Republican National Committee - 2011-12
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 contrast, 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.
Note: The Romney
campaign began to put its stamp
on the party following the April 24 primaries. See: Michael D.
Shear and Trip Gabriel. "Romney Set to Merge Staff With National
Committee." The New York Times,
2012. The Romneys visited RNC headquarters on
May 2. The RNC has
also begun announcing state Victory directors.
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)(Rule 6)
Sounding board for the Chair. Decisions between meetings of the full RNC.
- 8 by Region (MW, NE, S, W) - MW: Mary Buestrin
(WI), Jim Bopp (IN). NE: Louis Pope (MD), Jan Staples (MD).
S: Alec Poitevint (GA), Ruth Ulrich (LA). W: Jeff Kent (WA),
Miriam Hellreich (HI).
- 3 Chair Appointments - Steve King (WI), Henry
Barbour (MS), Betti Hill (MT).
- 17 Elected and Appointed Officers - 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.
Chairman Reince Priebus (WI)
(Elected chairman on Jan. 14, 2011 on the seventh round of voting) Served as RNC General Counsel; announced July 31, 2009, resigned Dec. 5, 2010. Chairman of the Wisconsin state party, first elected in May 2007. Candidate for State Senate in 2004, losing to incumbent Bob Wirch (D) by 52% to 48%. Partner at Best & Friedrich LLP; joined the firm in 1998. J.D. from University of Miami School of Law, 1998. Worked in the Wisconsin legislature before law school. B.S. from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, 1994. Born and raised in Kenosha, WI. See also: Race for RNC Chair
Advisor and Counsel Jonathan
Served as deputy transition director. Finance director/chief counsel at the Republican Party of Wisconsin, March-Dec. 2010. Previously worked as an independent consultant, and as an attorney for Centro Legal. In 2008 served as election day operations director for the Republican Party of Wisconsin. Law degree from St. Louis University, 2008. B.A. in government from Hamilton College, 2005.
Special Assistant to the Chairman Wells
(started at the RNC in early March 2011) Principal at Capitol Specialties, LLC. Managed Steven Palazzo's successful campaign for Congress in MS-04 in 2008. Executive director at the Mississippi Republican Party. Graduate of the Mississippi College School of Law and Virginia Military Institute.
Co-Chair Sharon Day (FL)
(elected Jan. 14, 2011 defeating Jan Larimer by two votes) Day served the past two years as RNC Secretary, elected Jan. 2009. She was an unsuccessful candidate for RPOF chairman in Feb. 2010 following the resignation of Jim Greer. "Sharon is a retired executive with marketing, group health insurance and re-insurance experience. She is an entrepreneur that has built and sold numerous businesses." From Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Treasurer Tony Parker (DC)
(elected Jan. 14, 2011) President of Parker Tide, a federal government contracting company. Vietnam veteran, U.S. Navy; received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College, and his J.D. and Masters in tax law from Georgetown Law Center.
Secretary Demetra DeMonte (IL)
(elected Jan. 14, 2011) Explored a campaign for
lieutenant governor in the first part of 2009. Elected RNC
Committeewoman in June 2008. Tazewell County Republican chair
since 2004. Chief business-operations manager of the orthodontic
practice she and her husband built, since 1978. Resident of
Pekin, Tazwell County; originally from Chicago.
General Counsel Bill Crocker (TX)
(announced March 3, 2011, subject to RNC confirmation) RNC National Committeeman for Texas since 2004 and serves as a member of the RNC Resolutions Committee and RNC Rules Committee. Activity in party politics goes back to service as chairman of the Eastland County Republican Party in rural Texas, 1960-61. As a student at Baylor; he was involved in the Eisenhower campaign in 1956 and the Nixon campaign in 1960. LL.B. from Baylor University School of Law, 1960; B.B.A. from Baylor University School of Business, 1958.
Finance Chairman Ron Weiser (MI)
(announced April 5, 2011 after serving as a co-chair of the transition finance team) Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, 2009-10. Ambassador to the Slovak Republic, appointed by President Bush in 2001. Founded McKinley Associates Inc., a national real estate investment company, in 1968, and served as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer until 2001. Has chaired numerous political and judicial campaigns including four Michigan Supreme Court races; chairman of Team Michigan from 1997-2000; Michigan finance chair of Bush for President in 1999 and 2000; and a member of the National Executive Committee of Victory 2000. Graduate of the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and did post-graduate work at the Business and Law Schools.
