Key People-Gov. Rick Perry, Inc. 
on Congress Ave. in Austin, TX (opened early part of Sept. 2011)  [website]
...announced candidacy Aug. 13, 2011.

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top national staff announced Sept. 2, 2011; almost all the initial national staff had experience working for Perry. 
on Oct. 24, 2011 the campaign announced major additions to the national staff.

Campaign Manager  Rob Johnson

Senior advisor in Gov. Perry in the Governor's Office after managing his 2010 re-election campaign.  Johnson served a brief interlude as senior advisor, then for about a month campaign manager for Newt Gingrich before the mass exodus.  Chief of staff to Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (TX); managed Dewhurst's 2002 campaign for Lt. Governor.  Chief of staff to Congressman Jay Dickey (AR).  Bachelor's degrees in political science and public relations from Southern Methodist University, 1996.

Strategist/Consultant  David Carney

(from the beginning of the campaign)  Carney has served as the general consultant to Perry's campaigns in 2010, 2006, 2002 and 1998.  He started out the 2012 presidential cycle helping Gingrich before the mass exodus.  CEO and president of Norway Hill Associates, Inc. (NHA, Inc.) based in Hancock, NH, since 1996.  Senior advisor on Bob Dole's 1995-96 presidential campaign.  Deputy executive director at the NRSC in the 1994 cycle.  National field director and director of political affairs on Bush-Quayle '92; White House political director; worked on George H.W. Bush's 1988 campaign.  Worked on Gov. John H. Sununu's unsuccessful 1980 run for U.S. Senate.  M.P.P. from New England College.

Senior Advisor  Tony Fabrizio

(announced Oct. 24, 2011)  Partner at Fabrizio, McLaughlin & Associates and at Fabrizio Ward & Associates.  Key advisor on myriad campaigns, to the national Republican committees, and has also advised numerous corporations on consumer research, marketing, crisis management, image management, market positioning and public affairs.  Strategist and pollster on Rick Scott's 2010 campaign for governor of Florida.  Pollster and strategist on Gov. Tim Pawlenty's 2006 re-election campaign.  Chief pollster and strategist to Bob Dole's presidential campaign in 1996. National pollster and strategist on Pat Buchanan's campaign, but left the campaign in Jan. 1992.  Advisor to Sen. Alfonse D'Amato.  Media buyer on Dole's 1988 presidential campaign.  Pollster at Arthur J. Finkelstein and Associates.

Senior Advisor  Fred Maas

(announced Oct. 24, 2011)  Founder and CEO of Pacific EcoCompanies, LLC, a San-Diego based firm which specializes in investments and the development of sustainable buildings, communities and clean technologies.  Previously developer and CEO of Black Mountain Ranch, a 4,600 acre parcel in San Diego.  Maas has participated in national, state and local politics for more than 30 years, and worked for numerous prominent political figures, including John McCain, Bob Dole, Jack Kemp, Pete du Pont, Richard Lugar and Mitch Daniels.  J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law, 1982.  Undergraduate degree in political science from Hobart College, 1979.

Senior Advisor  Joe Allbaugh

(announced Oct. 24, 2011)  Founder of the Allbaugh International Group, LLC, and serves on several corporate boards.  A senior advisor on Rudy Giuliani's campaign (announced Oct. 30, 2007).  Director of FEMA from February 2001 through March 2003.  National campaign manager for the Bush-Cheney 2000 presidential campaign.  Managed George W. Bush's 1994 campaign and served as chief of staff to Gov. Bush for five years.  Deputy Secretary of Transportation in Oklahoma.  B.A. in political science from Oklahoma State University.  Native of Blackwell, OK.


Political Director  Wayne Hamilton

Founding partner of San Jacinto Public Affairs, doing consulting for the past eight years.  (Recently served as event coordinator for "THE RESPONSE: a call to prayer for a nation in crisis").  Executive director of the Republican Party of Texas to end of 2003; the longest serving executive director in the party’s history.  Executive director of Texas Inaugural Committees in 2003, 2007 and 2011.  Senior campaign aide to Congressman Joe Barton.  Graduate of Dallas Baptist University in Dallas.  Five generation native of Ellis County, Texas.

Congressional Liaison  Stanton Anderson

(announced Oct. 24, 2011)  Senior counsel to the president and CEO of the United States Chamber of Commerce, and of counsel to the DC law firm McDermott Will & Emery (he joined the firm in 1995).  Also managing director of the U.S. Chamber's Campaign for Free Enterprise from Jan. 2010.  Previously served as executive vice president and chief legal officer at the Chamber.  Former chairman of Global USA, Inc., a consulting company he founded in 1983.  In 1981 he founded the law firm, Anderson, Hibey, Nauheim and Blair.  Counsel to the Reagan-Bush campaign in 1980 and was senior director of the presidential transition of Ronald Reagan.  Convention opersations director for the President Ford Committee in 1976.  Attorney at Surrey, Karasik & Morse.  Involved in national political affairs since 1972; staff assistant in the White House during the Nixon administration, then Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Relations under Henry Kissinger.  Executive director of the Young Republican National Federation, 1963-65.  Bachelor's degree from Westmont College in 1962 and J.D. from Willamette University in 1969.

Veterans for Perry Coalition

(announced Dec. 8, 2011)
Major General James Everett Livingston, MOH, U.S. Marine Corp (Ret.) (South Carolina)
Chuck Larson, Sr., Fmr. U.S. Attorney and Justice Attaché to U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Colonel (USAR, Ret.) (Iowa)
Dakota Meyer, Sergeant, USMC (Ret.) (Kentucky)
William R. Mann, Lt. Colonel, US Army (Ret.) (Florida)
The Honorable Allen B. Clark , Fmr. Assistant Secretary for Veterans Liaison and Program Coordination and Director, National Cemetery System at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, CPT (USA-Ret) (Texas)


Communications Director  Ray Sullivan

Chief of staff to Gov. Perry effective July 1, 2009.  Operated Sullivan Public Affairs, an Austin-based public and government relations firm.  Worked in various capacities for Perry from 1998-2002, including governor’s deputy chief of staff, lieutenant governor’s communications director, and communications director for the 1998 and 2002 campaigns.  A national spokesman for George W. Bush for President in Austin in the 2000 campaign.  Deputy communications director for then Gov. George W. Bush, 1995-98.  Worked in the communications office of Bush-Quayle '92.  He also worked as a political consultant at Karl Rove + Company, and served on the Washington, D.C. staffs of U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and Congressman Sam Johnson (R-Plano).  Degree in business marketing from San Diego State University.

Deputy Communications Director  Eric Bearse

Formed Bearse & Company LLC in 2007, and has provided general consulting and communications services to legislative candidates, written numerous speeches for officeholders and university officials, directed grassroots and media campaigns aimed at shaping regulatory decisions, and helped Governor Perry write his first published book, On My Honor.  Wrote speeches for Perry for eight years (1999-2007), including two inaugural addresses, four “state of the state” speeches and several Republican State Convention addresses.  Has worked on six campaigns in Texas, including Perry’s campaigns for lieutenant governor and governor.  Bachelor’s degree in political science from Texas A&M University, 1993.

