Republican National Committee - 2010
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.
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
- 3 Chair Appointments
- 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 Michael Steele
(Elected chairman on Jan. 30, 2009 on the sixth round of voting) Prior to his election as chair, Steele was a partner in the international law firm of Dewey & LeBoeuf since April 2007 and chairman of GOPAC, announced Feb. 1, 2007. Candidate for U.S. Senate from Maryland in 2006, losing to Ben Cardin in the general election. Lieutenant Governor of Maryland elected on the Ehrlich ticket and served Jan. 2003-07. Chairman of the Maryland Republican Party, elected Dec. 2000. Chair of the Prince George's County Republican Central Committee from 1994- 2000. Founded The Steele Group, a business and legal consulting firm. In house counsel for Mills Corp, a real estate development firm. Corporate securities attorney at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in Washington, DC to 1991-97. J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, 1991. Three years Augustinian Friars Seminary at Villanova University. B.A. in international relations from Johns Hopkins University, 1981. Steele has also written a book: Right Now: A 12-Step Program for Defeating the Obama Agenda (Regnery, Jan. 4, 2010).
Personal Assistant / Liaison to the Convention Belinda Cook
(started a personal assistant...six month contract for liaison position starting July 1, 2010) Longtime assistant to Steele.
Special Assistant Joey Smith
(Aug. 2009) Special assistant and personal aide to Secretary Kempthorne at the U.S. Department of Interior, 2007-09. Also an advance rep. for the White House starting in 2005.
Special Assistant for Finance Neil S. Alpert
(March 29, 2010) Previously director of institutional relations for the Washington National Opera. In 2004-05 Alpert chaired D.C. Baseball PAC and its successor D.C. Baseball Association.
Co-Chair Jan Larimer (WY)
(elected Jan. 30)
Treasurer Randy Pullen (AZ)
(elected Jan. 30)
Secretary Sharon Day (FL)
(elected Jan. 30) From Fort Lauderdale.
General Counsel Reince Priebus (WI)
(announced July 31, 2009) Chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, elected May 12, 2007, and partner at Michael Best & Friedrich LLP. Ran for state Senate in 2004. Before law school was a clerk on the Assembly Education Committee in Madison. J.D. from University of Miami School of Law, 1998. B.S. from University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, 1994.
Finance Chairman Peter Terpeluk
(announced July 28, 2009) ["oversee the major donor division of the RNC which includes the Regents, Team 100, Eagles, Young Eagles, Majority Fund and the newly created Member Finance initiative.") Ambassador to Luxembourg under President George W. Bush. A principal in the Washington office of the firm Wojdak and Associates from 1989-93. Founded the consulting firm Terpeluk and Associates in 1986. Regional Administrator in the U.S. Small Business Administration from 1981-83, also acting Deputy Administrator of the SBA. He also served as co-chairman of the NRSC, and finance co-chairman for the RGA.
Chairman of the State Chairmen's Advisory Committee Ron Nehring (CA)
(announced March 5, 2009)
Chairman of the Budget Committee Louis Pope (MD)
(announced May 6, 2009)
Chairman of the RNC Standing Committee on Resolutions (Rules Committee) Henry Barbour (MS)
(announced April 23, 2009) Henry Barbour is the Republican National Committeeman for the state of Mississippi. He is also a member of the Mississippi Republican Party Executive Committee and the Yazoo County Republican Party Executive Committee. Barbour previously served as the executive director to the Mississippi Governor’s Commission on Recovery, Rebuilding and Renewal.
Chief of Staff Mike Leavitt
(April 2010 following resignation of Ken McKay) Previously deputy chief of staff for external communications. Vice president of political affairs at Freedom’s Watch. In the first part of 2007 he served as Mid-Atlantic regional political director on McCain’s presidential campaign. Managed Michael Steele's campaign for U.S. Senate in Maryland starting March 2006. Executive director of the Maine Republican Party. Political director on Sen. Olympia Snowe’s (R-ME) 2000 campaign. Graduate of University of Maine, 1995.