Chairman of the State Chairmen Matt
Pinnell (OK) >
(announced Feb. 4, 2011)
Chairman of the Budget Committee Gov. Bob
(announced Feb. 2, 2011)
Members of the Budget Committee: MW: Helen Van Etten (KS). S: Linda Herren (GA). NE: Priscilla B. Rakestraw (DE). W: Enid Mickelsen (UT). Plus Rob Gleason (PA) and Susie Hudson (VT).
Ex-Officio Members: Chairman Priebus, Co-Chairman Day, Treasurer Parker.
Chairman of the RNC Standing Committee on
Resolutions (Rules Committee) Mike Stuart (WV)
(announced March 4, 2011)
Chief of Staff Jeff Larson
(announced Feb. 3, 2011) In 1999 Larson
and three others formed Feather Hodges Larson & Synhorst, which
became FLS-DCI and then FLS Connect, a top campaign consulting firm; he
sold his stake in the firm following the 2010 elections. In the
2010 cycle Larson
chaired Minnesota Future, a 527 group that was active in the governor's
race. CEO of the Minneapolis-St. Paul 2008 Host Committee.
Founded a firm call Strategic Communications. Worked at the RNC
under Lee Atwater. Executive director of the Delaware Republican
Party in 1988 cycle. Worked on North Dakota Gov. Alan
Olson's unsuccessful 1984 re-election campaign. Deputy campaign
manager on Bud Westman's campaign for U.S. Senate in North
Degree in business administration and economics from University of
North Dakota, 1982. Grew up in Grand Forks, ND.
Deputy Chief of Staff Sara Armstrong
Director of membership services at the RNC in the 2010 cycle; started in March 2009. Worked at the White House from June 2002 to Jan. 2009. Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff to First Lady Laura Bush, July 2007-Jan. 2009; Director of the Visitors Office, March 2004-July 2007; Deputy Director of Correspondence for the First Lady, Dec. 2002-March 2004; Correspondence Analyst, June 2002-Dec. 2002. Sales/marketing manager at GMAC, 1999-2001. Retail services officer at BBT, 1994-97. M.B.A. from the University of South Carolina, 1999; B.S. in marketing from the University of South Carolina, 1994.
Political Director Rick Wiley
(announced Feb. 24, 2011) Western regional
political director at the RNC in the 2010 cycle. Managed Sen. Kay
Bailey Hutchison (TX)'s gubernatorial
campaign, Jan.-June 2009. Deputy political director on Rudy
presidential campaign. Executive director of the Republican Party
Wisconsin, 2005-Jan. 2007; previously served as political director of
the party from 2001-04. Midwest political manager for Associated
Builders and Contractors during the 2000 cycle. Has also worked
legislative liasion to Illinois Comptroller Loleta Didrickson
and a legislative assistant to Wisconsin State Representative Gene Hahn
Deputy Political Director Emily Cornell
Started at the RNC in March 2010 as Hawaii Victory director for three months for the special election, then served as a regional Victory director overseeing operations in targeted CDs in OR, CA and ID. Deployment director for Virginia Victory 2009. Regional political director on Texans for Kay Bailey Hutchison, 2009. Regional field director on Texas Victory 2008, then went to Minnesota for the Senate recount. Regional political coordinator on the Rudy Giuliani presidential campaign, 2007-Feb. 2008. Presidential appointee at the U.S. Department of Labor, 2006-7. B.A. in political science, communications from Hope College, 2006.
Regional Political Directors
Western Chris Carr
West and Southeast political director at the
NRCC in the 2010 cycle. Northwest political director at the RNC,
Campaign manager for
Sen. John Ensign’s (R-NV)
reelection bid in 2006. Executive director of the Nevada Victory
Campaign and Nevada State Republican Party in the 2004 cycle.
Executive director of the Clark County Republicans. Carr came to
from Louisiana; extensive experience in Louisiana campaigns including
of Dan Kyle's primary campaign for Louisiana Insurance Commissioner in
2003; manager of Donna Mayeux's 2000 campaign for mayor of Baton Rouge;
and manager of State Rep. Quentin Dastugue's 1995 gubernatorial
Deputy campaign manager on Jim Gibbons' 1994 campaign for
Campaign manager for Bush-Quayle in Nevada in 1992. Interned at
White House during the administration of President George H.W.
Graduate of McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA.