National Press Secretary  Mark Miner

Communications director to Gov. Perry in the Governor's Office from Sept. 1, 2008; also communications director on Perry's 2010 re-election campaign.  Director of communications to Lt. Governor David Dewhurst during two legislative sessions and six special sessions.  Communications director for the Bill Simon for Governor campaign in California.  Communications director at the RNC under Jim Gilmore to the end of 2001.  Communications director to then Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore where he was senior communications strategist and chief spokesman for the Gilmore Administration.  Press secretary for the Gilmore for Governor campaign in Virginia; communications director to the then Virginia Attorney General Gilmore.  Bachelor's degree in communictions from Michigan State University, 1987.

Traveling Press Secretary  Robert Black

Recently served as the director of governmental affairs for American Electric Power.  Formed a consulting firm.  He served as Gov. Perry’s press secretary and communications director from 2003-08, as well as communications director during Perry's successful 2006 re-election bid.  Cmmunications director for Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s successful 2002 campaign.  Director of public information at the Texas Department of Insurance.  Communications director for the Republican Party of Texas from 1998-2001. Worked in Washington, DC for then-Majority Leader Dick Armey, and as a press aide to Ari Fleischer at the Committee on Ways and Means. Black has also worked for two Texas state senators, and began his career as a legislative assistant to now-Speaker Tom Craddick in 1990.  >Graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio.

State Press Director  Press  Katie Cesinger

Press secretary to Gov. Perry in the Governor's Office from Dec, 2010; previously deputy press secretary from August 2008.  Communications director for the Texas Governor's Competitiveness Council in the first part of 2008.  Has worked in the governor’s budget, planning and policy division as well as the office’s legislative division.  Worked for the Louisiana House of Representatives.  B.A. in political science from Louisiana State University, 2004.


Policy and Strategy Director  Deirdre Delisi

Recently chair of the Texas Transportation Commission, appointed by Gov. Perry in April 2008.  Delisi served as chief of staff and deputy chief of staff to Gov. Perry, and served as his special assistant when he was lieutenant governor.  Policy advisor to the presidential campaigns of Lamar Alexander and George W. Bush.  Delisi also served at the Texas Department of Commerce and as legislative aide for Texas Senator Bill Ratliff.  Bachelor's degree in political science from Duke University and master's degree in international policy studies from Stanford University.

Senior Advisor  Chip Roy

(announced Nov. 2, 2011) Most recently served as director of state-federal relations in the Office of the Governor of Texas.  Prior to that, he served as special assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Texas.  Roy worked for Sen. John Cornyn from 2002-09, including as staff director at the Republican Conference; senior counsel on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee; and staffer on Sen. Cornyn's 2002 campaign for Senate.  Bachelor's degree in commerce and master's degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Virginia; law degree from the University of Texas.

Senior Advisor  Brandy Marty

(announced Nov. 2, 2011)  Has worked for Gov. Perry since 2007, most recently as the director of Budget, Planning and Policy since Jan. 2011.  Previously, she was policy director for the governor's 2010 primary campaign, and served as the governor's deputy legislative director and House liaison during the 80th Legislative Session.  She has also worked in several capacities for elected officials within the House of Representatives.  Bachelor's degree in government from the University of Texas and a law degree from St. Mary's University.

Policy Advisor (Foreign Policy)  Victoria Coates

(Sept. 2011; announced Nov. 2)  Director of research at DHR Holdings LLC (former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld) from 2007-11.  Ph.D. in Italian Renaissance art and history from the University of Pennsylvania, 1998; M.A. in art history from Williams College, 1992; B.A. in art history from Trinity College-Hartford, 1990.

Policy Advisor (Economic Issues)  Sean Davis

(announced Nov. 2)  Managing partner at Davis Intelligence Group from Oct. 2010.  CFO at The Daily Caller in 2010.  Chief investigator and economic policy adviser for Sen. Tom Coburn from 2005-08 (he helped create, the first searchable website with information on nearly $1 trillion in federal grants, contracts, sub-grants and sub-contracts).  Policy analyst for the Congressional Joint Economic Committee, 2003-05; legislative assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives for the first part of 2003.  M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, 2010.  BBA in finance from Texas Tech University Rawls College of Business.

Policy Advisor (Defense, Energy and Environmental Issues)  Emily Domenech

(Sept. 2011; announced Nov. 2)  Advance officer in the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 2007-11.  Trip coordinator/advance representative in the Office of the Secretary of Energy from 2006-07.  Master's degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College, 2011.  B.S. from University of Virginia, 2006.

Policy Associate  Shana Gooch

Most recently worked at Delisi Communications, a political affairs and governmental relations firm headed by Ted Delisi.  Served in the office of State Rep. Dwayne Bohac during the 81st legislative session.  Bachelor's degree from the University of North Texas.


Director of Finance  Margaret Lauderback

Finance on Texans for Rick Perry, the 2010 re-elect campaign.  Managing director for technology at the Carmen Group starting late 2006.  Vice president for government relations at the NYSE Group.  Managing director for government affairs at Archipelago Holdings, Inc, announced March 16, 2005.  Various positions with TechNet, a PAC for the hi-tech industry, including vice president of Republican outreach, vice president of membership, executive director of the Texas office, 1999-early 2005.  Worked in government affairs for Ameritech.  Aide to Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.  Bachelor of journalism degree from The University of Texas at Austin.

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Regional Finance Director - Jennifer Sullivan Grammer

(Aug. 2011)  Deputy finance director on Texans for Rick Perry from June 2009.  B.B.A. in marketing from The University of Texas at Austin, Red McCombs School of Business, 2008.


Director of Advance  David Eichler

Moved over from serving as deputy director of the Governor's legislative office; he has also served as Perry's director of scheduling.

Director of Scheduling  Kim Snyder

Director of Operations  Janan Grissom

(Sept. 2011)  White House liaison at the Treasury Department.  Director of administration on Bush-Cheney '04.  Administrator of the Texas Governor's Mansion in Austin under Gov. Rick Perry.  Deputy director of the White House Visitors Office, 2001.  Staffer on Bush for President and Bush-Cheney.

Deputy CFO  Tom Adams

Audit project manager/data analyst for the McCain-Palin Compliance Fund, 2009-11.  Press billing manager for the McCain-Palin campaign, June-Nov. 2008; budget deputy on John McCain 2008, March-May 2008.  B.A. in finance from The University of Alabama, 2007.

Treasurer  Sal Purpura

(Aug. 2011)  Director of treasury for Country First PAC, from Dec. 2008.  Director of treasury for John McCain 2008, McCain-Palin 2008 and the McCain-Palin Compliance Fund, from Nov. 2006.  Treasurer on Carly for California.  Treasurer and comptroller on Bush-Cheney '04.  Comptroller on Jeb Bush for Governor and Bush-Brogan '02.  National budget director on George W. Bush for President and Bush-Cheney.  Deputy comptroller on Jeb Bush for Governor and Bush-Brogan '98.  States budget manager on Dole-Kemp '96.  Budget and accounts payable manager on Phil Gramm for President, 1995-96.  Accounting assistant on Jeb Bush for Governor and Bush-Feeney '94.  B.S. in political science from Florida State University, 1997.

Counsel  Joseph M. Nixon

Of Counsel at Beirne, Maynard & Parsons in Houston since Feb. 2005.  Served in the Texas House of Representatives, 1995-2007.  J.D. from St. Mary's University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas, 1982; B.S. in economics from Texas A&M, 1978.

Senior Advisor  Rick Ahearn

At Potomac Communication Strategies.  Has worked on a dozen presidential campaigns going back to 1968.

