updated December 9, 2007
FOR PRESIDENT, INC.
(announced May 23, 2006)
Attorney at Brown,
Winick, Graves, Gross, Baskerville and Schoenebaum PLC. The 2002
Republican gubernatorial nominee. Lawyer and lobbyist. Chief
of staff to Gov. Terry Branstad, 1984-89. Legislative liaison to
Gov. Robert Ray, 1981-83. Director of the Fuels Division for the
Iowa Energy Policy Council. Chief legislative assistant to Congressman
Tom Tauke; worked on Tom Tauke's successful 1978 campaign for Congress.
Law degree from Drake University, 1985. Bachelor's degree from Iowa
Wesleyan College in 1977. Born in Earling, Iowa (Shelby County).
FOR PRESIDENT EXPLORATORY COMMITTEE, INC. (formed Jan. 3, 2007)
COMMONWEALTH PAC (2006 cycle)
Headquarters: 3590 109th Street,
Urbandale (...moved in
Feb. 21, 2007...grand opening April 4, 2007)
Political director at the Republican
Governors Association in the 2006 cycle; also did consulting for the Commonwealth
PAC and the Massachusetts Republican State Congressional Committee.
Deputy chairman/executive director of the Iowa Republican Party in 2004.
Managed Doug Gross' 2002 campaign for governor. Ran for State House,
1998. B.A. in political science from Iowa State University in Ames,
(reported by Caucus Cooler on
Jan. 1, 2007) Political director for the Republican Party of Wisconsin
in the 2006 cycle. Field staffer on Bush-Cheney '04 in Wisconsin.
Legislative clerk for the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
From Alexander, Iowa; daughter of Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA). B.A. from
the University of Colorado, Boulder, 2001.
Derek Flowers - Region 2
Worked on Brian Kennedy's
2006 primary campaign for Congress in Iowa's 1st CD.
Megan Cross - Region 5
Recent graduate from Iowa
Jill Neunaber - Region 7
Hugh Yeomans - Region 4
Staff assistant to Rep.
Mike Castle (R-DE). Graduate of Washington and Lee University.
Scott Corrie - Region 9
Brittany Groeneveld - Region 3
B.A. in political science
from the University of Iowa.
Marcus Branstad - Region 8
Iowa field director for
Sen. Bill Frist's VOLPAC. Graduated from Buena Vista University in
Storm Lake in May 2006. Youngest child of former Gov. Terry and Chris
Sara Craig - Region 6 (Polk County)
Worked on Iowa House legislative
races in 2006.
Crystal Bouziden - Region 1
Recent graduate of the University
of Iowa. Interned on Rep. Jim Nussle's (R-IA) gubernatorial campaign
in 2006; volunteered on the Bush/Cheney campaign in 2004. Bouziden
has also interned for Rep. Jerry Weller (R-IL) in his Washington, D.C.
office and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) in his Cedar Rapids office.
Andrew Wheeler - Region 10
...and a few field offices
opened late in the campaign:
Sioux City - 2020 Indian Hills
Drive (Romney officially opened on Nov. 13, 2007)
Bettendorf - 5188 18th Street (Romney
to attend grand opening on Dec. 13, 2007)
(reported by The Caucus Cooler
on Dec. 12, 2006) President and founder of Capitol Resources ("Iowa's
leading fundraising service provider for Republican candidates") based
in Brooklyn, Iowa (Poweshiek County). Two years as finance director
of the Republican Party of Iowa. Finance director on Bud Walker's
congressional campaign in New York through May 2006. B.A. in economics
and policy studies from Syracuse University, Dec. 1995. Originally
from New York.
(Straw Poll Director)
Graduate of the University of
(reported by DMR's Kathie Obradovich
on Jan. 9, 2007) Communications director for House Speaker and now
Minority Leader Rep. Christopher Rants (R-Sioux City) for the past four
years. A field staffer on the Forbes 2000 Iowa caucus campaign.
