 28, 2011..."the fundraising effort will begin in earnest in April")
National Finance Director Brian Haley
National finance director for Pawlenty's Freedom First
PAC (announced Dec. 4, 2009) National finance director for John
McCain’s Country First PAC after serving as the deputy finance director
for McCain-Palin 2008. J.D. from University of Texas School of
Law, Dec. 2009. Worked in China for Dell Computers. twitter
Deputy National Finance Director Katie
Finance director on Jerry Moran's campaign for U.S.
Senate in Kansas, Jan. 2009-Jan. 2011. Finance director on Nick
Jordan for Congress om Kansas, 2008. Special assistant to the CFO
and general counsel on Romney for President, 2007-08. Fundraiser
for the NRSC, 2006-07. Graduate of the University of Colorado at
Minnesota Finance Director Trisha Hamm
Minnesota finance director for Pawlenty's Freedom First PAC (announced Oct. 1, 2009) Political director for Pawlenty’s gubernatorial campaign committee in 2007-08 when it was not clear if he would seek a third term. Worked for the Minnesota State Senate and was the finance director for the Senate Victory Fund. Graduate of the University of Minnesota-Duluth, 2000.
Associate Finance Director Chrissy Scherer
Associate finance director on Ron Johnson's successful 2010 campaign for U.S. Senate in Wisconsin.
Ann Herberger, Senior Finance Consultant,
Paige Marriott, Senior Financial Consultant, National Fundraising
Pam Kinsey, Senior Finance Consultant, Midwest
Paige Lance Hahn, Senior Finance Consultant, Mid-Atlantic region
Alison McIntosh, Senior Finance Consultant, Texas
Gretchen Picotte, Senior Finance Consultant, Florida
Cassandra Vandenberg, Senior Finance Consultant, California
Rick Nelson, Finance Consultant, Minnesota and National Outreach
Shanna Woodbury, Finance Consultant, Minnesota and National Outreach
Andrea Evans, Finance Consultant, Arizona
The Starboard Group, Finance Consultants, Colorado
Sue Walden, Finance Consultant, Texas
Finance Co-Chairs (announced
July 15, 2011)
Dave Frauenshuh, Minnesota
Russ Gerson, New York
Phil Handy, Florida
Tom Hicks, Texas
Ken Moelis, New York and California
Joe Schmuckler, New York
Ray Washburne, Texas
Ads/Videographer Lucas Baiano
Worked at the Republican Governors Association in the 2010 cycle through early Feb. 2011. Executive producer and digital media/social network specialist with Lumiere Film Group; produced a film on the 2008 presidential election (WeRPolitics). Canadian-American.
Pollster and Advisor Jon Lerner
April 14, 2011) Founder and principal
of Red Sea, LLC and Basswood Research (+). "He has worked in
politics and campaigns for 17 years, and has extensive polling
experience. In 2010 alone, Lerner played leading roles in the
successful campaigns of U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (R-PA), Tom
Coburn (R-OK), and Mike Lee (R-UT), Governors Nikki Haley (R-SC) and
Sean Parnell (R-AK), and Congressman Tim Scott (R-SC-1). For many
years, Lerner has also worked extensively with the Club for Growth, one
of America's leading free market advocacy organizations. In 2009,
Lerner was the chief strategist for the 7.4 million dollar independent
expenditure the RGA ran on behalf of Governor Chris Christie
(R-NJ)." Managed Sen. Al D'Amato's unsuccessful
re-election bid against Chuck Schumer in 1998. Originally from
Scheduler Kayla Cook
Previously assistant to AEI president Arthur C. Brooks.
Counsel Michael Toner
(announced Oct. 1, 2009) Partner at Bryan Cave LLP
where he is head of the firm’s Election Law and Government Ethics
practice; joined the firm in 2007. FEC Commissioner, 2002-07,
including chairman in 2006. General Counsel of the Bush-Cheney
transition team in Washington, D.C. and the Bush-Cheney 2000
presidential campaign in Austin, Texas. Deputy Counsel at the RNC,
1997-99. Counsel to the Dole-Kemp presidential campaign in
1996. J.D. from Cornell University, 1992; M.A. from Johns Hopkins
University, 1989; B.A. from the University of Virginia, 1986.
