revised January 15, 2009
Republican National Committee
(see also states, John
310 First Street, SE, Washington, DC
(The RNC is a
of state parties. Power flows from the local level up to the
level. The RNC is governed by the rules adopted at the last
In contract, the DNC often changes its rules between conventions.
In a sense, the RNC's lack of flexibility in changing its rules forces
it to look to the future rather than adjusting to the tides of the
Every four years.
168 Members of the RNC
1 Committeeman, 1 Committeewoman and 1 Chairperson from each
Committee members terms run from Convention to Convention.
165 Members -- increased with the addition of three Members from the
of the Northern Mariana Islands).
|Executive Committee (28
Sounding board for
Decisions between meetings of the full RNC.
8 by Region MW, NE, S, W
17 Elected and
Chairs, Treasurer, Secretary; General Counsel, Finance Chairman,
of State Chairmen's Advisory Comm., Chairman of the Budget Committee,
of the Rules Committee.
(Elected Jan. 20,
With his wife, Duncan is principal owner of two community banks,
Holding Co. and Inez Deposit Bank, with five offices in eastern
Upon being elected chairman he was serving his fourth term as an RNC
from Kentucky. Confirmed as General Counsel of the Republican
Committee in July 2002 and January 2005. Previously elected
of the RNC in January 2001. Has worked for Republican candidates for
state and national office for over thirty years and served the party at
every level from precinct captain to county chairman to state chairman.
(Elected Jan. 19, 2005)
’04 Ohio Valley Regional Campaign Chair. Member of the Ohio House
of Representatives for 20 years, including Speaker of the House from
As Chairman of the Ohio House Republican Campaign Committee from
she spearheaded the successful effort to return the Republicans to the
majority in the Ohio House of Representatives in 1994, for the first
in 22 years. Chairman of the Franklin County Republican Party
Committee for 25 years. Chairman of the Taft for Governor
in 1998 and 2002. Resident of Reynoldsburg, Ohio.
Neva Foley -
Previously worked in the political department on John McCain 2008
(through 2007). Northeast deputy regional political director at
the RNC, 2005-06. NH Victory/Bush-Cheney campaign in Fall
2004. Graduate of American University.
8 Vice Chairs - Elected from the
Idaho. Active in the
Party at the local, state, and national levels for more than two
including service as Chairman of the Committee on Credentials for the
and 2004 Republican National Conventions and as the Sergeant at Arms
the 2000 Republican National Convention. He is currently a
at Anderson, Nelson, Hall and Smith.
(announced March 20,
Currently is chairman of the Mississippi Republican Party and a partner
at Herring, Long and Crews, P.C. He has served as a judge on the
Mississippi Court of Appeals and was a Colonel in the Air Force Reserve
JAG Corps for 25 years.
(Announced March 10, 2005;
confirmed by the full RNC at the 2005 Summer Meeting) Resident of
McLean, Virginia. Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive
of NVR, Inc., the sixth largest homebuilder in the United States.
Longtime philanthropist for children’s charities and an instrumental
in the higher education community. Mr. Schar has also been
to the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts for the Kennedy
not have to be an RNC member to serve on the Finance Committee.
(56 members - 1 from each
Committee on Rules
||Chairman: David Norcross (NJ)
(9 members - 1 appointed
the Chairman and 2 elected from each region)
(11 members - 3 appointed
the Chairman, 4 elected from the regions, 4 ex officio: Chair,
Treasurer, Chairman of the Finance Committee)
||Chairman: Ron Kaufman (MA)
(60-plus members including
from each state)
|Committee on the
||Robert T. Bennett
(9 members - Chair
by the Chairman and 2 elected from each region)
(announced Jan. 23,
Previously the RNC's Great Lakes Regional Political Director, started
2001. Prior to joining the RNC, she was Executive Director of the
Indiana House Republican Campaign Committee. Hathaway also served
Vice President Dan Quayle at the White House as Assistant to the Vice
and Director of Scheduling and Public Liaison and was Executive
of his political action committee, Campaign America.
|Chief of Staff
Deputy to the
Chief of Staff - Dan Iten
Previously a deputy regional
political director at the RNC. Regional field director in
Minnesota on Bush-Cheney '04. B.A. in political science from
Bethel College, 2003.
