On May 12, 2004, the Honorable Elaine Chao, Doro Bush Koch and Liz Cheney announced the Bush-Cheney '04 "W Stands for Women" Leadership Team at a Washington, DC event attended by several hundred women supporters from around the country.  Steering Committee members as announced on May 12:


Bush-Cheney '04 National "W Stands for Women" Leadership Team

Jane Abraham is the owner and president of a strategy consulting firm. She has held several positions in the Republican National Committee, including Director of Political Education, Director of Intra-Party Development, and Deputy Political Director. In 1992, Abraham served as Convention Manager for Vice President Dan Quayle. Abraham is also involved in a number of charitable organizations in both Michigan and Washington, D.C.

Julie Acton is currently a bookkeeper, salesperson and secretary for various companies. Acton is the Treasurer of the Salem County Republican Organization and a member of the Nominating Committee and County Committee and a member of the Pennsville Republican Club. Acton is also a member of the State of New Jersey, Governor's Advisory Council on Volunteerism and Community Service and a New Jersey State Chair for the Bush-Cheney '04 Women's coalition.

Mary Cunningham Agee is the founder and president of an international, charitable organization that provides urgent and comprehensive care for women faced with the crisis of and unplanned pregnancy. Agee's two decade commitment to empowering mothers with life-supporting assistance is enhanced by her additional role on the board of the National Council for Adoption. Twice voted by World Almanac as one of the "25 Most Influential Women in America," Agee and her husband reside in St. Helena, California and have two children.

Judith Albertelli is a Republican activist in Florida and was formerly the Vice-Chairman of the Republican Party of Duval County. Albertelli is also one of the founding members of the Tillie Fowler Excellence in Public Service Series, a political leadership development program for Florida's Republican women. She and her husband George have 3 sons and 3 grandchildren.

Teresa Amend is Owner and Vice Chairman of the Board of a fast-growing professional services firm offering services in consulting, technology, real estate, finance, development, architecture, engineering, construction, and interior design. Amend is hard at work on her first book. She and her husband, John, reside in Dallas, Texas, and have three children

Chris Andrews is currently helping the President by serving as a volunteer with W Stands for Women. Andrews has helped coordinate Republican campaigns in the past and spends most of her free time fundraising for Republican candidates and calling in to talk shows to support the President's agenda. She and her husband live in Alexandria, Virginia and have two teenagers.

Mary Jo Arndt currently serves as a member of the Republican National Committee for Illinois. She serves as a member of the National Board of Directors of Leadership America, a national non-profit leadership organization. She serves as an advisor to the Illinois Republican Nationalities Council.

Denise Austin is a fitness guru and has established a fitness empire, which includes books, magazines, shows, magazines columns, videos and DVD's, as well as her own line of workout equipment, a signature shoe, and body wear. Austin was appointed to serve on a federal commission on physical fitness. She and her husband, Jeff Austin have two daughters.

Sally Austin has a dual degree in nursing and the law and has served as a legal resources to the healthcare industry. Austin has served as in-house counsel and as corporate compliance office as well as a consultant to various healthcare organizations. Currently, Austin serves as Associate General Counsel in a healthcare system and has also assisted in the development of educational curriculums for the paralegal profession.

Evie Axdahl is the Republican National Committeewoman for the State of Minnesota. Prior to this Axdahl was the Secretary for the Republican Party of Minnesota and the Chairman of Minnesota's Fourth District. She has been a delegate to each Republican National Convention between the years 1980 and 1996.

Catherine Todd Bailey is the current Republican National Committeewoman from Kentucky. Bailey founded Operation Open Arms which is a charity dedicated to caring for babies of incarcerated women and currently serves as the organization's President. She and her husband, Irving Bailey II, have four children.

Susan Bari is the president of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the leading advocate for the advancement of women owned businesses. Bari is a member of the Women's Leadership Board of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and serves on advisory councils a women-owned industries firm; the Diversity Council of a financial services firm; the Women's Advisory Council of a major bank and the Board of Directors of the Women Presidents' Organization. She is also publishing a book in June 2004.

