Key People-Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS)
updated October 23, 2007

BROWNBACK FOR PRESIDENT  (announced Jan. 20, 2007)
429 North St. Asaph Street, Alexandria, VA
Campaign Manager Rob Wasinger
Previously Chief of Staff in Brownback's Senate office; joined Brownback's staff in 1996.  Legislative assistant for Kansas Senate Majority Leader Jerry Moran.  Constituent services representative for Gov. Bill Graves.  Degree in economics from Harvard University, 1994.  From Hays.
Political Director Martin Gillespie
Previously RNC director of Catholic outreach since 2004 cycle.
Jack Sisson

E-Campaign Coordinator Leon H. Wolf
(Feb. 7 through late Sept. 2007)  Prior to joining the campaign Wolf was an Internet commentator at Redstate.
Finance Director Ryan Carney
Graduate of Catholic University with a degree in political science.

Bryan Sanders
Josh Lynch
Sanders and Lynch served as regional field directors in Iowa prior to the Aug. 11, 2007 Straw Poll.
Senior Advisor David Kensinger
After serving three years as Brownback's chief of staff, Kensinger moved back to his hometown of Topeka, Kansas where he runs Kensinger & Associates, a consulting firm.  In the 2006 cycle he chaired the Shawnee County Republican party and served as executive director of Kansas Club for Growth.  Chief of staff to Sen. Brownback, starting in May 2001.  Executive director of GOPAC starting in late 1999 after serving some months as acting executive director.  Worked briefly as a senior research executive at Wirthlin Worldwide.  Campaign chairman for Brownback's 1998 re-election campaign; legislative assistant in the Senate office; deputy campaign manager for Brownback's 1996 Senate campaign; legislative assistant in the House office; driver on Brownback's 1994 congressional campaign.  Graduate of Williams College (in Massachusetts), 1993.  Graduate of Topeka High School, where he was a champion debater.  Native of Topeka.
Special Advisor on Social Security reform  William Shipman
(announced March 14, 2007)  Chairman of CarriageOaks Partners, LLC, a Massachusetts-based retirement finance consulting firm.  Previously a principal of State Street Global Advisors, a founding partner of  H. C. Wainwright Co., Economics, and a general partner of H.C. Wainwright & Co.  Co-chairman of the Cato Institute Project on Social Security Choice.  Co-author of Promises to Keep: Saving Social Security’s Dream (Regnery Publishing, Inc., 1996).  Degree in psychology from Syracuse University.

Direct Mail Fundraising HSP Direct
Hogan, Schenk & Paul of Herndon, VA.

Political Director Jay Heine
Graduate of Briar Cliff University, 1996.  Native of Hartington, NE.

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Chairman David Barron
(an initial member of the exploratory committee; announced Dec. 4, 2006)  Barron is president of the International Conservation Caucus and has been active in politics, business and foreign affairs for 30 years.  He was the national chairman of Young Republicans under President Ronald Reagan.
Campaign Director Jim Corbett
(an attorney in Columbia, Corbett ran for House District 72 in 1996 and has been active in all major South Carolina statewide general elections since Carroll Campbell's 1986 run for governor.  Corbett was involved with the primary and general election campaigns of George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush and served as a delegate to the 2000 Republican National Convention and as an alternate delegate to the 2004 convention.  J.D., University of South Carolina, 1988; B.A., University of South Carolina, 1983.

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Massachusetts endorsements (announced Jan. 8, 2007)
Professor Dwight Duncan of Cambridge; South New England School of Law
Anne Fox of Needham; Past Chairman, Massachusetts Citizens for Life
Linda Kinsey of North Adams; Past Chairman, Berkshire Citizens for Life
Carol McKinley of Pembroke; Founder, Faithful Voice
Christine Milbury of Sharon; Director, Pregnancy Services
Roderick Murphy of Southbridge; Treasurer, Life-Guard PAC
R.T. Neary of Medfield; Past President, Massachusetts Citizens for Life

"As residents of Massachusetts and leaders in the ongoing struggle to preserve the institution of marriage and uphold the sanctity of life, we have seen the efforts of the liberal left here in Massachusetts to impose their agenda through judicial mandate.  They have been able to impose their liberal agenda on the people because of the failure of our elected officials to stand up and fight.