Southeastern Jessica Ennis
Southeast regional political at the RNC in the 2010
cycle, from July 2009, previously deputy political director
the RNC from Jan. 2007-June 2009, and regional finance director at
May 2005-Jan. 2007. Executive director of North Carolina Victory
(Bush-Cheney '04), Aug.-Nov. 2004. Campaign manager, Cobey for
Governor, Aug. 2003-Aug. 2004. Finance director for the North
Republican Party, Jan. 1999-July 2003. B.A. in political science
East Carolina University, 1997.
Northeastern John Gibson
Most recently worked for the digital media firm Targeted Victory. In 2008, he was the Mid-Atlantic regional political director for the RNC where he was responsible for the RNC’s 2008 turnout program in Virginia and Pennsylvania. Before his time at the RNC, Gibson was executive director of the Maryland Republican Party. He also served as campaign manager for Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA), campaign manager for David Albo for Delegate and legislative assistant for Rep. Bob Franks (NJ-7).
Midwestern Mark Jefferson
Served for over four years as executive director of
Party of Wisconsin, in the 2008 and 2010 cycles, including working for
then Chairman Reince Priebus. Has run several house races and was
the statewide director for the state Republican Assembly Campaign
Committee. Served as a legislative aide in the Wisconsin State
Capitol for more than a decade. B.A. from University of
Wisconsin-La Crosse. Born in
National Field Director Juston Johnson
(Sept. 2011) Campaign manager on Ron
Johnson for U.S. Senate to Nov. 2010. RNC deputy director of
political education, Aug. 2009-mid-2010. Political director for
the Republican Party of Wisconsin, Jan. 2007-Aug. 2009, and Wisconsin
Victory director, Fall 2008. Campaign manager on Van Hollenn for
Attorney General, 2005-06. B.A. in political science from
University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2002.
Colorado: Josh Daniels
(announced April 30, 2012)
Iowa: Ryan Gough (announced May 9, 2012)
Missouri: Lane Koch (announced May 4, 2012)
Nevada: Kristin Vieira (announced April 30, 2012)
New Hampshire: Brennan Ward (announced May 8, 2012)
North Carolina: Mike Rusher (announced May 3, 2012)
Ohio: Mike Bir (announced May 2, 2012)
Pennsylvania: Peter Towey (announced May 3, 2012)
Virginia: Dave Rexrode (announced May 1, 2012)
see also Social Victory Center (announced May 1, 2012)
National Turnout Director Tim Saler
(Jan. 2012) Executive director of the
Party, Feb.-Dec. 2011. North Carolina Victory director for the
RNC, Feb.-Nov. 2010. Regional field director for New Jersey
Victory for the RNC in the latter part of 2009. Executive
director of the Camden County Republican Committee, Jan.-June
2009. Campaign manager on Dale Glading for Congress., 2008.
Director of communications on Judge Paul Panepinto for Pennsylvania
Supreme Court, first part of 2007. Consultant on election day
operations for the Pennsylvania GOP, Fall 2006. B.A. in political
science from Temple University.
Director of Political Education Kiley Smith
(Sept. 2011) Manager of corporate relations, fundraising and development at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce first part of 2011. Political field director (western) at the RGA, 2010. Field director on Bob McDonnell for Governor, 2009. Executive director for the King County (WA) Republican Party. Field coordinator for Dino Rossi for Governor, 2007-08. Degree in political science and business from Washington State University, 2007; served as president of the WSU College Republicans.
Director of Hispanic Outreach Bettina Inclán
(announced Jan. 11,
2012) President of Inclán Inc., a strategic
communications and Latino inclusion firm, from Jan. 2011. Deputy
director of communications on the Rick Scott for Governor campaign in
Florida, Fall 2010. Press secretary on Steve Poizner's
gubernatorial primary campaign in California, 2009-10. Director
of communication and outreach at Citizens in Charge Foundation,
2009. A regional Victory director for the Republican Party of
Florida in Fall 2008. Communications director for the House
Republican Policy Committee (chaired by Rep. Thaddeus McCotter).
