Key People-Former Speaker Newt Gingrich
Newt 2012  4501 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA  and  3110 Maple Drive, Atlanta, GA  [website  |  twitter]   **in the state(s)
March 4, 2011 - filed with the IRS to form Newt Exploratory 2012, a 527 political committee (Gingrich announced this testing the waters effort on March 3).
May 11, 2011 - announced his candidacy.
May 2, 2012 - suspended his campaign.

updated May 18, 2012
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Newt 2012 went through a number of interations.  Prior to the campaign, Gingrich was involved in a wide array of activities, and it took longer than expected to disentangle himself from them.  The first interation (version 1.0), built up in the period from March to May 2011, imploded when  senior staff resigned en mass on June 9, 2011.  From June through October 2011 ("duct tape edition" version 2.0) the campaign was a very small, low-budget operation sustained by Gingrich's debate performances.  Version 3.0 saw the campaign at full throttle, as many people were brought on in November, the campaign built out its organizations in the early states, and actively competed in primaries through the end of March 2012.  At that point Newt 2012 campaign entered another phase, version 4.0Politico's Mike Allen reported on March 27 reported that Michael Krull stepped down as campaign manager the weekend of March 24-25 and that the campaign would lay off about a third of full time staff.  The campaign continued on for another month-plus; it focused on Delaware's April 24 primary and hoped to use a win in the May 8 North Carolina primary to reshape the race.  After the campaign fell short in Delaware, Gingrich suspended his campaign on May 2, 2012.

Newt 2012 version 4.0

At the end of March 2012 the Newt 2012 campaign entered another phase.  Politico's Mike Allen reported on March 27 that it would lay off about a third of full time staff.  Allen reported that Michael Krull stepped down as campaign manager the weekend of March 24-25.

Campaign Manager  Vince Haley

(from the end of March 2012, after serving as deputy campaign manager and policy director) Prior to the campaign Haley served as vice president of policy, advocacy, and communications at American Solutions, 2008-11 and as research director to Gingrich at the American Enterprise Institute.  LLM in European Union law from the College of Europe; J.D. from University of Virginia School of Law and M.A. in foreign affairs from University of Virgina, 1992; B.A. from The College of William and Mary, 1988.

Newt 2012 version 3.0

Campaign Manager  Michael Krull

National Director of American Solutions from 2007-2011.  Principal and managing director at Gordon C. James Public Relations; worked at the firm for nearly seven years.  International management consulting firm for about five years.  In the mid-90's Krull returned to Iowa for about three years, where he served as vice president of the Des Moines Chamber of Commerce and ran an international trade group affiliated with Iowa State University.  Political appointee (Bush 41) at the U.S. Agency for International Development.  Iowa field staffer on Bush '88 and then in several subsequent states.  Staff assistant to Sen. Chuck Grassley.  M.S. in political science from Iowa State University.  B.A. double major in political science and religion and philosophy from Luther College.  Iowa native who grew up on a farm outside of Titonka.

Deputy Campaign Manager  Vince Haley

Prior to the campaign Haley served as vice president of policy, advocacy, and communications at American Solutions, 2008-11 and as research director to Gingrich at the American Enterprise Institute.  LLM in European Union law from the College of Europe; J.D. from University of Virginia School of Law and M.A. in foreign affairs from University of Virgina, 1992; B.A. from The College of William and Mary, 1988.

Chief Operating Officer  Roberto José Coquis

(Nov. 2011)  Consultant from Jan. 2010.  Partner, 30 Ballparks and a Baby, 2009.  Director for management support, overseas buildings operations at the U.S. Department of State, 2004-09.  Senior advisor and deputy regional emergency coordinator NCR regional office of the GSA, 2002-04.  Advisor to the CPA of Iraq, 2003.  White House liaison and special assistant to the director at the Peace Corps, 2001-02.  Treasury department on Bush, Bush/Cheney for President, 1999-2000.  Treasury department on the Bob Dole for President campaign, 1995-97.  Masters from Georgetown University’s Sports Industry Management (SIM) program, May 2011.  Bachelor's degreee in international studies from American University, 1993.

    Special Assistant to the COO  Adam Savader
    Student in political science at The George Washington University.

Chief of Staff  Patrick Millsaps

(started end of Dec. 2011, previously campaign's deputy general counsel; reported by FOX News on Feb. 3, 2012)  Partner at Hall Booth Smith & Slover, P.C.., in the Albany, GA office.  Practiced at The Millsaps Law Firm starting in 2004.  J.D. from University of Georgia School of Law; undergraduate degree from Samford University in Birmingham, AL.


Communications Director  Joe DeSantis

Previously communications director at Gingrich Communications.  Master's degree from the Graduate School of Political Management at The George Washington University.  Bachelor's degree from Drew University.

Press Secretary  R.C. Hammond

Previously press secretary at American Solutions.  Communications staffer on John Sununu's 2002 U.S. Senate campaign.  Degree in political communications from The George Washington University, 2002.  Originally from Moultonborough, NH.

Deputy Press Secretary, plus Asian American inclusion  Michelle Selesky

Communications coordinator at Gingrich Communications where she orchestrated radio and media opportunities.  Master's degree in political management from the Graduate School of Political Management at The George Washington University.  Bachelor's degree in political science from UCLA where she was captain of the women’s gymnastics team; semi-fluent in Vietnamese.  Native of Orange County, CA.

Social Media Director  Jeremy Vaught

(December 2011)  Web strategy and development through Vaught Consulting LLC since Dec. 2005.  Also lead blogger for Seesmic, 2007-09, project manger for Electric Sheep Company, 2007, and lead PHP software engineer for Fidelity National Financial, 2005-07.  Software engineer at UPS, 1998-2005.  B.S. in CIS from Devry University, 1998.

Video Production  Robert Myers III

(Nov. 2011)  Master's degree in political management from The George Washington University, 2011.  B.A. in political science from Florida International University, 2009; also served as media director for Miami Baptist Church.  

Website Administrator  Jacob Hawkins

Most recently an aide for Georgia State Senators Jack Murphy and Butch Miler.  Cartersville, GA native.


Senior Researcher  Dr. Steven J. Allen

(Nov. 2011) Editor at Tea Party Review magazine, 2010-11.  Journalism experience since 1974.  Vice president for communications at The Progress & Freedom Foundation, 1999-2000.  Assistant to the president at The Viguerie Company, 1983-94.  Press secretary to U.S. Sen Jeremiah Denton, 1981-83.  Ph.D. in biodefense from George Mason University, 2007.  J.D. from Samford University's Cumberland School of Law, 1980.  M.A. (1976) and B.A. (1973) in political science from Jacksonville State University.

Research Director  Brady Cassis

Research assistant to Gingrich at the American Enterprise Institute.


Vince Haley

(see above).

National Security
Senior Campaign Advisor/Director of National Security Staff  Stephen Yates

(announced Feb. 15, 2012)  Vice President Cheney's Deputy National Security Advisor from 2001-05.  A senior policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation from 1996-2001.  An international affairs analyst at the Department of Defense, 1991-96.

Senior Campaign Advisor/Deputy Director of National Security Staff  Chrisian Whiton

(announced Feb. 15, 2012)  Served at the Department of State from 2003-09, first as a special advisor to the Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs, and then as a deputy special envoy.

National Security Advisory Team

(as announced Nov. 22, 2011)  updated...
Herman Pirchner
James Woolsey, Robert McFarlane, David Wurmser, Bill Schneider, Norman Bailey, John Fonte, Ilan Berman, Ken DeGraffenreid, Tina Ramirez, Kiron Skinner, Abraham Wagner, Stephen Yates, Christian Whiton, Otto Reich, Angelo Codevilla, Fredo Arias King, George Janis, James E Livingston, Lani Kass, Phil Christianson, and Richard McCormack.


Political Director  Martin Baker

Founder (2007) and partner at Political Ink, a Republican direct mail firm based in Washington, DC.  National field director at the NRCC in the 2006 cycle.  Chief of staff to U.S Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (WV) in the first part of 2005.  NRCC regional political director for the Northeast and Midwest in the 2004 cycle.  Campaign director for the Republican Party of Virginia in 2003, overseeing legislative races.  Campaign manager for U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (WV) in 2002.  Press secretary to U.S. Rep. David Vitter (LA), 2001-02.  Press secretary to U.S. Rep. Dan Miller (FL) 2000-01.  Deputy campaign manager on Ric Keller's successful campaign for Congress in Florida's 8th CD in 2000.

Deputy Political Director  Leslie R. Gaines

Started with Newt 2012 as a deputy state director on the South Carolina primary campaign.  Partner at Sherlock and Gaines Consulting Group of Greenville.  More than 15 years of experience in sales, public relations, marketing, event planning and fundraising.  Attended Anderson College and USC Upstate.

Deputy Political Director  Ruth Sherlock

(early Nov. 2011)  Started with Newt 2012 as a deputy state director on the South Carolina primary campaign.  Partner at Sherlock and Gaines Consulting Group of Greenville and principal at Sherlock & Associates.  Campaign manager/chief of staff at Joseph Cao for Congress and for Congressman Cao, 2008.  Marketing director at BE&K Government Group, 2006-07.  Vice president of marketing at Mpower Systems Public Policy Group, 2003.  Regional finance director/national field finance director at the RNC, 2000-02.  Partner and COO at The Palladian Group, 2001.  Community relations for Greenville Hospital System, 1998-99.  Finance director for the SC House Republican Caucus, 1998-99.  Campaign manager on Clyborne for Congress, 1997-98.  Finance director on Robin Hayes for Governor, 1996.  Incumbent field representative for the NRCC, 1995-96.  Contract labor for Sen. Paul Coverdell, 1993-94.  Special assistant at the U.S. Department of Energy, 1989-93.  BBA in marketing from Texas A&M University, 1983.

Field and Political Operations  Bo Harmon

Previously national political director on Friends of Herman Cain.  Doing consulting as Scorpio Public Affairs, a firm he started in early 2011.  Vice president and partner at Response America, a Republican fundraising and voter contact firm, 2007-10.  National voter contact director on John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign.  Campaign manager on Gov. Bob Ehrlich's 2006 re-election campaign.  Deputy communications director at the NRCC in 2004.  Campaign manager on Saxby Chambliss' upset win for U.S. Senate in 2002.  President of Capitol Communications Strategies (CCS), a public relations subsidiary of Smith, Johnson & Carr.  Spokesman on Lamar Alexander's presidential campaign in 1999.  Deputy communications director for Sen. Bill Frist.  Graduate of Vanderbilt University.  Alabama native.