"In order to preserve traditional values and actually win back ground in the ongoing fight for our culture, we need a leader who can articulate and fight for our values with compassion, optimism, and consistency.  We know consistent leadership when we see it. For this reason, Senator Brownback is the clear choice."

Oregonians for Brownback leadership team (announced July 13, 2007)
former Congressman Jim Bunn  - Guard at Yamhill County Jail.  Ran unsuccessfully for state Legislature in 1998.  Served in Congress from 1995-97; lost re-election bid to Darlene Hooley.  Oregon state senator from 1987-95.  Executive director of the Oregon Republican Party.  A.A. from Chemeketa Community College, 1977; B.A. from NW Nazarene College, 1979.
Don Wyant - former member of the Republican National Committee.
Bill Stallings - a former precinct organizational chair for the Oregon Republican Party.
Regina Schiedler - a retired dairy farmer, pro-life activist and grandmother.

Members of exploratory advisory committee (announced Dec. 4, 2006):
(Organizations are listed for identification purposes only and do not infer organizational endorsement)

General Charles Krulak, former Commandant of the United States Marine Corps
Chuck Hurley, former Iowa legislator and pro-life leader
Dr. Alveda King, minister and civil rights activist
Tom Monaghan, Chancellor of Ave Maria University
Dave Barron, President, International Conservation Caucus Foundation
Cici Rojas, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Executive, Texas
Jeff Ballabon, President, Ballabon Group, LLC
Steve McEveety, mPower Films Worldwide
Cheryl Brown Henderson, President, Brown Foundation for Educational Equity and Excellence
Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests For Life
Ari Storch, Co-Chairman, Artemis Strategies
Deborah Fikes, Advisor, Human Rights Advocacy to the Ministerial Alliance of Midland, TX
Mark Heitz, President & CEO, AmerUs Annuity Group
Dr. Jack Willke, President, Life Issues Institute
Sam Kim, General Counsel, Jericho Institute
Bowie Kuhn, former Major League Baseball commissioner
Dan Foley, Vice President-Human Resources, Masco Corporation
Sean Wolfington, Chairman & CEO, The Wolfington Companies
David Kim, CEO, Sweet Factory
James Turner, President, Heartland Community Bankers Association

announced Dec. 14, 2006
Dr. Jerry Zandstra (MI)
Ran for U.S. Senate in Michigan in 2006 but withdrew; formed the Pro-Life Federation of Michigan, a PAC focused on ending abortion.  Senior Fellow at the Acton Institute, and an ordained pastor in the Christian Reformed Church.  He holds two masters degrees (Divinity and Theology) from Calvin Seminary and a doctorate (Ministry in Church Management) from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.  Zandstra teaches and writes curriculum on economics and leadership for Cornerstone University and is completing a PhD (Public Administration) at Western Michigan University's School of Public Affairs.

Angela Perez Baraquio (HI)
Baraquio was crowned Miss America in 2001.  A teacher by trade, she chose character education as her chief advocacy issue in her year as Miss America.  She also focuses on charitable activities in her home state of Hawaii, serving with organizations such as Catholic Charities and the Hawaii Foodbank.

announced Dec. 21, 2006
Kevin McLaughlin (Des Moines, IA)
Has worked in the financial services and investment industry for 30 years.  In 2003, McLaughlin co-founded Iowans for Discounted Taxes.  Iowa Vice Chair for Steve Forbes' 2000 caucus campaign; Polk County Chair for Forbes' 1996 presidential bid.  Active in politics since 1977.  Born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa

Dr. Dave Mugler (Manhattan, KS)
Associate Dean at Kansas State University's College of Agriculture, a position he has held since 1981.  Has been associated with Kansas State since 1964.

announced Jan. 5, 2006
J. Joseph Kim, Ph.D.
Co-Founder, President and CEO of VGX Pharmaceuticals, Blue Bell, PA.  Veteran of the biopharmaceutical industry.  Originally from Salina, Kansas.

Young K. Park
Vice President and General Counsel of VGX Pharmaceuticals.  Over 14 years of experience as a business lawyer in Philadelphia.

supporter announced Feb. 9, 2007
Michael W. Smith
Smith is a renowned contemporary Christian songwriter and artist.  He has produced eighteen albums, ten books, and has won both the Grammy and Dove awards.

endorsement announced March 12, 2007
Bobby Schindler
Brother of the late Terri Schiavo.
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