Key People-Thad McCotter
McCotter 2012 
614 S. Main in Plymouth, MI    ...announced candidacy July 2, 2011  [website]

(page updated September 2, 2011)

Senior Advisor/Michigan Director  Martin Van Valkenburg

(reported Aug. 4, 2011 by the Detroit News)  Senior lobbyist with Capitol Affairs, L.L.C., a Michigan-based, multi-client government relations consulting firm.  Served McCotter as Washington, D.C. chief of staff for nearly three years, 2004-07.  Director of government affairs for Michigan Licensed Beverage Association, 2003-04.  Chief of staff in the office of state Sen. Walter H. North, the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Corrections and the Judiciary, 1997-2002.  Communications anaylst in Michigan House of Representatives, 1995-96.  Regional field representative for the Michigan Republic State Committee, 1993-95.  Bachelor's degree from Calvin College and a Master's degree in communications from Michigan State University.

Social Media  Ben Rothenberg

Helped ProjectVirginia with new media and outreach.  A Victory Virginia '09 field director for Fairfax, Alexandria and Arlington, and then served as a tracker for Republican Party of Virginia.  B.A. in political science (political theory) from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC.

Consultant (Communications)  Mark Corallo

Founder of Corallo Comstock, Inc. and senior advisor to The Ashcroft Group

Consultant (Legal)  Jason Torchinsky

Partner at Holtzman Vogel PLLC.

Consultants (Media)  Erik Brown / Leif Larson

Dynamic Marketing, Inc..

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Randall Thompson

Has served on McCotter's congressional staff as a senior advisor since mid-Nov. 2008 and as chief of staff ot the House Republican Policy Committee from late 2009 to Dec. 2010.


National Consultant  Kirk Clinkenbeard

Founder and president at the Westerly Group, and associate at The Potomac Advocates. Experience includes national finance chairman for Campaign for America’s Future, Sen. Orrin Hatch’s leadership PAC, and earlier finance chairman for Hatch for Senate, and for Sen. Hatch's presidential campaign fundraising. In 1996, Clinkenbeard national treasurer of the Jack Kemp for Vice President Committee. He also served as a senior advisor to Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) and Congressman Joe Skeen (R-NM) in their 1996 reelection campaigns.

National Finance Director  Paul Bothwell

Michigan Finance Chair  Brian Pierce


Iowa for McCotter  

Strategist/Consultant  Chris Rants

Served 18 years in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1993-2010 representing Sioux City.  Rants was elected Speaker Nov. 12, 2002 and continued through 2006 elections; from 2007 he served as Minority Leader.  President of inSight Communications and partner at Rauschenberger Partners, both from first part of 2010.  Policy consultant to the Terry Branstad gubernatorial campaign in 2010.  Advisor to Mitt Romney's 2008 Iowa caucus campaign (announced Sept. 27, 2006).  Rants served as environmental compliance director of Metz Baking Company, 1992-99.  B.A. from Morningside College, 1989.


NH for McCotter          

Strategist/Campaign Director  Chris Buck

(started as campaign director in charge of day-to-day on July 12, 2011, announced July 13; also, announced July 29 covering Strafford, Belknap, Carroll and Coos Counties)  Buck is chair of the Dover Republican Committee, and announced June 30, 2011 he is running for Mayor.  He is a Dover attorney focusing on family and business law and an entrepreneur (president of Legal News Services, LLC, and founder of and  Candidate for State House in 2010.  Senior marketing analyst for Compressor Energy Solutions.  J.D. from Franklin Pierce Law Center in 2008, and B.A. in philosophy from Northeastern University in 2003.

Field Coordinator for Hillsborough, Cheshire and Grafton Counties (volunteer)  Richard Lowrance

(announced July 29, 2011)  Former Jim Bender staffer.

Field  Coordinator for Rockingham, Merrimack and Sullivan Counties (volunteer)  Alex Talcott

(announced July 29, 2011)  Attorney.  Dartmouth graduate.