Deputy Chief of Staff Kevin Igoe
(announced May 8, 2009) For the previous fourteen
years, Igoe operated IGOE/Associates, a legislative and political
strategies firm based in Maryland. A member of the
Bush/Cheney 2000 Florida Recount Team. Political director on Ellen
Sauerbrey for Governor campaign in Maryland, 1994. Executive assistant
to Rep. Jack Quinn (NY), 1993-94. Executive director of
the Maryland Republican Party, 1990-92 (when Michael Steele was the
county chairman for Prince George’s County, MD). M.P.A. in budget and
finance from The George
Washington University, 1978; undergraduate degree from Canisius College
his native Buffalo, 1972.
Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Government Affairs Scott Kamins
(announced July 13, 2009 through Nov. 2010 when he joined Prime Policy Group) Worked at the State Department from 2007-09, serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs and Director of House Affairs. Director of Congressional and Public Affairs at the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security. M.A. in political management from The George Washington University; B.A. in political science from Boston University.
Political Director Gentry Collins
(announced March 19, 2009) Midwest regional campaign manager on McCain-Palin. State director on Mitt Romney's Iowa caucus campaign. Political director at the Republican Governors Association in the 2006 cycle; also did consulting for the Commonwealth PAC and the Massachusetts Republican State Congressional Committee. Deputy chairman/executive director of the Iowa Republican Party in 2004. Managed Doug Gross' 2002 campaign for governor. Ran for State House, 1998. B.A. in political science from Iowa State University in Ames, 1998.
Deputy Political Director Jason McBride
(March 2010) Deputy director at the Workforce Fairness Institute, 2009-March 2010. Regional manager at Freedom's Watch, 2008. Michigan state director at Romney for President, 2007-08. Executive director of the Michigan House Republican Campaign Committee (in that position, he was the lead fundraiser). Prior to that McBride worked for Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land, the 2002 Dick Posthumus for Governor campaign and the 2000 Mike Rogers for Congress campaign. Graduate of Michigan State University, 1995. Originally from Shelby Township, Michigan.
Regional Political Directors
Northeast Jeff LaCourse
Northeast regional political director at the NRCC in the 2006 cycle. A pollster for Fabrizio, McLaughlin and Associates. Northeast regional director for the NRCC during the 2000 cycle. Staffer to Rep. Michael P. Forbes (R-NY) until the congressman switched parties in July 1999.
Mid-Atlantic Alexis Valdez Darnell
Republican Victory director in New Mexico, Fall 2008. Finance director for People for Pete Domenici until Dec. 2007. Managed the campaigns of Vickie Perea for Secretary of State and Jim Bibb for Attorney General. 72-Hour/political director for the Republican Party of New Mexico, Jan.-Nov. 2005. Southern New Mexico field director for RNC Victory 2004. Administrative assistant to the Associate Dean of Finance for UNM’s School of Medicine. Managed two Rio Arriba County Commissioner campaigns in 2002. Graduate of the University of New Mexico.
Southeast Jessica Ennis
(July 2009) Previously deputy political director at the RNC from Jan. 2007-June 2009. Regional finance director at the RNC, 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 Carolina Republican Party, Jan. 1999-July 2003. B.A. in political science from East Carolina University, 1997.
Great Lakes Chris McNulty
Executive director of the Ohio Republican Party starting in 2001; political director for the Ohio Republican Party, 1997-2000; Northeast Ohio field director for the Party, 1996-97; Southeast Ohio field director for the Party, 1995-96. Graduate of John Carroll University (Cleveland), 1992.
Midwest Darren Bearson
President at Compass Point Strategies, LLC. Executive director of the Minnesota Republican Party, May 2007-mid-2009. White House liaison at the Department of Energy, 2005-07. Associate political director at the White House, 2001-05. Field director in Ohio and West Virginia on Bush-Cheney, 2000. Worked as a legislative assistant on Capitol Hill for two years. Graduate of Colgate Uninversity, 1996.