Executive director of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly,
2005-07. Legislative assistant/deputy press secretary/scheduler
for Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (FL), 2003-05. B.S. in political
science, Latin American studies from Florida International University,
Hispanic Outreach State Directors
(announced April 16,
Colorado: Lizbeth Norris-Cohen
Florida: Pablo Pantoja
Nevada: Elsa Barnhill
New Mexico: Paulo Sibaja
North Carolina: Neri Martinez
Virginia: Jeyben Castro
Communications Director Sean Spicer
(announced Feb. 24, 2011) Co-founder and partner
Endeavor Global Strategies since Feb. 2009. Deputy Assistant,
then Assistant United States Trade Representative (USTR) for Media and
Public Affairs, 2006-09. Communications director for the House
Republican Conference, 2005-06. Communications director on the
House Budget Committee, 2003-05. Director of incumbent retention
at the NRCC, 2001-02. Communications director on the House
Government Reform Committee, 2000-01. Has worked for members of
Congress from New Jersey and Florida and on several local and
congressional political campaigns. B.A. in government from
Connecticut College, 1993. Commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy
Deputy Communications Director Tim Miller
(March 2012) Previously press secretary on Jon Huntsman's presidential campaign. Lead digital communications strategist in the Public Affairs division at the Glover Park Group, from July 2009. Communications strategist at Berman and Company, 2007-09. Iowa communications director for John McCain, 2006-mid-2007. Communications director on Jeff Lamberti for Congress, 2006. Political director on Bill Dix for Congress, 2005-06. Field on Jerry Kilgore for Governor, 2005. Graduate of The George Washington University, 2004.
Press Secretary Kirsten Kukowski
(from transition...title announced June 6, 2011)
on Rep. Mark Kirk's successful 2010 campaign for U.S. Senate. A
regional press secretary at the RNC in 2009-10. Communications
director at the Republican Party of Wisconsin in the 2008 cycle.
Regional Press Secretaries
Southwest Darren Littell
Previously press secretary to U.S. Rep. Joe
Heck from Jan. 2011.
Midwest Ryan Mahoney
(previously served as Eastern regional press
secretary, announced June 6, 2011) Joined the RNC from the
Republican Party (MDGOP), where he
served in a dual role as communications director and political
director. Field director for the Republican Party of Wisconsin in
2009 and deputy communications director in 2008.
Southeast Matt Connelly
Rapid response director on the Jon Huntsman for
(started out as an advisor for H-PAC). Deputy press secretary to
Gov. Schwarzenegger, June-Dec. 2010. Deputy press secretary on
Steve Poizner for Governor, June 2009-June 2010. Communications
manager in the Office of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, 2008-09. Six
months as deputy newsroom manager at Freedom's Watch. Worked on
John McCain's campaign in 2007 starting as war room intern, then as
deputy war room manager. Bachelor's degree in politics from the
Catholic University of America.
Northeast Allie Brandenburger
(March 23, 2012) Communications director to U.S.
Rep. Jeff Denham (CA) from Jan. 2011. Deputy press secretary on
Meg Whitman for Governor, July 2009-Nov. 2010. B.A. from the
University of Southern California, 2009.
Specialty Media Press Secretary Alexandra
(Oct. 2011) Previously legislative correspondent
for U.S. Rep. Francisco Canseco (TX) from Jan. 2011. Scheduler,
then legislative assistant and correspondent to U.S. Rep. Lincoln
Diaz-Balart, 2009-10. B.A. from Bowdoin College.
Social Media Coordinator Brittany Cohan
(March 2011) Came to the RNC after working for
several months at
the Republican Policy Committee (U.S. Senate). Social media
director on Mark Neumann for Governor in the 2010
primary campaign. Worked on the ROCKS program for the City of
Mesa. B.A. from Biola University, 2007; A.A. from Orange Coast
War Room Director Michael Danylak
(April 2011) Worked as a legislative
correspondent for Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart for several months in the
first part of 2011. Served on the RNC's war room staff in
B.A. from Houghton College, 2009.
Director of Surrogates Amanda Isaacson
(March 2012) Campaign manager on Barbara Comstock for Delegate re-election campaign in Virginia, 2011. Director of scheduling on Rick Scott for Florida, May-Nov. 2010, then Inaugural scheduler. Business development coordinator at Parsons, 2009-10. Deputy director of surrogate operations at the RNC, May-Nov. 2008. B.A. in journalism and mass communications from University of Minnesota, 2008.
Surrogate Booking-Radio/TV Victoria Delgado
Graduate of University of Dallas.
Special Projects Director John Horneman
(March 2012; joined the RNC in March 2010 as a junior
analyst on economic and budget policy, and in March 2011 promoted to
senior analyst) Writer, 2009-10. Branch manager West Texas
Food Bank, 2008-09. Operations manager at Hunt Valley Tile &
Stone, 2006-07. B.S. degrees in political science and electronic
media and film, 2005.