Field Director  Jamie Brazil

(Dec. 2011-Feb. 2012)  Vice president of national field operations on Herman Cain's presidential campaign.  "more than 30 years in national and international politics."

Field Operations  Moshe Starkman

Previously at Friends of Herman Cain.  Founded Moshe Technologies in 2007.  Elected treasurer of the Montgomery County Republican Party in 2008, and president of the Montgomery County, MD Young Republicans in 2007.  Republican nominee to US Congress in Maryland's 4th CD in 2006.  Master's of education from The George Washington University; undergrad in Talmudic Law from the Yeshiva College in Washington, DC.

Director of Surrogates  Imri Eisner

Vice president of coalitions and surrogates and special advisor to the chief of staff on Friends of Herman Cain.  Associate at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, 2006-11.  Served as deputy national director of the McCain-Palin campaign's Citizens for McCain coalition, 2008.   JJ.D. from Cornell Law School, 2005; B.S., B.A. in political science, management from the University of Pennsylvania, 2001.

Deputy Director, Administration and Surrogates  Radha Hirsch

Previously senior executive assistant to Vice President of National Field Operations Jamie Brazil on Herman Cain's presidential campaign.


Hispanic Inclusion Director  Sylvia Garcia

Joined Gingrich Communications as Hispanic inclusion director in 2005; a founder of The Americano.  Worked for five years in Miami as a senior editor for a Spanish online portal; then transferred to Madrid, Spain to work as a leading project manager and overseeing editors.  Writer and reporter for a television station in Ecuador.  Graduate in broadcast journalism and Spanish language from University of Miami.

Hispanic Inclusion Coordinator  Crissy Mas

Assisted with outreach for The Americano and event planning.  Worked for a non-profit organization and full time for a lobbyist firm in downtown DC while earning her Master’s degree in Congressional and Presidential Studies at Catholic University. Undergraduate degree from Catholic University.

...Garcia and Mas based in Miami, FL

Asian American Inclusion  Michelle Selesky

National Coalitions Director  Kellen Giuda

(Nov. 2011)  President and CEO at kellenPROJECTS LLC, a public affairs firm, since Jan. 2011.  Project manager of the Balanced Budget Amendment Now Coalition campaign.  A co-founder of the NYC Tea Party.  Bachelor's degree in architecture from University of Miami, 2005.

Faith Leaders Coalition 

(announced Jan. 12, 2012)
Chairman George Barna
Heads the Barna Group, based in Ventura, Calif.  George and Nancy Barna founded the firm in 1984 as Barna Research Group, a marketing research firm that served Christian ministries, non-profit organizations and others.  Two Master's degrees from Rutgers University; undergraduate degree from Boston College.  Author of 48 books.

Pastor Jim Garlow (Dec. 17, 2011 letter)
Rev. Don Wildmon, founder and chairman of the American Family Association (announced Dec. 20, 2011)
Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel (Jan. 12, 2012)
Pastor Tim LaHaye (announced Jan. 13, 2012)
Beverly LaHaye (announced Jan. 16, 2012)
Pastor Joe Fuiten of Cedar Park Church in Bothell, Washington (announced Jan. 17, 2012)
Dr. Michael Youssef, Founder and President of the worldwide ministry, Leading The Way with Dr. Michael Youssef (announced Jan. 18, 2012)
Pastor Dutch Sheets of Dutch Sheets Ministries in Hamilton, Alabama (announced Jan. 25, 2012)
also Faith Leaders Dream Team (announced Feb. 14, 2012)

Newt Tea Party Coalition

(announced Jan. 19, 2012...more announced Jan. 26, 2012)

Educators with Newt

(announced Jan. 24, 2012)
Lisa Graham Keegan
Founder and CEO of the Education Breakthrough Network and principal partner at the Keegan Company.  Authored a chapter in Gingrich's 2010 book, To Save America.  Education advisor and spokesperson for John McCain’s 2008 presidential effort.  Advisor/consultant and briefly an assistant county manager in Maricopa County, AZ.  CEO of the Education Leaders Council (ELC)in Washington DC, 2001-04.  Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction, 1995-2001.  Served two terms in the Arizona House.  Masters degree in communications disorders from Arizona State University, 1983; B.A. in human language from Stanford University, 1981.

Robert Enlow and Andrew Campanella of National School Choice Week
Susan Firey of the Black Alliance for Educational Options,
Michael Moe of ThinkEquity Partners
Theodor Rebarber and Dr. Kathleen Madigan of Accountability Works

Hispanic Leadership Team

(announced March 16, 2012; see also Jan. 26, 2012 letter)
Rosario Marin - author and former U.S. Treasurer, CA
Mario Rodriguez- chairman of the Hispanic 100, CA
Massey Villarreal - former national chairman of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and former national chairman of Republican National Hispanic Assembly (RNHA), TX

Women with Newt

(announced Feb. 27, 2012)
Chair  Callista Gingrich, wife of Newt Gingrich and president of Gingrich Productions
National Co-Chairs
Sue Lynch, president emeritus of the National Federation of Republican Women
Jeri Thompson, a renowned political commentator and wife of Sen. Fred Thompson
Gay Hart Gaines, a long-time Republican activist and former chairman of GOPAC
Linda Upmeyer, Iowa House of Representatives Majority Leader
Newt’s daughters, Kathy Gingrich Lubbers, an entrepreneur, and Jackie Gingrich Cushman, a nationally syndicated columnist and author
(announced March 2, 2012)
Kiron Skinner, a Hoover Institution Research Fellow and Director of the Center for International Relations and Politics at Carnegie Mellon University

Sportsmen with Newt

Chairman  Former Congressman Dick Schulze

(announced March 1, 2012)  One of the "Reagan 13," served Pennsylvania as a Congressman from 1975-93.  Founded the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus and Foundation in 1990.


Finance Coordinator  Amy Pass

(announced Aug. 3, 2011)  Most recently worked for American Solutions where she was responsible for major donor fundraising.  Degree in business administration from the University of Georgia, 2002.

Deputy Finance Coordinator  Whitney Smith

Started as an intern for Gingrich Communications and most recently worked in fundraising and events at American Solutions.  Graduate of Western Illinois University.  Illinois native.


Director of Advance  Gordon James
with Ed Cowling and Gregg Edgar

Scheduler  Bess Kelly

Counsel  Stefan C. Passantino

Head of the Political Law practice at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP.  Prior to joining McKenna Long & Aldridge, Passantino worked as an associate at Arnall Golden Gregory LLP, a large New York law firm.  J.D. from Emory Law School, 1991; B.A. from Drew University, 1988.

Media  Lionel Sosa

Hispanic media consultant in seven previous Republican presidential campaigns beginning in 1980.  Founder of Sosa, Bromley, Aguilar & Associates, now Bromley Communications, the largest Hispanic advertising agency in the U.S.  Author and portrait artist.  (more)  (Sosa endorsed Gingrich on Aug. 15, 2011).

Senior Strategist (Survey Operations)  David Winston

(announced Dec. 14, 2011)  President of The Winston Group, a strategy and research firm.  Served as director of planning for Gingrich during his years as Speaker of the House.

Pollster/Strategist  Kellyanne Conway

(reported by Politico on Dec. 14, 2011)

National Campaign Chairman  former Congressman Bob Walker

Executive chairman of Wexler & Walker Public Policy Associates.  Served 20 years in Congress representing southeastern Pennsylvania (16th CD), first elected 1976 and did not seek re-election in 1996.  In the 104th Congress he chaired the Committee on Science.  Prior to his election to Congress Walker was an assistant to Rep. Edwin D. Eshleman and earlier taught in Millersville public schools.  M.A. in political science from the University of Delaware; B.S. in education from Millersville University.

Senior Advisor  Randy Evans

Partner at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP in Atlanta, where he chairs the Financial Institutions practice.  Chairman of the board of the Newt Gingrich Companies and chairman of the board of the J.C. Watts Companies.  Outside counsel to the Speakers of the 104th-109th Congresses (Gingrich and Hastert).  Member of the Georgia State Election Board, 2003-11.  General counsel to the Georgia Republican Party, 2001-09.  J.D from University of Georgia, 1983; B.A. West Georgia College, 1980.

Senior Advisor  Kevin Kellems

President at The Strategy Center, LLC; resident of Madison, Indiana.  Director of strategy and acting vice president at The World Bank, 2005-07.  Assistant to the Vice President for Communications and Press Secretary at the White House, 2003-05.  Director of strategic communications and special advisor, Office of the Secretary of Defense, 2001-03.  Press secretary and senior advisor, Office of the Governor of Ohio, 1999-2000.  President of Kellems Strategies, Inc.  1997-99.  State director, communications director, press secretary to U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, 1988-96.  Regional reporter for the Louisville Courier-Journal, 1987-88.  M.A. in national security studies from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, 1997.  B.A. in journalism from The Ohio State University, 1987.

Kathie Lubbers

President and CEO of Gingrich Communications.

Jackie Cushman

Field/Policy/Political Assistant  Andrew Bell

Experience includes research assistant to State Sen. Richard Stevens.  Recent NC State graduate.  Fayetteville, NC native.

role unclear  David Merritt

(reported joining the campaign Politico's Alexander Burns on Oct. 3, 2011)  Previously CEO at the Center for Health Transformation and the Gingrich Group; at the Center for 6 1/2 years, previously vice president and national policy director.  Merritt worked with America’s Health Insurance Plans.  Master’s degree in political science and government from Loyola University Chicago, and bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University.

National Co-Chairs
Governor Nathan Deal

(endorsement announced May 24, 2011)  Elected Governor in Nov. 2010.  Elected to Congress as a Democrat in 1992; changed affiliation to Republican in 1995, continued serving until resignation March 21, 2010 to pursue gubernatorial campaign.  Member of the Georgia state Senate, 1981-93.  U.S. Army, 1966-68.  B.A., from Mercer University in Macon, GA., 1964; J.D. from Mercer University School of Law, 1966.

Former U.S. Sen. Zell Miller (GA)

(announced May 24, 2011)  Senior strategic advisor and independent consultant at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP.  Appointed to the U.S. Senate on July 24, 2000 as a Democrat and elected as a Democrat in Nov. 2000 special election; did not seek election in 2004.  Elected Governor of Georgia in 1990 and re-elected in 1994.  Lieutentant governor of Georgia, 1975-91.   Georgia state Senator.  Undergraduate degree from Young Harris College, 1957; Master's degree from University of Georgia, 1958.  U.S. Marine Corps, 1953-56.  Author of six books.