March-April 2008 the RNC started building its Victory organization
(announced March 7,
President and CEO of Hewlett-Packard from 1999 to 2005 and chairman
2000-05. Worked for 20 years at AT&T and Lucent Technologies,
where she held a number of senior leadership positions. B.A. in
history and philosophy from Stanford University, M.B.A. from the
of Maryland, and M.S. from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
of Tough Choices: A Memoir.
(announced March 7,
Extensive fundraising experience including as a national finance
of John McCain 2008, a Pioneer on the Bush-Cheney 2004 campaign, RNC
chairman from Jan. 2002-March 2003, and co-founder of the Team 100
for the RNC in 1998. Eisenberg also served as co-chairman of the
New York City Host Committee for the 2004 Republican National
He is partner and co-founder, in 1990, of Granite Capital International
Group, an investment management company headquartered in New York
Previously partner at Goldman Sachs. Chaired the Port Authority
New York and New Jersey from 1995 to Jan. 2002. Founded the
Leadership Council. Served on New York Gov. George Pataki’s
team and was a key advisor to New Jersey Gov. Christine Whitman.
2008 Victory Jewish
(announced April 23, 2008)
Chair: House Chief Deputy
Whip Eric Cantor
Co-Chair: Fred Zeidman
Victory Finance Chairs (announced April 25, 2008)
(announced March 7,
Executive Vice President and Director of Federal Public Affairs for
Consulting. Partner at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld,
1995-2001. Partner at Bond and Donatelli, 1989-95.
to President Reagan for Political and Intergovernmental Affairs,
Deputy Assistant to the President for Public Liaison at the White
March 1984-May 1985. Director of the Africa Bureau at Agency for
International Development, 1983. Attorney at Patton, Boggs and
1981-83 and 1985-87. Regional political director on Ronald Reagan
for President, 1979-80. Campaign director on James A. Baker III
Attorney General of Texas, 1978. Executive director of Young
for Freedom, 1973-77. J.D. from American University, 1976; B.A.
University of Pittsburgh, 1971.
(announced March 7,
Previously executive director of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential
starting end of 2006. Political director at the RNC, started in
2005. Northeast regional political director for Bush-Cheney
Prior to the campaign served as executive director of the New Jersey
Party starting in January 2002. Has his own political consulting
firm, DuHaime Communications, Inc., which he formed in 2001.
campaign manager of Bob Franks' 2000 Senate campaign. Graduate of
Livingston College, Rutgers. From Hoboken, NJ.
Political/72 Hour director at the Nevada Republican Party. Program
analyst at the U.S. General Services
Administration. 72 Hour field coordinator at
Ohio Republican Party/Bush-Cheney campaign. Graduate of the Ohio
Accounts payable manager on Rudy
Giuliani's presidential campaign. Special assistant at the U.S.
Department of the Interior. Special assistant at the RNC.
West Chester University of Pennsylvania, 2006.
|Deputy Victory Director
also note: McCain-Palin
(announced Jan. 23,
At the RNC from 1997 to 2005, Beeson worked as an RNC regional
director and regional finance director for the Western region.
national field director for Americans Back in Charge and was the
director of two statewide campaigns in his home state Colorado.
(announced Feb. 27,
Joined the RNC in May 2005 as the Southeast Regional Finance
Prior to joining the RNC, Ennis was the Victory 2004 executive director
in North Carolina. Campaign manager for former Congressman Bill
gubernatorial bid in 2003-04, and before that she spent four and a half
years as the finance director (and Victory 2002 Executive Director) at
the North Carolina Republican Party. She worked on Congressman
Jones’ re-election campaign in 1998, and in 1996, Ennis started her
in politics as the executive director of the Pitt County Republican
Northeast: Randy Bumps - (from
2005) Bush-Cheney '04 Maine executive director. Previously served
as state director for Sen. Susan Collins, overseeing her state
Deputy campaign manager on Collins' 2002 re-election campaign.
served as a regional field representative for Collins in Augusta, and
western Maine for then-Senator Bill Cohen. Served three terms as
a State Representative, elected in 1996 and re-elected in 1998 and
Graduate of Bates College with a degree in Political Science,
From Minot, Maine.
