Key People-Sen. Bill Frist (R-TN)
updated July 29, 2006

P.O. Box 158552  |  Nashville, TN   and another office in Washington, DC
Senior Political Advisor for VOLPAC Chip Saltsman
(initially consulting; on payroll in Feb. 2006)  Two-time Bush Pioneer; works in IT consulting and real estate.  Worked for Frist when he headed the NRSC.  Chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party in the 2000 cycle.  Worked in the administration of Gov. Don Sundquist (R-TN).  Graduate of Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN, 1990.
National Finance Chair Stephen B. Smith 
Principal at Haury & Smith Contractors, Inc., a development and home building company in Nashville.  Graduate of Middle Tennessee State University.

Dawn Perkerson   Ashley Comer    Kalee Faast   Jane Lynch Crain
Fundraising Consulting Linus Catignani
Catignani & Bond.  Executive director of Frist 2000.
Counsel to VOLPAC Alex Vogel
Principal at Holtzman Vogel PLLC in Warrention, VA, and co-founder of Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti, a Washington, DC lobbying firm.  Previously served as Chief Counsel to Majority Leader Frist.  General Counsel for the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC).  Deputy Counsel for the Republican National Committee (RNC).  In Nov.-Dec. 2000 served as counsel in the Presidential Recount, acting on behalf of the Bush-Cheney campaign in Florida and in Oregon.  In 1999 General Counsel on the Quayle 2000 campaign.  Started his legal career at Wiley, Rein & Fielding.  J.D. from George Washington University Law School.  B.A. from the University of California at San Diego.
Spokeswoman Janey Rudd
(from March 2006)  Previously at FEMA in the Department of Homeland Security.

Benjamin Clarke   Mary Ann Voigt

Chairman Brian Kennedy
(announced July 13, 2006)  Attorney affiliated with the Davenport law firm of Gallagher, Millage & Gallagher, P.L.C.; resident of Bettendorf.  Most recently competed in the June 2006 primary to be the Republican nominee in Iowa's First Congressional District (announced April 2005).   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.
Director of Field Operations Marcus Branstad
(announced June 28, 2006) Graduated from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake in May 2006.  Youngest child of former Gov. Terry and Chris Branstad.

Chief of Staff Eric M. Ueland
Prior to joining Frist's staff Ueland worked for the Senate Republican Policy Committee.  University of San Francisco.  From Portland, OR.
Deputy Chief of Staff Sharon Soderstrom
(announced Jan. 12, 2005)  In the 108th Congress, Soderstrom served as staff director for the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP).  During the 107th and 106th Congresses, she served a in the office of then Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS).  She has also worked for former Senator Dan Coats (R-IN).

Chief of Staff Bart VerHulst
(announced June 13, 2006) On Sen. Fristís staff since he took office in Jan. 1995.  Fristís Middle Tennessee field representative for the first six years; promoted to state director for Frist in 2001.  (Succeeded Andrea Becker).
Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Hippe
(announced June 13, 2006)  Member of Sen. Frist's staff since July 2000.  Most recently served as Frist's legislative director.  Graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School.  Nashville native.

Consultant (South Carolina) for VOLPAC Jim Dyke
(reported by Hotline On-Call, Jan. 9, 2006; did political consulting for VOLPAC for the first half of 2006)  Started consulting firm, Jim Dyke & Associates, in South Carolina following the 2004 campaign.  RNC communications director during the 2004 campaign; previously press secretary at the RNC.  Before joining the RNC, Dyke served as press secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce under Don Evans.  He worked at Quinn Gillespie & Associates building coalitions and developing communications strategies for clients.  A one-time assistant to the brewmeister at Capital City Brewing Company, Dyke became a lobbyist for the Beer Institute.  He started his career in Washington, DC as a Senate parking lot attendant.  Dyke is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a degree in History.

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