Treasurer Mark Kennedy
(reported March 22, 2011) CEO of Chartwell Strategic Advisors, LLC. Republican nominee for U.S. Senate from Minnesota in 2006, defeated by Amy Klobuchar. Served three terms in Congress, 2001-07. Business experience includes a senior executive of Macy’s; and helping Pillsbury acquire Häagen Dazs. Undergraduate degree from St. John's University; M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.
Headquarters: 3590 109th St. Urbandale (Branstad
2010 headquarters; reported by The Iowa Republican on April 18, 2011)
the exploratory committee announced Iowa organization including 10 field representatives on April 29, 2011
also note the considerable Iowa experience of senior advisors Terry Nelson and Sarah Taylor and political director Jon Seaton.
Director House Majority Whip Erik Helland
(announced April 29, 2011) Represents District 69 (Johnston area); first elected in 2008. Compliance officer for a local bank, and participates in the operation of a seventh generation family farm in the district. An Iowa field staffer for John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. Midwest political director for former New York Gov. George Pataki’s 21st Century Political Action Committee. J.D. from Drake University, 2009; bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from Drake University. twitter
(announced (April 29, 2011) Operations director on Pawlenty's Freedom First PAC (announced Oct. 1, 2009). A senior associate with the Washington-based firm BlueFront Strategies, she is a veteran of the McCain presidential campaign and a former employee of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. She also interned in the White House Office of Senior Advisor Karl Rove. Deputy campaign manager for Pawlenty’s campaign in 2006. Philadelphia native.
Director Tracie Gibler
(announced April 29, 2011) Campaign manager on Miller-Meeks for Congress, 2010. Director of development for Americans for Limited Government, 2009. Research analyst for Berman & Company, 2008. Southeast Iowa regional field director and also worked field in Florida for the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee, 2007-08. J.D. from Drake University Law School, 2007; undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, 2003.
Field Representatives (announced April 29, 2011): Rob Anderson, Daniel Catlin, Travis Holler, Kevin Kuhle, Dane Nealson, Andy Swanson, Mike Thom, John Wesley Vinson, Andrew Wagner, Anthony Zammit
State Spokesman/Senior Consultant Eric Woolson
(reported March 9, 2011 by Chris Cillizza; officially
announced May 20, 2011) President and CEO of The Concept Works, a
public, media and government relations and crisis management firm in
West Des Moines that he founded in 2002. Campaign manager for
Mike Huckabee's 2007-08 Iowa caucus campaign; started as coordinator of
Huckabee's Hope for America PAC in June 2006. Communications
director on then Gov. George W. Bush's Iowa caucus campaign,
1999-2000. Communications director for Gov. Terry Branstad during
his final term. Previously worked for 20 years as a member of the
Iowa press corps. O.Kay Henderson notes on Radio Iowa, the blog
(June 13, 2006) that, "Woolson left the Waterloo Courier in 1987 to
work as press secretary for Delaware Senator Joe Biden’s Iowa
effort." He is also author of Grassley: Senator from Iowa
(Mid-Prairie Books, Nov. 1995).
Senior Consultant Chuck Larson
(helping with trip planning from summer 2010; announced May 20, 2011) A partner at Larson Shannahan Slifka Group (LS2g) in West Des Moines. Ambassador to Latvia, 2008-09. Larson served as a senior advisor on John McCain's 2007-08 Iowa caucus campaign. He represented Cedar Rapids in the state legislature from 1993-2007, elected as a state rep. in 1992 and as a state senator in 2002. Chair of the Republican Party of Iowa from 2001-05. General counsel for The ESCO Group, Cedar Rapids. Jones County assistant attorney, 1997-99. B.A. in economics, 1992 and J.D., 1996 from the University of Iowa. As a major in the U.S. Army Reserves, Larson served in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2003-04.