Art Laffer - economist (Dec. 27, 2012; formal press conference Dec. 29)

Bently Elliott - served as President Reagan's director of speechwriting (Dec. 30, 2011 op-ed in Daily Caller)

Col. Michael Steele - commander of the U.S. Army Ranger company portrayed in the movie Black Hawk Down (announced Dec. 30, 2011)

Former Congressman J.C. Watts - represented Oklahoma district for four terms, elected 1994 retired 2002 (announced Dec. 20, 2011 on FOX)

Todd Palin - husband of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin (announced Jan. 9, 2012)

Somos Republicans (announced Jan. 16, 2012)

Medal of Honor winner Jay Vargas (announced Jan. 19, 2012)

Michael Reagan (announced Jan. 20, 2012)

Chuck Norris - action star (World Net Daily column Jan. 20, 2012)

Former Sen. Fred Thompson (announced on FOX News Jan. 23, 2012 and in a Jan. 24, 2012 video)

Herman Cain (announced Jan. 28, 2012)


Senior Strategist and CIO  Mark Gembicki

(2011-12)  Managing principal at Resilient Corporation, a DC area software/intelligence company, since 2006.  National managing director for homeland security at Deloitte, 2002-06.  Chief architect at WarRoom Research, 1996-2001.  CTO and co-founder of Gembicki+Company, 1985-96.  Anaylst for the National Security Agency, 1982-85. 

Video Editor  Cynthia Meyer

(June-Sept. 2011)  B.A. in political science from The George Washington University, 2011.  Meyer has interned for the International Republican Insititute, the Republican Governors Association and Gov. Rick Perry's re-election.  From Texas.

Jan. 3 precinct caucuses


Headquarters: 11386 Aurora Ave., Urbandale, IA  ...started opening Nov. 30, 2011   twitter
708 Pierce St., Sioux City, IA Dec. 22, 2011
909 W. 76th St., Davenport, IA

Chair  House Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer (R-Garner)

(announced May 13, 2011; endorsed Gingrich during his Jan. 25, 2011 visit; the Iowa Republican and Des Moines Register reported on April 20, 2011 that she is chairing Newt Explore 2012 in Iowa)  First elected in 2002; represents District 12.  A cardiology nurse practitioner and with her husband has a farm near Garner (Hancock County).  B.S. in nursing from the University of Iowa; attended NIACC.  Grew up in Garner on the family farm. 

Senior Policy Advisor on Iowa Issues  House Speaker Pro Tem Jeff Kaufmann (R-Wilton)

Represents the 79th District; first elected in 2004.  Professor at Muscatine Community College; farmer.  Served on the Wilton School Board, 2001-04.  B.A. from the University of Iowa, 1985, M.A. 1990, Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, 2000.

Finance Chairman  Former Congressman Greg Ganske

(reported by the Des Moines Register on July 5, 2011)  Plasic surgeon in Des Moines. Unsuccessful run for U.S. Senate in 2002, losing to Sen. Tom Harkin.  Elected to Congress in 1994 and served from 1995-2003.  Career in plastic surgery.  M.D., University of Iowa Medical School, 1976.  B.A. in political science from University of Iowa, 1972.

Senior Advisor  Craig Schoenfeld

(reported rejoining the campaign by the Des Moines Register's Jennifer Jacobs on Nov. 17, 2011)  Schoenfeld served as Iowa executive director of the first iteration of Newt 2012 for a number of weeks—reported on the Gingrich team by the Des Moines Register and the Iowa Republican on April 20, 2011 and formally announced May 13, 2011; he quit the campaign in the June 9 mass exodus.  Then, for six weeks in July and early August 2011 he was executive director of Americans for Rick Perry.  Attorney at Wasker, Dorr, Wimmer & Marcouiller in West Des Moines; also runs a public affairs consulting firm, C. Robert & Associates, which he established in 1994.  Executive director of George Pataki's 21st Century Freedom State PAC Sept.-Nov. 2006.  Managed Rep. Greg Ganske's 2002 campaign for Senate through late 2001.  Communications director for the Iowa Republican Party.  Political director of Iowa Victory 2000.  Political director of Iowa Victory 2000.  Caucus planning director on Bush's 2000 Iowa caucus campaign (starting Sept. 1999 worked in tandem with the campaign's field operations, preparing county and precinct leaders and supporters for the intricacies of the Iowa caucus process).  Director of communications for the Iowa House Republican Caucus 1999-2000.  Analyst/legal counsel to the House Republican Caucus from 1994-98.  M.A. and J.D. from Drake University, 1994.  B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 1991.  Raised on a farm in Beaver Dam, WI.

Senior Advisor  Katie Koberg

(reported rejoining the campaign by the Des Moines Register's Jennifer Jacobs on Nov. 17, 2011)  Iowa deputy executive director of the first iteration of Newt 2012; she quit the campaign in the June 9 mass exodus.  Former Vice President of Iowans for Tax Relief; started with the organization in Aug. 2005.  Administrative assistant in the Iowa Senate Majority Leader's Office, 2003-05.  Eastern Iowa field staffer for the Republican Party of Iowa.  Administrative assistant in the Office of Sen. Chuck Grassley, 2000-01.  Graduate of Buena Vista University, 2000; attended University of Iowa, 1996-98.

Political Staff:
Polk Co., Central Iowa and Coalitions  April Linder

(from Nov. 2011)  Coalitions for Americans for Rick Perry, June-Aug. 2011.  Director of communications for the Iowa Tea Party in the first part of 2011.  Worked on finance and coalitions on the Zaun for Congress campaign in 2010.

NW Iowa  David Levers

Director of development and public affairs at the New York Military Academy.  Deputy political director for George Pataki's 21 Century Freedom PAC.  Advance representative in the New York State Governor's Office, 2003-05.  B.A. in history and political science from Mount Saint Mary College.

SW Iowa/South of i-80  Sally Albright

Founding principal of JuniPR (formerly Druid City New Media), a startup political and corporate communications firm.  New media director on Robert Bentley for Governor.  Field director for the Alabama Democratic Coordinated Campaign/Bobby Bright for Congress.  National press advance team on Hillary Clinton for President.  Consultant for Albright Strategies, LLC.  Executive director of the U.S. Internet Council, 2002-04.  Executive director of the Health Insurance Safety Net Coalition, 2001-03.  Vice president for federal government relations at McGuireWoods, 1998-2000.   Director of congressional and public relations at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, 1996-98.  Senior legislative assistant to U.S. Rep. Earl F. Hilliard (AL), 1994-96.  Staff assistant/press assistant to U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (AL), 1993-94.  B.A. in communications studies from Hollins University, 1993; M.A.L.S. candidate from Georgetown University, 1998.  Married to Stevens Berry. 

NE Iowa  Stevens Berry

(Nov. 2011)  Co-founder in June 2010 of JuniPR (formerly Druid City New Media), a startup political and corporate communications firm.  Communications director on Dr. Robert Bentley's campaign for the 2010 Republican gubernatorial nomination in Alabama.  Legislative assistant for Congressman Lee Terry, 2007-09.  Policy director on the Pete Ricketts for U.S. Senate campaign in 2006.  Political appointee during the Bush administration, serving at the USDA, Trade Development Agency and HHS, 2001-04.  M.S. in public administration at public policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science, 2000.  Senior legislative assistant and GOP staff director of the House Rural Health Care Coalition for Congressman Jim Nussle, 1996-99.  B.A. in Latin American studies from the University of Chicago, 1994.

Senior Political Advisor  Charlie Gruschow

(announced Dec. 7, 2011)  Gruschow, of West Des Moines, supported Herman Cain until he suspended his campaign, and was for several months on campaign staff.  Founder of the Des Moines Tea Party and co-founder of the Tea Party of America.

On Dec. 15, 2011 the campaign announced support of 55 Iowans (several announced previously*/subsequently revised to 52):
 28 County Chairs in 23 Counties

Current and Former Elected Officials
Former Senator Larry McKibben, Marshall County
Senator David Johnson, Osceola Countyerroneously included on list; backs Perry
Senator Shawn Hamerlinck, Scott County
Senator Randy Feenstra, Sioux County
Senator James Seymour, Harrison County
Rep. Jeff Kaufmann, Cedar County / Iowa Newt 2012 Co-Chair *
Rep. Linda Upmeyer, Hancock County / Iowa Newt 2012 Chair *
Rep. Josh Byrnes, Mitchell County *
Rep. Chris Hagenow, Polk County
Rep. Bob Hager, Allamakee County
Mayor Robert Andeweg, Urbandale
Ray Hoffman, Former State Chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa
Former Congressman Greg Ganske, Polk County *
Former Congressman Fred Grandy *

College Republicans
Natalie Ginty, University of Iowa College Republican, Chair; State Chair of IFCR *
Stephen Quist, Iowa State University College Republicans, Chair
Jeremy Freeman, Iowa State University
Jeremy Danielson, Drake University Law School Republican Chair
Colin Tadlock, IFCR Vice Chair and Central College Republican Chair
Francisco Reveriano, Grinnell College Republican Chair

Business Leaders
C. Edward Brown, CEO, The Iowa Clinic P.C. *
Walt Wendland, Golden Grain Energy
Dan Ochylski, Managing Director of Growth Financial Partners
Dean Kleckner, Former Chair of the Iowa Farm Bureau
Jim Kersten, Webster Countyerroneously included on list; subsequently did endorse Gingrich
Charlie Gruschow, Tea Party of Iowa Founder *
Patrick Bertroche, MD, Former 3rd Congressional Candidate

(reported Dec. 20, announced Dec. 21, 2011)

Iowa Speaker of the House Kraig Paulsen

Early Endorsements
Dan Seufferlein, Cedar Rapids >

Natalie Ginty, a senior biochemistry major at the University of Iowa and chairwoman of the Iowa Federation of College Republicans (Nov. 11, 2011 in The Iowa Republican)

Rep. Josh Byrnes (District 14 - Osage/Mitchell Co.) reported Nov. 15, 2011

Darrell Kearney (announced Dec. 5, 2011) - Founder of the Conservative Club of Des Moines.  Finance director of the Polk County Republicans.  Longtime finance director of the Republican Party of Iowa through Sept. 2009; staffer or volunteer on numerous campaigns.

