Tommy Thompson-Organization, Iowa
updated August 22, 2007

Headquarters:  10544 Justin Drive, Urbandale   (...from Feb. 1, 2007 about 2,000 square feet)
Chairman Bill Dix
(announced by the exploratory committee on Feb. 20, 2007)  Runs a farm outside Shell Rock (Butler Country).  Served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1997-2007.  Finished second in the June 2006 Republican primary for Iowa's 1st CD.
Honorary Chair Charlotte Mohr
(announced by the exploratory committee on Feb. 13, 2007)  Lifelong resident of Iowa, retired Registered Nurse, mother of four, and farming partner with Jim, her late husband of forty-two years.  Appointed by then-Governor Branstad as the first chair of Iowa's Job Training Partnership Act Commission, and served thirteen years, as well as eighteen years' membership on the Environmental Commission.  Served as Gov. Terry Branstad's state chair from 1978-98.
Consultant Steve Grubbs
(reported by DMR's David Yepsen mid-Dec. 2006)  President (recently stepped down) and CEO of Victory Enterprises, Inc., a Davenport-based technology communications company that specializes in internet web sites, as well as radio and television advertising.  Senior advisor on the Forbes 2000 campaign.  Chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa, 1998.  Candidate for U.S. Senate, 1996.  Iowa Caucus chairman, Dole for President, 1996.  State Representative, 1991-97.  Polling and research director for Tauke for Congress, 1988.  Campus director of University of Iowa Students for Dole in 1987, then a field staffer for Dole for President in 1988.  J.D., University of Iowa School of Law, 1994.  B.B.A., University of Iowa School of Business, 1989.
Consultant Brian Dumas
Vice President of Victory Enterprises, Inc..  Executive director of the Legislative Majority Fund.  Organization director for Sen.Charles Grassley's 1998 re-election campaign.  Worked on Jon Christensen's campaign for governor in Nebraska.  Worked for Congressman Tom Latham.  Worked for Lamar Alexander's presidential campaign.  Interned for State Rep. Christopher Rants.  Bachelor's degree from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa.
Senior Advisor Ron Corbett
(announced by the exploratory committee on Jan. 17, 2007)  Speaker of the Iowa House from 1994-99.  More recently served as president of the Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce through June 15, 2005, and is now vice president of customer service at CRST International.
Campaign Manager Chad Olsen
(announced by the exploratory committee on Jan. 17, 2007)  Most recently has been running a small business in Panora with his wife.  Managed the Sukup for Governor primary campaign in 2002.  Political director on the Forbes 2000 Iowa caucus campaign.  Legislative liaison for State Auditor Dick Johnson.  Field staffer on Jim Ross Lightfoot's gubernatorial primary campaign in 1998.  Field staffer on Jim Ross Lightfoot's 1996 challenge to Sen. Tom Harkin.  Field staffer on Sen. Phil Gramm's 1996 Iowa caucus campaign.  Started on campaigns working on Pres. George H.W. Bush's 1992 re-election effort in Washington, DC.  B.A. in economics and political science from Boston University.
Deputy Political Director - Operations Dan Romportl
Employed by Republican Party of Wisconsin during 2006 election cycle.  Worked on Congressman Mark Green's gubernatorial campaign and House Speaker John Gard's congressional campaign.  B.S. in business management and political science from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.  From southeastern Wisconsin, now resides in Des Moines, Iowa.
Deputy Political Director - Field Chris Coffman


Field Staff
Alyssa Staley
First paid campaign staff position.  Currently a sophomore at Iowa State University in political science and public service and administration.  A member of ISU Republicans and current Government Co-Chair for ISU Ambassadors.  Page for Speaker of the House Christopher Rants in 2006.  Volunteer for Congressman Jim Nussle's gubernatorial campaign in 2006.   From Charter Oak, Iowa.
Counties: Lyon, Osceola, Dickinson, Sioux, O’Brien, Clay, Plymouth, Cherokee, Buena Vista, Woodbury, Ida, Sac, Monona, Harrison; (and from Tom Erb after he left) Shelby, Audubon, Dallas, Cass, Adair, Madison, Mills, Montgomery, Adams, Union, Clarke, Fremont, Page, Taylor, Ringgold, Decatur.