Research Director and Deputy Director of
Communications Joe Pounder
(announced May 16, 2011) Joins the RNC from
position as communications director in the office of U.S. Sen. Marco
Rubio. Deputy campaign manager for Rubio’s successful 2010 bid
for the Senate. Before joining the Rubio campaign, Pounder
was director of rapid response on Sen. John
McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign and earlier on Gov. Mitt Romney’s
primary campaign. Deputy research director for the California
Republican Party, 2006. Deputy Associate Director of the White
House Office of Communications in the George W. Bush Administration.
Deputy Research Director Byron Koay
(July 2010) Research director on Steve Poizner for Governor, 2009-10. Senior research analyst at the RNC, 2007-09. Policy analyst on Californians for Schwarzenegger, 2006, then worked on the inauguration. B.A. in government and economics from Claremont McKenna College, 2006.
Deputy Research Director for Regional
Communications Raj Shah
(Jan. 2012) Shah's third stint at the RNC.
research/communications consultant, 2010-11. In the 2010 cycle
Shah did research on the Carly for California campaign, very briefly
was communications director on the Martinez for Governor campaign in
New Mexico, and was communications director on Simmons for Senate in
Connecticut. Senior public policy specialist at Akin Gump.
Senior research analyst at the RNC in 2007-09. Director of
vetting on John McCain 2008 in 2007. A research assistant at the
White House, early 2007. Junior research analyst at the RNC in
2006. B.A. in government from Cornell University.
Digital Director Tyler Brown
(announced as deputy communications director on June 6, 2011) During the 2010 cycle Brown was director of rapid response at the RNC and earlier served as northeast regional press secretary. In the 2008 general election campaign Brown served as communications director for Victory 2008 in Virginia. Field representative (Hillsborough County) on Mitt Romney's NH primary campaign. Staff assistant, then legislative correspondent, then press secretary then communications director to Rep. Thelma Drake (VA), 2005-07. B.A. in government and economics from the University of Virginia in 2003. Originally from Charlottesville, VA.
STRATEGY AND DATA SERVICES
Voter File Development - Voter Vault - Polling - Targeting - Mapping - Election Data
Director of Strategy Bill Steiner
(announced as director July 20, 2007) A veteran of the RNC, having served during four presidential campaign cycles. Deputy director of strategy starting in 2005. Deputy IT director, 2000-04. Director of the Political Analysis Department, 1996-2000. B.A. from Colgate University. Steiner hails from Pennsylvania.
Targeting Coordinator Deepak Ramnath
(Aug. 2006) B.A. in international studies from University of Iowa, 2006.
IT Director/Director of Network Operations Dirk Eyman
(since Jan. 2005) IT director for Bush-Cheney ’04. Network architect at the RNC, 2000-03. University of Arizona.
Director of Applications Development & Database Administator Jeremy Kenney
(Since Jan. 2003) Started at the RNC in March 2001 as a junior applications developer. Previously worked at the NRSC as a senior analyst and earlier as a junior analyst supervisor, 1998-2001. Research analyst at the University of Baltimore, 1994-98. M.P.A. from University of Baltimore, 2001; B.A. in political science from Western Maryland College, 1993.
Finance Director Angela Meyers
(announced April 12, 2011, effective April 17) Finance
director at the Republican Governors Association since 2009 and part of
the RGA finance team since 2005. Previously based in Michigan
where she served as state finance director for George W. Bush’s 2004
campaign. Finance director for Dick Posthumus’s 2002 gubernatorial
campaign and deputy finance director for Spencer
Abraham’s 2000 U.S. Senate race. Government affairs coordinator
for the Michigan Restaurant Association, 1997-99. B.S. in
political science from Western Michigan University.
Deputy Finance Director-Major Donors
Deputy Finance Director-Direct Marketing
Chairman of The Presidential Trust
Congressman Paul Ryan
($21 million the party can spend in coordination with its nominee) +
CFO and Director of Administration Dan Puhl
(March 2011) Chief compliance and accounting
officer for Cardinals FEC Compliance Services, PLC from Nov.
2008. Chief financial office for the 2008 Republican National
Convention. Investment analyst at Fairview Health Services, in
Minneapolis, 2006-07. Adjunct instructor in accounting, finance
and business at
Academy College in Bloomington, 2002-07. Controller for Fairview
Press, 2001-06. Controller for Highland Electric, Inc.
2001-03. Plant manager for Sodexho Marriott, 1998-2001.
Retired colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve.
B.S. in education from the University of Minnesota, 1987; M.B.A. from
State University, 1998; M.S.S from U.S. Army War College, 2006.