Mountain Alan Philp
Principal at Patriot Solutions LLC. Southeast regional political director on Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. Executive director of the Trailhead Group, LLC, a 527 group in Colorado during the 2006 cycle. Policy director to Gov. Jeb Bush starting in late 2003. Executive director of the Center for a New American Century (CNAC), a 501(c)(4) organization connected with Gov. Bill Owens in Colorado; started it up and ran it for 10 months. Executive director of the Colorado Republican Party in the 2002 cycle, starting in March. Worked for Colorado Gov. Bill Owens as Deputy Chief of Staff for Administration and as his Special Assistant and earlier as Deputy Director of the Governor's Office of Innovation and Technology. Research director for The Murphy Pintak Gautier Hudome Agency in Falls Church, VA, 1994-98. Research director for Americans for Tax Reform Foundation, 1993-94. Master's degree in political science from The American University in Washington, D.C., 1995. Bachelor's degree in political science from UC Davis, 1991. Native of San Jose, California.
West Rick Wiley
Managed Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX)'s gubernatorial campaign, Jan.-June 2009. Deputy political director on Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign. Executive director of the Republican Party of 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 as a legislative liasion to former Illinois Comptroller Loleta Didrickson and a legislative assistant to Wisconsin State Representative Gene Hahn (R-De Forest).
Director of Political Education Thomas Roberts
Previously deputy Victory director at the RNC starting
in March 2008. California political director on the Rudy Giuliani
campaign. Special assistant to the Administrator USDA Rural Business
Service. Political director at the Washington State Republican Party,
2006. Confidential assistant at the USDA Rural Utilities Service. Field
representative on Bush-Cheney '04. Bachelor's degree in political
science from Washington State University, 2003; also attended Pacific
National 72-Hour Director Bryan Watkins
(June 2010) Campaign manager on Damon Dunn for Secretary of State campaign. In the 2008 cycle Watkins served as a California field rep. on the Giuliani campaign, campaign manager on Bob Watkins for Congress, executive director on Victory 2008-Oregon for four months, then executive director on Victory 2008-Minnesota for three months and a regional political director on the Coleman recount. campaign coordinator on Carl DeMaio's campaign for San Diego City Council and worked on Nathan Fletcher's campaign for State Assembly. He was the deputy field director for San Diego County and Imperial County during Gov. Schwarzenegger's successful 2006 reelection campaign.
Director of Absentee and Early Voting Danny O'Driscoll
National Field Director David Raad
Co-founder of LDR Services, based in Upstate South
Carolina. Raad has worked on various U.S. campaigns since 1996
including executive director of the Bush-Cheney '04 campaign in
Missouri. During the 2000
South Carolina primary he served as the Bush campaign's Upstate field
Raad is a former U.S. diplomat with extensive experience in Sudan;
founder of David Raad & Associates, a business and investment
consulting service in South Sudan. He was a founder of the U.S.
Department of State’s Sudan Programs Group and served as the Senior
Desk Officer for Sudan. Degree in history and political science from
Clemson University, 1997. Served in the U.S. Army's First Ranger
Director of Grassroots Outreach Danny McNamara
Associate at Savage, Turner, Pinson & Karsman
since Jan. 2009. Election Day operations director for RNC Victory
2008 in Iowa. J.D. from Emory University School of Law.
in political science from Williams College, 2005.
Regional Victory Directors
Northeast (NH, NY, MA, CT, NJ, VT, ME, RI) Jill Neunaber
(Sept. 2010) Political director on the Ovide Lamontagne for U.S. Senate campaign in NH, Jan.-Sept. 2010. Staffer to Sen. Johnny Isakson, 2008-09. A regional field director on the Romney for President campaign, 2007-08.