Senior Consultant Karen Slifka
(helping with trip planning from summer 2010; announced May 20, 2011) Managing partner of Larson Shannahan Slifka Group (LS2g) in West Des Moines, since 2006. A senior advisor on John McCain's 2007-08 Iowa caucus campaign. Midwest regional political director at the RNC, 2004-07. Midwest regional political director on Bush-Cheney '04. Worked for John Kasich's exploratory committee and then Steve Forbes in the 1999-2000 Iowa caucus campaign. Development director for Iowans for Tax Relief. Started out with Jim Nussle as a field rep. on his 1992 campaign. Originally from Waterloo.
Senior Consultant Ed Failor, Jr.
(announced May 20, 2011) From Muscatine. Worked 16 years at Iowans for Tax Relief, including more than two as president before resigning April 22. Consulted on McCain's Iowa caucus campaign, 2007; senior political advisor to Pataki's 21st Century Freedom PAC, June-Nov. 2006. President of Targeted Consulting since 2005. Executive director Republican Party of Iowa’s Victory 2004 campaign.
Senior Political Advisor Sarah Huckabee
(announced July 5, 2011 "taking the lead for the campaign on the Iowa Straw Poll effort with a focus on expanding the campaign’s grassroots operations across the first-in-the-nation caucus state") Campaign manager on Rep. John Boozman's successful 2010 U.S. Senate campaign in Arkansas. Before that she headed HUCK PAC from its founding in April 2008. National field director on Mike Huckabee's 2007-08 presidential campaign. Worked for about two years in the congressional affairs office at the Department of Education in Washington, DC. Graduate of Ouachita Baptist University.
Senior Advisor Nicole Schlinger
May 27, 2011) Founded Campaign Headquarters
(previously Captol Resources) in 1999; the firm, based in Brooklyn,
Iowa, provides fundraising, event management and voter contact
services. Straw Poll director for Mitt Romney for the Aug. 2007
event. Two years as finance director for th Republican Party of
Iowa. Bachelor's degree in economics and policy studies from
Syracuse University, Dec. 1995. Originally from New York.
Chairman - Former
U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker
(announced May 17, 2011) Managing partner of the Des Moines law firm, Whitaker Hagenow GMBG. Served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa from 2004-09. Prior to appointment Whitaker worked at law firm of Finely Alt Smith. In 2002 he was the Republican nominee for Treasurer. Corporate counsel to SUPERVALU. Worked for the law firm of Briggs & Morgan. Undergraduate, master of business administration and law degrees from the University of Iowa.
(announced June 15, 2011) Candidate for the Republican nomination for governor in 2010, then founded and chaired the Iowa Dream Project, a 501(c)(4) focused on increasing voter turnout among Generation X and Millennial conservatives. Managing partner of Fong Strategic Consulting since July 2009, where he serves clients in the financial services sector and commercial real estate. Head of capital markets for AEGON USA. CEO at the disaster relief agency Corridor Recovery. M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Co-Chair - Roger
(announced June 15, 2011) A co-founder and executive advisor at Rural American Fund. Co-founded (1982) Becker Underwood in Ames; "the firm has grown into the world's leading supplier of non-pesticide specialty chemical and biological products." Graduate of Iowa State University.
Co-Chair - Jim
(announced June 20, 2011) Elected RPI co-chair in January 2009 and re-elected early 2011; resigning as co-chair to support the campaign. Associate dean for administration at the Iowa State University College of Engineering as well as associate professor of accounting at Iowa State. Served in the Iowa House, 2003-06. Founding partner in the private equity and advisory service firm Prairie Oak Capital, LLC. PhD in accounting from University of Missouri-Columbia; M.S. in accounting from University of Tulsa, 1987; B.S. in industrail administration from Iowa State University. From Ames.