Mid-Atlantic: John Gibson - (announced
Feb. 27, 2007) Previously executive director of the Maryland
Party. Other experience includes campaign manager for Rep. Tom
(R-VA), campaign manager for David Albo for Delegate and senior
assistant for Rep. Felix J. Grucci (NY-1).
Midwest/Northern Plains: Sue
27, 2007) Came to the RNC from position as director of political
for Associated Builders and Contractors. Victory 2004 director at
the RNC. Senior account executive for the Republican voter
firm of Feather Larson & Synhorst where she drafted and implemented
voter contact plans for campaigns at all levels. Director of
for the RNC political department in 2001 and the RNC's western regional
field coordinator in the 1998 cycle. She has additional
working as a campaign training coordinator for the NRCC, with the
Republican party and helping to manage a congressional campaign.
Graduate of Gettysburg College with a B.A. in Political Science, 1994.
Great Lakes: Christopher McNulty - (announced
Feb. 27, 2007) Executive director of the
Republican Party from 2001 through the 2006 cycle. "Ohio Bush Red
Team," 2003-04. Political director for the Ohio Republican Party,
1997-2000. Northeast Ohio field director for the Ohio Republican
Party, 1996-97. Southeast Ohio field director for the Ohio
Party, 1995-96. Graduate of John Carroll University (Cleveland),
Southeast: Clint Reed - Previously
executive director of the Republican Party of Arkansas; executive
of the 2004 Victory Committee. Legislative Director for the
Party of Arkansas. Worked on Sen. Hutchinson’s 2002 re-election
Executive Assistant to Sen. Tim Hutchinson, 2001-02. Native of
Southwest: Jay McCleskey -
In 2004, McCleskey ran the RNC's successful Victory operation in New
Prior to that, he served as executive director for the Republican Party
of New Mexico and as campaign manager for John Sanchez's 2002 bid for
McCleskey has worked on political campaigns at all different levels,
managing the campaign that defeated the longest-serving Speaker of the
New Mexico State House in 2000.
Northwest: Tricia Pearson
May 2008) Senior advisor in the U.S. Small Business
Administration's Office of Entrepreneurial Development. Served as
acting chief of staff to Sen. George Allen of Virginia. Western
political director at the
National Republican Senatorial Committee2003-04. Started in politics in
the office of Sen. Conrad Burns of Montana, first as a field
Friends of Conrad Burns, then district scheduler, and eventually
campaign manager for Sen. Burns in 2000.
Executive director of the Montana Republican Party, 1997-99. B.A. in
political science from the University of Montana in
Served as director of the GOP's
African American Leadership Council. Secretary of California
Republican Party; also served as president of the NAACP branch in
Oakland. Graduate of Grambling State University, 1991.
|Director of State
& Local Development
G O V E R N M E
N T A F F A I R S
(announced Jan. 8, 2008) For
the year prior to being promoted to this position, Kinzel served as
Associate Counsel for the
RNC, where he worked on contract and
trademark law issues as well as compliance with applicable federal and
state campaign finance laws. Prior to joining the RNC, Kinzel was
a manager, government affairs, for Case New Holland, focusing on
legislative issues as well as international business development
opportunities. J.D. from The George Washington
University Law School in 2006 and a B.A. from Gettysburg College in
C O M M U N I C A T I O N S
on Sen. McCain's 2008 presidential campaign (January 2007; resigned
16, 2007). Deputy communications director at the RNC, announced
9, 2005. (Overseeing the RNC’s regional media efforts).
wpokesperson for the Southwest and Mountain States for Bush-Cheney
Deputy press secretary for the National Republican Congressional
(NRCC). He has also worked for several public relations firms in
the Washington, DC area.