Mid-Atlantic Steven Ostrow
(July 2010) Political operations director on the Steve
Poizner for Governor campaign in California, 2009-June 2010. In
2008 Ostrow served as a field representative first for the Oregon
Republican Party and in the closing three months of the campaign for
the Nevada Republican Party. Degree in political science from U.C.
Southeast James Garcia
Great Lakes Brandon Vidrine
President and CEO of New Tier Media Group, LLC starting in April 2009 and founder of www.NewsFifty.com. Director of RNC New Hampshire Victory 2008. Political director on the John Kennedy for U.S. Senate campaign in Louisiana, 2008. Campaign manager for Mike Strain for Commissioner of Agriculture in Louisiana, 2007. 72-Hour director for the Republican Party of Arkansas. Worked in the Office of Public Liaison for the 55th Presidential Inaugural Committee, and as absentee-early vote director for the RNC’s Florida Victory 2004 efforts. Bachelor's degree in philosophy from St. Joseph Seminary College in Covington, LA, May 2004.
West Emily Cornell
Deployment director on Virginia Victory 2009.
Regional political director on Texans for Kay Bailey Hutchison to Sept.
2009. Regional field director for Texas Victory 2008 in the
Dallas-Fort Worth Metro area. Regional political coordinator in
Iowa and Florida for the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee, March
2007-Feb. 2008. Special assistant in the Office of Public Affairs
at the U.S. Department of Labor, 2006-07. B.A. in political
science and communications from Hope College, 2006.
Regional Political Coordinators
Southwest and Northeast Robert Todd
Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic Arthur Anthony
West Ben Kochman
Southeast and Midwest Betsy Ankney
Director of Political Operations Susan Hepworth
(April 2009) Project manager/consultant at Majority
2008. Political desk coordinator on Romney for President,
2007-08. B.S. in journalism and mass communications from the
University of Kansas, 2007.
Staff Assistant Margaret (Molly) Porter
State Victory Directors
CO-Chuck Poplstein. ND-Amy Lunde. NM-Ash Wright. OK-Gregory Treat. TX-Jarod Love. OH-Michael Bir. IL-Rodney Davis. IN-Justin Garrett. MI-Molly Donlin. WI-Andrew Davis. CT-Conor Maguire. NY-Brendan Quinn. NH. BJ Perry. NV-Jayme Siemer. SC-Chris Carino. NC-Tim Saler. FL-Bret Prater. IA-Chad Olsen. MO-Miriam Stonebraker. AR-Tracy Eddy.
Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Government
Affairs Scott Kamins
Deputy Director of State and Local Government Affairs Christopher Carroll
(Oct. 2009) Previously political liaison to the
Chairman at the
RNC. Political director at GOPAC, Inc. 2008-09. A regional
political director on Gov. Bob Ehrlich's 2006 campaign. Special
assitant to Gov. Bob Ehrlich, 2003-06. Attended Liberty University.
"The Coalitions Department is a new RNC division created by Chairman Steele as part of his commitment to creating sustained communications with every constituency. The Director of Coalitions will work to recruit and support Republicans by targeting messages to identified publications, events and emerging issues in communities where the party has opportunities to grow."
Director of Coalitions Angela Sailor
(announced Feb. 26, 2009) Partner at Watts Consulting Group; also president and CEO of The Alamni Group LLC, a public relations and consulting firm. Deputy chief of staff to the U.S. Secretary of Education. Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Liaison. Director of African-American affairs for the RNC and Victory 2000 supporting the Bush-Cheney campaign. Managed the grassroots advocacy program for the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce. Has worked for Michigan Appeals Judge Jeffery Collins; Sen.Spencer Abraham and the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration; Michigan Gov. John Engler’s Legal division; and Wayne County Commissioner Kathleen Husk. After graduating from Central State worked as a disk jockey in Dayton. J.D. from University of Memphis’ Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1999. M.A. in broadcast journalism and public affairs from American University, 1996; B.A. from Central State University (Wilberforce, OH), 1990.