More Endorsements
Cameron Sutton, retired insurance executive from Grimes, and Jim Kersten, former state Senator from Fort Dodge...two of the group of seven Iowans that made a pilgrammage to NJ and met with Gov. Chris Christie on May 31 seeking to persuade him to enter the race (reported by DMR's Jennifer Jacobs on Dec. 21)

Steve Deace (announced Dec. 30, 2011) -

Larry Tuel (announced Dec. 30, 2011) - state director of Herman Cain's campaign from July 2011 to suspension on Dec. 3.  Des Moines area attorney and realtor.  Active in the 2010 Branstad for Governor campaign and the McCain campaign.  Tuel served at director of the Iowa Finance Authority from 1986-90, and earlier as general counsel.  He has earned M.P.A. and J.D. degrees from Drake University.

Rep. J. Scott Raecker (District 63 - Urbandale) announced Dec. 30, 2011

Also note: Craig Bergman served very briefly (less than a week in Dec.) as political director, but left the campaign after a kerfuffle over a comment he had made earlier.

Jan. 10 primary


Headquarters: 968 Elm Street, Manchester, NH  ...Gingrich officially opened Nov. 11, 2011   NewtHampshire  |  twitter

State Director  Andrew Hemingway

(reported by the John DiStaso on Oct. 19, 2011)  Taking leave from position as chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus of NH.  Founder and managing director of Digital Acumen ("Working at the convergence of social media and politics.")  Bristol, NH native.

Deputy Director  Bob Burns

(reported early Dec. 2011)  Hillsborough County Treasurer, elected 2010.  Worked twelve years in the pharmaceutical industry.  Manager at a local McDonald's.  Degree in business management from Keene State College.  Born in Nashua and grew up in Bedford.

Field Operations Director  Sam Pimm

Pimm's New Hampshire experience includes campaign manager of Fran Wendleboe's campaign for New Hampshire Republican state chair, 2007; Russell Prescott for Executive Council in 2006; and Fran Wendleboe for Congress in 2002.  Served as executive director of YAF.  B.A. in government from Georgetown University.

Deputy Field Operations Director  Charlie Spano

(early Dec. 2011)  Directed Herman Cain's New Hampshire campaign through to suspension. 

Coalitions Director  Alex Talcott

(announced Oct. 26, 2011)  Field coordinator on McCotter's presidential campaign until it ended.  Founding principal consultant at Vaura Consulting, LLC, 2010; is also an adjunct instructor at Newbury College.  Attorney at Chittenden, Murday & Novotny LLC, 2007-10.  In 2008 Talcott served as Illinois campaign coordinator on Bob Barr's campaign.  J.D. from Notre Dame Law School, 2007; B.A. from Dartmouth College, 2004.

Volunteer Coordinator  Pam Smith

(announced Oct. 26, 2011)  Manchester resident; has served as a coordinator for the NH 912 Project and has done work for Frank Guinta for Congress. 

Director of Communications  Matthew LeDuc

(announced Oct. 26, 2011)  NH director of operations on Bachmann for President until earlier in the month.  CEO/Publisher of an online magazine, and the president of a custom build and design firm in New England.  Graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

social media, recruit volunteers and organize coalitions  Erin LaMontagne

(reported by John DiStaso on Nov. 2, 2011)  Office manager on Tim Pawlenty's NH campaign from April 2011.  Assistant campaign manager on Ovide Lamontagne for U.S. Senate, 2010.  B.A. in English and music from Providence College.

Director of Scheduling and Logistics  Sarah Joseph

(reported by John DiStaso on Nov. 14, 2011)  Businesswoman from Bristol; sister-in-law of Hemingway.

Paid Senior Advisors
Jim Wieczorek

(reported by NBC on Nov. 15, 2011)  Co-owner and vice president of Wieczorek Insurance.  Coalitions director on Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign.  Degee in communications from UNH, 1985.  Son of Executive Councilor Ray Wieczorek.

Jeff Chidester

(reported by Granite Status/John DiStaso on Dec. 1, 2011)  Had served as Bachmann's state campaign director.

(reported by Granite Status/John DiStaso on Dec. 16, 2011)

State Chair  Rep. Laurie Sanborn of Henniker

Leadership Team

Rep. John Cebrowski of Bedford
former Rockingham County Sheriff Wayne Vetter
Manchester attorney Robert Dastin
Rep. Steve Stepanek of Milford
former Nashua Mayor and Executive Councilor Bernie Streeter
former state Commissioner of Employment Security Richard Brothers (early supporter of Huntsman)
former U.S. Attorney Tom Colantuono.

New Hampshire Union Leader (printed Nov. 27, 2011)

(announced Nov. 28, 2011)
Rep. Greg Hill of Northfield (Merrimack)
Rep. Don McLarren of Nashua (Hillsborough)
Rep. Joe Pitre of Farmington (Strafford)
Rep. Kathy Lauer-Rago of Franklin (Merrimack)
Rep. Laurie Pettengill of Glen (Carroll)
Rep. Joe Osgood of Claremont (Sullivan
Rep. Brandon Guida of Chichester (Merrimack)
Rep. Ken Sheffert of Hampton (Rockingham)
(reported Nov. 29, 2011; switch from Cain)
Rep. William D. Panek of Farmington (Strafford)
(Dec. 3, 2011 following Cain's suspension)
Rep. Sam Cataldo of Farmington (Strafford)
(reported Dec. 20, announced Dec. 21, 2011)
NH Speaker of the House Rep.
Bill O'Brien, Mont Vernon (Hillsborough)
(per Jan. 7, 2012 email from Matt LeDuc)
Rep. Greg Sorg of Easton (Grafton)
Rep. Donald Andolina of Dover (Strafford)
Rep. Charles Brosseau of Campton (Grafton)
Rep. JC Daugherty of Colebrook (Coos)
Rep. Robert Elliott of Salem (Rockingham)
Rep. Frank Kotowski of Hooksett (Merrimack)
Rep. Frank Sapareto of Derry (Rockingham)

former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith (Dec. 3, 2011)

Jack Kimball, former chairman of the NH Republican Party (Dec. 9, 2011)  ...had supported Cain until he suspended Dec. 3

former Nashua Mayor Bernie Streeter (Dec. 9, 2011)

"Team 10"  Michelle McManus

(volunteer) 912 project organizer from Bow.

(total of 21 state rep. endorsements)

Jan. 21 primary

South Carolina

Headquarters: 700 Woodruff Road, Suite 6, Greenville, SC  29607  ...Gingrich officially opened Nov. 12, 2011  facebook | twitter
Victory Offices:
Columbia/Midlands - 1730 Main St., 3rd Floor, Columbia, SC  29201
Myrtle Beach/Pee Dee - 9713 North Kings Hwy, Suite 105, Myrtle Beach, SC  29577
North Charleston/Lowcountry - 7671 Northwoods Blvd., North Charleston, SC  29406
  ...Gingrich and Callista opened Nov. 28
Beaufort County - 6 Promenade St., Suite 1001B, Bluffton, SC  29910 opened Nov. 1; Gingrich visited Nov. 29

(initial South Carolina team announcement Nov. 7, 2011)

State Director  Adam Waldeck

(to South Carolina in Oct. 2011)  Prior to campaign was director of e-Communications and e-Campaigns for American Solutions.

Deputy State Director  Ruth Sherlock

(early Nov. 2011)  Partner at Sherlock and Gaines Consulting Group of Greenville and principal at Sherlock & Associates.  Campaign manager/chief of staff at Joseph Cao for Congress and for Congressman Cao, 2008.  Marketing director at BE&K Government Group, 2006-07.  Vice president of marketing at Mpower Systems Public Policy Group, 2003.  Regional finance director/national field finance director at the RNC, 2000-02.  Partner and COO at The Palladian Group, 2001.  Community relations for Greenville Hospital System, 1998-99.  Finance director for the SC House Republican Caucus, 1998-99.  Campaign manager on Clyborne for Congress, 1997-98.  Finance director on Robin Hayes for Governor, 1996.  Incumbent field representative for the NRCC, 1995-96.  Contract labor for Sen. Paul Coverdell, 1993-94.  Special assistant at the U.S. Department of Energy, 1989-93.  BBA in marketing from Texas A&M University, 1983.

Deputy State Director  Leslie R. Gaines

(early Nov. 2011)  Partner at Sherlock and Gaines Consulting Group of Greenville.  More than 15 years of experience in sales, public relations, marketing, event planning and fundraising.  Attended Anderson College and USC Upstate.

National Deputy Campaign Manager  Vince Haley

(to South Carolina in Oct. 2011)  Prior to campaign was vice president of policy, advocacy, and communications at American Solutions.

Coalitions Director  Joanne Jones

Vice chairman of the Charleston Tea Party.

Regional Directors

Upstate (Greenville)  State Rep. Joshua Putnam and Caroline Vanvick

Joshua Putnam:  Youngest member of the House, elected Aug. 2011.  Landscaping supervisor for The Planter’s Touch in Greenville.  Marketing degree from North Greenville University.
Caroline Vanvick:  Most recently worked in recruiter support at Godshall Staffing.  Operations administrator at Wireless Communications.  Junior consultant at Sherlock & Gaines, summer 2010.  Graduate of the College of Charleston, 2010, communications and political science.

Midlands (Columbia)  DeLinda Ridings

Ridings had been a field staffer on the Huntsman campaign through to beginning of Nov. 2011.  Secretary of SC GOP.

Pee Dee (Myrtle Beach)  Gerri McDaniel

Myrtle Beach tea party leader.  Helped on Nikki Haley's campaign.

Charleston  Chris Horne

Pastor and board member of the Charleston Tea Party; endorsed Gingrich in Oct. 15, 2011 letter. >

Lowcountry (Bluffton)  James Epley

(started volunteering in late Sept. 2011, on staff Oct. 2011)  Real estate developer from Hilton Head; this was the first campaign he had worked on.


Lowcountry Coordinator  Taylor Mason

(from early Jan. 2012 after Bachmann exited)  Lowcountry field coordinator on Michele Bachmann for President.  Junior at USC-Beaufort studing political science and public relations; student body vice president and served as chairman of the College Republicans.  Worked as a campaign tracker for the SCGOP and worked with the Joe Wilson congressional campaign in 2010.

Midlands Coordinator  Gavin Smith

(from early Jan. 2012 after Bachmann exited)  Assistant to Bachmann state director Sheri Few.  A college student studying international business and political science and plans to attend law school; recently founded and serves as president and CEO of a non-profit designed for students living in financial crisis in the Midlands of South Carolina.