Graduate of the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in public relations,
2001. From Ida Grove.
(served as Treasurer for The
Commonwealth PAC-Iowa) Principal at JDK
Marketing & Public Affairs in Des Moines. Executive Vice
President at DCI Group. Managed Lamar Alexander's 1999-2000 Iowa
caucus campaign. Executive director of the Michigan Republican Party
in the latter part of 1996. Executive director of the Iowa Republican
Party, 1995-1996. Graduate of Iowa State University in Ames with
a degree in political science, 1992.
(announced Jan. 30, 2007)
Associate at the Davenport law firm of Gallagher, Millage & Gallagher,
P.L.C.. Served as Iowa chairman of Sen. Bill Frist's VOLPAC (announced
July 13, 2006). Candidate for the Republican nomination in Iowa's
1st CD in 2006 (announced April 2005; finished third behind Mike Whalen
and Bill Dix in the June 2006 primary). In 2003, founded Campaign
of One, a Republican committee dedicated to creating a new generation of
political entrepreneurs in Eastern Iowa. A co-founder of Progress
for America, a national grassroots issue advocacy organization working
to support President Bush's legislative agenda. National political
director on Lamar Alexander's 2000 presidential campaign, then joined the
McCain campaign as national political consultant. Has served as Chairman
of the Republican Party of Iowa, a member of the Republican National Committee,
a Co-Chairman of the Republican National Convention Platform Committee,
and Executive Director of the Republican Governors Association as well
as a political advisor or campaign manager to former Iowa Governor Terry
Branstad and several other Republican candidates. Graduated from
Iowa State University and Drake University Law School. Grew up in
Eastern Iowa; resident of Bettendorf.
(announced Jan. 30, 2007)
Senior advisor at Eide & Heisinger, an Iowa lobbying and governmental
relatins firm; joined the firm in 2004. Candidate for U.S. House
of Representatives in 2002. Served in the Iowa Legislature for 18
years representing Council Bluffs; served in the leadership as House Majority
Leader from 1993-99 and Speaker of the Iowa House from 1999-2002.
Teacher and wrestling coach in the Missouri Valley School District.
Bachelor degree in social studies from Dana College, 1974.
||former Iowa House Speaker Brent Siegrist
(announced Feb. 17, 2007)
Represents District 99-Council Bluffs. Attorney and co-owner of Struyk
Turf, LLC, a Council Bluffs-based business. Graduate of Iowa State
University and the Creighton University School of Law.
||state Rep. Doug Struyk
(announced Sept. 27, 2006 by
the Commonwealth PAC; at the time Rants was House Speaker) Represents
District 54-Sioux City. First elected to the Iowa Legislature in
1992; elected Speaker Nov. 12, 2002. B.A. from Morningside College,
||Minority Leader Christopher Rants
(announced March 15, 2007)
Elected to the Iowa Senate in 1994; elected Senate Majority Leader in 1996
and held that position through April 2006; did not seek re-election to
the Senate in 2006. Iverson represented Senate District 5, which
includes the counties of Story, Hamilton, Wright and part of Webster.
In 2006 he served as chairman of Gov. George Pataki's 21st Century Freedom
State PAC (part of initial leadership team announced in June 2006).
Iverson is a farmer and resides in Clarion (Wright County). Prior
to the Senate, he served in Iowa House of Representatives, elected in 1989.
Served fifteen years on the Dows Community School Board. Served in
the United States Marine Corps as budget chief of the First Marine Division.
B.A. in accounting from Buena Vista College; attended Ellsworth Junior
||former Senate Majority Leader Stewart
(announced March 22, 2007
"will provide insight and advice") Director of outreach with the
Iowa Christian Alliance, Jan. 2005-March 2007. Iowa coalitions director
for the Bush-Cheney 2004 re-election campaign. Field representative
for the Republican Party of Iowa in Des Moines. Graduate of University
of Northern Iowa with a degree in political science, 2003; served as chairman
of the UNI College Republicans, and in 2002 worked in the field for the
Republican Party of Iowa for several months. Native of Grundy Center.
Currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity at Faith Baptist Theological Seminary
(announced March 30, 2007
volunteer) Member of the Board of Directors of the Iowa Christian
Alliance (formerly the Christian Coalition of Iowa), a position he has
held since 2002. Communications director for the Christian Coalition
of Iowa from 2003-05. Member of the Polk County (Des Moines) Republican
Central Committee since 1994, serving on the executive committee from 1995-96,
and 2004-present. He resides in Des Moines with wife, Ann, and his
son who is currently serving in the United States Marine Corps and has
done two tours of duty in Iraq.
Iowa Legislative Leadership Team
(initial 12 announced April
Sen. Jim Hahn, Muscatine
Sen. David Johnson, Ocheyeden
Sen. Dave Mulder, Orange City
Sen. Brad Zaun, Urbandale
Rep. Dave Deyoe, Nevada
Rep. Linda Miller, Bettendorf
Rep. Christopher Rants, Sioux City
Rep. Doug Struyk, Council Bluffs
Rep. Dave Tjepkes, Gowrie
Rep. Jodi Tymeson, Winterset
Rep. Ralph Watts, Adel
Rep. Tami Wiencek, Waterloo
note: Struyk and Tjepkes
previously backed McCain.
Rep. Steve Olson, DeWitt
Rep. Rich Anderson, Clarinda (July 26, 2007)
Rep. Chuck Soderberg, Le Mars (July 26, 2007)
Rep. Greg Foristall, Macedonia
County Chairs and Leadership
The campaign started announcing
its first county chairs on March 14, 2007.
Iowa Faith and Values Steering Committee
July 19, 2007)
Chair is Tom Coates of Des
Iowa Business Coalition (announced
June 20, 2007)
Chair is Jamie Myers, President
of Regency Companies (Dallas County)
Students for Romney Campus Chairs
On May 1, 2007 the campaign
16 "Iowa Students For Romney" Campus Chairs.
(announced April 27, 2007)
Des Moines businessman. President of the Iowa Board of Regents from
1987-93 and from 1995-96. An adviser to Republican Governors Bob
Ray and Terry Branstad. Was Finance Chairman for the Republican Party
of Iowa, Branstad for Governor and Gross for Governor. Currently
serves on the national board of the Republican Jewish Coalition.
In 2006, he was appointed by President Bush to serve on the U.S. Holocaust
Memorial Council. B.S. in commerce from the University of Iowa,
1952. Des Moines native. Author of The Best I Can Do.
Pomerantz's business career spans more than four decades: Chairman
and CEO of The Mid-America Group in West Des Moines, Iowa. Chairman
and Chief Executive Officer of Gaylord Container Corporation from October
1986 to April 2002. Executive at International Harvester in the early
1980s. Vice president and general manager of the Forest Products
Brown Systems Operation. Vice president of Continental Can Company,
Inc. Founded Great Plains Bag Corporation in January 1961 and served
as its president and general manager for 14 1/2 years.
(announced May 10, 2007)
Elected to the Iowa House Of Representatives in 2002 and re-elected In
2004 representing District 10 (portions of Hamilton and Story Counties);
made an unsuccessful run for State Senate in 2006. A partner in the
private equity firm, Prairie Oak Capital, LLC. Associate professor
of accounting; has served on the faculty at Iowa State University since
August 1991. Worked as a financial officer in the construction industry
and a professional pilot. B.S. from Iowa State University, M.S. from
the University of Tulsa, and a Ph.D from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
|North Central Iowa Chair
||Former State Rep. Jim Kurtenbach
(see Jonathan Martin in
Sept. 18, 2007 on Moran, Goos and Airhart)
-Tim Moran served as a field staffer for
Region 10 (Northwest) but left after the Straw Poll due to another job
Experience includes organizer
on Bob Vander Plaats's gubernatorial campaign.