Steve Forbes (announced Oct. 24, 2011)

Media team

Curt Anderson

(announced Oct. 24, 2011)  Partner at OnMessage Inc.  With Nelson Warfield, Anderson produced ads for Rick Scott's 2010 campaign for governor of Florida.  Co-author of Gov. Bobby Jindal's book, "Leadership and Crisis" (2010).  In Fall 2008 he led the RNC's independent expenditure campaign against President Obama; earlier in the cycle, in 2007-08, he was a member of the ad team for Mitt Romney's campaign.  Led the RNC's independent expenditure ad campaign to re-elect President Bush in 2004.  Directed coalition outreach efforts for the Bush/Cheney campaign in 2000, after serving as senior strategist for Steve Forbes in 1999.  Political director at the RNC under Chairman Haley Barbour.  Associate Director of Public Liaison at the White House under President Reagan.  Other positions held include NRSC coalition director, NRSC Southern regional director, and RNC Midwest regional director.

Jim Innocenzi

(announced Oct. 24, 2011)  A founding partner (1984) of Sandler-Innocenzi, an award-winning national political advertising firm. Innocenzi has been the lead creative force behind dozens of high profile political campaigns.  Media director for the NRCC, 1979-83.  Graduate of The Ohio State University, 1977.  (twitter)

Nelson Warfield

(announced Oct. 24, 2011)  Founder of Warfield & Company; was a key part of the team that produced ads for Rick Scott's 2010 campaign for governor of Florida.  Served as a media consultant on Fred Thompson's presidential campaign but left in the latter part of Oct. 2007.  National spokesman on former Sen. Bob Dole's 1996 presidential campaign.  Spokesman for Ronald S. Lauder, cosmetics heir.   Worked in the communications department at the White House.  Executive director of the Maryland Republican Party.


Headquarters: 7780 Office Plaza Drive, Suite 132, West Des Moines, IA 50266   ...Anita Perry at grand opening on Sept. 27

State Director  Matt Gronewald

(announced Aug. 26, 2011; reported Aug. 25)  Comes to the campaign from position as deputy executive director of the Republican Party of Iowa.  In April 2011 for less than a month he served as Iowa director/consultant for Gov. Haley Barbour's Haley's PAC. House Majority Fund director July 2007-Dec. 2010.  Worked on John McCain's Iowa caucus effort from mid-2006 to mid-2007, starting with Straight Talk America in June 2006 directing day to day ops on the ground.  Managed State Rep. Bill Dix's congressional campaign in Iowa's 1st CD; Dix finished second to Mike Whalen in the June 6, 2006 primary.  Worked for the State Party's Legislative Majority Fund, and as Rep. Dix's legislative assistant while he was the Statehouse Appropriations Chairman.  From Des Moines.

Chairman  Robert Haus

Vice president of public affairs at Policy Works, announced Nov. 2010.  Co-founder and owner of Eagle Media Group LLC.  Iowa state director on Fred Thompson's 2007-08 Iowa caucus campaign.   Managing consultant for public policy and public affairs (corporate communications and issue campaigns) for DCI Group, 2000-06.  Senior Iowa consultant on Steve Forbes' 2000 Iowa caucus campaign.  Managed Sen. Phil Gramm's 1996 Iowa caucus campaign.  Managed Sen. Chuck Grassley's 1992 re-election campaign.  Worked for the Iowa Senate Republican Caucus. 
Graduate of Iowa State University; law degree from the University of Iowa, 1988.

Senior Consultant  Ruth Haus

(reported by Real Clear Politics)  President of Living History Farms.  Co-founder and owner of Eagle Media Group LLC.  CEO of the Des Moines Symphony, 2002-07.  Deputy campaign manager on Steve Forbes' 2000 presidential campaign.  Deputy political director at the RNC, 1994-97.  Worked in the Offices of Intergovernmental Affairs and Political Affairs at the White House, 1989-92.  M.B.A. from The College of William and Mary, 2002; B.B.A. from The George Washington University, School of Business, 1988.  Originally from Greenwich, CT.

Co-Chairman  Matthew Whitaker

(announced Sept. 13, 2011)  Formerly Gov. Tim Pawlenty's Iowa chairman.1  Managing partner of Whitaker Hagenow GBMG in Des Moines. He served as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa, 2004-09. Whitaker earned a bachelor’s degree, law degree and master of business administration degree from the University of Iowa. As an undergraduate, Whitaker was a tight end on the 1990 Big Ten Champion football team and played in the 1991 Rose Bowl and the 1991 Holiday Bowl.

Statewide Volunteer Coordinator  Robert Crawford 

Crawford has worked as a realtor in Virginia, California and Iowa; served on the Robertson for President campaign; attended University of Iowa.

Des Moines Headquarters  Rachelle Crawford

Crawford formerly worked as an educator in Virginia; bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa.

Regional Field Staff

Northwest Iowa  Travis Holler - formerly served as a regional field director for the Pawlenty campaign and aide to Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell; bachelor’s degree from The George Washington University.

Southwest Iowa  Drew Selden - served as scheduler and researcher on Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley's 2010 campaign and worked as PGA Tournament Director in West Palm Beach, Florida.; bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University.

Central Iowa  Rob Anderson - formerly served as regional field director on Pawlenty campaign; bachelor’s degree from UC Santa Barbara.  

Central Iowa  Dane Nealson - formerly served as a field representative on Pawlenty campaign, served as chairman of Iowa Federation of College Republicans and worked on Huckabee for President campaign; bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University.

North Central Iowa  Gabe Haugland - served in the U.S military and led more than 50 combat missions in Operation Enduring Freedom; bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa and a law degree from Drake University.

Northeast Iowa  Annie McEniry - formerly worked as a fundraiser for the Republican National Committee, legislative correspondent for Sen. Chuck Grassley’s Senate Finance Committee, and served on the Iowa Branstad-Reynolds 2010 campaign and the McCain-Palin presidential campaign; bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa.

Southeast Iowa  Mike Thom - formerly served as field representative for Pawlenty campaign and legislative clerk in Iowa House of Representatives; received a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and master of public administration from Drake University.

1. Note that although Pawlenty endorsed Romney on Sept. 12, Perry was able to announce five people from Pawlenty's Iowa team the next day.

Sen. David Johnson (District 3-Ocheyedan)
(reported by DMR on 07/29/11) +

Business leader, entrepreneur and philanthropist Gary Kirke (announced Oct. 5, 2011)

Veterans for Perry Coalition

(announced Dec. 8, 2011)
State Chair: Chuck Larson, Sr., Fmr. U.S. Attorney and Justice Attaché to U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Colonel (USAR, Ret.)
State Co-Chair: The Honorable Royd Chambers, State Representative, District 5 and Master Sergeant, Iowa National Air Guard, U.S. Air Force (Ret.)
Steering Committee:
Dale Andres, Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Gary Fischer, Captain, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Wayne Vanderkrol, Captain, Army National Guard (Chaplain)
Gannon Hendrick, Captain, U.S. Army Reserve
Andy Andersen, Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Lee D. Booton, U.S. Navy, Seaman 1st Class
Rick LaMere, US Army, (Ret.)
John W. Sturdy, Sgt. Major, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Jeffrey A. Havenner, Major, U.S. Army
Dick L. Rattray, Lt. Colonel, USMCR (Ret.)
Tom Hanrahan, U.S. Navy
Zac Buttercase, Army National Guard
Gabe Haugland, Army National Guard

“[W]e are actively recruiting volunteers for the Iowa Strike Force effort. We are looking for about 1200 volunteers to be onsite the week of December 27 – January 4 or at the very least onsite no later than January 3."  -Oct. 2011 email from via Politico's Mike Allen

New Hampshire

Headquarters: 1750 Elm Street, Suite 101, Manchester, NH  03104 

David Carney

Norway Hill Associates in Hancock, NH.  See above.