Carmen Bermudez is the founder, Chairman and CEO of the nation's first and only minority-woman owned independent trust company, which has been recognized with several awards. Bermudez serves on the Board of Advisors of the U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce, is a member of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council and the New America Alliance based in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Congresswoman Judy Biggert has brought her varied career as a lawyer, community leader and small business owner together to help her represent the 13th District of Illinois in the U.S. House of Representatives. First elected to the 107th Congress, Congresswoman Biggert currently serves on four full committees and seven subcommittees in the House of Representatives where she focuses on education, health and employment issues. She and her husband, Rody, are the parents of four children, and the grandparents of five grandchildren.

Judy Black is the senior legislative consultant for Washington, DC firm. Black is involved in the American Council of Young Political Leaders, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, and the Fund for American Studies.

U.S. Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn represents the 7th Congressional District of Tennessee. She was elected to the 108th Congress espousing a message of low taxes, responsible government, and a strong national defense. Congresswoman Blackburn serves on three committees and one subcommittee, interested in education, employment, and government reform and oversight. Congresswoman Blackburn is married to Chuck Blackburn and they have two children.

Myrna Blythe is the founding editor-in-chief and publishing director of a top woman's magazine, as well as an author and has written many articles and books. Blythe is currently an appointee on women's health issues. She and her husband live in New York City and have two sons.

Lynette Boggs McDonald, sworn into office by Governor Guinn as Clark County Commissioner in 2004 comes to Clark County from the city of Las Vegas, where she was the first woman to lead a City Council ward in the history of that city. A former Miss Oregon who competed in the 1989 Miss America Pageant, Commissioner McDonald has been named: One of Las Vegas' "Top 40 Under 40" by the Las Vegas Business Press and was chosen by the American Council for Young Political Leaders as a delegate to India. She is married to Steven D. McDonald, J.D. and they have an eight-year-old son named Adam.

U.S. Congresswoman Mary Bono was elected to represent the 45th District from the state of California in 1998, in a special election to fill the seat left vacant by her late husband, Sonny Bono. Currently serving her third term in office, she serves on the prestigious Energy and Commerce Committee, and also serves as chair of the Congressional Slaton Sea Task Force and as vice-chair of the Entertainment Task Force and the Travel and Tourism Task Force.

Molly Bordanaro is a principal for a business consulting and public affairs firm and currently serves as chair of the Northwest States for the Bush-Cheney '04 campaign. Bordanaro was recognized in 2001 as one of nine "People of the Year" for her community services and leadership in Portland. She and her husband Matt have a son and a daughter.

Mary Ellen Bork is a free-lance writer and lecturer on issues affecting Catholic life and culture. Bork serves on the Board of Directors of the John Carroll Society, the Institute for Religion and Democracy, and Women Affirming Life. She and her husband, Judge Robert H. Bork, live in McLean, Virginia.

Victoria Braden is president and CEO of an insurance agency that specializes in providing employee benefit solutions to larger businesses. Clients include high tech firms, manufacturing, CPA firms, churches and non-profit organizations, and the construction industry. Among her honors, Braden was selected to the Top Ten Business Women in the United States by the American Business Women's Association, the Who's Who in American Business, and she is a recipient of the 2003 National Leadership Award.

Nancy Becker is the first women in New Jersey to launch her own public affairs firm where she directs all lobbying, public relations and marketing programs. Becker is the founding chair of the Christine Todd Whitman Excellence in Public Service Series, a political leadership-training program for Republican New Jersey women. She has been awarded with an Executive Women of New Jersey with the Policy Makers Award, a tribute to women who are directors of New Jersey corporations or foundations.

Janice Brewer was elected Arizona Secretary of State on November 5, 2002. She serves as acting Governor when the Governor is out of state. Upon taking office, Secretary Brewer made it a priority to identify immediate ways to save taxpayer dollars and address the ongoing state budget deficit. She also took the lead on federal election reform by compiling the Preliminary Help America Vote Act State Plan, making Arizona second in the nation to accomplish this mandate.

