National Republican Senatorial Committee - 2012

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Note: The Center for Responsive Politics reported that for the 2012 cycle the NRSC raised $117,045,862, spent $113,783,390, and finished with cash on hand of $3,380,789 (this included independent expenditures).

Chairman  Sen. John Cornyn (TX)

(elected Nov. 18, 2008; re-elected Nov. 16, 2010) Elected to the Senate in 2002 and re-elected in 2008. Texas state attorney general 1999-2002. Texas Supreme Court, 1990-97. Bexar County district court judge 1984-90. Attorney. B.A. from Trinity University, 1973, J.D. from St. Mary’s School of Law, 1977 (both in San Antonio). L.L.M. from the University of Virginia Law School, 1995.


Executive Director  Rob Jesmer

(announced Nov. 18, 2008) Managed Sen. Cornyn’s Nov. 2008 re-election victory. Political director on Sen. McCain's presidential campaign for several months in the first half of 2007. Regional political director for the Southeast at the RNC for the 2006 election cycle. Chief of staff to Rep. Mike Rogers (AL-3). National field director for the NRCC for the 2002 election cycle. 1996 graduate of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.

Assistant to the Executive Director  Hannah McLeod

(Dec. 2010; previously executive intern from Aug. 2010)  B.A. in political science, history from Wake Forest University, 2010.


Political Director  Rich Dunn

(announced Dec. 16, 2010) Dunn was promoted from deputy political director; he started at that position in Nov. 2009 and continued through 2010. Spokesman at the Club for Growth (headed by Chocola). Deputy incumbent retention director at the NRCC, 2008. Previously worked for Rep. Michelle Bachmann (MN) starting in Jan. 2007 as legislative director and later as chief of staff until Feb. 2008. Legislative assistant/ legislative director to Rep. Chris Chocola (IN), Jan. 2005-Jan. 2007 (Chocola defeated in re-election bid); managed Chocola's successful 2004 re-election campaign. Graduate of the University of Notre Dame. Illinois native.

Regional Political Director  Cam Savage

(May 2011)  Campaign manager on Dan Coats for Indiana, May-Dec. 2010.  Campaign manager on Todd Rokita for Congress, Feb-May 2010.  Communications director at the Indiana Department of Education, 2009-10.  Communications director on Mitch Daniels for Governor, 2007-08.  Chief of staff/campaign manager to Rep. Mike Sodrel, 2005-08.  Campaign manager on Nancy Naples for Congress, July-Nov. 2004.  Communications director to Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita, 2003-04.  B.A. in journalism and political science from Franklin College, 1999.

Political Coordinator  Jared Hart

(Sept. 2012)  B.A. in economics and history from Wake Forest University, 2012.

Incumbent Retention Director  Dan Flynn

Worked for Rep. Tom DeLay starting in Jan. 2001 as director of Member services in the Office of the Minority Whip and ultimately serving as deputy chief of staff and then senior advisor to the Majority Leader for 2005-06. NRCC incumbent retention director in 1999-2000. Graduate of Wabash College. Illinois native.


Communications Director  Brian J. Walsh

Communications director to Sen. John Cornyn from the latter part of 2006 to Jan. 2009. Communications director to Rep. Bob Ney (OH) and the House Administration Committee, 2002-06. Communications director and earlier legislative assistant to Rep. Bob Barr (GA).

Press Secretary  Jahan Wilcox

Western regional press secretary at the RNC, based in Las Vegas, in the 2010 cycle, from Oct. 2009.  Press secretary to Sen. Roger Wicker, 2008-09.  Deputy press secretary to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, 2007-08.  Press assistant at the RNC, 2006-07.  Staff assistant to Sen. Norm Coleman 2005-06.  Graduate of St. Norbert College, 2005.

Press Secretary  Chris Bond

(joined the NRSC in March 2010; deputy press secretary in the 2010 cycle) Previously worked in development and marketing at Americans for Prosperity, starting Nov. 2007. Member services at the American Meat Institute, 2006-07. Director of operations for Zeta Psi Fraternity of North America, 2005-06. B.A. in philosopy from Tulane University, 2005.


Research Director  Michael Reed

(announced Dec. 16, 2010) A senior research analyst at the NRSC in the 2010 cycle. Experience includes research analyst on former Gov. Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. Graduate of Hobart College. Boston native.

Deputy Research Director  Natalie Gillam

(Jan. 2012; previously senior research analyst at the NRSC from Aug. 2009).  Research analyst at the RNC, June 2008-Feb. 2009.  B.A. in political science from University of Tennessee-Knoxville, 2008. 

Research Analyst and Assistant War Room Manager  Ian Gray

(Nov. 2011; previously political coordinator from Jan. 2011)  Co-founder and principal developer at Quantum Strategic Solutions, LLC from Dec. 2010.  Campaign manager at Rooney for Congress, July-Nov. 2010.  B.A. in political science from Sewanee-The University of the South, 2010.