Deputy Director of Coalitions Manuel "Manny" A. Rosales
(announced June 12, 2009) Most recently the director of the Washington office of The Latino Coalition. Assistant administrator of the Small Business Administration under President George W. Bush. Chairman of the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce while in the private sector. Born in Nicaragua.
Deputy Director of Coalitions and Intern Coordinator Gaye Galvin
(March 2010) Started at the RNC in April 2009 as deputy director of member services and intern coordinator. Account manager at Escapade Advertising, 2005-08. Founder of Women In Support of the President, a PAC, 2004-05. B.A. in communications from Salisbury University, 1990.
Communications Director Doug Heye
(announced (Feb. 4, 2010) Most recently doing consulting. Communications director on Steele's 2006 U.S. Senate campaign. Communications director to Sen. Richard Burr (NC) through April 2006 after serving as communications director on Burr's successful 2004 campaign for U.S. Senate. Press secretary to U.S. Rep. Richard Pombo (CA-11) through Sept. 2003. Graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1994.
Deputy Communications Director Katie Wright
(announced Feb. 4, 2010) Started at the RNC in 2008 as
a regional press secretary. Executive assistant at George Allen
Strategies, 2006-08. Press secretary on Sen. George Allen's 2006
campaign, Sept.-Nov. 2006. Public affairs assistant at Foley &
Lardner LLP, 2004-06. Communications coordinator at the NRSC,
2003-04. B.A. in political science and history from Clemson
Regional Communications Director/Regional Press Secretary Richard Gorka
(Oct. 2009) Regional political director at Freedom's Watch starting in Dec. 2007, and also served a stint as a regional communications director on John McCain 2008.
Northeast: Parish Braden
(Jan. 2009) Worked for Rep. Wayne Gilchrest (MD) from Dec. 2005-June 2008, starting as a legislative correspondent and finishing as senior legislative assistant. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
???Southeast: Amanda Henneberg
Midwest: Ryan Tronovitch
(April 2010) 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 most recently at deputy press secretary to Rep. Kevin Brady (TX). Also served as communications director for the North Carolina Republican Party/Victory, 2008. Master's degree in sports management from SUNY at Cortland; bachelor's degree in political science from SUNY at Cortland.
West: Jahan Wilcox
(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.
War Room Director Kathryn Grosso
(September 2009) Manager of external affairs at Detica. Deputy communications manager for the New York State Senate Republican Campaign Committee, May-Nov. 2008. War room manager on Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign. Executive assistant in the White House Photography Office, 2006-March 2007; staff assistant in the White House Office of Presidential Correspondence, 2005-06. B.S. in political communications from Emerson College, 2005.
Director of Media Affairs ?
(LeRoy Coleman left in May 2010 to join the Chris Dudley for Governor campaign in Oregon).
Director of Surrogate Operations ?
(Amber Lyons left in May 2010 to join DCI Group).
Research Director David Welch
(started May 2010) Owner and principal of
Quintessential Research and Consulting, a firm he started in April
2009. Veterans director on John McCain's 2007-08 NH primary
campaign, then deputy research director. Political director on
Richard Tarrant for U.S. Senate, 2005-06. Research analyst at the
NRSC, 2001-05. Office manager on John McCain's 1999-2000 NH
primary campaign. Petty officer 2nd class in the U.S. Navy,
1991-1999. Troy University, 1996-99.
Director of New Media Todd Herman
Previously chairman and chief creative officer of SpinSpotter (Three Purple Dots, a venture capital backed start-up in Seattle. General manager, media strategy and monetization for MSN through Aug. 2007; he held a number of senior management positions with MSNBC.com and MSN; for example he wrote the initial strategy and business plan for MSN Video. Co-founder/CEO of theDial, a venture capital-backed Internet radio pioneer, 1997-2001. Talk radio host “who had a pretty good hand in defeating Speaker Tom Foley.”