Previously Walton served as RNC
director of media affairs. Prior to that, Walton served as deputy
press secretary for the NRSC. He was also detailed to the White
House as an associate director of communications focusing on media for
the Iraq war, and spent time at the Commerce Department, where he
served as a public affairs specialist under Commerce Secretary Carlos
Gutierrez. Walton was both the director of radio and the director
of TV for the Bush-Cheney 2004 re-election campaign.
Midwest regional spokesman in the
White House Office of Media
Aide to Josh Bolten at the Office of Management and Budget.
for Sen. John Thune (R-SD).
Previously, Wilkerson served as RNC
regional press secretary for the Southeast. Prior to joining the
RNC, Wilkerson served as the deputy communications director for Lynn
Swann’s 2006 gubernatorial campaign in Pennsylvania. Wilkerson
has also worked as the press secretary for the House Committee on
Homeland Security, and served in the Office of Public Affairs at the
U.S. Department of Homeland Security for former Pennsylvania Governor
Regional Press Secretaries
West - Bill Riggs
(and ?Director of Radio) Previously an account
representative at DCI Group. Graduate of Davidson College.
Northeast - Blair Latoff
(started early Dec.
2007) Worked as a staff assistant, press assistant and most
recently asdeputy press secretary to the Senate Judiciary Committee and
Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) starting in the latter part of 2005.
Southeast - Katie Wright
- Chris Taylor
(started in Jan. 2008)
Previously a copy editor at Roll Call, starting in April 2005.
Copy/production editor at the Gazette Newspapers. Graduate of the
University of Kentucky, 2003.
(started in Jan. 2008) Legislative
assistant and scheduler at the Office of Congressman Lincoln
Diaz-Balart, 2005-07. B.A. in political science and Hispanic
studies from Brown University, 2007.
|Director of Media
(announced Feb. 27,
Previously served as Deputy Research Director at the RNC for the 2006
cycle and, in 2004, as Senior Analyst responsible for compiling
research on potential Democrat vice presidential candidates.
has also served as a summer law clerk for then-U.S. Attorney Robert
III, in San Francisco, CA.
eC A M P A I G N
(reported by Politico's
Ben Smith in June 2007; announced July 18, 2007 "oversee
the RNC’s website, all online strategic communications, and constituent
outreach. He will be responsible for the introduction of new
and multimedia to continue to expand the GOP’s Internet efforts.")
to joining the RNC Krohn worked for two years as director of content
and election strategy at Yahoo! in Santa Monica. Worked for nine
years at Microsoft, starting in 1996 as the second hire on Slate
magazine and rising to become publisher of Slate in July 2002
later executive producer of MSN Video. Produced programs for
Crossfire and Larry King Live. Worked in the White House for Vice
President Dan Quayle in the Office of Administration and Special
(May 2007) Previously special
assistant to the Counselor at the U.S. Department of Labor.
Worked on the eCampaign in the latter half of 2006.
Editorial/correspondence intern at Townhall.com. Worked on the
Tarrant for Senate 2006 campaign in Vermont. B.A. in political
science and philosophy from the University of Vermont, 2006.
||Todd van Etten
After graduating worked
freelance. B.A. in graphic design from Louisiana State
(started Dec. 2007) Previously
worked as a self-employed political consultant. Worked on several
campaigns in England. Lawyer at Macfarlanes in London.
University of St. Andrews and The College of Law.
S T R A T E G Y A N
D D A T A
including the National Voter File and Voter Vault.
(announced July 20,
A veteran of the RNC, having served during three Presidential campaign
cycles. Deputy director of strategy starting in 2005.
IT director, 2000-04. Director of the Political Analysis
1996-2000. B.A. from Colgate University. Steiner
(announced July 20, 2007)
Director of Voter Vault, Barth has been working on improving the
to create better efficiencies for volunteers, state parties, candidates
and staff by leveraging new technologies. Joined the RNC in Nov.