Charleston Coordinator, including African American Inclusion  Adrian Grimes

Partner at The Mace Group, LLC from July 2011.  Assistant director of communications in Congressman Tim Scott's office after working on his campaign.  News producer and publicl affairs director in television broadcasting; worked at WIS-TV and WCSC-TV.

Rock Hill to Charlotte Area Coordinator, including African American Inclusion  Edward (E.J.) Cousar

2nd vice chair of the SC GOP.  At the University of South Carolina, Cousar was chairman of the College Republicans.

State Chairs  William W. “Billy” Wilkins and his wife Debra D. Wilkins

(announced Dec. 16, 2011)  Billy Wilkins is partner at the Carolina based law firm of Nexsen Pruet, former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and former Chair of the United States Sentencing Commission.  Debra Wilkins is also with Nexsen Pruet.

Co-Chair  Former Congressman John Napier

(announced Jan. 4, 2012)  Resident of Pawley's Island.  Appointed by President Ronald Reagan as judge, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1986-89.  Elected to Congress in 1980 and served one term; defeated in re-election bid.

Lowcountry Chair  Rep. Peter McCoy

(announced Dec. 29, 2011)  Elected to represent District 115 (James Island and Folly Beach) in Nov. 2010.  Attorney in private practice.  Law degree from Regent University Law School; undergraduate degrees in history and religion from Hampden-Sydney College.

Midlands Chair  Rich Bolen

(announced Jan. 17, 2012)  Chairman of the Lexington County Republican Party starting April 2009.

County Co-Chairs

(announced Dec. 4, 2011) 40 co-chairs in 26 counties

State House Speaker Bobby Harrell (announced Jan. 19, 2012...previously supported Perry until he exited)
Statewide business leaders
(announced Jan. 19, 2012)
Medal of Honor recipient Major General James E. Livingston, USMC (Ret)
(announced Jan. 18, 2012; had been chair of Perry's veterans effort)
William T. “Bill” Monroe, pastor of the Florence Baptist Temple in Florence (announced Jan. 18, 2012)
House Majority Leader Kenny Bingham (District 89, Cayce) (announced Jan. 2, 2012)
former Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer (announced Nov. 28, 2011)
Joe Dugan, Myrtle Beach (announced Nov. 21, 2011; chairman of Myrtle Beach Tea Party and state coordinator of South Carolina Patriots)
Allen Olson, Columbia (announced Sept. 13, 2011 resigned position as chairman of the Columbia Tea Party to endorse Gingrich)

over two dozen current and former elected officials (announced Jan. 20, 2012):
Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell*, Majority Leader Kenny Bingham*, Representative Liston Barfield, Former Lieutenant Governor Andre Bauer*, Representative Eric Bikas, Representative Joan Brady, Representative Doug Brannon, Representative Kris Crawford, Representative Tracy Edge, Representative David Hiott, Representative Bill Hixon, Representative Dwight Loftis, Representative Phil Lowe, Representative Peter McCoy, Representative and Former Majority Leader Jim Merrill, Representative Dennis Moss, Representative Wendy Nanney, Former Superintendent of Education Barbara Nielsen, Representative Gene Pinson, Representative Josh Putnam, Representative Rick Quinn, Representative Roland Smith, Representative Mike Sottile, Representative Tommy Stringer, Representative Bill Taylor, Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers, and Representative Mark Willis.  
*announced previously

also, to be checked...Ruth Sherlock stated that Rep. Ralph Norman, who was a prominent supporter of Herman Cain and then backed Bachmann, supported Gingrich, although the Romney campaign announced him as an endorsement on Jan. 17, 2012.

Jan. 31 primary


Headquarters: 12873 SW 42nd St., Miami, FL   Contact: Ive Pinto    Florida Action Center
More Offices:

Boca Raton - 4400 North Federal Hwy., Suite 206   Contact: Tami Donnally
Brooksville (Hernando Co.) - 10153 Cortez Ave.  Contact: Mary Mazzuco
Lakeland - 4250 S. Florida Ave.  Contact: Linda Ivell
Mount Dora (Lake Co.) - Lakeside Inn, 100 N. Alexander St.  Contact: Ralph Peterson
Jacksonville - 1046 Riverside Ave.   Contact: John Libby
Orlando - 3333 Orange Ave.
, Suite 104   Contact: Antori Miranda  ...Gingrich opened Jan. 13, 2012
Tampa - 14049 N. Dale Mabry   Contact: Cory Steadman   also at this location call center: Ken Yang
Daytona Beach - 3184 C Ridgewood Ave. S.   Contact: Greg Fournier
Altemonte Springs (Seminole Co.) - 190 N. Westmonte Dr.    Contact: Bonnie Rogers or Donna Bundy

Sarasota - 1400 Main St.   Contact: Harry Walla
Palm Harbor (Pinellas) - 31574 US Highway 19 N.   Contact Narda Enander
Naples - 4779 Enterprise Rd.   Contact: Bill Spinelli

State Chairman  Bill McCollum

(statewide leaders announced Jan. 6, 2012)  Candidate for governor in 2009-10, losing in the primary to Rick Scott.  Chairman of Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign in Florida, announced April 4, 2007.  Elected Attorney General of Florida in 2006 and served one term.  Candidate for U.S. Senate in 2000 and 2004.  Served in Congress from 1981-2001.  Attorney.  US Navy, Judge Advocate General Corps, 1969-72.  J.D. from University of Florida, Gainsville, 1968; B.A. from University of Florida, Gainsville, 1966.

Co-Chair  Former Orange County Mayor Richard Crotty

Executive vice president of Crossman & Co and manager of Richard Crotty Consulting Group, LLC.  Served as Orange County Mayor from 2001-10.  Orange County Property Appraiser from 1992-2001.  Previously served as a member of the Florida Legislature.

Co-Chair  Alan Levine

Health care administrator and policy expert.  Senior vice president of health development operations and government relations of Health Management Associates, Inc., announced July 2010.  Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals and senior health policy advisor to Gov. Bobby Jindal.  Secretary of the Florida Agency for Care Administration.  Deputy chief of staff and senior health policy advisor to Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. 

Steering Committee: Jim Norman, Florida State Senate (District 112);  Thad Altman, Florida State Senate (Dist. 24); Michael Bileca, Florida State Representative (Dist.117); Gayle Harrell, Florida State Rep. (Dist. 81); Deborah Mayfield, Florida State Rep.(Dist. 80); Carlos Trujillo*, Florida State Rep. (Dist.116); Xavier Suarez, Miami-Dade County Commission; Steve Abrams, Palm Beach County Commission; Patrick Roff, Vice Mayor of Bradenton and Bradenton City Council; Ray Holt, Jacksonville City Council; Kevin Hohn, Brooksville City Council; Gary Lee, former U.S. Congressman (Lee County); John Grant, Sr.,former Florida State Senator (Hillsborough); Kurt Kelly, former Florida State Rep. (Marion); Luis Rojas, former Florida State Rep. (Miami Dade); Joe Carollo, former Mayor of Miami; Monica Rodriguez (Miami Dade); Ed Depuy, former Leon County Commission; Dan Wyrick, former Chairman of Calhoun County Commission; Allison DeFoor, former candidate for Lt. Governor; Bruce O’Donohough, former Congressional Candidate (Orlando); William Tolley*, Brevard County Chair; Sam Rashid*, Hillsborough County Chair; Coy Clark, Honorary Brevard County Chair; Bert Ralston*, Duval County Co-Chair;  Dr. Miguel Fana*, Pinellas County Co-Chair; Nathan Meloon, Gingrich Florida Chair College Republicans; Christian Waugh, Gingrich Florida Chair of Young Republicans.
*Previously announced as Newt 2012 Florida County Leadership team.

State Director Jose Mallea

(reported by a number of news outlets on Dec. 12, 2011)  Owner of JM Global Consulting.  Campaign manager on Marco Rubio for U.S. Senate from Feb. 2010.  Chief of staff to the Mayor of Miami, 2005-07.  Served in the Bush administration in various positions, 2001-05 (special assistant to the Administrator at the SBA, 2001-02; personal aide to White House chief of Staff Andy Card, 2002-03; and at the U.S. Department of State, 2003-05).

Sylvia Garcia and Chrissy Mas are based in Florida

Communications Director  Portia Palmer

CEO of Palmer Global Communication Group since 2009.  Communications advisor and trainer for the Iraq Ministries of Oil and Electricity, 2010.  Deputy assistant administrator for public affairs at the U.S. Agency for International Development, 2008-09.  Director of public liaison and intergovernment affairs at the U.S. Department of State, 2004-08.  Director of press at the U.S. Agency for International Development, 2002-04.  Press secretary for the Republican Party of Florida, 1999-2002.  Senior policy advisor at the City of Miami, 1998-99.  Community development manager at CRA, Inc., 1997-98.  Senior policy advisor at the Miami Dade County Commission, 1994-96.  Director of program operations for the Federal Transit Administration in San Francisco, CA, 1991-93.  B.A. in public affairs and government from Mount Vernon College. of 14 paid staff as of Jan. 22, 2012 (announced Jan. 23, 2012)

Chairs and Co-Chairs in all 67 Counties

(announced Dec. 20, 2011)

Women with Newt (125 members)

Co-Chair, The Hon Gayle Harrell, State Rep. (St. Lucie County)
Co-Chair, The Hon Debbie Mayfield, State Rep. (Indian River County)
Co-Chair, The Hon Mary Collins, Miami Lakes City Council (Miami Dade County)
Co-Chair, Jerry Buchanan, Activist (Orange County)

Gingrich Faith Leaders 

(18 announced Jan. 25, 2012; 9 more announced Jan. 28, 2012) 
Chairman, The Hon. Kurt Kelly (former State Rep., Marion County)

Co-Chair, Bruce O’Donoghue, Board Member of Florida Family Policy Council (Orlando)
Co-Chair, The Hon. John Grant (former State Senator)

Tea Party Coalition with Newt

(announced Jan. 26, 2012)
37 Florida Tea Party leaders

Feb. 4 precinct caucuses


State Director  Tiffiny Ruegner

(early Nov. 2011)  Vice president of the Campaign to Defeat Obama from Dec. 2010, and director of field operations for Our Country Deserves Better PAC (Tea Party Express) from Aug. 2009.  Media buyer at King Media starting Oct. 2009.