Deputy Director of New Media Todd van Etten
(May 2007) Previously special assistant to the Counselor at the U.S. Department of Labor. Part of the RNC's eCampaign team in the latter half of 2006. Editorial/correspondence intern at Townhall.com. Worked on the Tarrant for Senate 2006 campaign in Vermont. B.A. in political science and philosophy from the University of Vermont, 2006.
New Media Manager Alexa Moutevelis
(July 2009) Worked through Jan. 2009 as a legislative correspondent on Capitol Hill. Media associate at Citizens Against Government Waste, 2006-08. B.A. in politics from Washington & Lee University, 2006.
New Media Political Manager Elizabeth Lauten
(Oct. 2009) Legislative analyst and executive assistant at Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock, 2007-09. Active in the McCain campaign war room and youth coalition. B.A. in Classical studies and English Literature from East Carolina University, 2007.
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.
Deputy Strategy Director for Political
Technologies Phil Coppage
Director of RNC's New Mexico Victory '04. 2001
graduate of Colby College in Waterville, ME.
Deputy Strategy Director for List Development Dan Perkins
(announced as deputy director July 20, 2007)
Perkins joined the RNC in 1991 as a political analyst. In 1998,
he became list development director and has since been responsible for
the RNC’s list acquisition efforts.
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 Mary Heitman
(announced May 7, 2010, succeeded Rob Bickhart) A
principal at Sagac Public Affairs. Principal at MHeitman Associates,
LLC, 2001-08. Finance director of the Republican Governors Association,
1998-2001. Deputy finance director of the RNC under Chairman Haley
Barbour, 1993-96. M.S. in higher education, 1981; B.S. in education
from Bowling Green State University, 1979.
Deputy Finance Director-Major Donors
(June 2010 succeeding Debbie
LeHardy) Owner of Anton Design, LLC since 1996 (her husband Michael
Anton also works at Anton Design and has worked in finance positions at
all three of the major Republican committees). Graduate of
University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1989.
Deputy Finance Director-Direct Marketing Jim Rowley
Chief Administrative Officer Boyd K. Rutherford
(announced April 13, 2009) Most recently served under President George W. Bush in the position of Assistant Secretary for Administration at the U.S. Department of Agriculture; confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 12, 2006. Secretary of the Maryland Department of General Services (DGS) in the administration of Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.. During President Bush’s first term, Rutherford was appointed to the position of Associate Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration where he served as Associate Administrator for Small Business Utilization and Associate Administrator for Performance Improvement. Extensive legal and business experience. Law degree and a master's degree in communications management from the University of Southern California. Bachelor's degree in economics and political science from Howard University. (Rutherford succeeded Jay Banning, who held the position for over three decades).
Director of Membership Services Sara Armstrong
(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.
Director of Constituent Services Nancy Dehlinger
Experience includes office manager to then Rep. Phil Crane (IL) through early 2001.
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.
RNC Committee on Arrangements ("charged with putting
together the Republican National Convention that will be held in Tampa,
FL in the week of August 27, 2012")
Treasurer Louis Pope (announced June 29, 2010)
RNC Site Selection Committee (announced Aug. 14, 2009) - Holly Hughes, Michigan National Committeewoman (Committee Chairman). Midwestern Region: Kevin DeWine, Ohio Republican Party Chairman; Mary Buestrin, Wisconsin National Committeewoman; Alternate: Helen Van Etten, Kansas National Committeewoman. Northeastern Region: John Frey, Connecticut National Committeema;n Virginia “Ginny” Haines, New Jersey National Committeewoman; Alternate: Betsy Werronen, District of Columbia National Committeewoman. Southern Region: Alec Poitevint, Georgia National Committeeman; Cindy Costa, South Carolina National Committeewoman; Alternate: Ruth Ulrich, Louisiana National Committeewoman. Western Region: Lilly Nuñez, Colorado National Committeewoman; Randy Ruedrich, Alaska Republican Party Chairman.