Nancy Brinker is the founder of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, today recognized as the nation's leading catalyst in the fight against breast cancer. Brinker was appointed by President Bush in 2001 to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Hungary, a position which she held until July 2003. Brinker has been named one of the 100 Most Important Women of the 20th Century (Ladies Home Journal) and one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in America (Biography Magazine).

Janet Mitchell Bowne is a very active volunteer and is the co-chair of Sustaining Members for the Junior League of Portland, Maine. Bowne has worked on numerous political campaigns in Maine including the following recent campaigns: Collins for(US) Senate, '02 (volunteer), Snowe for (US) Senate, '00 (coalitions director; paid consultant), and Vamvakias for State Senate; '01 and '02. She and her husband reside in Falmouth, Maine with their two children.

U.S. Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite was elected to represent the state of Florida in 2002. She is an active member of the Budget, Financial Services, and Veteran's Affairs Committees where she serves on the Benefits and Health Subcommittees keeping a watchful eye over legislation affecting the health and services we offer our nation's heroes. She also serves as Vice-Chair of the Congressional Women's Caucus.

Columba Bush is married to Governor Jeb Bush of the state of Florida. Mrs. Bush is a spokesperson and member of Informed Families of Florida, a non-profit organization involved in educating families on the perils of drug abuse, as well as, a member of the Governors' Spouses Leadership Forum, an organization that is dedicated to the reduction of youth alcohol abuse. In 2000, Mrs. Bush started the Arts Recognition Program, which honors high school seniors who have demonstrated exemplary talents in the arts, and is also the co-founder of the Children's Cultural Education Fund of the Ballet Folklorico, which raises money for the national dance troupe of Mexico. She and her husband, Jeb, have three children.

Lindsay Bush is the chair of the Missouri Women for Bush Coalition. Bush worked for California Senator Pete Wilson and also worked as a strategic consultant and a leadership training firm. She and her husband, Scott Bush, have two children.

Margaret Bush is married to Marvin Bush, who is the brother of President George W. Bush. She is a local actress who has appeared in many theatrical productions, as well as film and television. She is very involved in community service. Margaret and Marvin reside in Alexandria, Virginia and have two children, Marshall and Walker.

Anna R. Cablik is the founder of a contracting company that specialized in highway bridges and one of the largest Hispanic owned firms in Georgia. Cablik is the past chair of the Atlanta Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, has served on the board of the Latin American Association, Saint Joseph's Mercy Care, Woman Looking Ahead, and the Fulton Atlanta Community Action Authority. Currently she is on the Board of United Way, is co-chair of the Membership Committee at Georgia Chamber of Commerce and Chair of the Fundraising Committee of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

U.S. Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito is currently serving her second term as the Representative of the Second Congressional District of West Virginia. Capito is the only woman and Republican representing West Virginia and serves on three committees of the House dealing with finance, transportation and infrastructure, and small business issues. She is married to Charles L. Capito, Jr. and they have three children.

Suzanne Carcieri is married to Governor Don Carcieri of the state of Rhode Island. Carcieri currently serves on the boards of Dorcas Place literacy center, the Rhode Island Academic Decathlon, the Institute for the Study and Practice of Non-Violence, and the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. Carcieri and her husband are co-founders of the Academy Children's Science Center in East Greenwich and have four children and 13 grandchildren.

Annette Carr is currently the executive assistant and scheduler for Congressman Phil English from Erie, Pennsylvania in his Washington, DC office. Carr is politically active in the Republican party. She and her husband, Bobby, reside in Annapolis, Maryland where they are proud sponsors of Naval Academy Midshipmen.

Kathy Carrier is the president and owner of a company providing strategic direction for clients in curriculum design and creation of customized educational programs and creation of web and computer-based training programs. A member of several Boards and Professional Associations, Carrier also serves in her community as President of the Board of Erin's House for Grieving Children, past President of YWCA and is in her thirteenth year as Girl Scout leader. Her experiences with e-learning have been published and last year received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Betty Jane Carroll is the Bush-Cheney '04 Maryland State Chairman for the Women's coalition and is on the advisory board of the Federal Forum. Carroll currently serves as a leader in a Republican women's political group. She also ran her husband Peter's victorious campaign for Talbot County Council.