Co-Chair - Former
State Auditor Richard Johnson
(announced June 23, 2011) Johnson was appointed Auditor by Gov. Robert Ray in 1979 after the incumbent died; he was elected to the position six times and served 24 years. Co-chair of John McCain's 2007-08 Iowa caucus campaign and co-chair of Phil Gramm’s presidential campaign in 1996. Appointed as the Director of Finance for the Iowa Highway Commission in 1968; appointed as the first Director of the Department of Transportation's Administration Division in 1975; and appointed as the Director of the Department of Transportation's Motor Vehicle Division in 1978. Mayor of Sheldahl from 1964-75. Started in public service as the Sheldahl City Clerk in 1959. Bachelor's degree in accounting from Drake University; also earned CPA. Native of Spencer.
Steering Committee Members
July 8, 2011)
Dallas County Recorder Chad Airhart
Fayette County GOP Chair Jim Kirkpatrick
Des Moines attorney Brian Rickert
Des Moines attorney William Gustoff
former Mike Huckabee aide Aubrie Johnson
former Iowa GOP Victory program treasurer Mark Havlicek
Des Moines businessman Nick Gerhart
Iowa Legislative Steering Committee
June 27, 2011)
Rep. Erik Helland, Majority Whip
Rep. Steve Lukan, Assistant Leader
Rep. Matt Windschitl, Assistant Leader
Rep. Chip Baltimore
Rep. Joel Fry
Rep. Chris Hagenow
Rep. Linda Miller
Sen. Rob Bacon
Sen. Randy Feenstra
Sen. Shawn Hamerlinck
(29 county chairs announced August 2, 2011)
|Black Hawk - Don
Kuhle, Cedar Falls
Cedar - John Kaufmann, Wilton
Cerro Gordo - Gabe Haugland
Dallas - Tyler DeHaan, Urbandale
Dubuque - Jim Heavens, Dyersville
Emmet - Kimberly Hageman, Estherville
Fayette - Jim Kirkpatrick, Fayett
Guthrie - David Stolp, Panora
Hamilton - Ann Hampken, Williams
Hancock - Gerald Edgar, Garner
Harrison - Charles Petterson, Persia
Henry - Jenny Turner, Mount Pleasant
Jasper - Mark Parriott, Newton
Johnson - Joe Kippley, Iowa City
Linn - Eric Rosenthal, Cedar Rapids
|Mahaska - Lawrence
Rouw, New Sharon
Marshall - Kerry Jech, Marshalltown
Mills - Tyler Mahood, Glenwood
Muscatine - John Kaufmann, Wilton
Polk - Matt McDermott, West Des Moines
Scott - Jeanita McNulty, Blue Grass
Sioux - Mick Snieder, Orange City
Story - Jeremy Davis, Ames
Wapello - Blake Smith, Ottumwa
Warren - Susan Geddes, Indianola
Washington - Tricia Lipski, Washington
Webster - Ed Touney, Fort Dodge
Winnebago - Jerry Tweeten, Forest City
Woodbury - Paul Baker, Sioux City
Ben Foster served as the first Iowa staffer, starting with the PAC (reported by the DMR on Sept. 14, 2010). He is a graduate of the University of Alabama, 2009. He was suspended and then resigned effective April 16, 2011.
State Director Sarah (Crawford) Stewart
Taking leave from b-fresh consulting, LLC, which she founded in 2008. Senior advisor to Pawlenty's Freedom First PAC (announced June 2010). Deputy campaign manager on John McCain's 2008 NH primary campaign; started in Dec. 2006 as deputy political director, New England region. Communications director at The Dennehy Group, started there in June 2004. Eastern region manager for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, based in Rhode Island. Worked on coalitions for Craig Benson's 2002 gubernatorial campaign. Assistant to the executive director at the NRCC. Helped set up McCain's Straight Talk America leadership PAC after the campaign. Field organizer on McCain's 2000 NH primary campaign. B.A. in American history from the University of Vermont.
Political Director Peter Towey
Political director and earlier field director on the
Toomey for Senate campaign in Pennsyvania, 2009-10. Deputy
political director and earlier field representative on the Chris
Hackett for Congress campaign in PA-10, 2008. Food expeditor at
Mastro's Ocean Club, 2005-07. 72-hour director on the Jim
Ogonowski for Congress campaign in Mass. for the last two months of the
campaign, 2007. Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree from
Arizona State University, 2007.