2003 as the Voter Vault Coordinator. Barth served as organization
director for the Republican Party of Iowa, 1999-2002. He was state
of the Iowa Federation of College Republicans and is a graduate of Iowa
State University, 2000.
for Political Technologies
(started in this position in May
2008; previously a regional Voter Vault coordinator, starting in April
2007) Worked on the Rhode Island Victory campaign in 2006, IDing
and mobilizing likely voters in the U.S. Senate race. Graduate of
of Voter Vault
for List Development
A longtime RNC employee, Perkins joined the Committee in 1991 as a
Analyst. In 1998, he became List Development Director and has
responsible for the RNC’s list acquisition efforts.
Returned to the RNC as director of
network operations in Jan. 2005. IT director at Bush-Cheney '04,
June 2003-Dec. 2004. A network architect at the RNC, June
F I N A N C E
(announced March 23,
President of The Purser Company. Vice president for federal
at Century Strategies (Ralph Reed's firm). directed the RNC's
Gala in 2005 and 2006; directed the annual Presidential dinner hosted
the Republican Governor’s Association, 2004; executive director for the
House-Senate Dinner (now known as The President’s Dinner), 1999-2003;
the RNC's Convention Gala in 2000; served on the 2000 Presidential
Committee. Director of development for the Christian
LeHardy and Associates. University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
[low dollar donors]
|Director of Membership Services
A D M I N I S T R A T I O N
has been CFO/Director of Administration since 1983. Comptroller
the RNC, 1981-83. Director of Acoounting at the RNC,
Prior to joining the RNC he worked for two years as a staff accountant
at Ted Jones and Company, C.P.A. in Rehoboth Beach, DE. B.S.
in Accounting and Business Administration from Madison College in
VA, 1973; A.S. from Brandywine College in Wilmington, DC, 1971.
M E M B E R E V E N T
A N D R E L A T I O N S
between the RNC and the RNC National Committee Members"...announced May
7, 2007) Most recently Manager of the ACSPA-Surgeons PAC
College of Surgeons Professional Association). Served as Director
of External Affairs for the RNC Finance division and Executive
to Deputy Chairman Jack Oliver. On the Bush-Cheney '04 campaign
served as Special Assistant to National Finance Vice Chairman Jack
Weir also has worked for Congressman W. Todd Akin (MO-2) both on his
and as his staff assistant in his Washington, D.C. office.
L E G A L
(announced March 23,
RNC deputy counsel since 2004. Previously a litigation associate
at the Washington D.C. law firm Covington & Burling. J.D.
NYU in 2001, M.Phil. from Cambridge University in 1998, and B.A. from
University in 1997.
(focuses on policy and
issues involving election law reform, and federal and state election
compliance for the national party) Prior to joining the RNC,
was an Associate in the Washington, D.C. office of McDermott Will &
Emery LLP. She also previously served as a Legislative Specialist and
Clerk at Covington & Burling LLP. J.D. from American
in 2005, and her B.A. from Denison University in 1996.
(primary focus is on
RNC issues, including the Rules of the Republican Party and the
National Convention; also assists on federal and state election law
Prior to joining the RNC, Sheehan served as Deputy Chief of Staff for
Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Finance and Administration Cabinet.
from the University of Kentucky in 2005 and her B.A. from Centre
|Director of Staff and
(announced March 23,
RNC Chief Counsel in the 2005-06 cycle. General Counsel for Bush
Cheney '04. Started at the RNC Counsel's Office in Feb.
Appointed by President Reagan as a commissioner on the Federal Election
Commission in 1985 and served a six-year term. Special deputy to
the Secretary of the Senate, representing the Secretary at the FEC,
Special Counsel to the Minority of the Committee on House
1977-79. Counsel to the NRCC, 1977-80. Legislative
to Congressman Silvio Conte (R-MA). J.D. from Georgetown
Undergraduate degree from Fairfield University in Connecticut.
of Adams, MA.
"McCain-RNC political operation plans to
be running in 17 states, with 76 "Victory Centers," 94 regional and
state campaign staffers and 145 RNC staffers." -Liz Sidoti, The
Associated Press, ea. June 2008. note 12/08 upgrading this section
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