Elizabeth L. Cheney is currently a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute focusing on political and economic development and women's empowerment in the Middle East. From 2002-2003, Cheney served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs at the Department of State and prior to joining the State Department, Cheney was an attorney practicing law in the area of international project finance. She and her husband reside in McLean, Virginia and are the parents of three daughters and are expecting a fourth child this summer.

Maria Cino was appointed deputy chairman of the Republican National Committee in June 2003. Cino served as deputy chairman for Political and Congressional Relations during the 2000 election cycle and as the national political director for Bush for President in Austin, Texas. Cino was a public policy and government affairs consultant for a Washington, DC law firm prior to joining the campaign.

Cindy Sue Clark worked extensively on Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle's campaign. Clark is vice-chair/candidate recruitment of the Maui County Republican Party, and serves on its Executive Board. A founder and fundraising chairman for Autism Bridges Maui, Clark had immense input for the six-year strategic plan of this non-profit organization, and she served on the sub committee of Governor Lingle's CARE Reform Board (Citizens Achieving Reform in Education). Clark and her husband reside in Maui.

U.S. Senator Susan M. Collins was elected to represent the state of Maine in the United States Senate in 1996 and was re-elected to her second term in 2002. Senator Collins serves as chairman of the Governmental Affairs Committee, and also serves on three other committees where she is involved with issues on education reform, health care, homeland security and national defense.

Susan Combs was elected in 1998 as Texas Agriculture Commissioner. Combs served two terms in the Texas House of Representatives prior to her election. Combs has received numerous awards for her nutritional advocacy, including the Texas School Health Association's John P. McGovern award and the Texas Division of the American Cancer Society's True Grit Award. Combs and her husband Joe have three sons.

Susanna Connaughton is the commissioner on the Mayor's D.C. Commission on National and Community Service. Connaughton was an account executive for a Chicago advertising agency until 1991. Since then, she has been a full-time mom to two children and is an active volunteer in their schools.

Collen Conway-Welch is dean of the nursing school for a university in Tennessee where she became the school's sixth permanent dean in 1984. Conway-Welch was invited by House Speaker Gingrich to the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare. Conway-Welch is founder and director of the International Nursing Coalition for Mass Casualty Education an international coalition and has received the New York University School of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award in 1999 and the Association of Childbearing Centers Public Advocate Award in 2001.

Cristi Cristich founded a company which manufactures cutting-edge electronic connectors used in smart weapons, space applications and biomedical devices. Cristich is the past president National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) California and was awarded their Pioneer Award in 1999. In 1992, Cristich was named by the U.S. Small Business Administration "Small Business Person of the Year."

Barbara Cubin, a Republican currently serving her fifth term, was first elected in 1994 to represent Wyoming in the United States House of Representatives and was selected by her peers as Republican Conference Secretary, the sixth-ranking Republican leadership position in the House, for the 107th Congress. She served on the Minerals, Business and Economic Development Committee in the Wyoming House and in 1994 was named Wyoming's Legislator of the Year by the Edison Electric Institute. She and her husband, Dr. Frederick Cubin, reside in Casper, Wyoming and they have two sons.

Jo Ann Davidson is the president of a consulting firm performing work in a broad range of services involving public policy development and analysis, strategic planning and political campaigns. Prior to founding her firm, Jo Ann was a member of the State Legislature of Ohio for 20 years, serving as Speaker of the House of Representatives from January 1995 through December 2000. Davidson is the Bush-Cheney '04 Ohio Valley Regional Chair.

U.S. Congresswoman Jo Ann Davis is the first elected female Republican to the United States House of Representatives from Virginia. First elected to Congress in November of 2000, she serves on the House Armed Services, International Relations, and Government Reform Committees; Chairs the Subcommittee on Civil Service; and is vice-chair of the House International Relations Committee's Subcommittee on Europe.

Susan DeLeo has been active in Minnesota politics for over ten years. She has worked on several campaigns from the local level to fundraising facets on National campaigns. She most recently worked as Deputy Campaign Manager on the successful campaign for Congressman John Kline of the Second Congressional District.