Campaign Manager  Kerry Marsh

(reported by John DiStaso on Aug. 25, 2011)  Immediate past chair of New Hampshire Young Republicans.  Marsh has worked on political and corporate communications at Spectrum Marketing Companies since Feb. 2006.  Deputy field director for Bruce Keough’s campaign for governor in 2002.  Graduate of Keene State College, 2003.  Native of Meriden, NH (Sullivan County).

Field Representatives
Matt Cocciardi

B.A. in history from Bates College, 2011.

Josh Davidson

Luke Kraus

Worked for Sarah (Crawford) Stewart on then-Gov. Tim Pawlenty's Freedom First PAC and then as a field representative on Pawlenty for President.  B.A. in political science from American University, 2010.  Development intern for Americans for Prosperity, 2007-09, also interned for Sen. Judd Gregg and Executive Councilor Ray Burton.  From Hanover, NH.

Mark McNulty

(Aug. 2011)  B.A. in government from Colby College, 2011.  Political experience is volunteer on Peter Mills for Governor campaign in Maine, Feb.-May 2010 and intern for the Mass. Republican Party, summer 2010.

Nick Trainer

Field representative on Pawlenty for President.  Philadelphia field representative on the Toomey for Senate campaign.  Worked for the North Carolina Republican Party.

Matt Worthen

Office Manager  Maribeth McCue

In 2010 McCue opened a Under the Veil, a bridal store in Manchester.


Caroline Gigler

(James Pindell reported Gigler to join the campaign Oct. 24, 2011)  Previously Southern NH field director on Bachmann for President; left in the mass exodus.  Seacoast regional field coordinator for NH GOP Victory in 2010.

Senior Advisor  Paul Young
"More than twenty-five years' experience in business, government and politics."  Earlier in the cycle served as volunteer advisor to Gov. Haley Barbour.   Currently founder and president of Novus Public Affairs in Portsmouth and a principal of Hynes Communications.  Previously Young founded Calypso Communications, also in Portsmouth, and before that he headed Paul Young and Associates.  He served as a senior national campaign advisor to the presidential campaigns of Jack Kemp, Bob Dole and Steve Forbes.  First professional job was legislative correspondent in the U.S. Senate at age 20.

New Hampshire Steering Committee
(announced Oct. 6, 2011)
Sen. Gordon Humphrey - Chichester
Rep. Spec Bowers - Sunapee
Rep. Robert Greemore - Meredith
Rep. Pete Silva - Nashua
Rep. Will Smith - New Castle
Rep. Pam Tucker - Greenland
The Hon. Emile Beaulieau - Manchester
The Hon. Chuck Douglas - Concord
The Hon. Dick Ferdinando - Manchester
The Hon. Sandy Reeves  - Manchester
The Hon. Gregory Slayton - Hanover
Ambassador Joseph and Augusta Petrone - Dublin
Jim Adams - Pittsfield
Peter Angerhofer - Stratham
Robert Chernin - Hanover
Patty Humphrey - Chichester
Cliff Hurst - Manchester
Steve Lewis - Atkinson
Sean Mahoney - Portsmouth
Scott Mason - North Stratford
David McLaughlin - Nashua
Doug Newell - Derry
Marian Noronha - Madbury
John Stephen - Manchester
Maynard Thomson - Freedom
Jack Tulley - Nashua

Job Creators for Perry Coalition

(32 members announced Oct. 21, 2011)
Coalition Co-Chair  Dr. Julianne Cooper, Liberty Harbor Academy
Coalition Co-Chair Marian Norohna, Turbocam

Veterans for Perry Coalition

(announced Dec. 8, 2011)
State Chair: The Honorable Frank McCarthy, State Representative, Major, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret. Mustang)
State Chair: Jim Adams, Pittsfield, Petty Officer Second Class, U.S. Navy
Steering Committee:
The Honorable Fred Rice, State Representative, Major, U.S. Army (Ret.)
The Honorable Larry Gagne, State Representative, Petty Officer Third Class, U.S. Navy (Ret.)
The Honorable Emile Beaulieu, Mayor of Manchester, Senior Master Sergeant, U.S. Air Force (Ret.)
The Honorable Chuck Douglas, Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Ambassador Joe Petrone, Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Dan Fleetham, Jr, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.)
The Honorable Al Baldassaro, State Representative, First Sergeant, U.S. Marines (Ret.)

Fed Up with Washington Coalition

(announced Jan. 7, 2012)
Co-chairmen  Rep. Steve Cunningham and former Franklin Mayor Tony Giunta
Sylvia Smith
Littleton, NH Tea Party Coordinator
Karen Thoman Nashua Republican activist and Nashua Republican City Committee Secretary
Rep. Tom Howard (R-Croydon)
Rep. Walter Kolodziej (R-Windham)
Former Rep. Mark Clark (R-Bedford)
Mr. John O’Brien – Hillsborough GOP activist and former Cain for President Hillsborough Chair.
Susan Olsen – Smart Girl Politics NH and Warner GOP Activist
Paul Thoman – Nashua GOP Activist

Former U.S. Sen. Gordon Humphrey (reported by Granite Status on Aug. 25, 2011)
Former U.S. Rep. Chuck Douglas (reported by Granite Status on Aug. 25, 2011)

John Stephen, 2010 Republican gubernatorial nominee (reported by Granite Status on Sept. 1, 2011)

On Sept. 21, 2011 the campaign announced endorsements of a total of 27 state Reps. (includes two reported earlier)
Rep. Pamela Tucker (R-Greenland), Deputy Speaker (first reported by Granite Status on Sept. 6, 2011)
Rep. Pete Silva (R-Nashua), Majority Whip (reported earlier in 09/11)
Rep. Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack)
Rep. Gregory Sorg (R-Easton)switch to Gingrich
Rep. Andrew Renzullo (R-Hudson)
Rep. Ralph Boehm (R-Litchfield)
Rep. Larry Gagne (R-Manchester)
Rep. Win Hutchinson (R-Manchester)
Rep. Carlos Gonzalez (R-Manchester)
Rep. Kevin Avard (R-Nashua)
Rep. Fred Rice (R-Hampton)
Rep. Ken Weyler (R-Kingston)
Rep. David Lundgren (R-Londonderry)switch to Romney
Rep. Will Smith (R-New Castle)
Rep. Norman Major (R-Plaistow)switch to Romney reported Oct. 28
Rep. Al Baldassaro (R-Londonderry)

Rep. Mike Kappler (R-Raymond)
Rep. Warren Groen (R-Rochester)
Rep. Spec Bowers (R-Georges Mills)
Rep. Tom Keane (R-Bow)
Rep. John Hikel (R-Goffstown)
Rep. Frank McCarthy (R-Conway)
Rep. David Bates (R-Windham)
Rep. Moe Villeneuve (R-Bedford)
Rep. Elaine Swinford (R-Center Barnstead)switch to Romney reported Nov. 2
Rep. Randall Brownrigg (R-Hudson)
Rep. Edmond Gionet (R-Lincoln)

Rep. James D. Summers (R-Nashua) (announced Nov. 23, 2011)

Ambassador Joe Petrone and wife Augusta of Dublin (reported by John DiStaso Granite Status and James Pindell Political Scoop on Sept. 29, 2011)
The Petrones were honorary NH co-chairs on Rudy Giuliani's 2007-08 campaign.  He was chairman of the Reagan-Bush Iowa veteran's coalition in 1984 and she was co-chairman of the 1984 Reagan-Bush campaign in Iowa.  They have farms in NH and Iowa.  Ambassador Petrone served as the United States Permanent Representative to the European Office of the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva from 1987-89.  He was an Army officer during three wars – World War II, Korea and Vietnam, retiring in 1970 with the rank of Colonel. He was a White House aide during President Dwight Eisenhower's administration.