Field Luke Kraus
(started with Freedom First PAC, working for Crawford,
reported by John DiStaso, Granite Status, Aug. 12, 2010) B.A. in
political science from American University, 2010. Development
intern for Americans for Prosperity, 2007-09, also interned for Sen.
Judd Gregg and Executive Councilor Ray Burton. From Hanover, NH.
Field Robert Simpson
Served as a regional field representative on the Linda
McMahon for Senate campaign in Connecticut in 2010. Connecticut
Field Nick Trainer
Philadelphia field representative on the Toomey for
Senate campaign. Worked for the North Carolina Republican Party.
Field Elissa Voccola
Political director on the Caligiuiri for Congress
campaign in CT-5 in 2010; previously a regional field representative on
the Simmons for Senat campaign.
Office Manager Erin LaMontagne
(April 2011) Assistant campaign manager on Ovide
Lamontagne for U.S. Senate, 2010. B.A. in English and music from
Senior Advisor Rich Killion
(reported by Granite Status on March 24, 2011)
Managing partner at Elevare Communications since 2004. Consultant
and NH strategist on Romney for President, 2007-08. Director of
the Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication at Franklin Pierce
College, 2002-04. Campaign manager on Keough for Governor,
2001-02. New Hampshire state director for Citizens for a Sound
Economy, 1999-2001. Managing director of college relations and
lecturer at Franklin Pierce College, 1995-99. Director of
education, legislation and finance at TCI/Taylor, Hagerty &
Associates, 1994-95. Director of Tele-Consultants, Inc.,
1989-94. M.P.A. from George Mason University, 1994. B.A. in
economic from Stonehill College, 1989. twitter
(from April 21, 2011)
John Lyons: served as Chairman of Governor Pawlenty's NH Freedom First PAC, is Chairman of the State Board of Education, and was Vice Chairman of Senator John McCain's 2008 NH campaign.
Cliff Hurst: the Manchester businessman recently finished his term as Chairman of the Manchester Republican Committee and was co-Chairman of Governor Huckabee's 2008 NH campaign (ed.-reported by Roll Call in Jan. 2011).
Bill Cahill: the Piermont resident is a former Executive Councilor from District 3 and former State Representative. Bill has served in volunteer leadership of a number of presidential campaigns - most recently for former Senator Fred Thompson's 2008 NH campaign. Bill is also the Founder and CEO of Cahill Public Affairs, LLC.
Harold Turner: the Goffstown businessman is President of H.L. Turner Group and is a member of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Harold was Finance Chairman for Ovide Lamontagne's 2010 U.S. Senate primary campaign.
Carissa Means: Chairperson of the Lebanon Republican Committee and a member of the Lebanon School Board. Carissa has already hosted the Governor and Mrs. Pawlenty for a widely attended house party in March 2011.
Bruce Berke: the Bow resident was Treasurer of NH Freedom First PAC, is State Director for NFIB, and Founding and Managing Partner of Sheehan Phinney Capital Group in Concord. Bruce has been actively involved in NH presidential and state campaigns for 30 years.
Dave MacLaughlin: Nashua Republican Activist, former Alderman in Nashua, McCain 2008 Nashua City Chair and Alternate Delegate to the National Republican Convention. Dave is also serves as the Chair of the Nashua Conservation Commission.
Representative Shaun Doherty: Shaun is currently serving his second term in the State House of Representatives. He previously served as the New Hampshire Youth Chairman for Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign.Doherty announced switch to Romney on July 26, as reported by Granite Status John DiStaso.
(announced June 22, 2011)
Jennifer Horn: GOP nominee for the 2nd CD in 2008. Founder of “We The People: A First-in-the-Nation Freedom Forum.” Experience as a radio talk show host, newspaper columnist and small business owner.
July 14, 2011)
Bruce Keough: Keough, a private investor, served as State Senator from 1995 to 1997 and served on the University System board from 1997 to 2001. Keough also was a candidate for the Republican nomination for Governor in 2002. Bruce has served in volunteer leadership roles for a number of New Hampshire charities, initiatives and campaigns – most recently as co-chairman of the New Hampshire Romney for President effort in 2007-08.