Betsy DeVos is the chairman of the Michigan Republican State Committee, and was the state's Republican National Committeewoman from 1992-1997. DeVos was a delegate to the 2000 Republican National Convention from Michigan's Third District and then founded the Great Lakes Education Project in 2001 and served as Chairman prior to her election to her current position. She and her husband, Dick, have four children.

Gwynneth Dieter is a member of a federal council on substance abuse and mental health services, as well as the advisory board for Compass House in Boulder, Colorado. During the 2000 presidential campaign, Dieter served as the campaign coordinator for the Republican headquarters in Jackson County, MO, and was a volunteer for the Bush-Cheney campaign in the Colorado and Michigan primaries. In 2002, Dieter worked on the 96-Hour Task Force for the Allard-Owens Campaign.

Anne Dickerson is a political consultant. Dickerson served as chief of staff to U.S. Ambassador Mercer Reynolds in Bern, Switzerland where she received the Meritorious Honor Award from the State Department for distinguished leadership in the U.S.-Swiss Joint Economic Commission during the 2002 meetings of the WEF on bio-terrorism and then the Foreign Service National Award for her "skill, kindness, and effective management of staff" in 2003. Dickerson and her husband, Larry, reside in Plymouth, Michigan with their children, Brandon and Jacob.

Lurita Doan is the founder, president and CEO of a privately held systems integration company that provides turnkey solutions including design, installation and maintenance of secure surveillance technology. Descended from three generations of African-American entrepreneurs, Doan struck out on her own 13 years ago to found a small IT company. She has received significant recognition for her leadership and business acumen and resides in Great Falls, Virginia.

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole was elected in the state of North Carolina in 2002 and was inducted in to the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1995. Dole has been named by the Gallup Poll as one of the world's most admired women, has received numerous awards for her public service and leadership, including the Women Executives in State Government Lifetime Achievement Award, the League of Women Voters Leadership Award and the Raoul Wallenberg Award for Humanitarian Service. Dole served as President of the American Red Cross from 1991 through 1999, is a former Secretary of Transportation and presidential hopeful, and the wife of former U.S. Senator Bob Dole.

Lt. Governor Mary Donohue was elected in the state of New York in 1998 and re-elected in 2002. Prior to her service as the first female State Supreme Court Justice from Rensselaer County, Donahue was elected as Rensselaer County's first female District Attorney in 1992. Donahue has been appointed by Governor Pataki's as chairs for the Task Force on School Violence, the Task Force on Quality Communities and the Task Force on Small Business.

Patricia Dorwart is national committeewoman to the Republican National Committee from the state of Nebraska. She has held many positions in Republican politics. In 2000, Dorwart served as the chair of the Subcommittee on Family and Youth at the Republican National Convention, and was a member of the Site Selection Committee and the Committee on Arrangements.

Connie K. Duckworth is a founding partner of a New York City financial business and the author of a business advice book for women. Duckworth is a member of the federal council on Afghan women's issues. Founder of a not-for-profit corporation which helps Afghan women improve their lives (and their families lives, too) through business, Duckworth also serves on the Council on Foreign Relations Women's Task Force, and on the Advisory Board of the Business Council for Peace. In 2004, Duckworth was named one of the 2004 Women Leaders for the 21st Century by Women's eNews.

June Duda is actively involved in numerous political and civic activities, and is a dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother. She is co-chair of the Florida Agriculture for Bush-Cheney '04. Duda also served on the Finance Committee for the election of Governor Jeb Bush in 1998 and 2002.

U.S. Congresswoman Jennifer Dunn was elected to represent the 8th Congressional District of the state of Washington in 1992. She serves on the Ways and Means Committee, where she is considered an expert on tax relief, and on the Subcommittee on Trade and Health, where she is recognized for her leadership on tax, trade, and technology issues. In addition, she is the only woman to serve on the Joint Economic Committee. A native of Bellevue, Washington, she is the mother of two sons.

