National Republican Senatorial Committee - 2010

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Chairman  Sen. John Cornyn (TX)

(elected Nov. 18, 2008) 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.


Political Director  Chris LaCivita

(announced May 28, 2010) General strategist on State Sen. Robert Hurt's successful campaign for the Republican nomination in Virginia's 5th CD, June 8, 2010 primary. General strategist on Sen. Ken Cuccinelli's campaign for Virginia attorney general, 2009.  Consultant to SC Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer in 2009. Co-founder of the American Issues Project, a 501(c)(4) active in 2008. General consultant to Sen. George Allen's unsuccessful 2006 re-election campaign. Senior advisor to Swift Boat Veterans for Truth in 2004. Executive director of Progress for America, a 501(c)(4), from late 2003. National political director and director of issue advocacy at the NRSC during the 2002 midterm elections (under Chairman Bill Frist). Campaign manager on George Allen's successful 2000 campaign for U.S. Senate. Executive director of the Virginia Republican Party, 1996-June 1999. Worked for Gov. George Allen's Campaign for Honest Change PAC; Assistant Secretary of Administration for Gov. George Allen; worked on George Allen's 1993 gubernatorial campaign; legislative assistant to then Rep. George Allen; worked on George Allen's 1991 congressional campaign in Virginia. Corporal in the Marine Corps; served in the Persian Gulf War. Graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, 1989. (Note Randy Bumps served as political director from Jan. 2009-May 2010, then moved over to chief political strategist for independent expenditures).

Deputy Political Director  Rich Dunn

(Nov. 2009) 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.

Political Coordinator  Lauren Williams

(Feb. 2009) Briefly at the RNC. Executive assistant in the Office of Strategic Initiatives at the White House, 2008-09. B.A. in political science from Belmont University, 2007.

Consultant  Terry Nelson

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.

Regional Political Consultant  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  Amber Wilkerson Marchand

Southeast regional press secretary at the RNC during the 2008 cycle, announced Feb. 27, 2007. Deputy communications director for Lynn Swann’s 2006 gubernatorial campaign in Pennsylvania. Wilkerson has also worked as the press secretary for the House Committee on Homeland Security, and served in the Office of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Deputy Press Secretary  Caroline Duke

(June 2009) Previously worked in corporate communications at Edelman.  B.A. in journalism and mass communication from UNC Chapel Hill, 2008.

Deputy Press Secretary  Chris Bond

(March 2010) 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  Victoria "Kiki" Newton

(Jan. 2009) Senior account planner at BrabenderCox, 2007-08.  Deputy research director at the NRSC, 2005-06.  Senior research analyst at the RNC, 2001-04.  B.A. in art and music from Lebanon Valley College, 1998.

Senior Research Analyst  Michael Reed

Experience includes research analyst on former Gov. Mitt Romney's presidential campaign.  Graduate of Hobart College.  Boston native.

Senior Research Analyst  Val Mack

(Feb. 2009) Research analyst at McCarthy Marcus Hennings, 2008.  Junior research analyst and earlier research assistant and communications war room intern on Romney for President, Jan. 2007-Feb. 2008.    B.A. in communications from Northeastern University, 2007.

Research  John Milam

New Media/Online

Chief Digital Strategist  Katie Harbath

(Aug. 2009) Director of Online Services at DCI Group, 2008-09. Deputy eCampaign director for Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign. Senior account manager at DCI Group. Communications director for a congressional campaign in Ohio. Associate director for eCommunications at the RNC in 2005 after serving as a senior communications assistant at the RNC in charge of the RNC Web site,, and Rising Tide, the committee's quarterly magazine, during the 2004 cycle.  Bachelor’s in journalism and political science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Originally from Green Bay, WI.

Deputy Director of Digital Strategy  Matthew Gagnon

(March 2010) Previously a public affairs analyst at New Media Strategies, starting October 2008. Intelligence analyst at iJET Intelligent Risk Systems, 2006-08. B.S. in political science from University of Maine, 2004.


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  Jenna Lowy

(June 2008) Graduate of Tulane University, 2008.


Finance Director  Dorinda Moss

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 studies in business at The George Washington University.


Controller  Kris Ozanus

(since 2006) 2002 graduate of Hampden Sydney College.

Accounts Receivable and FEC Compliance Manager  Cortlynn Parkinson

(April 2008) B.A. in communications from Thiel College.

Building Manager  Keith Carter

(joined the NRSC in 1995; fired in July 2010)

Director of Events  Kerry Stockwell

(April 2009) Special assistant to Jack Oliver at Bryan Cave Strategies, 2006-09. Executive assistant and state scheduler to Sen. David Vitter (LA), 2005-06. B.A. in political science from Tulane University, 2005.


Director  Mike DuHaime

(announced May 11, 2010) Managing director at Mercury Public Affairs.  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.

Chief Political Strategist  Randy Bumps

(announced May 28, 2010) Bumps moved over from his position as NRSC political director, which he held from Jan. 2009-May 2010. Northeast regional political director at the RNC, Sept. 2005-Jan. 2009. Bush-Cheney '04 Maine executive director. Previously served as state director for Sen. Susan Collins, overseeing her state offices. Deputy campaign manager on Collins' 2002 re-election campaign. Earlier served as a regional field representative for Collins in Augusta, and in western Maine for then-Sen. Bill Cohen. Served three terms as a state representative, elected in 1996 and re-elected in 1998 and 2000. Graduate of Bates College with a degree in political science, 1995. From Minot, Maine.

PAC Director  Paula Dukes

(Jan. 2009) Director of development at TechNet, 2006-09.  Director of fundraising at Steve Gordon & Associates, 2004-05.  Assistant to the national finance director on the Bush campaign, 2003-04.  Graduate of the University of Richmond, 2003.