-Christian Goos served as a field staffer
for Region 9 (Southwest) but left after the Straw Poll.
Graduate of the University
of Iowa, where he was an active volunteer on the Bush-Cheney campaign and
Students for George W. Bush; Goos also served as chairman of the University
of Iowa College Republicans.
-Chad Airhart served as coalitions director
but left just before the Straw Poll for a position as exec. director of
the Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce.
A co-owner of McArtor Design,
a small marketing and design firm, currently operating in Pleasant Hill.
-Candace Turitto served as a field staffer
for Region 5 in the first part of the campaign.
Experience includes work
on Nate Macias' March 2006 primary campaign for Texas State House (District
The Commonwealth PAC Iowa Advisory Committee.
On June 17, 2006 Romney
creation of this group "composed of fifty distinguished Iowa leaders from
all across the state."
Organized by County; note
that these were from June 17, 2006--some allegiances may have shifted.
Karen McAllister - Fremont
Iris Morrison - activist
Sharon McNutt - Mills County
Elaine Christensen - activist
John Christensen - former
Page County Republican chair
Joni Ernst - Montgomery
Steve Cates - Congressman
Jon Jacobsen - Pottawattamie
County Republican Executive Board
David Overholtzer - Pottawattamie
Suzanne Overholtzer - Pottawattamie
County Republican Women
Mark Rater - former Pottawattamie
Matt Schultz - Council Bluffs
Kyle Adema - Republican
Debi Durham - Chamber president,
former Lt. Gov. candidate
Dr. Tim Moran - Former Woodbury
Med Society President
Eldon Roth - business leader
Regina Roth - business leader
Bob Stewart - Republican
Suzan Stewart - Republican
Randy Feenstra - activist
Nick Latinga - activist
Jason Moser - Sioux County
Dave Mulder - State Senator
(Sioux Center; Dist. 2)
Mick Snieder - Orange City
Sandy Kale - activist
Paul Bissinger - activist
Kathy Lewis - activist
Nancy Shirk - Republican
activist; Waukee Chamber of Commerce
Ralph Watts - State Representative
Tim Morgan - 2006 State
Mike Carver - precinct chair
for President Bush in the Urbandale area
Wes Enos - Polk County Supervisor
Doug Gross - see above
James Kelly - business leader
Brenda Miller - community
Ryan Miller - community
Connie Schmett - activist
Kim Schmett - former party
Jay Sherive - small business
Mike St. Clair - activist
Melissa Vander Plaats -
Brad Zaun -State Senator
Dennis Freeman - former
legislator and Story County business leader
Vonnie Kinkade - activist
Kevin Kruse - Union County
Ruth Long - Union County
Rich Schwarm - former state
Kevin Patterson - activist
Michael Meyer - Republican
James Kirkpatrick - Republican
Jeff Fuller - activist (Iowans
for Romney blog)
Ben Johnson - College Republican
Keith Steurer - activist
Joni Scotter - activist
Early Grassroots Supporter
- Jeff Fuller.
Fuller of North Liberty
runs the Iowans for Romney
blog (first posting on May 5, 2006). Vitreoretinal Surgical Fellowship
at University of Iowa. Residency in Ophthalmology at Medical College
of Georgia. Medical School at UAB in Birmingham. College at Brigham
Young University. Born and raised in Los Angeles area (Glendora High
Ann Woods Herberger, announced
as National Finance Advisor in Oct. 2006 and a key Florida fundraiser,
is a native Iowan who began her political career in 1987 with the George
Bush for President campaign during the Iowa presidential caucuses.
On June 17, 2006 Radio Iowa's
O. Kay Henderson reported that Gross announced Romney has hired three staff
people to work in Iowa on GOP campaigns.
The Commonwealth PAC (Iowa)
reported > contributions of
$90,800.00 and expenditures of $76,323.36 in 2004 and contributions of
$143,000.00 and expenditures of $62,622.95 in 2005.
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