Gwen Ecklund, of Denison, Iowa. Active in grassroots politics for twenty years, Ecklund has served in numerous rolls, including having served as president of the Iowa Federation of Republican Women, Western Iowa Director for the Legislative Majority Fund and Organization Director for Tom Latham for Congress. She is currently the executive director for a performing arts non-profit foundation.

U.S. Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson is the first republican woman to represent Missouri in Congress, where she is a leading advocate for farm families and the promotion of America's agriculture, hunger relief, pro-life issues, and access to safe, affordable prescription drugs. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, Emerson sits on the Agricultural, Homeland Security, and Energy and Water Development Subcommittees.

Kendel Erlich is married to Governor Robert Erlich of the State of Maryland. Erlich has worked as a felony trial lawyer and a prosecutor in district and juvenile courts. She sits on several boards and is an avid fundraiser for various causes in Maryland. She and her husband reside in Annapolis and have two children.

Rae Evans is the president and CEO of a D.C. firm specializing in Washington public policy and corporate strategies. Evans is a past president of the Business Government Relations Council, a business group of senior government affairs representatives of Fortune 500 companies. Evans is a member of the board of directors of the Ladies Professional Golf Association.

Sara Evans is a country singer with triple platinum CD and has sung at 2 campaign rallies for President Bush. Evans was the most nominated artist at the 2001 Country Music Association Awards, and took home her first such trophy when "Born to Fly" won Video of the Year. She and her husband, Craig Schelske, have a son and a daughter and split time between Oregon and Nashville, Tennessee.

Elizabeth Marie Fago is chairman and founder of a healthcare company that includes 73 skilled nursing and assisted living facilities in Tennessee, Maryland, Kentucky, Florida, West Virginia, and North and South Carolina. Fago is a Commissioner to the Health Care District of Palm Beach County, FL, as well as a member of the Tennessee and Maryland Healthcare Associations. In 2002 Fago attended the Helsinki Business Leaders' Summit at the request of President Bush. Fago is a Women of Tomorrow High School Mentor in Palm Beach, FL.

Lt. Governor Mary Fallin has been making history in Oklahoma since 1994 when she was elected the state's first women and first republican Lieutenant Governor. Lieutenant Governor Fallin serves on 10 boards and commissions that impact the quality of life and business in Oklahoma, working tirelessly to promote economic growth and opportunities for Oklahomans. She also has taken a special interest in advancing the issues of women business owners.

Julie Finley is chairman of the board of directors of the Project on Transitional Democracies and also a founding member of the U.S. Committee on NATO. Finley was the District of Columbia Republican Party Chairman from 1992 to 2000. Finley is presently the Republican National Committeewoman for the District of Columbia. Finley has worked for NBC, ABC News and the Washington Post.

Alice Fisher is a partner in the litigation department of a Washington, D.C. law firm. Fisher joined the firm in 1996 after her service as Deputy Special Council to the U.S. Senate Special Committee to Investigate Whitewater Development and Related Matters. Fisher served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division in the U.S. Department of Justice from 2001-2003.

Glenna Fletcher is married to Governor Ernie Fletcher of the state of Kentucky. Fletcher is a registered nurse, which was a catalyst to her passion for healthcare for children. Fletcher will also serve as an advocate for "Read to Achieve," a program that will ensure all elementary school students are reading proficiently by the third grade. She and her husband have two children and four grandchildren.

Mindy Tucker Fletcher is senior vice president of public affairs for a public relations firm. Fletcher was the press secretary for the Bush-Cheney 2000 effort and then became the senior spokesperson for the Florida recount effort. Fletcher is still an advisor to the Bush-Cheney '04 campaign and appears regularly on national television shows as a Republican commentator while also serving on the Board of the Marian Bergeson Series for Excellence in Public Service, a leadership training program for women in public service, and is active in the California Women's Leadership Association.

Kathleen Fortunato is the executive director of the Ohio County Medical Society, president of the YWCA of Wheeling Board of Directors, chairman of the City of Wheeling Riverfront Commission and a member of the board of directors of the Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce. She is past president of the West Virginia State Medical Association Alliance, and was named Alliance Member of the Year in 2003. She and her husband, Dr. Michael Fortunato, reside in Wheeling and are the parents of four children.