Franklin Mayor Ken Merrifield (reported by John DiStaso Granite Status on Nov. 3, 2011; announced Nov. 8, 2011)

Kurt Wuelper of Strafford, President of New Hampshire Right to Life (announced Dec. 6, 2011)

South Carolina

Headquarters: former Haley for Governor headquarters   ...Anita Perry at grand opening on Sept. 21

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35 Brendan Way, Greenville, SC 29615

Chairman  Katon Dawson

(reported by CNN on Aug. 13, 2011)  Dawson was Newt Gingrich's top advisor in South Carolina.  He was candidate for RNC chairman in Feb. 2009, finishing second to Michael Steele.  Elected Chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party in spring 2002 and unanimously re-elected in 2004 and 2007, he served to May 2009.  President and general manager of family-owned Burns Auto Parts in Columbia.  Active in Republican Party politics for more than 40 years. "On Halloween night 1964, Dawson was just 8 years old when his mother drove him to the downtown auditorium in Columbia, South Carolina, to hear Ronald Reagan stump for Republican presidential nominee Sen. Barry Goldwater of Arizona."  B.S. in management from the University of South Carolina, 1979. 

State Director  Chris McClure

(reported by CNN on Aug. 13, 2011)  Manager at Starboard Communications since January 2010.  Executive director of the North Carolina Republican Party 2007-09.  Political director on Cobey for Governor, 2003-04.  B.A. in political science from UNC at Chapel Hill.

Political Director  Le Price

[reported by CNN on Sept. 15]

Senior Advisor  Walter Whetsell

(reported by CNN on Aug. 13, 2011)  Founder (in 1996) of Starboard Communications based in Lexington, SC, Whetsell has implemented and developed voter contact programs for numerous state-wide races.  Advisor/in-state consultant on Friends of Fred Thompson in 2007-08.  Coordinated the voter contact direct mail program for Gov. Mark Sanford's successful re-election campaign in 2006.  In 2004, Whetsell played an important role in helping Rep. Jim DeMint in both his successful primary and general election bid for the U.S. Senate.

Finance Director  Sunny Phillips

With Brad Henry formed a fundraising firm, pH Strategic, in Columbia in 2010.  Funded and executed two GOP presidential debates during South Carolina’s First in the South Republican primary election in 2008.

Communications Coordinator/Field  Brian Flynn

U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney (SC-5 / Indian Land-Lancaster County) (announced 09/05/11)

Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler (District 14-Gaffney) (08/20/11) +

former House Speaker David Wilkins (+) (08/20/11)
Partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.  U.S. Ambassador to Canada, June 2005-Jan. 2009.  Elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1980 and served for 25 years including 11 years as Speaker.  State chairman of the Bush-Cheney ‘04 campaign and co-chair of the campaign in 2000.

Eddie Floyd, physician and prominent fundraiser from Greenville (08/19/11)

On Sept. 21, 2011 the campaign announced endorsements of a total of 21 state legislators (includes one reported earlier)
State Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler, Cherokee
State Senator Paul Campbell, Berkeley
State Senator Ronnie Cromer, Newberry
State Senator Larry Grooms, Berkeley
State Senator Mike Rose, Dorchester
State Rep. Todd Atwater, Lexington
State Rep. Liston Barfield, Horry
State Rep. Eric Bedingfield, Greenville
State Rep. Alan Clemmons, Horry
State Rep. Marion Frye, Saluda
State Rep. Dan Hamilton, Greenville
State Rep. Bill Hixon, Aiken
State Rep. Chip Limehouse, Charleston
State Rep. Philip Lowe, Florence
State Rep. Chris Murphy, Charleston
State Rep. Andy Patrick, Beaufort
State Rep. Bill Sandifer, Oconee
State Rep. Gary Simrill, Rock Hill
State Rep. Tommy Stringer, Greenville
State Rep. Bill Taylor, Aiken
State Rep. Mark Willis, Greenville

Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers (announced 09/26/11)

House Speaker Bobby Harrell (announced 10/25/11)

Veterans for Perry Coalition

(announced Dec. 8, 2011)
State Chair: James Everett Livingston, Major General U.S. Marines (Ret.)switch to Gingrich announced Jan. 18, 2012
Steering Committee:
Major General Bob Livingston, Adjutant General - State of South Carolina
Herb Ellis, Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.)
James "Boo" Alford, Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Darwin Simpson, Major General, S.C. Army National Guard (Ret.)
Todd Humphries, Staff Sergeant., U.S. Army (Ret.)
Roger Sanderson, Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Mark Kelly, Sergeant, U.S. Air Force (Ret.)
Daniel Jones, Sergeant, US Army
Charles E. Edge, Lieutenant Colonel, US Army (Ret.)

Note: in addition to Livingston, other Perry backers who switched included Patrick Haddon, former chairman of the Greenville County GOP (to Santorum, reported Jan. 13) and Barry Winn, a Spartanburg businessman and former chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party (to Romney, reported Jan. 12).


Headquarters: Tallahassee, FL

State Director  Nick Hansen

(announced Sept. 9, 2011)  Most recently a strategist and legislative assistant to state Representative Jeff Brandes.  Has served as a campaign strategist for Congressman Gus Bilirakis, Jack Latvala for State Senate, Sandra Murman for Hillsborough Commissioner, Bill Foster for St. Pete Mayor, and Deveron Gibbons for St. Pete Mayor.  Tampa Bay regional field director on Mitt Romney for President in 2008.

Political Director  Bret Prater

(announced Sept. 9, 2011)  Political director on former Gov. Tim Pawlenty's campaign, announced July 19, 2011 through his withdrawal on Aug. 14.  Political director for the Republican Party of Florida in the 2010 cycle (from May/June 2009); previously a coordinator of the RPOF’s Get Out the Vote Program.  Served as deputy director of external affairs in the Executive Office of Gov. Crist and as a special assistant to the Governor for a 37-county region in North Florida.  Organized the RPOF’s statewide precinct walker program in the 2006 election.  Did political work for the Florida Association of Realtors, 2005-06.  Florida Victory 2004 field staffer in Leon County.  A grassroots organizer for the Bush/Brogan ‘02 gubernatorial campaign in Miami-Dade County.

Regional Field Directors
Southeast (Broward/W. Palm)  Ashley (Beach) McElheny
Southest  Craig Briscoe
South (Miami-Dade)  Lazaro Fields
West Central Coast (from Pinellas North)  Todd Lewis
Tampa Bay  Jose Romano
Central Florida (Orlando)  Mike Shirley

Northeast  Ash Mason

(announced Oct. 6, 2011; all except Mason in place at time of P5)

Consultant-Grassroots  Anthony Bustamante

(announced Sept. 9, 2011)  Statewide field director on Marco Rubio's 2010 campaign for U.S. Senate.  Has served as a regional Victory director and 72 Hour director for the Republican Party of Florida.

