Rudy Giuliani-Organization, Georgia
updated December 27, 2007

RUDY GIULIANI PRESIDENTIAL EXPLORATORY COMMITTEE, INC.  [Filed papers with New York State on Nov. 10, 2006 and with the FEC on Nov. 20, 2006]
Chairman Speaker of the Georgia House Glenn Richardson
(announced May 24, 2007)  Became Speaker of the Georgia House in 2005 after serving as House Floor Leader and House Majority Leader.  Elected to the Georgia House in 1996 from Paulding County; the first Republican elected from that county since Reconstruction.  Appointed to serve as County Attorney for Paulding County in 1989 and served in that position for 16 years.  Joined the firm of Vinson & Osborne in 1985, made partner two years later, and continues to practice there (Vinson, Talley, Richardson & Cable).  B.A. in political science from Georgia State University, 1981; J.D. from Georgia State University’s first law school class, 1984.
Co-Chairman Senator Ronnie Chance (District 16)
(announced as co-chair Aug. 1, 2007; endorsement announced May 24, 2007)  Has been involved in Georgia politics and public affairs for over 18 years.  First elected to the State Senate from the 16th District in 2004; represents five counties in south metro Atlanta.  In 2006, Gov. Sonny Perdue appointed Chance as Senate Floor Leader.  Served as state director to Congressman Mac Collins.  Founded his own public relations firm following the 1996 election cycle.  Georgia executive director for Bob Dole for President in 1996.  Has served at every level of the Fayette County Republican party including chairman for the 1995-96 term.  Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing from Georgia State University’s School of Business.
Executive Director Sean Donnelly
(announced Aug. 3, 2007)  Currently president and CEO of Sean Donnelly Consulting, Inc., a public affairs and grassroots firm.  Campaign manager for Georgia State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox’s successful statewide re-election bid in 2006.  Deputy campaign manager for Sen. Ronnie Chance in 2005.  Donnelly also worked with the Georgia Senate and House Republican Caucuses.
Political Director Chase Daughtrey
(reported by Peach Pundit on July 16, 2007)  Worked as a field rep. for Johnny Isakson for U.S. Senate in 2004.

Rudy Giuliani’s Georgia Regional Team  (announced July 18, 2007)
Coastal Georgia Chair Mary Flanders
Mary Flanders has served as president of the Savannah Area Republican Women, chairman of the Chatham County Republican Party and is now serving on the Department of Technical and Adult Education State Board.  Campaign experience includes regional chairman for Sen. Paul Coverdell and county chairman for former Congressman Max Burns.
Greater Atlanta Co-Chair Rusty Paul 
Rusty Paul is the founder and CEO of Isquared Communications, a marketing, public relations, advertising and government relations firm.  He is a past chairman of the Georgia GOP and a former Georgia state senator with more than 30-years of experience in Georgia politics.
Greater Atlanta Co-Chair Jay Morgan
Jay Morgan is a former regional political director for Bush ’88 and has served as senior advisor to now-U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson in 1996, 1999, and 2004.   He has worked numerous statewide campaigns in Georgia.
Greater Atlanta Co-Chair William Woodall
William Woodall is currently a partner at Thomas & Associates, one of Georgia's leading public affairs firms.  Served as 3rd CD chair for Governor Perdue for a New Georgia.  In 2004, Woodall served as 8th CD chair for the Bush-Cheney reelection campaign.
Greater Atlanta Co-Chair State Representative Jeff May
Jeff May of Monroe represents House District 111, parts of Walton County; elected in 2005.
East Georgia Chair State Representative Barry A. Fleming
As the Majority Whip, Fleming holds the second highest position in the House Republican Caucus and is an Ex-Officio voting member of all House committees.  First elected to the Georgia House of Representatives from Columbia County in 2002.  Elected to the Columbia County Board of Commissioners in 1999, reelected the next year, and unanimously elected as Chairman of Board in 2001 and 2002.  B.A. (1988) and J.D. (1994) from University of Georgia.  Fleming is a lifelong resident of Harlem, Georgia.
East Georgia Co-Chair Gwen Fulcher Young
A realtor, Fulcher Young was recently elected chairman of the Georgia Real Estate Commission, after previously serving as its vice chairman.  She represented the city of Augusta as its First Lady during the mayoral terms of her husband, Mayor Bob Young.
Central Georgia Chair State Representative Jay Roberts
Jay Roberts of Ocilla is now serving his second term in the Georgia State House of Representatives.  He was elected Chair of the Majority Caucus and was appointed by Gov. Sonny Perdue as an Administration Floor Leader.  Graduated from Valdosta State University with a degree in criminal justice.

endorsements announced Dec. 21, 2007
Senator John Wiles - Represents the northwest portion of Cobb County; recently appointed a Deputy Majority Whip.  Previously served in the State House of Representatives, 1995-2003.

Charles "Chuck" Clay - Served as Chairman of the Republican Party of Georgia during George W. Bush’s campaign for President.  Former State Senator; served as the Senate Minority Leader.  Began his public service career as a Cobb County District Attorney and also served as a Cobb County Commissioner.

Stefan Passantino - A partner at McKenna Long & Aldridge; serves as head of the firm’s political law team.  He has worked with former Speakers of the United States House of Representatives Newt Gingrich and J. Dennis Hastert, U.S. Representative Roy Blunt and former U.S. Representative JC Watts. In addition, Passantino serves as General Counsel to corporate entities formed by former Speaker Gingrich and former Congressman Watts.  Prior to joining McKenna Long & Aldridge, Passantino worked as an associate for a New York law firm.

endorsement announced Oct. 23, 2007
Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine - Elected statewide as Georgia’s Insurance and Fire Safety Commissioner in 1994.  Prior to becoming Commissioner, he owned his own law firm, Oxendine and Associates.  Law degree from Walter F. George School of Law in 1987.  Graduate of Mercer University, where he triple majored in Christianity, Greek and Political Science.

endorsement announced Aug. 15, 2007
State Superintendent of Schools Cathy Cox - currently serving her second term as Georgia's State Superintendent of Schools; reelected in 2006 with nearly 60% of the popular vote.  Served in the state legislature for two terms from 1999 to 2003.  Worked for 15 years as public school teacher in Fayette County.  B.A. and M.A. degrees in political science from Emory University.

endorsements announced May 24, 2007:
Senator Ronnie Chance, representing District 16

Representative Barry Fleming, representing District 117

Representative Jeff May, representing District 111

Representative David Ralston, representing District 7

Representative Jay Roberts, representing District 154

Former GA Republican Party Chairman Rusty Paul

Former GA Republican Party Chairman Bob Shaw

Former Mayor of Augusta, Bob Young
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