County Chairs
Clark  Elicia Afton

Previously Herman Cain's state director from March 2011.  Chief of staff on the Fiore for Congress campaign in NV-3, to July 2010.  Campaign manager on Cannon for Virginia State Delegate campaign, 2009.  High school religion teacher at Holy Spirit Catholic High School, 2007-08.  In 2005-06 worked on several mayoral and city council elections.  B.A. in communications from Loyola University New Orleans, 2005.

Washoe  Kim Bacchus

Very active in Washoe County Republicans.

Title?  Kristin Vieira

Served as Nevada deputy state director on  Previously at the Fund for Nevada's Future.  Deputy director of Nevada GOP Victory 2010.  Northern field director on Sue Lowden for U.S. Senate primary campaign in Nevada.  Political director on Dave Reichert for Congress in Washington, 2008.  Field rep. on the Rudy Giulian Presidential Committee, Sept. 2007-Jan. 2008.  Political director on Bob Beers for Governor campaign in Nevada, Dec. 2005-Aug. 2006.  B.S. in political science, history from University of Scranton.

Las Vegas: The Element, 10555 Discovery Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89135
  (off of Town Square and 215 South)
Northern Nevada Office: 3652 South Virginia St., Suite C-7, Reno, NV   ...grand opening on Jan. 30

Note: The local team in Nevada had started building an organization.  However, as the caucuses drew near, the national campaign came in and wanted to do things their way, resulting in considerable tension.  See for example  Anjeanette Damon and David McGrath, "Gingrich limits Nevada appearances as local, national advisers argue," Las Vegas Sun, Feb. 2, 2012. >

Feb. 7 caucus


State Director  Patrick Davis

(reported by Colorado Peak Politics on Feb. 1, 2012)  Principal at Patrick Davis Consulting of Colorado Springs, founded Jan. 2005.  Political director of the NRSC during the 2004 election cycle.  Executive director of the South Dakota Republican Party from 1995-99.  Field desk coordinator for eleven Northwestern states on the Bush-Quayle campaign in 1992.  Assistant to the Deputy Director of White House Political Affairs in 1990.

Spokesman  Tom Lucero

(announced Feb. 2, 2012)  Chairman of Larimer County GOP starting in March 2011.  Working as an account rep. for Drive My Biz, and previously was vice president of sales at Tech2Lead.  Ran for Congress in the 4th CD in 2010.  A regent of the University of Colorado, 1998-2010.   Chaired the Amendment 54 Clean Government Colorado campaign in 2008.

Feb. 7 caucus


Paul Carlson

consultant in the Twin Cities.

Feb. 28 primary


Headquarters: 4715 North 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ  85018

State Director  Lisa James

Works at Gordon C. James Public Relations.  Deputy chief of staff to Congressman John Shadegg (AZ-3).  Ran for chairman of the Arizona Republican Party in Dec. 2008/Jan. 2009.  Chaired the Giuliani for President campaign in Arizona.  Director of coalitions for Sen. Kyl’s 2006 re-election effort and then served as the director for the Arizona Republican Party Victory 2006 campaign.  In 2004 James was chairman of the No Taxpayer Dollars for Politicians Ballot Initiative and then served as the Arizona executive director for Bush-Cheney ‘04.  Director of Arizona Victory 2000.  An advance representative for President George H.W. Bush and worked on the 1992 Bush/Quayle campaign.  Worked in political at the RNC.  Managed and worked on several campaigns in Illinois.  Worked in the Illinois Legislature in 1986.  Bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University.

Arizona Faith Leaders Coalition

(announced Feb. 22, 2012)
Co-Chair  Rev. Eve Nunez, chair of the Arizona Latino Commission and state director of the NHCLC
Pastor Tony Martinez, Superintendent of the Southwest District Assembly of God’s hundred-plus churches
Pastor Juan Ramos of Love International Church in Phoenix, the largest Hispanic church in the state
(announced Feb. 27, 2012)
Pastor Roy De La Garza (Roy de La Garza Ministries)
Pastora Soki Meza (Meza  Worldwide Restoration Church)
Pastora Sara Augusto (Centro Evangelistico Cristo es la Respuesta)
Reverend Joe Nunez (Pastor Love International Church)
Pastor Alberto Correa (Alberto Correa Ministries)
Pastora Flora Garcia (Gracia Abundante)

Rep. Trent Franks (AZ-2) (announced Jan. 13, 2012)

Feb. 28 primary


Contact  Mark McKitrick

McKitrick, of Grand Rapids, is president and CEO of Organicorp LLC and CEO of Me2 Company.  He is author of The Complete Guide To Inexpensive Ideaing (Jan. 2011). 

March 3 caucus


State Chair  Pastor Joe Fuiten

Pastor of Cedar Park Church in Bothell (announced as member of the Faith Leaders Coalition on Jan. 17, 2012)

Caucus Director  Lew Moore

Director at New Pioneers, LLC.  Campaign manager on Ron Paul's 2008 presidential campaign.  Director of the Northwest Straits Commission, 2006-07.  Moore considered making a run for the seat opened by by Rep. Metcalf's retirement in 2000 but decided against it in mid-1999; instead he ran for Snohomish County Executive; after winning the Sept. 1999 primary, he lost in the Nov. general election to the incumbent.  Chief of staff to Rep. Metcalf, after starting as district director to Metcalf in Jan. 1995 (Metcalf did not seek re-election in 2000).  Bachelor's and master's degrees in history from Western Washington University.  From Everett, Washington. 

Deputy State Caucus Director  Cheryl Hymes

Experience includes director of the Evergreen Freedom Foundation's Health Care Reform Project (announced May 2004).  Chairman of the Board of Directors for Chinook Enterprises (Mount Vernon, WA).  Former. Washington State Representative.  In the 1980s Hymes worked in Minneapolis, MiN analyzing medical utilization and claims data to produce physician practice profiles.  Graduate of the University of Nebraska.

(announced Feb. 29, 2012)
Katrina Asay, State Representative
Steve Beren, fmr. 7th Cong. Dist.  GOP Nominee
Bill Cooper, fmr. Chief of Police, Bainbridge Island
Jim Donner, Snohomish Co. representative Republican state committee
Bob Eberle, fmr. State Representative
Olga Farnam, Snohomish Co. representative Republican state committee
Yvonne Goldsmith,  fmr. Mayor of Ferndale
Mark Hulst, Mt. Vernon City Council
Mrs. Jack (Norma) Metcalf, widow of the late congressman
Tony Moore, Federal Way School Board Member

March 6 primary


Georgia Headquarters: 3110 Maple Drive, Atlanta, GA

Director of Georgia Operations  Sonya Harrison

(Nov. 2011)

Volunteer Coordinator  Patrick Mayer

(Jan. 2012)  Owner of inferno solutions since May 1998.  Director of IT for the Georgia Republican Party, 2009-11.  Special projects for the Georgia General Assembly, 2005-09.  Field director at the Georgia Republican Party, fall 2006.  B.S. in sociology from Kennesaw State University, 2003.

Metro Atlanta Field Director  Cameron Fash

(Feb. 2012)  Deptuy director  at the Governor's Office of Workforce Development, May-Dec. 2011.

National Co-Chairs
Governor Nathan Deal

(endorsement announced May 24, 2011)  Elected Governor in Nov. 2010.  Elected to Congress as a Democrat in 1992; changed affiliation to Republican in 1995, continued serving until resignation March 21, 2010 to pursue gubernatorial campaign.  Member of the Georgia state Senate, 1981-93.  U.S. Army, 1966-68.  B.A., from Mercer University in Macon, GA., 1964; J.D. from Mercer University School of Law, 1966.

Former U.S. Sen. Zell Miller (GA)

(announced May 24, 2011)  Senior strategic advisor and independent consultant at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP.  Appointed to the U.S. Senate on July 24, 2000 as a Democrat and elected as a Democrat in Nov. 2000 special election; did not seek election in 2004.  Elected Governor of Georgia in 1990 and re-elected in 1994.  Lieutentant governor of Georgia, 1975-91.   Georgia state Senator.  Undergraduate degree from Young Harris College, 1957; Master's degree from University of Georgia, 1958.  U.S. Marine Corps, 1953-56.  Author of six books.

On Dec. 13, 2011 the campaign announced endorsements of more than 60 officials including 33 members of the Georgia Legislature.

(announced Aug. 26, 2011) 
Governor Nathan Deal 

Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens

Public Service Commissioners Stan Wise and Lauren “Bubba” McDonald

U.S. Rep. Tom Price (6th CD-Roswell)
U.S. Rep. Austin Scott (8th CD-Tifton)
U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey (11th CD-Marietta)
U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston (1st CD-Savannah) 

State Sen. Judson Hill (R-Marietta). Hill is chairman of the Senate Government Oversight Committee and has turned to Gingrich for ideas on health reform.
State Rep. Sharon Cooper (R-Marietta), chairman of the House Health and Human Services Committee. Cooper has been a longtime ally of Gingrich.
State Rep. Joe Wilkinson (R-Sandy Springs)
. Wilkinson is chairman of the House Ethics Committee and served in the Reagan Administration.
State Rep. Harry Geisinger (R-Roswell). Geisinger first served in the House from 1969-1974 and was re-elected when Republicans took the Majority in 2004. He used to be a guest speaker in Professor Gingrich’s history classes at West Georgia College in Carrollton.
State Rep. Sean Jerguson (R-Canton). Jerguson is chairman of the Cherokee County legislative delegation.
State Rep. Paulette Braddock (R-Hiram). Braddock is a freshman from Paulding County who is assisting on the Newt 2012 leadership team in Georgia.

State Rep. Matt Hatchett (R-Dublin). Hatchett is one of the Governor's floor leader and a small business owner from middle Georgia. He now holds the seat currently held by former longtime minority leader Rep. Dubose Porter.

U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (3rd CD-Grantville) (announced Dec. 8, 2011)

Former U.S. Sen. Mack Mattingly (announced Feb. 8, 2012)

Georgia Right to Life (announced Feb. 10, 2012; joint Gingrich/Santorum endorsement)

Pastors (announced March 5, 2012)
including Dr. Richard Lee, pastor of First Redeemer in Cumming, Dr. Michael Youssef, an Atlanta Christian author and broadcaster, and the Rev. Benny Tate of Rock Springs Methodist in Milner (all national co-chairs of Gingrich’s Faith Leaders Coalition) and 11 others.