Senior Advisor  Randy Enwright

Principal of Enwright Consulting Group in Tallahassee.  National political director of Fred Thompson's 2007-08 presidential campaign (officially announced Aug. 8, 2007).  Executive director of the Florida Republican Party.  Senior advisor to President George W. Bush’s 2000 and 2004 campaigns; also a senior advisor to the re-election campaign of Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in 2002.  Executive director of the Iowa Republican Party, 1989-92.  Missouri campaign director on George H.W. Bush's 1988 presidential campaign.  Political director of the Missouri Republican Party, 1985-86.

Senior Advisor  Jim Rimes

Senior partner at Enwright Consulting Group in Tallahassee.  Rimes served as executive director of the Florida Republican Party starting May 2007.  He was a deputy chief of staff to Gov. Charlie Crist; transition operations coordinator; director of operations on the Crist for Governor campaign.  Consultant with Enwright Consulting Group for six years.  Campaign manager on then Attorney General Crist’s 1998 U.S. Senate campaign. Bachelor's degree in political science from Florida State University.


Sen. Don Gaetz (District 4-Niceville) (08/14/11, announced 08/29/11) +

House Speaker Dean Cannon (District 35-Winter Park)
(announced 08/24/11) +
Rep. Jeff Brandes (District 52-St. Petersburg) (08/14/11) +
Rep. Matt Gaetz (District 4-Fort Walton Beach) (08/14/11) +
Rep. Clay Ingram (District 2-Pensacola)  (08/15/11) +

Presidency 5 Leadership Team
(announced September 20, 2011)
Chairman  Speaker Dean Cannon

John Stemberger, president of the Florida Family Policy Councilswitch to Santorum Jan. 2011
Pam Olsen, founder and president of the Florida Prayer Network
Pasco County Republican Bill Bunting, a leader in the effort to protect the second amendment
Orange County Republican activist Lew Oliver
Dr. A.K. Desai, CEO of Universal Health Care Group, Inc.
State Sen. Don Gaetz (R-Crestview)
State Rep. Rachel Burgin (R-Riverview)
State Rep. Clay Ingram (R-Pensacola)
Broward County Commissioner Chip Lamarca
Miami-Dade County Commissioner Esteban Bovo
Orange County Property Appraiser Bill Donegan

Former Florida GOP Chairman Van Poole (announced Sept. 21, 2011)
A managing principal at Dutko Worldwide; former Florida House Member, State Senator and House Minority Whip; served as a partner at Krieg, Kostas and Poole; worked for ten years with Exxon (Humble Oil).

House Majority Leader Carlos Lopez-Cantera (announced Sept. 22, 2011)

Paul Senft (announced Oct. 3, 2011)
GOP activist from Haines City in Polk County and has served as Florida’s National Committeeman since 2004.

Tampa Bay Leadership Team
(announced Oct. 17, 2011)  Maria Converse, Citrus County chair   -   Tabatha Matassa, Hernando County chair   -   Wes Maddox, Hillsborough County chair   -   Josh Burgin, Hillsborough County co-chair  -  Terri Gaffney, Hillsborough County co-chair   -   Heather Goldin, Manatee County chair  -   Bill Bunting, Pasco County chair  -  Fred Manno, Pasco County co-chair   -   Chet Renfro, Pinellas County chair  -   Julie Brady, Sarasota County chair

Southwest Florida Leadership Team
(announced Oct. 24, 2011)  Bill Abbatematteo, Charlotte County chair   -   Hans Johnson, Collier County chair   -   Kathy Jones, Lee County Chair   -   Cannon Eley, Glades County chair   -   Wes Bartlett, Hendry County chair

Southeast Florida Leadership Team
(announced Oct. 27, 2011)  Esteban Bovo, Miami-Dade County Chair  -  Carlos Curbelo, Miami-Dade County Co-Chair  -  Roly Marante, Miami-Dade County Co-Chair  -  Jorge Luis Lopez, Miami-Dade County Co-Chair
Beth Kigel, Palm Beach County Chair  -  Ira Sabin, Palm Beach County Co-Chair  -  Jackie Fay, Palm Beach County Co-Chair  -  Michael Barnett, Palm Beach County Co-Chair  -  Linda Gore, Palm Beach County Co-Chair
Chip LaMarca, Broward County Chair  -  Kevin Tynan, Broward County Co-Chair  -  Greg Aguirre, Broward County Co-Chair  -  Gregg Sjoquist, Broward County Co-Chair  -  Vince Boccard, Broward County Co-Chair  -  Joe Eikenberg, Broward County Co-Chair
Shanna Jones, St Lucie County Chair  - Sal Rozzitti, Martin County Chair

Veterans for Perry Coalition

(announced Dec. 8, 2011)
State Chair: The Honorable Jeff Brandes, State Representative, District 52, U.S. Army (Ret.)
State Chair: The Honorable George Moraitis, Jr., State Representative, District 91, U.S. Navy (Ret.)
Steering Committee:
Tavis McElheny, Lieutenant, U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.)
Tony Buntyn, Colonel, U.S. Air Force (Ret.)
Richard Sugg, Staff Sgt, U.S. Air Force (Ret.)
Harlen Twible, Lieutenant U.S. Navy (Ret.)
Carl Jackson, Petty Officer Second Class, U.S. Navy
Chet Renfro, Major, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Bill Helmich, Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.)
Ben Warren, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.)
Fred Manno, Air Man First First Class - U.S. Air Force (Ret.)
Yvonne Pillmore, Lt. Colonel, U.S. Air Force (Ret.)


State Director  Jeremy Hughes

(announced Oct. 5, 2011)  Most recently worked on Mississippi State Treasurer Tate Reeves' campaign for Lt. Governor.  In Fall 2010 served as treasurer for "Citizens for a Working America," a group active in the SC District 5 U.S. House race (reported by HuffPo's Sam Stein).  Political director on Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson's U.S. Senate campaign in the May 2010 primary election.  Campaign manager for Kentucky Congressman Geoff Davis.  Managed managed Jack Ditty’s campaign in the Aug. 25, 2009 state senate special election in northeastern Kentucky.  Staffer of the Northern Kentucky Republican Victory Office.  Executive director of Freedom Vote, an Ohio-based non-profit, focusing on voter turnout efforts in the state.  Graduate of Morehead State University.  Kentucky native.

Deputy State Director  Kristin Vieira

(announced Oct. 5, 2011)  Most recently 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, Dec. 2005-Aug. 2006.  B.S. in political science, history from University of Scranton.

Gov. Brian Sandoval (announced Sept. 13, 2011)


State Coordinator  Shawnna L.M. Bolick

(Oct. 2011)  President and founder (April 2011) of Arizonans for Government Efficiency.  Candidate for Arizona House of Representatives in Aug. 2010 primary.  Consultant to various organizations including Booz Allen and Hamilton, Legislative Education Action Drive, Alliance for School Choice, Rose Law Group, Goldwater Institute and the Arizona Charter School Association.  Research assistant, then committee clerk (high tech commission) in the Office of Lt. Gov Rick Perry, 1999-2000.  Research assistant at the Heritage Foundation, 1999.  Staff assistant to Sen. Rick Santorum, 1998-99.  Graduate degree in public policy from American University, 1999; B.A. in policy studies from Syracuse University, 1997.  Grew up in suburbs of Pittsburgh.