Political Director Kurt Pickhardt
(started on May 16, 2011) Came to the campaign after
about two years working as operations director of the South Carolina
Republican Party. Degree in political science from the University
of South Carolina; interned at the South Carolina Republican Party
headquarters. Greenville native.
Co-Chair U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson
June 9, 2011)
Co-Chair Former Attorney General Charlie
June 23, 2011) Practicing attorney in the Charleston, SC
Served as the Attorney General of South Carolina from 1995-2003. He
previously served as co-chair of John McCain’s 2008 presidential
primary in South Carolina, as well as George W. Bush’s and Bob Dole’s
efforts in 2000 and 1996, respectively.
State Chairman and National Finance
Co-Chairman Phil Handy
(announced May 26, 2011) Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Industries, a worldwide diversified service and manufacturing company, since Oct. 2001. In 2007-08 he served as a Florida co-chair on Sen. John McCain's campaign and chaired McCain's Education Policy Committee. Served six years as chairman of the Florida State Board of Education, appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush (through Jan. 2007). 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 Justin Sayfie
(announced May 26, 2011) A founding shareholder
of Blosser & Sayfie, and publisher of SayfieReview.com,
one of Florida's top news websites. Prior to co-founding Blosser
& Sayfie in August 2001, Justin worked as a senior policy advisor,
spokesman and chief speechwriter for Gov. Jeb Bush. Justin was a
Ranger in the 2004 Bush-Cheney campaign, and served as Vice-Chair for
the Florida Republican Party Victory campaign in 2006.
Co-Chair State Rep. (and Speaker
First elected to the State Legislature in 2006, represents District 61
(Pasco County and a bit of Hillsborough County);
designated to become Speaker in 2012. Aide to then House Speaker
Allan Bense; worked on Florida House Republican campaigns in
2004. Bachelor's degree in business administration from
Jacksonville University, 2002. Moved to Florida in 1986; resident
of Wesley Chapel. As reported by the St. Petersburg Times,
Weatherford works for Breckenridge Enterprises and Simpson
Co-Chair Slater Bayliss
(announced July 19, 2011) Partner in The Advocacy Group at Cardenas Partners since 2005. Executive director of "Floridians for Responsible Spending," 2004. Director of corporate relations in Gov. Jeb Bush's office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development. Director of operations for Governor Bush’s Inaugural Celebration, 2003. Personal assistant to Governor Bush, 2000-02. Director of the Republican Party of Florida's Committee of 100, their highest donor level. Bayliss has also worked on the George W. Bush for President Iowa straw poll effort in 1999, Jeb Bush's gubernatorial race in 1998, and for the Republican Governors' Association at the Republican Convention in 1996. B.A. in political science from the University of Iowa.
Regional Chairman State Rep. Chris
July 6, 2011) Represents District 34, which encompasses a fair
part of Seminole County, elected Nov. 2007. Elected to Seminole
County Soil & Water Conservation District in 2006. Seminole
County Chairman of Bush/Cheney 2004. Worked for Johnson &
Johnson; a manager for Proctor & Gamble. M.B.A. from Duke
University, 2006; bachelor's degree from University of Florida,
1998. Resident of Lake Mary. Real estate investor.
Regional Chaiman State Rep. Richard
July 6, 2011) Represents District 45, elected 2010. Has
served as advisor to three Speakers of the Florida House. J.D.
from Regent University, 1996; bachelor's degree from St. Leo College,
1989; served in the U.S. Naval Reserve. Resident of New Port
title? ("will...help to lead Gov. Pawlenty's efforts in Florida") Bret Prater
(announced July 19, 2011) Political director for the Republican Party of Florida in the 2010 cycle (from May/June 2009); previously a coordinator of the RPOF’s Get Out the Vote Program. Served as deputy director of external affairs in the Executive Office of Gov. Crist and as a special assistant to the Governor for a 37-county region in North Florida. Organized the RPOF’s statewide precinct walker program in the 2006 election. Did political work for the Florida Association of Realtors, 2005-06. Florida Victory 2004 field staffer in Leon County. A grassroots organizer for the Bush/Brogan ‘02 gubernatorial campaign in Miami-Dade County.