U.S. Congresswoman Tillie Fowler joined as a partner a Washington, D.C. law firm after a distinguished 8-year tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives. Fowler was also chairman of Secretary Rumsfeld's Defense Policy Board Advisory Committee and on the Chief of Navel Operations' Executive Panel. She received the highest civilian awards given by the Navy and Department of Defense, the Navy's Distinguished Public Service Award and the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service.

Barbara Hackman Franklin served as the 29th U.S. Secretary of Commerce and was the highest-ranking woman in the Administration of President George H.W. Bush. Franklin is also vice-chair of both the US-China Business Council and the Atlantic Council, and a member of numerous other international organizations, including the Council of Foreign Relations, the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars Advisory Council and the Japan Society. Fletcher was a staff assistant to President Nixon, where she created the first White House effort to recruit women for high-level government jobs.

Cindy Furlong is a former public delegate to the United Nations. An active participant in South Carolina Republican politics, Furlong is a member of several state Republican organizations and has twice been selected to serve in the Electoral College from South Carolina. Currently, she is the chairman of the South Carolina Winning Women Excellence in Public Service Series, and is a participant of numerous community and church activities.

Lisa Gable is chairman of the board, Pacific Research Institute and was co-founder and principal of a brand management firm. Gable has served in several government entities, including the White House, Department of Defense, Department of Education; Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services has served on many Advisory Boards. A published writer in areas of security research and the global economy, Gable and her husband, Jim, reside in Virginia.

Gay Hart Gaines is president, board member, and trustee of the Palm Beach Republicans Club. Previously, she served as chair of both GOPAC and the National Review Institute. She was a freelance writer of medical articles for Vogue Magazine, and is a board member of numerous organizations, including the the Heritage Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute, and the Madison Council of the Library of Congress.

U.S. Congresswoman Kay Granger was elected in 1996 to represent the 12th District of the state of Texas in the U.S. Congress where she was the first Republican woman to represent Texas. Currently, she is a Deputy Majority Whip and serves on the House Appropriations Committee and three of its subcommittees, as well as the new Select Committee on Homeland Security. A life-long resident of Forth Worth, she is the mother of three grown children and grandmother of two grandsons.

Linda Graves is the director of a Kansas based mutual fund company and a Capital Campaign Chair, from November 1998 to May 2000, of a $2.2 million private fund raising effort restoring the Kansas Governor's residence. As First Lady of Kansas, Graves was the Co-Chair of the Governor's Task Force on Childhood Hunger, a Honorary Chair of the Kansas Breast and Cervical Cancer Initiative, a Chairman of Operation Immunize. She and her husband, Bill, have one daughter.

Dema Guinn is married to Governor Kenny Guinn of the state of Nevada and was named one of the Las Vegas Review-Journal's Women of the Year. She sponsors an annual First Lady's Conference on Women's health Issues and is also greatly involved in Habitat for Humanity and Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free.She and her husband reside in Las Vegas, have two sons and six grandchildren.

Erika Harold, a resident of Urbana, Illinois, was Miss America 2003. Harold's platform is to prevent youth violence and she is a national spokesperson for Fight Crime: Invest in Kids. She is also one of the youngest declared delegates to the Republican National Convention from the state of Illinois.

U.S. Congresswoman Katherine Harris was sworn in on January 7, 2003 as the United States Representative for the 13th District in Florida. Elected upon a platform of restoring economic security, bolstering retirement security, and strengthening national security, Harris is working on these issues through her key appointments to the Financial Services Committee and the House International Committee.

U.S. Congresswoman Melissa Hart was first elected to Congress in 2000 to represent the previously Democratic Fourth District of Pennsylvania. She is the first Republican to represent the district in more than two decades, and the first Republican woman ever to represent Pennsylvania in either house of Congress. She served on the Speaker's Prescription Drug Task Force, and currently serves on the Financial Services, Judiciary, and Science Committees.

