National Republican Congressional Committee - 2012

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Note: The Center for Responsive Politics reported that for the 2012 cycle through Dec. 18, 2012 the NRCC raised $155,119,904, spent $153,916,617, and had cash on hand of $3,741,589; this included independent expenditures.  PAC independent expenditures $65,812,772 and coordinated expenses $3,852,464.

Chairman  Rep. Pete Sessions (TX-32)

(elected NRCC chairman on Nov. 19, 2008; re-elected Nov. 17, 2010) Elected to his eight term in Congress in 2010.  First elected in 1996, in TX-5 (Dallas); since 2002, after redistricting, he has represented the 32nd CD.  Worked for then-Southwestern Bell Telephone Company for 16 years, retiring as district manager for marketing in Dallas.  Graduate of Southwestern University, 1978.

Deputy Chairman  Rep. Greg Walden (OR-2)

(also served as deputy chairman in the 2010 cycle)

Vice Chairs
Communications  Rep. Diane Black (TN-6)
Finance  Rep. Vern Buchanan (FL-13)
Grassroots Development  Rep. Virginia Foxx (NC-5)
Coalitions  Rep. Devin Nunes (CA-21)
Regional  Ed Royce (CA-40)
Recruitment  Rep. Steve Scalise (LA-1)
Mentoring  Rep. John Shimkus (IL-19)
Redistricting  Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (GA-3)

(the 8 vice chairs announced Jan. 14, 2010)

Regional Chairs
12 Regions

Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA), Region 1: CA, WA, OR, HI.    Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), Region 2: AZ, NM, CO, NV.    Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD), Region 3: MT, ID, WY, UT, ND, SD, AK.    Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS), Region 4: MO, NE, KS, IA.    Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX), Region 5: TX.    Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI), Region 6: MI, WI, IN, MN, IL.   Rep. John Fleming  (R-LA), Region 7: OK, LA, AR.    Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH), Region 8: OH.    Rep. Geoff Davis (R-KY), Region 9: TN, SC, NC, KY, VA.    Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY), Region 10: NJ, NY, CT, RI, MA, NH, VT, ME.    Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA), Region 11: PA, WV, MD, DE.    Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA), Region 12: GA, AL, MS, FL.
(announced March 2, 2011)


Executive Director  Guy Harrison

(from Jan. 2009)  Chief of staff to Rep. Pete Sessions, Jan. 1997-Dec. 2008; started working for Sessions as an organizer on his 1994 campaign, a narrow loss.  Graduate of Dartmouth College, 1994.

Deputy Executive Director  Jeff Burton

(from Jan. 2011)  Previously director of coalitions for the House Republican Steering Committee, started in Jan. 2009.  Campaign manager on Mike Conaway's 2004 congressional campaign, then served as Rep. Conaway's chief of staff through to the beginning of Jan. 2009.  Worked on Darrell Issa's 2000 congressional campaign, then served as a field rep. for Rep. Issa through Sept. 2001.  From Southern California.

Assistant to the Executive Director  Sarah Binion

(Sept. 2011)  Previously worked as a scheduler in the U.S. House of Representatives from June 2009.  B.A. in communication from Wake Forest University, 2009.

Director of Strategic Initiatives  Geoff Embler

(2011)  Senior communications advisor at the NRCC in 2010.  Director of legislative research to House Republican Leader John Boehner, 2008-10.  Team owner in the Cobra Kal Football League, 2007-10.  Press secretary to Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, 2007.  Press secretary at the House Republican Conference, 2006-07.  Press secretary to Rep. Eric Cantor, 2004-06.  Communications director on Jim DeMint for Senate in Fall 2004.  Press secretary to Rep. George Radanovich, 2003-04.  Public affairs at the U.S. Department of Labor, 2001-02.  Research analyst at the NRSC, 1998-2001. B.A. in political science from Clemson University.


Political Director  Mike Shields

(announced Dec. 14, 2010)  Shields served as NRCC director of independent expenditures starting in March 2010 after starting as director of special projects in Jan. 2009.  Previously chief of staff to Rep. Dave Reichert (WA); worked for Reichert for four years starting in Jan. 2005 as clerk. Research director at the NRCC in the 2004 cycle.  Press secretary to Rep. George Gekas (PA), mid-2002-Jan. 2003.  Managed Tim James' unsuccessful 2002 primary race for governor of Alabama.  Spokesman for Newt Gingrich for five years; started as communications director for Friends of Newt Gingrich in July 1996.  Started out his career clipping newspapers at the RNC during the Haley Barbour era.  Studied at George Mason University.

