Republican Committees-Organization
2005-06 Edition --updated Dec. 2, 2006

Republican Governors Association
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Chairman Mitt Romney (MA)
(from the end of Nov. 2005)  Elected Governor in Nov. 2002; did not seek re-election in 2006.  President and CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee, 1999-2002.  Republican nominee for United States Senate, 1994.  CEO of Bain Capital, Inc., which he founded in 1984.  A Vice President of Bain & Company, Inc., a Boston-based management consulting firm, 1978-84.  MBA from Harvard Business School and JD from Harvard Law School, both in 1975.  B.A. from Brigham Young University, 1971.  Born 1947 in Michigan (son of George Romney who served three terms as Governor of Michigan).

Executive Director Philip A. Musser
(Nov. 2005) Vice president of The Dutko Group Companies, announced July 2004.  A deputy director in organizing the G8 Summit, in Sea Island, GA.  Deputy chief of staff to Secretaries Alphonso Jackson and Mel Martinez at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Senior staff member for the 2001 Presidential Inaugural Committee.  A lead advance representative for the Bush-Cheney campaign in 2000 in Austin, Texas.  Assistant vice president to Dutko’s state and local lobbying firm, K*N*P, Jan. 1998-Aug. 2000.  Worked on Dole for President.  B.A. in History from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.
Executive Assistant Betsy Savage

General Counsel and Chief Financial Officer Charlie Spies
Election law counsel at the RNC in the 2004 cycle; started at the RNC in 2001.  Government Relations group of Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin & Kahn in Washington, DC.  Legal and policy advisor to FEC Chairman Darryl R. Wold.  An associate at Carr Goodson Warner in Washington, DC.  Has worked in the Counsels Office at the NRSC, and been a policy advisor to Republican candidates in Michigan.  J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center in1998; B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1995.
Budget Director Mindy Anderson

IT Director Chris Adams

Special Assistant William Gideon


Political Director Gentry Collins
{has also done 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.  B.A. in political science from Iowa State University in Ames, 1998.
Deputy Political Director Troy A. McCurry
(June 2006)  Aide to Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC).  Law degree from Catholic University Law School.  Undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia.  Native of Augusta, GA.

Press Secretary Rob Van Raaphorst
Came to the RGA from Butte, MT, where he was a television reporter for a local ABC affiliate.  Also worked in customer relations at Goal Financial, and as a production assistant at Fox Sports Net, as well as an intern for Sen. Conrad Burns and at the ABC affiliate in Pittsburgh, PA.  Graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Special Assistant Lindsay Sweetin


Finance Director Caitlin Schroder

Dep. Finance Director Elizabeth Verrill

Finance Committee Director Angela Danhof
Events Director for the 2005 Presidential Inaugural Committee, in charge of the Candlelight Dinner.  Events Director for Michigan Victory 2004, based in Lansing, managing Michigan presidential rallies for the RNC.  Senior Account Executive and Practice Group Director for the Sterling Corporation in Lansing, MI.  Finance Director for Dick Posthumus' 2002 gubernatorial campaign in Michigan.  Deputy Finance Director for Spencer Abraham's U.S. Senate contest in 2000.  Graduate of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.
Events Director Robyn Knecht

Major Donor Coordinators Kate Szafran

Finance Assistant Susan Russel


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