Endorsements by Elected Officials
(announced July 6, 2011)
Rep. (and Speaker Designate) Will Weatherford, Wesley Chapel
Rep. Chris Dorworth, Lake Mary
Rep. Richard Corcoran, New Port Richey
(announced July 22, 2011)
Rep. Janet Adkins, Fernandina Beach
Rep. Ben Albritton, Wauchula
Rep. Frank Artiles, Miami
Rep. Jason Brodeur, Sanford
Rep. James Grant, Tampa
Rep. Ana Rivas Logan, Miami
Rep. Jeanette Nunez, Miami
Rep. Jose Oliva, Miami
Rep. Scott Plakon, Longwood
Rep. John Tobia, Melbourne
Rep. Carlos Trujillo, Miami
National Senior Finance Advisor Ann
(announced March 28, 2011...see above)
Florida Finance Director Gretchen Picotte
(announced March 28, 2011...see above)
Honorary Chair Former Gov. Sonny
(honorary chair role reported June 22; endorsement announced
June 9, 2011—he had been supporting Newt Gingrich) note Ayers
(reported June 22, 2011)
(reported June 22, 2011)
Over 100 Minnesota conservatives (announced June 29, 2011)
conservative leaders (announced
July 1, 2011)
Freedom First PAC
William H. Strong
(announced Oct. 1, 2009) Vice Chairman of Morgan Stanley.
Honorable Vin Weber
(announced Oct. 1, 2009) Managing partner at
Clark and Weinstock. Served in the U.S. House of Representatives
from 1981-93 representing Minnesota's 2nd CD.
(announced Oct. 1, 2009) Al & Cathy Annexstad,
Shorewood, Minnesota | Bill Cooper, Chairman of the Board
and CEO, TCF Financial Corporation, and former Chairman of Republican
Party of Minnesota. | Mark Davis, Chairman,
Cambria | Megan Doyle, Founder, Hope for the
City | Jeff Larson, Former CEO, 2008 MSP Host Committee and
Partner, FLS Connect. | Susan Marvin, President, Marvin
Windows | Tim Owens, CEO, Voyager Bank | Tom
Stauber, President & owner, Edwards Sales | Bob Ulrich,
Former CEO, Target
Online Strategy Patrick Ruffini and Mindy
(announced Oct. 1, 2009) Ruffini and Finn are partners
at Engage, which he founded in
2007. After the 2008 elections they started RebuildTheParty.com.
Ruffini - eCampaign director at the RNC, announced Oct. 11, 2005 through to Jan. 2007. 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.
Finn - Director of e-strategy on Mitt Romney's campaign. Director of new media and technology on Sen. Rick Santorum's 2006 campaign. Deputy eCampaign director at the RNC starting in early 2005. Deputy webmaster on Bush-Cheney '04. Worked on Capitol Hill for Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX), as legislative correspondent and webmaster, and for Sen. 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.
Online Communications Outreach Liz Mair and Patrick Hynes of Hynes Communications
(announced Oct. 1, 2009) Hynes Communications
Mair - Online communications director at the Republican National Committee in 2008. Lived in the United Kingdom for ten years where she earned an M.A. in international relations from the University of St. Andrews, attended law school, and practiced corporate law in the London for three years. Born and raised in Seattle, WA.
Hynes - President of the firm. Online outreach consultant for Sen. John McCain’s 2008 campaign. Experience also includes account executive with the consulting firm Marsh Copsey + Scott. Author of In Defense of the Religious Right (Nelson Current).
Treasurer Don Stiles
(announced Oct. 1, 2009) Treasurer on Pawlenty's 2006 re-election campaign. Career includes 18 years at ING ReliaStar, Jan. 1983-Dec. 2000, where he served as assistant vice president for corporate tax services. M.B.A. in accounting from University of Minnesota, 1979; B.A. in economics from Carleton College, 1973.