Deputy Political Director/Polling Director  Brock McLeary

(Jan. 2010)  Northeast regional political director at the NRCC in the 2010 cycle, started Nov. 2009.  Communications director to Rep. Pat McCrory (NC).  Worked for a year and a half at Revolution Agency, a Republican consulting firm.  B.A. in political science from Elizabethtown College; elected chair of the Pennsylvania College Republicans.  Grew up in Franklin Co., PA.

Regional Political Directors
West - Jon Reedy

Campaign manager on Scott Bruun for Congress in Oregon's 5th CD in 2010.

Central West - Lee Padilla

Padilla has been involved with Texas politics for 13 years. Worked with the NRCC’s Midwest and West regional political teams in the 2010 cycle. District outreach coordinator to Rep. Sessions, 2005-May 1, 2009.  Has also worked for Sen. John Cornyn and in the state legislature.

Midwest - David Watts

Watts has been a Republican operative for the last 13 years and has worked on local, state and national campaigns in Texas, Missouri and Illinois. Watts has also worked for former President George W. Bush, Texas Sens. John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison and Illinois Reps. Bobby Schilling and Peter Roskam.

Northeast - John Rogers

Previously an equities trader for AMR Capital Trading.  Campaign experience includes Bob Cohen 2010, Rob Astorino’s race for Westchester County Executive in 2009, Victory director for the NJ Republican Party in 2006, and director of field operations for the Pennsylvania Republican Party in Montgomery County in 2004.  During Gov. George Pataki’s administration he served as deputy director of regional and local government affairs, 2003-05 and appointments officer, 2001-03.  Graduate of Sienna College, 1999.

Southeast - Adam Kincaid 

(Sept. 2011)  Redistricting coordinator at the NRCC.  Director of policy and research and deputy political director at the Republican Governors Association, 2007-11.  Voter programs director for the Georgia Republican Party, 2005-06.  M.P.A. (public policy) from The University of Georgia, 2006; B.A. from Florida State University, 2003.

Political Coordinator  Mallory Hanville

(from Jan. 2012)  Started at the NRCC in June 2011 as direct marketing coordinator.  B.S. in family and consumer sciences, child and family development from the University of Georgia, 2011.

Patriot Program Director (Incumbent Retention)  Liesl Hickey

(announced Jan. 13, 2011 "assisting incumbents as they commit themselves to meet rigorous goals that will strengthen their campaigns to ensure victory.")  Most recently served as an advisor to the NRSC.  Joined ONE in March 2007 as senior director of US campaigns, responsible for managing ONE’s 2008 presidential advocacy initiative, ONE Vote 08.  Chief of staff to Rep. Mark Kirk, Aug. 2004-Jan. 2007.  Served as Kirk's campaign manager starting in 2000.  A field consultant for the NRCC.  Finance director for Sen. Peter Fitzgerald's campaign in 1998.  Graduate of Southern Methodist University.

Coalitions Director  Mike Bober

(Feb. 2009)  Executive director of the House Conservatives Fund political action committee, April 2006-Jan. 2009.  Associate at Hammond & Associates, 2003-06.  PAC manager at the Manufactured Housing Institute, 2002-03.  B.S. in international politics from Georgetown University, 2000.

Legislative Director  Lindsay Pitts

(Oct. 2011)  Previously legislative director for Rep. Bill Flores (TX-17), Jan.-Oct. 2011.  Legislative assistant to Rep. Jimmy Duncan (TN-2) from 2005-09 after serving as a legislative correspondent (2004-05) and staff assistant (first part of 2004).  B.A. in philosophy from University of Tennessee-Knoxville, 2003.  From Tennessee.


Communications Director  Paul Lindsay

(announced Dec. 14, 2010)  Lindsay served as NRCC deputy communications director in the 2008 cycle, starting in Jan. 2009.  Regional communications director for Ohio and Pennsylvania on McCain-Palin 2008.  Western regional press secretary at the RNC.  Worked for Rep. Charles Boustany (LA-7) from 2005-07, first as a staff assistant, then as press secretary.  Graduate of James Madison University with a degree in political science, 2004.

Deputy Communications Director  Andrea Bozek

Previously regional press secretary for the Midwest and Southeast, announced Jan. 31, 2011.  Account supervisor at Edelman.  Communications director for Rep. Chris Lee (NY), Jan. 2009-June 2010.  Press secretary to Rep. Tom Reynolds (NY), Aug. 2007-Jan. 2009.  Regional coordinator for John McCain’s presidential campaign in the first part of 2007.  Communications assistant at the NRCC in the 2006 cycle.

Deputy Press Secretary  Meagan Holder

(June 2012; initially communications coordinator/press assistant from July 2011-June 2012).  B.A. degree from UNC at Chapel Hill, 2010.