U.S. Rep. Candice Miller (MI-10)  (announced Sept. 8, 2011)


(leadership team announced Oct. 19, 2011) 

State Network Coordinator  Camaran Williams

Native of Pell City who is currently chairman of the St. Clair County Young Republicans. He served as central Alabama vice chairman of the College Republican Federation of Alabama while studying at the University of Alabama. Williams is a veteran of numerous state, local and national political campaigns.

Deputy State Network Coordinator  Clay Loftin

Former deputy campaign manager of the Bryan Taylor for Senate campaign; former legislative aide to Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey. Bachelor’s degree from Auburn University-Montgomery.

Stephanie Smith – Member of the Alabama Republican Executive Committee; former deputy finance director for the State of Alabama; former president and CEO of Opelika Chamber of Commerce.  Master’s degree from University of Alabama-Birmingham and bachelor’s degree from Auburn University.

Armon Drysdale – Former public relations director of Alabama Students for McCain; former communications staff member of the Byrne for Alabama gubernatorial campaign; political communication consultant to the Bryan Taylor for Senate campaign.  Bachelor’s degree from University of Alabama.

Tyler Evans – Former advance team volunteer of Byrne for Alabama campaign.  Bachelor’s degree from Auburn University.

Nikki Nicholson – Vice chair of Mobile County Young Republicans; social media chair of the Young Republican National Federation; chair of the 2013 Young Republican National Convention; member of the Mobile County Republican Executive Committee; events committee chair of Smart Girl Politics.


(announced Oct. 6, 2011)
25 elected officials and conservative leaders in Arkansas, including 19 state lawmakers, four GOP county chairs, Land Commissioner John Thurston, and National Committeewoman Reta Hamilton.
Land Commissioner John Thurston
State Representative Duncan Baird
State Representative Nate Bell
State Representative Mark Biviano
State Representative Ann Clemmer
State Representative Charlie Collins
State Representative Bruce Cozart
State Representative Kim Hammer
State Representative Justin Harris
State Representative Mary “Prissy” Hickerson
State Representative Lane Jean
State Representative Josh Johnston
State Representative Allen Kerr
State Representative Andrea Lea
State Representative David Meeks
State Representative Stephen Meeks
State Representative David Sanders
State Representative Gary Stubblefield
State Representative Bruce Westerman
State Representative Jon Woods
National Committeewoman Reta Hamilton
Pulaski County GOP Chairman Cory Cox
Ashley County GOP Chairwoman Jane Johnson
Benton County GOP Chairman Mike Sevak
Sebastian County GOP Chairman Rex Terry


Finance Leadership Team

(announced Nov. 2, 2011)

Finance Chair  Paul Folino

Executive chairman of the board of directors of Emulex, an information technology product manufacturer headquartered in Costa Mesa.  Folino has been with Emulex since 1993, first as CEO, then adding the title of chairman in 2002, and becoming executive chairman in 2006.  In addition, he is one of the founding members of New Majority.

Finance Chair  John Harris

Owns and manages Harris Ranch, a diversified agricultural company in California; it also includes Harris Ranch Restaurant and Inn, a major hospitality center on Interstate 5.  Harris also has been active in breeding and racing thoroughbred horses for almost 50 years.  He and his wife, Carole, live on their River Ranch east of Fresno. They both are graduates of the University of California at Davis.

Finance Chair  E. Floyd Kvamme

Partner Emeritus at the high-technology venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers.  In 1982, he became executive vice president of sales and marketing for Apple Computer.  Kvamme helped found National Semiconductor in 1967, serving as general manager of semiconductor operations.  He holds a BSEE from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MSE in semiconductor electronics from Syracuse University. 

Finance Chair  Dean Spanos

Chairman and president of the San Diego Chargers and president of the A.G. Spanos Companies.

Finance Chair  Mike Tuchin

A founding member and co-manager of Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff and Stern LLP.  Law degree from the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley in 1990; bachelor's degree in psychology from Stanford University.

Co-Finance Chairs: Ed Atsinger, CEO, Salem Communications (Los Angeles)    -   Doug Barnhart, Chairman and CEO, J. Reese Construction (San Diego)   -   Kim Bengard, Founder, It Takes a Family Foundation (Orange County)   -   Stephen Chazen, Chairman and CEO, Occidental Petroleum (Los Angeles)   -   Ken Eldred, Founder and CEO , Living Stones Foundation (Bay Area)   -   Frank Jao, CEO, Bridgecreek Group (Orange County)   -   Steve Layton, President, Eand B Natural Resource Development Corporation (Central Valley)   -   Tom McKernan, President and CEO, Automobile Club of Southern California (Orange County)   -   Paula Kent Meehan, President and Chairman, Kenquest, Inc. (Los Angeles)   -   George Mihlsten, Partner, Latham and Watkins (Los Angeles)   -   John Mumford, Founding Partner, Crosspoint Venture Partners (Bay Area)   -   Larry Paul, Founding Principal, Laurel Crown Partners, LLC (Los Angeles)  -   The Honorable Gregory Slayton, Owner, Slayton Capitol (Bay Area)  -   Patrick Soon-Siong, Founder, Abraxis (Los Angeles)   -   Dr. Josh Valdez, President and CEO, Right Way Healthcare (Los Angeles)   -    Michael Warder, Vice Chancellor, Pepperdine University* (Los Angeles)   -   Rock Zierman, CEO, California Independent Petroleum Association (Sacramento)


Chairman  U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman (CO-6)

(announced Oct. 17, 2011)  Elected to Congress in 2008.  Elected Secretary of State in 2006.  Elected Treasurer.  Elected to the state Senate, 1994-1998.  Elected to the Colorado House in 1988 and 1990.  Founded a property management firm and acted as the senior shareholder of his business for nearly two decades.  Active duty infantry officer in the U.S. Marine Corps after transferring from the U.S. Army Reserve.  B.A. from the University of Colorado, 1979.

Co-Chair  House Majority Leader Amy Stephens

Has represented House District 20 (Colorado Springs) since 2006.  Founder and director of Fresh Ideas Communication & Consulting, helping non-profit and faith-based organizations.  Public policy and youth culture specialist for Focus on the Family, 1991-2001.  B.A. in communications from Cal State Fullerton, 1980.

Co-Chair and State Network Coordinator  State Rep. Larry Liston

Has represented House District 16 since 2004.  Since 1977, Liston has worked as a financial consultant with RBC Dain Rauscher in Colorado Springs.  B.S. in business adminstration from Colorado State University.


Co-Chair  State Sen. Jason Welch

(announced Oct. 20, 2011)  Currently serving his first term representing Connecticut’s 31st Senatorial District.  Welch works as an attorney for a Lloyd’s of London syndicate based in Farmington.

Co-Chair and State Network Coordinator  Chris Healy

(announced Oct. 20, 2011)  Former chairman of the Connecticut Republican Party, Healy works as director of business development for Summit Financial Inc.In 2000, he managed Sen. John McCain's Republican primary victory in Connecticut.  Connecticut director for the Bob Dole for President campaign in 1996.  Experience includes newspaper reporter and editor, mayoral aide and congressional press secretary.  B.A. degree from Denision University.


(announced Sept. 8, 2011)
Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle
Commissioner of Agriculture Gary W. Black
(announced Sept. 30, 2011)
45 Georgia Legislators (21 Senators and 24 Representatives) including
State Senator Tommie Williams, President Pro Tempore
State Representative Larry O'Neal, Republican Majority Leader


Co-Chair  State Treasurer Ron Crane

(announced Nov. 4, 2011)  Currently serving his fourth term as treasurer.  Previously he was a member of the Idaho House of Representatives and a Republican precinct committeeman.