Gwen Ecklund
(announced as advisor by the exploratory committee on Jan. 17, 2007)  Member and former President of Iowa Federation of Republican Women Board of Directors and Republican National Committee Women’s Steering Committee member.
County: Crawford.

Chris Coffman
SE Iowa.  Counties: Jasper, Poweshiek, Iowa, Johnson, Warren, Guthrie, Marion, Mahaska, Keokuk, Washington, Louisa, Des Moines, Henry, Jefferson, Wapello, Monroe, Lucas, Wayne, Appanoose, Davis, Van Buren, Lee.

Jordan Navara
Current executive director and past chairman of the ISU College Republicans.  Worked on Congressman Tom Latham's re-election in 2006.  Senior in political science at Iowa State with legal emphasis.
Counties: Emmet, Palo Alto, Kossuth, Winnebago, Hancock, Wright, Humboldt, Pocahontas, Calhoun, Webster, Hamilton, Carroll, Greene, Boone.

Marlys Grant
County: Story, Boone, Greene.

Dan Romportl
NE Iowa.  Counties: Worth, Mitchell, Howard, Winneshiek, Allamakee, Cerro Gordo, Floyd, Chickasaw, Fayette, Clayton, Bremer, Butler, Franklin, Dubuque, Delaware, Buchanan, Black Hawk, Grundy, Hardin, Marshall, Tama, Benton, Linn, Jones, Jackson.

Jeanita McNulty
Counties: Cedar, Clinton, Scott, Muscatine.

Joe Grandanette
Counties: Polk, Dallas
Straw Poll Coordinator plus Pott. and Linn counties Danielle Chaplick
Moved to Iowa from Massachusetts where she recently graduated from Northeastern University in Boston with a B.S. in political science.  (Chaplick took a graduate course taught by Thompson, "Global Health and Diplomacy," at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard).
Communications Director Rennick Remley
(start week of Feb. 26, 2007; initially coalitions director/database manager)  Master's in applied politics from Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron, 2006.  Deputy campaign manager on Kevin Nestor's 2006 primary campaign for Congress in Ohio's 4th CD.  Bachelor's in political science from Mount Union College (Alliance, OH), 2004.  From Akron, OH.
Database Manager Aaron Windeknecht
(started May 2007)  Student at the University of Iowa.  From Blue Grass, Iowa.
College Coordinator Bobby Kaufmann
(announced by the exploratory committee on Jan. 17, 2007)  Junior at the University of Iowa.  State chairman of the Iowa College Republicans, Feb. 2006-07.  Clerk for his father, Assistant Minority Leader Jeff Kaufmann, in the Iowa House.  Worked on Bush-Cheney '04 field staff as an absentee walker for the Iowa City area.
Advance for Bus Tour Matthew Beckstein
(started late June 2007)  University of Iowa student.  From Muscatine.

Campus Chairs (announced April 26, 2007)

·         Lauren Engling, Loras College

·         John Anderson, Muscatine Community College

·         Mike Bell, Kirkwood Community College

·         Rachel Scott, University of Iowa

·         Nate Kroeger, St. Ambrose University

·         Matt Horhan, University of Northern Iowa

·         Alyssa Staley, Iowa State University

·         Rich Palmer, William Penn University

·         Jeff Butler, Drake University

·         Dane Nealson, Iowa Wesleyan College

·         Logan Teut, Briar Cliff College

·         Pete Olsen, Morningside College

·         Tianna Mentink, Northwestern College

·         Amanda Mordhorst, Buena Vista University

Super supporters include:
Rick and Sue Ann Brown of Jefferson
Matt Leopold, student in Cedar Rapids, filled an entire bus for the Straw Poll
Tom Hoekstra, Mayor of Richland (Keokuk County)

Field Staffer Tom Erb left the campaign in early June
Counties: Shelby, Audubon, Dallas, Pottawattamie, Cass, Adair, Madison, Mills, Montgomery, Adams, Union, Clarke, Fremont, Page, Taylor, Ringgold, Decatur.
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