RNC Technology Committee (announced Aug. 7, 2009) - Saul Anuzis, Former Michigan Republican Party Chairman (Chairman); Sharon Day, Florida National Committeewoman; Dee Dee Benkie, Indiana National Committeewoman; Matt Strawn, Iowa Republican Party Chairman; Amanda Adkins, Kansas Republican Party Chairman; Mark Fahleson, Nebraska Republican Party Chairman; Sue Lowden, Nevada Republican Party Chairman; Gary Emineth, North Dakota Republican Party Chairman; Bo Palacios, Northern Mariana Islands National Committeeman; Gary Jones, Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman; Carol Mumford, Rhode Island National Committeewoman; Susie Hudson, Vermont National Committeewoman; Jeff Kent, Washington National Committeeman.
RNC Redistricting Committee (announced July 2, 2009) - John Ryder, Tennessee National Committeeman (Chairman); Ken Blackwell, Former Ohio Secretary of State (Co-chairman); Shawn Steel, California National Committeeman; Mark Hillman, Colorado National Committeeman; John Frey, Connecticut National Committeeman; Linda Herren, Georgia National Committeewoman; Cindy Moyle, Idaho National Committeewoman; Murray Clark, Indiana Republican Party Chairman; Ruth Ulrich, Louisiana National Committeewoman; De Carlson, Nebraska National Committeewoman; Rosie Tripp, New Mexico National Committeewoman; David Lewis, North Carolina National Committeeman; Enid Mickelsen, Utah National Committeewoman; Kathy Terry, Virginia National Committeewoman; Luke Esser, Washington State Republican Party Chairman; Acting General Counsel, Republican Party of Wisconsin Chairman Reince Priebus, Ex Officio.
RNC Ethics Committee (announced June 11, 2009) - Pat Brady, Illinois National Committeeman (Committee Chairman); Linda Ackerman, California National Committeewoman; Tom Ross, Delaware Republican Party Chairman; Betsy Werronen, District of Columbia National Committeewoman; Sue Everhart, Georgia Republican Party Chairman; Norm Semanko, Idaho Republican Party Chairman; Jennifer Nassour, Massachusetts Republican Party Chairman; Keith Butler, Michigan National Committeeman; Ginny Haines, New Jersey National Committeewoman; Kevin DeWine, Ohio Republican Party Chairman; Bruce Hough, Utah National Committeeman.
Temporary Delegate Selection Committee - Formed to review the timing of the election, selection, allocation, or binding of delegate and alternate delegates to the Republican National Convention. The Chairman appointed three RNC members and six non-members; and there are four elected RNC members. Will present its recommendations at the RNC's 2010 Summer Meeting.
Steele appointments (announced May 22, 2009): Ohio
National Committeeman Bob Bennett, Wisconsin National Committeeman
Steve King, Florida National Committeeman Paul Senft, former Maryland
Secretary of State Mary Kane, former Michigan Republican Party Chairman
Saul Anuzis, former Office of Personnel Management Director Kay James,
former Iowa Republican Party Chairman Brian Kennedy, former White House
Spanish media spokesperson Mercy Schlapp, and former New Hampshire
Attorney General Tom Rath.
Finance Chairman Peter Terpeluk resigned on Dec. 17, 2010.
Reince Priebus resigned on Dec. 5, 2010; Priebus announced a bid
for RNC chairman on Dec. 6.
New Media Director
Todd Herman left in Nov. 2010 and moved back to the Seattle area.
Gentry Collins resigned on Nov. 16, 2010 in a letter sharply
critical of Chairman Steele; Collins announced a bid for RNC chairman
on Dec. 13.
Accounting Patricia (Pat) Huyck
retired in Sept. 2010 after 27 years at the RNC (started in Sept. 1983).
Deputy Director of
Online Strategy and
Technology Deployment George Alafoginis left in August 2010 to
work for New Media Strategies. Alafoginis joined the RNC in March
2009. Co-founder and CEO of
MyPoliticalWorld.com. Policy advisor at the U.S. Department of
2007-08. Graduate of Dickinson College.
