McCain General Election Campaign Organization, Tennessee
revised March 2, 2009

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Regional Headquarters:  420 E. Jefferson Street 3rd Floor Tallahassee, FL  32301
Regional Campaign Manager (Southeast - AL, FL, GA, MS, NC, SC and TN) Buzz Jacobs
Initially the campaign's Southern regional political director, then, following the July 2007 shakeup, state director for McCain's South Carolina primary campaign and worked on the Florida primary campaign. Director of immigration security policy on the White House Homeland Security Council, 2004-07.  Office of strategic planning at the FBI, 2002-04.  M.P.P. from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, 2002.  B.S. in commerce and business administration from the University of Alabama, 1998.

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Robin Smith
(elected Aug. 4, 2007 after Bob Davis resigned to join Fred Thompson's campaign)  Active in the U.S. Senate campaigns of Senators Frist, Thompson, Alexander and Corker and both presidential campaigns of George W. Bush.  Chairman of the Hamilton County Republican Party from 1998-2002.  Worked sales and marketing.  Worked in critical care medicine for almost three years.  University of Tennessee graduate.

State Director
Randy Stamps
(started at the party as political director in early 2003).  Middle Tennessee field director for the Van Hilleary for Governor campaign.   Tennesse State Representative, 1988-98.  J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law, 1984.  B.S. in government public administration from Lipscomb University, 1981.

Charles Schneider
Came to Tennessee after serving as campaign director for the NOVA House Republican Campaign Committee, 2007.

Chief of Staff
Mark Winslow
Served as a constituent services representative to Sen. Bill Frist from 2006 until his term ended in Jan. 2007.

Communications Director
Bill Hobbs
(Oct. 29, 2007)  Media relations assistant and blogging coach at Belmont University, 2003-06; also in 2003 Hobbs launched a new media relations firm, Mesh Media Strategies.  He has done extensive editing work on three business books and written freelance articles for business publications and newspapers.  Ran the blog, 2001-2008.  Press assistant for a mayoral candidate in the 1999 Nashville mayoral campaign.  Staff writer for the Nashville Business Journal, 1990-93.  Studied American history and political science for three years at Lipscomb University in Nashville, then transfered to Abilene Christian University in Texas and earned B.A. in mass communication, 1987.  Grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia.

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