MEMBERSHIP Events and Relations
Director of Member Events and Relations
Deputy director of member services in the 2010 cycle;
started at the RNC in 2006. Graduate of Villanova University,
Director of Constituent Services (and intern coordinator) Nancy Dehlinger
Experience includes office manager to then Rep. Phil Crane (IL) through early 2001.
Victory Budget Director Andrew Abdel Malik
(May 2011) Co-founder of Gotham Management Group, 2009-May 2011. In 2010 served as deputy campaign manager on David Malpass for Senate, as well as senior advisor for new media on the Rick Lazio for Governor campaign. Did some development work for American Majority in 2009. Executive vice president at Concord Capital, 2008-09. Budget manager for the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee, 2007-08. National Victory coordinator, 2006. B.S. in economics from The George Washington University, 2006; interned at the White House and on Bush-Cheney '04.
Chief Counsel John Phillippe
Counsel to the McDonnell for Governor campaign in
mid-2009. Associate at Latham & Watkins LLP, Dec. 2005-March 2009.
J.D./M.B.A. from the University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of
Business Administration, 2005; undergraduate degree from the University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1996.
Associate Counsel Leslie Rutledge
(Feb. 2010) Attorney in private practice. Deputy legal counsel at the NRCC, 2008-Jan. 2009. Assistant legal counsel on Huckabee for President, Dec. 2007-April 2008. Attorney for the Arkansas Department of Human Services, 2006-07. Deputy prosecuting attorney in the Lonoke County Prosecutor's Office, 2005-06. Deputy legal counsel in the Office of Gov. Mike Huckabee, 2004-05. J.D. from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law, 2001.
Redistricting Consultant Dr. Thomas Hofeller
(May 2009) 'Over 40 years of redistricting expertise,' including serving as the RNC’s director of redistricting from 1989-93 and 1999-2003. Associate Administrator for Operations and Management for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency. Staff director to the U.S. House Subcommittee on the Census. Director of administration of the Partes Corporation, a software development firm. B.A. in political science from Claremont McKenna College, 1970. Served in the United States Navy, 1965-69.
Chairman Alec Poitevint
(announced Feb. 2,
elected May 1989. Poitevint served as chairman of the Georgia
Republican Party from 2003-07 and from 1989-1993. He was
co-chairman/treasurer of the COA for the 2000 Republican National
Convention and treasurer of the COA for the 1992 and 1996
Conventions. Chairman and President of Southeastern Minerals,
Inc. and its affiliated companies headquartered in Bainbridge.
Chairman of the Committee on Contests
(announced Nov. 10, 2011)
Director of New Media Todd van Etten
(to Feb. 2012; deputy director starting May 2007;
after Todd Herman left Nov. 2010) Previously special assistant to the
Counselor at the U.S. Department of Labor. Part of the RNC's
team in the latter half of 2006. Editorial/correspondence intern
Townhall.com. Worked on the Tarrant for Senate 2006 campaign in
Vermont. B.A. in political science and philosophy from the
of Vermont, 2006.
Western Regional Press Secretary Ryan
(announced June 6, 2011) Joins the RNC from the
office of Sen.
Rob Portman where he served as deputy communications director.
Tronovitch was the Midwest regional press secretary for the RNC during
the 2010 cycle. In 2008,
Tronovitch served as North Carolina communications director for
McCain/Palin. Tronovitch worked three years on Capitol Hill,
starting in April 2007 as a
staff assistant to Rep. Mike Pence (IN), then serving as communications
director/press secretary to Rep. David Davis (TN), and then
deputy press secretary to Rep. Kevin Brady (TX). Master's degree in
sports management from
SUNY at Cortland; bachelor's degree in political science from SUNY at
Specialty Media Press Secretary Victoria
(announced June 6, 2011) Prior to joining the RNC, Martinez served as district director for Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL) from 2008-10, and press secretary for Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart from 2006-08. Martinez has also worked for the U.S. Department of Defense and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
19, 2011 to operate for 30 days) Chaired by Ed Gillespie and directed
by Nick Ayers.
Transition Finance Team
(announced Jan. 21, 2011 to run through March 31) National co-chairs are Sam Fox, Ron Weiser and Al Hoffman.
Ed. note: Due to the RNC's financial situation there were significant layoffs immediately following the election of the new chairman. (In a Jan. 31 article, Roll Call quoted Priebus putting the committee's debt at over $23 million, "comprising $15 million in loans and $8 million owed to vendors." Priebus stated that "in the first two weeks we have reduced staff from 124 positions to 82.") By Spring, however the party had begun to fill in positions.