Regional Press Secretaries

West  Daniel Scarpinato

(Dec. 2011)  Director of communications for the majority caucus in the Arizona House of Representatives, 2011 as well as press secretary on Wes Gullett for Mayor of Phoenix, Fall 2011.  Director of communications on Jonathan Paton for Congress (AZ 6th CD) in 2010.  Editor of the Yellow Sheet Report for the Arizona Capitol Times/Arizona News Service.  Reporter for the Arizona Daily Star, 2004-09.

Midwest  Katie Prill

(June 4 2012) Came to the NRCC from position as press secretary to Wil Cardon, a candidate in the U.S. Senate primary in Arizona.  Press secretary to Rep. David McKinley (WV).  Originally from Michigan.

Northeast  Nathaniel Sillin

(Dec. 2011) Communications director to Rep. Nan Hayworth (NY), Jan.-Dec. 2011.  Press secretary then communications director to Rep. Mike Coffman (CO), 2009-Jan. 2011.  Government and public affairs associate at R&R Partners, 2007-09.  Analyst for the Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission, 2005-06.  Press assistant at the House Science Space and Technology Committee, 2004-05.  Staff assistant to Sen. Judd Gregg (NH), 2003-04.  B.A. in political science, economics from University of Vermont, 2003.

Press Assistant  Jillian Rogers

(June 2012)  Previously interned for Congressman John Mica and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Bachelors degree in journalism from University of Florida, 2012

Director of Radio and Television  Christyn Keyes

(March 2010) Previously legislative correspondent for Rep. Steve Chabot (OH).  Deputy press secretary on Chabot's successful 2010 campaign.  Bachelor's degree in political science from Miami University, 2010.

National Surrogate Director  Gabriele Forsyth

(Feb. 2009)  Executive assistant to Rep. Tom Davis (VA), 2003-08.  Director of operations a the NRCC, 1999-2002.  Executive assistant to Sen. Mike DeWine, 1997-99.  Scheduler to Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, first part of 1997.  Assistant scheduler to Sen. Bill Frist, 1995-96.  B.A. in political science from San Diego State University.


Digital Director  Gerrit Lansing

(May 2012)  Previously press secretary at the House Budget Committee from June 2011.  New media director to U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, 2010-11.  Blogger at the Heritage Foundation, 2008-10.  B.A. in classical languages from Sewanee-The University of the South, 2007.

Deputy Digital Director  Chris Billeter

(April 2011)  Previously at DCI Group as a senior account manager from Feb. 2010.  Consultant as part of the digital services team for DCI Group and online cmmunications specialist for FRANEO.  Graduate of American University, 2008.

Digital Coordinator  Nick Marcelli

(May 2011)  Graduate of American University, 2011.

Director of Media Operations  Brandon Stewart

(July 2012 - produced the NRCC's online ads)  President of Eye Design Labs since June 2010.  Senior producer (Dec. 2011-June 2012) and digital communications associate (Jan. 2010-Dec. 2011) at the Heritage Foundation.  B.A. in religion and political science from Wabash College, 2008.

Video Editor  Shaun Ledgerwood

(started at the NRCC as video editor in May 2009)  Video editor at Marsh Copsey + Associates, May 1999-May 2009.  B.F.A. in illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design, 1998.

Media Resource Manager  Ashley Craig

(May 2012...running the TV/Satellite Studio; media assistant at the NRCC from March 2011)  Executive assistant to the national field director at ACT! for America, 2009-11.  Bachelor's degree in communication from Montreat College, 2009.


Research Director/Senior Research Analyst  Jon Black

(from Jan. 2009)  Worked in the research department at the NRSC in the 2008 cycle.  Joined the NRCC research department in 2006.  Legislative aide on Capitol Hill.  Political director on John Swallow's 2004 campaign against Rep. Jim Matheson in Utah.  Graduate of Brigham Young University.  From Orem, UT.

Senior Research Analyst  Celia A. Riley

(from Jan. 2011)  Research analyst for the NRCC's IE in Fall 2010.  Started at the NRCC in June 2009 as a regional research analyst (Northeast).  Political account assistant at the Lukens Company in the first half of 2009, project manager at Majority Strategies, Inc. in the last half of 2008, and research analyst for the City of Zephyrhills, first five months of 2008.  M.P.A. from University of South Florida, 2008; B.A. in political science from University of South Florida, 2006.

Media Research Director  Christopher Hanks

(June 2012)  Founder and president of Harbinger International, Inc., Jan. 2009-Dec. 2012.  Consultant at Campaign Solutions, Inc., June 2006-Dec. 2008.  J.D. from Univerity of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law, 2004; B.S. in economics from Cal State Chico, 2001.
in charge of the Video-Tracking Program which deployed more than 60 independent contractors tasked to record Democratic candidates in targeted districts


IT Director  George Griffin

(Feb. 2004)  Owner and network engineer at Griffin Consulting, LLC, 2001-04.  IT director at Global Metro Networks, April 2000-Oct. 2001.  IT director on Forbes 2000, May 1999-March 2000.  IT for SoftMed Systems,1998-99.  Director of network services at the RNC, 1995-98.