Jeff Berkowitz resigned in May 2010 (reported by Politico on May 23).
Berkowitz started at the RNC in May 2009. Previously he was
communications director at the Center for
U.S. Global Engagement starting March 2008. Research director on
presidential campaign. Special assistant to the coordinator,
International Information Programs at the Department of State, 2006-07.
Associate director of scheduling for research at the White House. and
President's liaison to the American Jewish community, 2005-06.
Berkowitz worked at the RNC from 2002-04, starting as a research
analyst and projects coordinator and then as senior defense and foreign
policy analyst. B.A. in international affairs from American University,
2001. In 1999 Berkowitz served as program and finance coordinator
Northeast field director for the College Republican National
Committee. Deputy Research
Director Matt Moon left around the same time. He started
June 8, 2009, having come to the RNC from position
as manager of media relations at the Tax Foundation.
Deputy Director of
Political Education Juston
Johnson resigned in May 2010 to manage Ron Johnson's U.S. Senate
campaign in Wisconsin. He came to the RNC in August 2009 after
serving as political
director of the Republican Party of Wisconsin since Jan. 2007. Campaign
manager on Van Hollen for Attorney General,2005-06. Graduate of
University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2002.
The Voyeur scandal led to the the forced resignations of Finance Director Rob Bickhart and Deputy Finance Director-Major Donors Debbie LeHardy, reported by a number of news outlets on May 7, 2010. Bickhart served at the RNC for about a year (hiring announced May 13, 2009) Previously, Bickhart was Chairman and CEO of the Capitol Resource Group, a Pennsylvania-based business consulting firm. Finance chairman to Sen. Rick Santorum (PA) from 2004-06. Deputy director of finance at the NRCC, 1983-86. Served in the Labor Department during the Reagan Administration as Assistant to the Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs, and on the staffs of former Sens. Hugh Scott (R-PA), Robert Griffin (R-MI) and John Warner (R-VA). M.B.A. from Rockhurst College in Kansas City, MO; undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University.
As reported by CNN on May 5, 2010, Director of Media Affairs LeRoy Coleman, Director of Surrogates Amber Lyons and Southwest Regional Press Secretary Sara Sendek were leaving the RNC to take on other jobs.
Chief of Staff Ken McKay resigned April 5, 2010 following the Voyeur reimbursement ("Bondage-gate") story. McKay started in March 2009. Attorney in private practice and earlier at Brown Rudnick. Managed Don Carcieri's successful campaigns for governor of Rhode Island in 2002 and 2006; served on the transition team for Gov.-elect Carcieri and as his chief of staff for his first 3 1/2 years in office. J.D. from Roger Williams University School of Law. Served in the U.S. Army infantry for three years.
Also, according to the Washington Post, on April 5 the consulting firm OnMessage Inc. (Curt Anderson) discontinued its advisory role.
Director of State and Local Development Shannon Reeves left in Feb. 2010 (she also held this position in the 2008 cycle). Served as director of the GOP's African American Leadership Council. Secretary of California Republican Party; also served as president of the NAACP branch in OaklandGraduate of Grambling University, 1991.
Press Secretary Gail Gitcho (announced May 8, 2009) resigned latter part of Jan. 2010 to work for Sen. Scott Brown.
Communications Director Trevor Francis resigned Nov. 23, 2009 and Deputy Communications Director Todd Irons resigned shortly thereafter. Alex Castellanos was then named as Senior Communications Advisor but by April 2010 he was among those calling for Steele's resignation.
Deputy Strategy Director for Political Technologies Chad Barth (succeeded by Phil Coppage). Barth has also worked as a part-time bartender and restaurant supervisor for Odyssey Cruises. From 1999-2002 he worked for the Republican Party of Iowa including as organization director. Graduate of Iowa State University, 2000.