Georgia Women with Newt (announced March 5, 2012)
"more than 130 prominent women leaders and activists"

Hispanic Inclusion Leader  Mariola Rosas

March 6 primary


Leadership Team

(announced Feb. 29, 2012)
Sen. Bill Seitz (Western Hamilton Co., District 8)
Rep. John Adams, Majority Whip (Shelby and Champaign Cos. and part of Auglaize Co., District 78)
Rep. Mike Dovilla (SW Cuyahoga Co., District 18)
Rep. Ron Maag (parts of Warren and Hamilton Cos., District 35)
Former Sen. Gary Cates
Doug Preisse, Chair of the Franklin County Republican Party
Kay Ayers, vice chair of the Ohio Republican Party
Rocky M. Bolman of Green Township

also supporting Gingrich
Former U.S. Rep. Bob McEwen
Jamie Schwartz and Katie Streicher, staffers to U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot

March 6 primary


Chairman  Former Congressman J.C. Watts

(announced as chairman Feb. 24, 2012; announced endorsement Dec. 20, 2011 on FOX) Chairman of the J.C. Watts Companies.  Represented Oklahoma's 4th CD for four terms, elected 1994 retired 2002.  Football player in the Canadian Football League.  B.A. from University of Oklahoma, Norman, 1981.  From Eufaula.

State Director  Chad Alexander

(announced Feb. 24, 2012)  Senior partner/campaign consultant at Majority Designs from Jan. 2006; president of government relations and senior partner at Capitol Insight from Jan. 2004; and president and owner of Alexander Companies from Jan. 2001.  Chairman and executive director of the Oklahoma Republican Party, 2001-03.  Various positions for Congressman J.C. Watts including campaign manager, deputy campaign manager and district field director.  Graduate of University of Central Oklahoma, 1998.

Leadership Team

(announced Feb. 29, 2012)
Former Republican Majority Leader Tad Jones (Claremore)
State Representative Todd Thompson (Ada)
State Representative Mike Jackson (Enid)
Former State Representative Robert Worthen  (Oklahoma City)
State Senator Rob Johnson (Yukon)
Former Cleveland County Republican Party Chairman Aaron Curry
Former Oklahoma County Republican Party Chairman Steve Curry
State Senator Bryce Marlatt (Woodward)
State Representative Leslie Osborne (Chickasha)
State Representative Don Armes (Faxon)
State Representative Dan Kirby (Broken Arrow)
State Senator Greg Childers (Del City)
Norman City Councilman Hal Ezell
State Senator Kim David (Wagoner)
State Representative Colby Schwarz (Yukon)

March 6 primary


Leadership Team

(announced Jan. 13, 2012) includes

State Director and Campaign Co-Chairman  State Rep. Tony Shipley (TN-02)

(Kingsport-part of Sullivan County)

State Director and Campaign Co-Chairman  State Sen. Stacey Campfield (TN-07)

(Knoxville) announced switch to Santorum in March 3, 2012 blog posting

Executive Committee

Volunteer Coordinator  Susan Witcher - Past President of the Tennessee Federation of Republican Women
Deputy Volunteer Coordinator  Chris Gallaher
Communications Director  Ken Marrero
Political Director  Mark Winslow - Former Chief of Staff, Tennessee Republican Party
Bob Schwartz, Executive Director, Platform Committee Member, 2008 Republican National Convention

and a number of CD and County chairs.

Tennessee Women for Newt 
State Co-Chairs  Sen. Mae Beavers, Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver and Susan Witcher

(announced March 5, 2012) 
and 19 CD and County chairs.

March 6-10 county conventions


Chairwoman  Former U.S. Rep. Barbara Cubin

(announced Feb. 20, 2012) Served in the U.S. House from 1995-2009.  Previously served in the Wyoming Senate (1992-94) and House (1987-91).

March 10 caucus


Chairwoman  Beverly Gossage

(announced March 5, 2012 along with leadership team) Owner of HSA Benefits Consulting and a member of the Kansas GOP Executive Committee.

State Director  Mike Pirner

In 2010 Pirner ran Jason Osterhaus' upset win over Larry Winn in the 4th Johnson County Commission District in November after serving as campaign director for Patricia Lightner, candidate for Congress in the 3rd District of Kansas, in the August primary (she finished second to Kevin Yoder, 43% to 37%). He has also worked for conservatives Lance Kinzer, Anthony Brown, and Arlen Siegfreid and developed websites for a number of state legislators, political groups, and small businesses.

Assistant State Director  Travis Couture-Lovelady

Director of communications for the Office of the State Treasurer.  Northwest Kansas regional director at Perry for President from Aug. 2011.  Executive director of Kansas Young Republicans from Feb. 2011.  Regional director on Brownback for Governor, 2010.  Staff assistant to Sen. Sam Brownback 2009, then legislative correspondent.  A field director on Pat Roberts for Senate, 2008.  M.L.S. in political science from Fort Hays State University, 2008; attended Texas Tech University School of Law, 2005-06; B.A. in political science from Fort Hays State University, 2005.

Volunteer Coordinator  Rhandi Pendergrass

First District Coordinators - Phyllis Hadley, Eric Brown, Warren Shafer, Dan Baffa, Judi Tabler, Gregg Burns, Brandon Day, Kathy Scharplaz, David Butler

Second District Coordinators - Josh Gosser, Jeff Locke, Holly Friesen, Liz Hajovsky, Barb Jones, Lori Sevedge, Kris Van Meteren, Jeff Klemp, Jeffrey Kelley, Sam Niemcyzk, Rane Cravens

Third District Coordinators - David Lightner, Bill Boillot, Charles Sciolaro, Vicki Sciolaro, Carl Walston, E.J. Irish, Rachel Sciolaro

Fourth District Coordinators - Jim Thompson, Rodney Wren, Grace Klaassen, Michael Rix, John Dixon, Rhandi Pendergrass

12 current and former state legislators (announced Feb. 15, 2012)
State Senator and former House Majority Leader Ray Merrick
State Senator and former State Representative Rob Olson
Former State Senator/State Representative Peggy Palmer
State Representative Anthony Brown
State Representative Marico Goico
State Representative Trent LeDoux
State Representative Larry Powell
State Representative John Rubin
State Representative Scott Schwab
Former State Representative Bonnie Huy
Former State Representative Patricia Lightner
Former State Representative Judy Morrison

March 13 primary


State Leadership Team

(initial announcement Jan. 6, 2012; expanded announcement March 12, 2012)

Chair  Sen. Jabo Waggoner

Senate Majority Leader, elected Dec. 2010.   Serving his sixth term in the Senate after serving in the House from 1966-83.  President, Birmingham Business Consultants, LLC.  Represents the 16th District (Jefferson, Shelby Cos.).

Communications Coordinator  Michael Ciamarra

Served about three months as policy director to Gov. Robert Bentley.  Vice president of the Alabama Policy Institute.  Gov. Fob James, Jr.’s executive assistant and director of policy development from 1995-99.  Degree in engineering science from Montgomery College.  Trussville resident.

State Regional Chairs
Central Alabama Chair – former State Sen. Larry Dixon

South Alabama Chair – former US Congressman Sonny Callahan
West Alabama Chair – Sen. Gerald Allen
North East Alabama Chair – Sen. Clay Scofield
East Alabama Chair – Sen. Gerald Dial North
West Alabama Chair – Sen. Greg Reed
South East Alabama Chair – Sen. Tom Whatley

and County Chairs in more than thirty counties

House Republicans for Newt
Rep. Jack Williams, Chairman of House Republicans for Newt
Rep. Jim McClendon, Springville
Rep. Jim Patterson, Meridianville
Rep. Wes Long, Guntersville
Rep. Barry Moore, Enterprise
Rep. Dickie Drake, Leeds
Rep. Randy Davis, Daphne
Rep. Kurt Wallace, Maplesville
Rep. April Weaver, Brierfield
Rep. Mark Tuggle, Alexander City
Rep. Becky Nordgren, Gadsden
Rep. Richard Baughn, Lynn
Rep. Mac McCutheon, Capshaw
Rep. Barry Mask, Wetumpka
Rep. Mike Jones, Andalusia
Rep. Paul Lee, Dothan

Communications Coordinator – Michael Ciamarra
County & Grassroots Campaign Coordinator – Bill Goolsby
Statewide Prayer Coordinator – Judy Carns
Alabama Sportsmen with Newt – Dan Moultrie
Educators With Newt Chair – Bart Moss
Lawyers With Newt – Co-Chairs Matt Lembke & Johnny Amari
Republican Women Co-Chairs  – Margie George & Diane Zaragoza
Young Republicans Co-Chairs – Brooklyn Roberts & Jim Entrekin
College Republicans Co-Chairs - Cliff Sims & Jon Waggoner
Birmingham Campus Co-Chairs – Bradley Watts & Andrew Hays
Veterans with Newt – Sen. Bryan Taylor
Coalition with Newt to Repeal Obamacare Chair – Rep. (Dr.) Jim McClendon
Grassroots Team Leader – Jennifer Montrose

State Finance Team  Sen. Slade Blackwell

Political Team  Leslie Gaines, Ken Yank, Patrick Mayer, Cameron Fash, and Scott Reagan

More Endorsements
Former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court and long-time Alabama RNC Committeeman, Judge Perry Hooper, Sr.
Former Gov. Fob James (announced March 10, 2012)
Morgan County Commission Chairman, Commissioner Ray Long

Bassmaster Found Ray Scott (announced March 10, 2012)
former Miss America Heather Whitestone McCallum

March 13 primary


Headquarters: 10 Riverbend Place, Flowood, MS  39047

State Director W. Scott Brewster

(announced as state director on March 9; initially grassroots coordinator)  Vice president of business development at Pittman & Associates (insurance) in Jackson; 20-year resident of Rankin County.  Holds an international law degree from the University of Central Florida.

Mississippi Leaders with Newt

(announced March 11, 2012)
Senator Josh Harkins
Senator Sally Doty
Senator Melanie Sojourner
Republican Whip Rep Mark Formby
Representative Mark Baker
Representative Beckie Currie
Representative John Moore
Representative Wanda Jennings
Former Senator Lee Yancey

Congressional District Leadership
1st District Bob Robinson
2nd District Webb Franklin
3rd District Jennifer Hall
4th District  John Rhodes

More Endorsements
Dr. Jimmy Porter
executive director of the Mississippi Baptist Christian Action Commission, Inc. Jackson, MS (release of March 9, 2012)

March 13 caucus


March 17 caucus


March 18 primary

Puerto Rico

Chair  John Regis, Jr.