Finance Director  Jenny Sheffield Drucker

(announced Dec. 14, 2010)  Served as NRCC deputy finance director in the 2010 cycle.  PAC director at the NRSC during the 2008 cycle. PAC director at the NRCC in the 2006 cycle.  Worked on the 2000 and 2004 Bush/Cheney campaigns, the 2004 Republican National Convention, and the 2001 and 2005 Presidential Inaugural Committees.  Staff assistant, then office manager for Rep. Sessions from 2000 to May 2004.  Graduate of Texas A&M University, 1999. 

Deputy Finance Director  Ryan Carney

(Jan. 20011)  Served as a regional finance director in the 2010 cycle.  Owner at The Carney Group, 2005-mid-2009.  National finance director on Brownback for President, Dec. 2006-Oct. 2007.  Manager of the Washington office of Steve Gordon and Associates, 2000-05.  B.A. in politics from The Catholic University of America, 2002.

Deputy Finance Director  Alex Lawhon

Experience includes a regional finance director on the John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign.

Finance Coordinator  Dara Klein

(May 2011)  B.A. in political science and public health from The George Washington University, 2011.


CFO  Ben Ottenhoff

(Jan. 2011; previously controller Jan. 2009-Jan. 2011 and budget manager Jan. 2008-Jan. 2009)  Finance manager at JD Norman Industries, Inc., 2006-08.  M.B.A. in finance from Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, 2012; undergraduate degree in business from Calvin College, 2006.  Originally from Palos Heights, IL.

Controller  Rob Jentgens

(Sept. 2011)  President of RDJ Consulting, July 2009-Sept. 2011.  Director of accounting at the NRSC, Aug. 2007-July 2009.  Deputy CFO on Romney for President, Inc. Jan.-Aug. 2007.  Accounting and logistics manager at Wishoo, 2001-04.  M.B.A. in finance from University of Cincinnati College of Business, 2001; B.A. in history, political science from Indiana University Bloomington, 1995.

Budget Manager  Savannah Steele

(Jan. 2011)  Started at the NRCC as treasury analyst, from Jan. 2009.  B.A. in business finance from Covenant College, 2008.


PAC Director  Megan Cummings

Deputy PAC Director  Holly Thurmond

(Jan. 2011)  Degree in international business from Mississippi State University.  From Ripley, MS.

Independent Expenditures

Director of Independent Expenditures  Joanna Burgos

(Feb. or March 2012)  Most recenty the NRCC's deputy communications director.  Western regional press secretary at the NRCC in the 2010 cycle starting Feb. 2009.  Communications director for the Nevada Democratic Party in Fall 2008.  Press secretary for the 2008 Republican National Convention.  Senior account executive at Racepoint Group. Communications staffer on Romney for President, Inc..  Assistant press secretary for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 2005-07.  Public affairs specialist at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, 2004-05.  Worked in Media Affairs at the White House.  Graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in public relations, 2004.

Research Director  Todd Johnson

Previously deputy research director at the NRCC from 2010 and started at the NRCC as a research analyst.  Originally from Arizona.

Senior Research and Legal Analyst  Micah Ketchel

(Feb. 2012)  Policy counsel/research analyst to the U.S. House Veterans Affairs Committee.  J.D. from Florida State University College of Law, 2011; B.S. and B.A. degrees in political science and religion from Florida State University, 2008.

Senior Research and Policy Analyst  Colin Larson

(April 2012; legislative assistant/deputy legislative director at the NRCC, Jan. 2011-April 2012)  Political research consultant for Haley O'Neill and DMM Media.  B.A. in political science, history from Colorado College, 2009.

Sean Philbin

(April 2012; started at the NRCC as Midwest regional research analyst in 2011)  Villanova University alum.

Media Assistant and Treasury Liaison  Annie Clark

(July 2012 "responsible for ensuring that NRCC advertisements are produced and shipped to the appropriate stations" and invoicing)  Undergraduate degree in English literature from Miami University.

also...In January 2011, Speaker Boehner announced a reorganization of his political office to coordinate with the NRCC and RNC to defend and expand House Republicans' majority.  Team Boehner, TFP-FOJB, is "a joint fundraising committee authorized by and composed of Friends of John Boehner and The Freedom Project."

Team Boehner

Executive Director  Tom Whatman
Deputy Executive Director  Chris McNulty
Political Director  Kevin McGrann
Director of the Office of Strategic Planning and Advance  Curtis Isakson
Finance Director  Caitlin Wohlfarth