New Media/Online

Digital Director  Alex Skatell

(Feb. 1, 2011) Previously director of new media and technology at the Republican Governors Association from May 2009.  Founder and managing director of Anu Media LLC, 2008-09.  Undergraduate degree from Clemson University, 2008.


Director of Marketing  Sean Miller

(March 2005) Prospecting director at the RNC, Aug. 2001-March 2005.  Account executive at The Lukens Company, 1995-2001.  Deputy finance director on Bauer for President, 1999-Feb. 2000.  M.A. in political management from The George Washington University; B.A. in political science and history from SUNY Stony Brook, 1993; A.A. in liberal arts from Suffolk County Community College.

Marketing Manager  Megan Novak

(Jan. 2012)  B.A. in international affairs from The George Washington University, 2011.


Finance Director  Dorinda Moss

(also held this position throughout the 2010 cycle) Finance director on Fred Thompson’s presidential campaign. Returned to the RNC in 2005, serving as director of the Raiser's Edge (recruitment, organization, and management of individual volunteer fundraisers), and then as director of the RNC Regents Program.  Finance co-director of the 55th Presidential Inaugural Committee.  Regional finance director for the Midwest and Northeast for Victory 2004 and earlier regional finance director for the Midwest at Bush-Cheney ’04.  During the 2001-02 election cycle Moss served as RNC regional finance director for the Southeast.  Prior to this she was the finance director at the Tennessee Republican Party.   She has also worked on the campaigns of Fred Thompson and Lamar Alexander and the second Inauguration of Gov. Don Sundquist.  B.S. in political science and communications from Belmont University in Nashville.  Native of middle Tennessee.

Deputy Finance Director  Katie Walsh

(Jan. 2009) A regional finance director on RNC/McCain Victory 2008.  Assistant to the national finance director on the Fred Thompson campaign.  Undergraduate degree in business from The George Washington University.


PAC Director  Lauren Hamel (née Griffin)

(2009) Previously an associate at Dutko Worldwide; joined the firm in Aug. 2005.  Worked for two legislative sessions in the Texas State Senate, serving as deputy communications director and legislative assistant for Sen. Robert L. Duncan. B.S. in communication and media studies from University of Texas at Austin, 2005.  Native Texan.

Deputy PAC Director  Michael McCollum

(Oct. 2011) Previously an executive assistant at Crossroads Strategies, LLC from April 2011.  Bachelor's degree in communications and media studies from University of Mississippi, 2011.


Controller  Kris Ozanus

(Aug. 2009)  Previously senior accountant/asst. controller (from May 2008) and started at the NRSC in March 2006 as accounts receivable/accounts payable.  Pension analyst at Pipefitters National Pension Fund, 2004-06.  M.B.A. from Regis University, 2004; B.A. from Hampden-Sydney College, 2002.

Director of Operations  Austin Sherrill

(Jan. 2011; previously research analyst from March 2009)  Research analyst at Texans for John Cornyn, 2007-8.  B.A. in economics from the University of Texas at Austin, 2008.

IT Director  Nelson Matabhik

(March 2012) Also regional manager at Yuma Solutions from Jan. 2012 and principal at NM IT Consulting from 2002.

Deputy Media Director  Carl Sceusa

(May 2012) Media associate at CRAFT | Media/Digital in 2011.  Studied philosophy and political science at The George Washington University.

Director of Events  Gabi Everett

(March 2009) Deputy to the chairman at the 2008 Republican National Convention, July 2007-Jan. 2009.  Deputy director of member relations at the RNC, 2005-07.  Events coordinator for the Republican Party of Nevada/Victory '04.  Account executive at Cooley Advertising, 2003-04.  B.A. in broadcasting from Arizona State University, 2000.


Director  Mike DuHaime

Managing director at Mercury Public Affairs.  Also directed the NRSC's IE effort in 2010.  Lead strategist on Chris Christie's successful campaign for governor of New Jersey in 2009, and a member of Christie's transition team. Political director for the McCain campaign from early July 2008; also senior advisor for political operations at the RNC from March 2008.  Executive director of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee starting end of 2006.  Political director at the RNC, started in January 2005.  Northeast regional political director for Bush-Cheney '04.  Executive director of the New Jersey Republican State Committee starting in January 2002.  Formed his own political consulting firm, DuHaime Communications, Inc., in 2001.  Deputy campaign manager on Bob Franks' 2000 Senate campaign.  B.A. in journalism and political science from Rutgers University.  From Hoboken, NJ.

Strategist  Greg Strimple

President of GS Strategy Group.  A founding partner of Mercury Public Affairs, a national public affairs consultancy, Jan. 1997-Jan. 2010.  Senior advisory roles on Mark Kirk’s victory in the Illinois Senate race in 2010 and on Chris Christie's upset victory in the New Jersey governor's race in 2009.  Senior advisor for polling and advertising in Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential bid.   Strimple served as director of polling for the NRSC in 1996.  Graduate of Denison University, 1988.  Resident of Boise, ID.