Campaign Committee (announced Jan. 25, 2012)
Chair, Political/Spokesman/Surrogate  Carlos Méndez, mayor of Aguadilla  [note: Méndez announced switch to Romney on March 20]
Chair, Field Operations  Ricardo Aponte
Chair, Finance  Alberto Escudero
Co-Chair Finance  Andrés García Arregui
Veterans Affairs Coordinator  Roberto Gorbea
Chair, Electoral  Edwin Mundo
Press and Communications  Peter Quiñones

Faith Leaders (announced March 16, 2012)
Bishop Emerito Gonzalez Iglesia Emanuel Isabella
Olivia Barrera, Associate Pastor Casa De Jubilo of Puerto Rico 

March 20 primary


Hispanic Inclusion Team 

(announced March 14, 2012)
Leader  Joseph P. Galvan
Principal at Galvan & Associates, LLC, a minority-owned urban planning firm.  Midwest regional director at HUD during the Bush administration, Nov. 2001-Jan. 2009.  Served as state chairman for the Illinois Hispanics for Bush Committee, and as the Illinois state chairman and national treasurer of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly (RNHA).

Illinois with Newt
Chairman  Keith A. Hanson, managing partner of the Hanson Law Group in Barrington.
Political Director  Nick Provenzano, political aide to Congressman Randy Hultgren; campaign manager for Joe Walsh's 2010 campaign.
Deputy Director  Chris Provenzano, a former campaign aide and executive assistant to Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan.
Senior Advisors  Bruce Donnelly, a grassroots specialist from Lake County and Bob Bednar, the Lake Co. GOP Treasurer.

March 20 primary


State Director  Charlie Buckels

(team announced March 22, 2012)  Vice chairman of the Louisiana Republican Party, elected in 2008; previously treasurer of the party, 2004-08.  From Lafayette.  Experience includes Southeast US sales manager for Redflex Traffic Systems after many years working in insurance and mutual funds.  Candidate for Congress in 1996.  B.S. in marketing from LA Tech University.

North Louisiana Coordinator  John Kay

Owner/president of Capitol Strategies is Shreveport since Aug. 2011.  Regional representative for U.S. Rep John Fleming, 2009-July 2011 and served on his campaign staff.  Various positions for the Republican Party of Louisiana in 2009.  North Louisiana political director on the Kennedy for Senate campaign, 2008.  B.A. in public relations from Louisiana State University in Shreveport, 2010.

Baton Rouge Director/State Grassroots Coordinator  Austin Stukins

Junior studying interior design at LSU.  Active in Jay Dardenne's campaign for Lt. Gov. in 2010.  Veteran of the U.S. Marines, served in Iraq and at the Pentagon.

Southern Louisiana Coordinator  Charlotte Ruiz

An independent political organization professional in the Greater New Orleans area; active in the East Jefferson Republican Women's Club.  Worked for 25 years as a nurse anesthesiologist.

Statewide Caucus and Convention Director  Murray Nelson

President/owner of DMC New Orleans, LLC.  Served as district director for Congressman Anh "Joseph" Cao.  Principal at Strategic Management Associates, LLC.  Sales manager/operations director for Dietrich Destination Consultants, Inc.

Hispanic Inclusion Leader  Vinicio E. Madrigal M.D.

(announced March 23, 2012)

Call centers in Baton Rouge, Kenner, Lafayette and Shreveport

former U.S. Rep. Bob Livingston (Metairie)
Shelton "Mac" Watts, Mayor of Central (announced March 24, 2012)

April 3 primary


Headquarters: 1136 W. Mason Street, Green Bay, WI

State Director  Robert Lorge

Managing partner/owner at Lorge & Lorge law firm in Bear Creek, and farmer (Capital Hill Farms).  Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in 2006, losing to Sen. Herb Kohl; candidate for U.S. Senate in 2004; Republican nominee for Secretary of State in 2002.  J.D. from Marquette University Law School, 1985; B.A. from University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1982.

Grassroots Director  Bob Westman

Army veteran from Lake Hallie.

Headquarters Manager  David VanderLeest

April 3 primary


Co-Chair  U.S. Rep. Andy Harris

(announced Nov. 29, 2011) Anesthesiologist.  Elected to Congress representing Maryland's 1st CD in 2010.  Republican nominee for Congress in Maryland's 1st CD in 2008, defeating incumbent Wayne Gilchrest (R), the narrowly losing to Frank Kratovil (D).  Elected to the Maryland State Senate in 1998; re-elected in 2002 and 2006.  Served in the U.S. Naval Reserve during Operation Desert Storm.  M.D. (1980) and B.S. in biology (1977) from Johns Hopkins University.

Co-Chair  Del. Warren E. Miller

Has represented District 9A (Howard County) since March 2003.

April 24 primary


Senate Minority Leader Gary Simpson (18th District, Milford) (announced April 5, 2012)
State Rep. Jack Peterman (33rd District, Milford) (announced April 5, 2012)
State Sen. Dave Lawson (15th District, Marydel) (announced April 11, 2012)

Delaware Students with Newt 

Chair  Kira Tieman, president of College Republicans at Wesley College
(announced April 12, 2012)

Delaware Faith Leaders Coalition

Chairs  John Radell, president of the Delaware Faith and Freedom Coalition and vice chairman of the New Castle County Republican Party.
Pastors Mike and Trisha Fox are marriage advocates and authors of Marriage for Today.
(announced April 16, 2012)

Correctional Officers Association of Delaware President Geoff Klopp (announced April 19, 2012)

Former Delaware Speaker of the House Terry Spence (announced April 20, 2012)

Hans Reigle, Chairman of the Kent County Republican Party (announced April 20, 2012; switch from Romney)

Jerry Wood, Chairman of the Sussex County Republican Party (announced April 21, 2012)

Bill Sahm, Chair of the Northern New Castle County Region of the Delaware GOP (announced April 22, 2012)

April 24 primary

New York

State Rep. Tom Cilmi (Suffolk Co., 10th District) (announced Feb. 26, 2012)  Elected in 2009; prior to his election, Cilmi worked in manufacturing and owned a commercial printing business. 

Carl Paladino, Buffalo businessman, 201 Republican gubernatorial nominee

Hispanic Inclusion Leader  Rubén Estrada

Chairman of the Latino National Republican Coalition of New York State

April 24 primary


Chairman  Charlie Gerow

(announced Jan. 11, 2012)  Owner of Quantum Communications Ltd., a Harrisburg public relations and issues advocacy firm.  Worked on all three Reagan presidential campaigns.  Graduate of Villanova University School of Law.

Senior Advisor  Former Congressman Bob Walker

(see above)

May 8 primary


Chairman  Rex Early

(announced March 21, 2012)  Candidate for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in 1996, losing to Steve Goldsmith.  Chaired the Indiana Republican Party, 1991-93.  B.S. from Indiana University, 1958. Served in the U.S. Marine Corps.  Vincennes native; Indianapolis resident. Author of It's A Mighty Thin Pancake That Don’t Have Two Sides (2008).

Senior Advisor  Kevin Kellems

(see above)

May 8 primary

North Carolina

Chairman  Tom Fetzer

(announced Dec. 14, 2011)  Chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party, June 2009-Jan. 2011.  Mayor of Raleigh; served two three year terms, 1993-99.  Graduate of Wake Forest University.

Finance Chairman  Kieran Shanahan

(announced Dec. 14, 2011)  Raleigh attorney.  Immediate past finance chairman of the North Crolina Republican Party.  Served four elected terms on the Raleigh City Council.  Former federal prosecutor with extensive trial court experience.  Honors graduate of East Carolina University Business School and UNC School of Law.

Political/Fundraising Consultant  Karen Rotterman

(announced Dec. 14, 2011)  Raleigh-based consultant (Rotterman & Associates).  Experience includes consultant to the presidential campaigns of George H. W. Bush, Phil Gramm and George W. Bush.  Worked for Glaxo Inc.  Assistant Secretary for Administration for the North Carolina Department of Human Resources.  Four years as director of communications for Gov. Jim Martin after serving as press secretary on Martin's successful 1984 campaign.

Endorsements (announced March 13, 2012)
Senator Jean Rouse Preston (Dist. 2)
Rep. Harold J. Brubaker (Dist. 78)
Rep. Julia Craven Howard (Dist. 79)
Rep. William C. McGee (Dist. 75)
Rep. Mitchell Smith Setzer (Dist. 89)
Rep. Carolyn Hewitt Justice (Dist. 16)
Rep. Marilyn Avila (Dist. 41)
Rep. Larry R. Brown (Dist. 73)
Rep. George Cleveland (Dist. 14)
Rep. Tomas Roger West (Dist. 120)


Hispanic Inclusion Leader  Jacob Monty

Founding and managing partner of Monty & Ramirez LLP, in Houston.


Finance Chair  Eric Beach

(announced Dec. 15, 2011)  CEO of Suntrak Solar and a founder of Frontline Strategies, a California based public affairs firm.  Has worked in private equity and venture capital since 2009.  Senior vice president at Mercury Public Affairs, 2006-08.  Beach recently served as a national finance chair for the Tea Party Express and in 2007 served as a state finance leader for the Rudy Giuliani presidential campaign in California.  He also served as campaign director for the Bill Jones for U.S. Senate campaign in 2004 and on the gubernatorial election team of Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2003.

Finance Leadership Team

(announced Dec. 22, 2011)  John B. Kilroy, Jr.  -  Bill Mundell  - Yuri Vanetik  -  Terry Donahue  -  John Cox  -  Charles Horace  -  Paul Bruno  -  DJ Burke  - Steven Capozza  -  Michael Castle  -   Tamara Colbert  -  Robert W. Dubois, MD, PhD  -  Rick Falahee  -  Andy Fetko  -  Matt Gunderson  -  Victor Hester  -  Chris Lane  -  Angelo Mazzone  -  Kevin Murphy  -  Dick Paulsen  -  John Robison  -  Michael Schrock

Hispanic Inclusion Leader  Teresa Hernandez

Candidate for Congress in CA-32 special election in 2009.  With her husband, she formed Hernandez Productions to launch Mariachi Sol de Mexico and Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, producing Mariachi festivals and shows across the United States.  With her husband opened Cielito Lindo restaurant in South El Monte in 1986.  R.N. at Whittier Hospital.

Assemblyman Dan Logue, (Chico, 3rd District), founded the Committee to Draft Rick Perry for President (reported Jan. 23, 2012)
Former Secretary of State Bill Jones (announced Feb. 20, 2012)