Republican National Convention Committees

(page updated February 17, 2021)

(announced July 27, 2012)
Committee on Rules and Order of Business (Rules Committee)

"The RNC Rules Committee has been reviewing and modifying the Rules of the Republican Party for the past three years. These amendments will be presented to the RNC and then to the Convention Rules Committee, which will review these changes and propose final Rules, as amended, for adoption by the convention."
Chairman  Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu

Committee on Credentials

"The Credentials Committee will receive the credentials of each delegate filed in accordance with the Rules and submit the temporary roll of the convention, which will have been previously reviewed by the RNC. The Credentials Committee may hear and resolve appeals to the ruling of any contest adjudicated by the RNC Committee on Contests, as to the seating of delegates to the convention."
Chairman  Former RNC Chairman and Kentucky National Committeeman Mike Duncan

Committee on Organization

"RNC Chairman Reince Priebus selects a number of convention officers, including the Permanent and Temporary Chairmen, the Secretary and the Sergeant-at-Arms. The Permanent Organization Committee will meet at the beginning of the convention to review the slate and make its recommendation to the convention."
Chairman  Zoraida Fonalledas, National Committeewoman for Puerto Rico

Committee on Resolutions (Platform Committee)

(announced July 2, 2012)

Co-Chairmen  Gov. Bob McDonnell (VA)
                         U.S. Sen. John Hoeven (ND)
                         U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (TN)

Platform Committee Staff
Executive Director Ben Key

External affairs in the chairman's office at the RNC since Jan. 2012.  President of Key Consulting, 2008-11.  Executive vice president of sales and marketing for Reddy Ice, 1997-2008.  President of Key Consulting, Inc., 1994-97.  Senior vice president at Foster & Associates, 1988-1994.  Partner at Marsh & Key Consulting, 1984-88.  Chief of staff to Republican caucus leader Pat Nolan in the California legislature, 1984.  Field representative for Congressman Barry Goldwater, Jr., 1977-82.  Field representative on the President Ford Committee, Fall 1976.  B.A. in economics from UCLA, 1976.

Policy Director Elise Stefanik

Deputy policy director on the Pawlenty for President campaign; started as director of new media and deputy policy director on Pawlenty's Freedom First PAC.  Founder (Sept. 2009) and president of American Maggie, a website for conservative and Republican women to share their views online about politics and public policy.  Executive assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Chief of Staff in the White House Chief of Staff's office, and earlier worked on the President’s Domestic Policy Council.  Graduate of Harvard University, 2006.  Originally from upstate New York; "worked on numerous political campaigns growing up." twitter

Editor William J. (Bill) Gribbin

Gribbin was also editor of the 2008 Republican platform.  Director of legislative affairs for Vice President Dan Quayle.  Deputy assistant to the President for legislative affairs in the first year of the Reagan administration.  Staffer on the Senate Republican Policy Committee.  Aide/speechwriter to Sen. James L. Buckley (NY), 1975-76.  Ph.D. in American history from Catholic University.

Executive Assistant Gracey Roskam

Graduate of Hillsdale College in Michigan, 2011.  Daughter of U.S. Rep. Pete Roskam. [launched July 19, 2012]

Platform Subcommittee chairs

(announced Aug. 9, 2012)
Economy, Jobs, Debt
RNC National Committeeman and State Representative Jonathan Barnett (AR)
Treasurer Lynn Fitch (MS)
Andy Puzder (CA)

Foreign Policy and Defense
RNC National Committeewoman Donna Cain (OR)
Former U.S. Senator Jim Talent (MO)

Restoring Constitutional Government
RNC National Committeeman James Bopp (IN)
Jane Timken (OH)

Government Reform
Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley (PA)
State Republican Party Committeewoman Rachel Kemp (MA)

Energy, Agriculture, and the Environment
Mary Dye (WA)
Congressman Ed Whitfield (KY)

Healthcare, Education and Crime
State Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna (ID)
RNC National Committeewoman Carolyn McLarty (OK)
State Attorney General Sam Olens (GA)

Platform Pre-Actions and Reactions
FreedomWorks "Freedom Platform" (Aug. 13)
Democratic National Committee (Aug. 21)  |  NARAL Pro-Choice America (Aug. 21)  |  Stonewall Democrats (Aug. 20)
FRC Action (Aug. 21)  |  Log Cabin Republicans (Aug. 21)  |  FreedomWorks (Aug. 21)

RNC Announces Open Press Events For Pre-Convention Week & RNC Summer Meeting

WASHINGTON - The Republican National Committee (RNC) announces the following open press events for 2012 RNC Pre-Convention Week events and RNC Summer Meeting. Pre-Convention Week meetings include Platform, Credentials and Rules and will be held throughout the week of August 20th. The 2012 RNC Summer Meeting will be held from Wednesday, August 22th through Friday, August 24th. Meetings will be held at the Marriott Waterside and the Hyatt Regency in Tampa, Florida.

Press credentials are required for admittance as there will be heightened security due to Convention preparations. Non-credentialed press will not be allowed into the meetings.

Details are as follows:

RNC Pre-Convention Week Open Press Events

Monday, August 20 - Friday, August 24, 2012
*End times are subject to change
Monday, August 20, 2012
WHAT: Platform Committee Meeting
WHEN: 8:00AM-6:00PM ET
ROOM: Grand Ballroom--Marriott Waterside
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
WHAT: Platform Committee Meeting
WHEN: 8:00AM-6:00PM ET
ROOM: Grand Ballroom--Marriott Waterside
Friday, August 24, 2012
WHERE: Hyatt Regency
              211 North Tampa Street
              Tampa, Florida 33602
              Phone: (813) 225-1234
WHAT: Convention Rules Meeting   ...TRANSCRIPT [PDF]
WHEN:  8:00AM-6:00PM ET
ROOM: Regency Ballroom I-IV
            2nd Floor--Hyatt Regency
WHAT: Convention Credentials Meeting
WHEN: 8:00AM-6:00PM ET
ROOM: Regency Ballroom V-VII 
            2nd Floor--Hyatt Regency

RNC Summer Meeting Open Press Events

WHEN: Wednesday, August 22 - Friday, August 24, 2012
WHERE: Marriott Waterside
              700 South Florida Avenue
              Tampa, Florida 33602 
              Phone: (813) 221-4900
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
WHAT: Standing Committee on Rules   ...TRANSCRIPT [PDF]
WHEN: 1:00PM-6:00PM ET
ROOM: Grand Ballroom, Salons G-H
            2nd Floor--Marriott Waterside
Thursday, August 23, 2012
WHAT: General Session
WHEN: 9:30 AM-12:30 PM ET
ROOM: Grand Ballroom, Salons F-J 
            2nd Floor--Marriott Waterside