Co-Chair and State Network Coordinator  Ralph D. Perez

(announced Nov. 4, 2011)  A GOP activist who currently serves as a Republican district chairman and Republican precinct committeeman.  Perez is executive vice president of Indepth Solutions, Inc., a family-owned small business.  He formerly served as a city councilman of Garden City, a suburb of Boise.  


Gov. Sam Brownback (announced Sept. 22, 2011)


Gov. Bobby Jindal (announced Sept. 12, 2011)
(announced Aug. 31, 2011)
Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain
U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise (LA-1)


Co-Chair  State Senator Chris Shank

(announced Oct. 19, 2011)  Represents District 2, Washington County; elected in 2010  Previously served as a state delegate, elected in 1998. M.A. in political management from The George Washington University, 1998; B.A. in history from the Johns Hopkins University, 1994. 

Co-Chair  State Delegate Justin Ready

(announced (Oct. 19, 2011)  Represents Carroll County.  Is a two-time former executive director of the Maryland Republican Party.

Co-Chair and Finance Co-Chair Lawrence Scott

(announced (Oct. 19, 2011)  Scott and his wife Francine operate a full-service political consulting firm for local, state and federal candidates.

Finance Co-Chair Richard "Dick" Hug

(announced Oct. 19, 2011)  Served as finance chairman for five past Maryland gubernatorial campaigns: in 1994 and 1998 for the Ellen Sauerbrey campaigns and in 2002, 2006 and 2010 for the Bob Ehrlich campaigns.  Mr. Hug also served as Maryland’s finance chairman for the George W. Bush presidential campaigns in 2000 and 2004.

State Network Coordinator  Michelle Corkadel

(announced Oct. 19, 2011)  A board member of the West County Republican Club and has extensive experience managing the campaigns of federal, state and local GOP candidates.  Candidate for Anne Arundel County Council in the Sept. 2010 primary.

On Sept. 27, 2011 the campaign announced endorsements of 40 Maryland leaders including one state Senator and seven state Reps.:
State Senator Chris Shank
State Delegate Wendell Beitzel
State Delegate Gail Bates
State Delegate Kathy Szeliga
State Delegate Nancy Stocksdale
State Delegate Kelly Schulz
State Delegate Justin Ready
State Delegate Steve Hershey


Agriculture Commissioner Lester Spell  (announced Sept. 26, 2011)


U.S. Rep. Sam Graves (MO-6) (reported by the Post-Dispatch on Aug. 14 2011)

North Carolina

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler (announced Sept. 26, 2011)

North Dakota

Chairman and State Network Coordinator  Gary Emineth

(announced Oct. 27, 2011)  ND GOP state chairman and member of the RNC from 2007-10, finance director from 2006-07, and executive director from 1984-89.  CEO and founder (June 2011) of Freedom Roots; founder (March 2011) Voices of Freedom.  Senior vice president sale of Green Chile Foods from 2010.


Former Secretary of State Ken Blackwell (announced Oct. 26, 2011)


U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (announced Aug. 29, 2011)


Chairman  Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey

(Ramsey and leadership team announced Oct. 18, 2011)  Senate Speaker of the State of Tennessee, the first Republican to be elected Senate Speaker in 140 years and the longest serving Republican Senate Speaker in Tennessee history; elected to the State Senate in 1996.  Previously served two terms in the Tennessee House of Representatives.  owner of Ron Ramsey and Associates, a real estate and auction company.  Graduate of East Tennessee State University.

Honorary Chairman  Mike Curb

Owner of Curb Records, one of the most successful independent record companies in the world.  former Lt. Gov. of California.  In 2007, Curb was named Nashvillian of the Year.

Finance Chairman  Stephen Smith

Chairman of Haury and Smith Contractors, Inc., a building and development company. He served as national finance co-chair for Lamar Alexander’s 1996 and 2000 presidential campaigns, and is one of three Tennesseans to achieve Super Ranger status in President George W. Bush’s 2004 campaign.  He was also national finance chairman for Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist’s leadership political action committee, VOLPAC, and served as finance chairman for Sen. Lamar Alexander’s 2008 reelection campaign.

Finance Team

Dr. Larry Bates   -   Tom Beasley, former Tennessee GOP Chairman   -   Bob Davis, former Tennessee GOP Chairman  -   Howard “Butch” Eley   -   John Elkington   -   James Gregory   -   JR Hand   -   Bill Henson  -   Willis Johnson   -   Monty Lankford   -   Albert McCall   -   Dr. Paul and Carla McCombs   -   Andy Miller  -   Dick Powell   -   Reese Smith   -   Howard Wall, former Rutherford County GOP Chairman   -   Henny Weisinger   -   Brad Williams

(announced Nov. 7, 2011)
Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro
State Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown
State Sen. Jim Summerville of Dickson
House Speaker Pro Tempore Judd Matheny of Tullahoma
State Rep. Don Miller of Morristown
State Rep. Mark White of Memphis.


TEXPAC (announced Dec. 1, 2011)

Rep. Sam Johnson (TX-3)
Rep. Jeb Hensarling (TX-5)  (Aug. 25, 2011)
Rep. John Culberson (TX-7)  (on ABC News Topline Aug. 17, 2011)
Rep. Michael McCaul (TX-10)  (reported by Roll Call on 08/12/11)
Rep. Mike Conaway (TX-11)
Rep. Kenny Marchant (TX-24)  (announced Sept. 10, 2011)
Rep. John Carter (TX-31)
Rep. Pete Sessions (TX-32)   (Aug. 25, 2011)


Chairman  Jay Shepard

(announced Sept. 22, 2011) Served on the VTGOP executive committee for eight years. 

Puerto rico

State Network Coordinator and Chairman  Jose B. Carrion III

(Carrion and leadership team announced Oct. 21, 2011)  Co-founder (2001), principal partner, and president of Carrion, Laffitte & Casellas, Inc. is a leading full service insurance brokerage firm with offices in San Juan, Puerto Rico and Miami, FL.  Previously held various management positions at other insurance brokerage firms

Co-Chair  Speaker of the House Jenniffer Gonzalez

Co-Chair  Elias Behar

Co-Chair  Fred Riefkohl

Steering Committee
Annie Mayol
, president and founder of IMAGEN Strategies; advisor to the governor of Puerto Rico
Ricardo Aponte Parsi
, executive director of the Republican Party of Puerto Rico
Hon. Lorenzo Gonzalez Feliciano
, Puerto Rico Secretary of Health
Gerardo Martinez,
president of Xtrategit
Daniel Ballori
, chairman of the Young Republicans Puerto Rico Chapter

Former Staff

Deputy Finance Director  Louisa Imperiale

(left the campaign for personal reasons; reported by The Daily Caller on Oct. 4, 2011)  Director of Republican Regents and Team 100 at the RNC from April 2011.  Finance director on Rick Scott for Governor, April-Nov. 2010.   Finance director to Sen. Arlen Specter, 2007-09.  Director of development at the NRSC, 2005-06.  Fundraiser for the National Gallery of Art, 2004-05.  Fundraiser for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2001-02.  M.B.A. in strategy and marketing from University of Alabama, 2004; B.A. in vocal performance and arts management from University of Alabama, 2000.

See also: Sasha Issenberg.  RICK PERRY AND HIS EGGHEADS: Inside the Brainiest Political Operation in America, an e-book preview of THE VICTORY LAB, a book about Perry's 2006 re-election campaign, due out in Fall 2012.