Susan "Dee" Haslam is the CEO and Executive Producer of a media company. As a member of several civic and professional associations, Haslam has been honored for her work with a 2002 Emmy nomination for "Outstanding Special Class Series," five Telly Awards for Documentary and Series Production in 2001, the 1998 YWCA Tribute to Women Community Service Award for service in her home state of Tennessee. Haslam and her husband, Jimmy, reside in Knoxville, TN with their three children.

Laura Herring is a psychologist and has spent nearly two decades developing programs that pro-actively address corporate America's transition related issues. Herring is president and founder of a career/life transition assistance firm providing comprehensive services which is used by 100 companies from the Fortune 500. She is a founding member of the St. Louis Economic Development Council, and the St. Louis Regional Talent Project.

Neva Hill is currently publisher of a weekly political newsletter in its 24th year of publication and runs her own general political consulting company. She is also a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, a member of Daughters of the American Revolution and is the Precinct Chairman in Cleveland County for the Oklahoma Republican Party. She and her husband, Harry, reside in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Claire Holloway is the founder and president of an Atlanta-based consulting firm specializing in campaign finance strategy and fundraising event management for organizations, individual candidates and non-profit groups. Holloway's expertise is in leading organizations and individuals to conceptualize, plan and direct successful fundraising campaigns and events.

Janet Huckabee is married to Governor Mike Huckabee of the state of Arkansas. Huckabee currently serves as a member of the Habitat for Humanity International Board and the Women's Build steering committee. Huckabee also serves on the Central Arkansas Chapter of the American Red Cross, where she is a lifetime member. She and her husband have three children.

Randa Fahmy Hudome is the president of a strategic consulting firm. Formerly as associate deputy secretary at the Department of Energy, Hudome analyzed energy policy and its impact on foreign policy, national security, and trade promotion and investment; she helped develop an integrated energy strategy for Canada, Mexico and the U.S. As foreign policy counselor to former U.S. Senator Spencer Abraham, she is credited with shaping many pieces of legislation affecting U.S. interests abroad. Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich recently appointed Hudome to the Maryland Commission for Women, serving a four year term as the chairperson.

Karen Hughes has worked for George W. Bush since 1994, when he was elected governor of Texas. Hughes has been President Bush's director of communications, chief spokeswoman and is a former Executive Director of the Republican Party of Texas and a former television news reporter for KXAS-TV, the NBC affiliate in Dallas/Fort Worth. Hughes continues to advise Bush from Austin, where she resides with her husband and son.

Marilyn Huston is a past president of the Keene Republican Committee, president of the Cheshire Republican Women's Club was awarded the Norris Cotton award for outstanding Republican from Cheshire County. Huston is a member of the Ashuelot Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a volunteer with the St. Vincent de Paul Society food pantry. She has resided in New Hampshire for 14 years.

U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison was elected in 1993 as the first woman to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate. Re-elected to her second full term with the largest number of votes ever garnered in the state in 2000, she was elected vice-chairman of the Senate Republican Conference. She serves as chairman of the Military Construction Subcommittee, chairman of the Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Subcommittee, a member of the Defense Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and as a member of the Veterans' Affairs Committee.

Lysa Israel is one of the most sought after professionals in her field as a creative and dedicated consultant. During her career, Israel has designed and managed events ranging from seated gala dinners for 4,000 to intimate gatherings for Fortune 500 executives to multi-day conferences geared toward providing full day programming for international participants and organized activities for their families. Israel and her husband live in New Jersey with their two children.

Kay Ivey was elected the 38th treasurer of the state of Alabama in 2002. Ivey served as Assistant Director of the Alabama Development Office, Reading Clerk of the Alabama House of Representatives, and the Director of Government Relations and Communications for the Alabama Commission on Higher Education. Ivey is a member of the Montgomery Rotary Club, the Business Council of Alabama, the Economic Developers Association, the Alabama Forestry Association, and she serves on the national speaker's staff of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Lolita Jackson is president of the Metropolitan Republican Club, the oldest and largest Republican club in Manhattan. She is an Alternate Delegate to the 2004 Republican National Convention, a member of the New York Republican State Committee and District Leader of the 73rd NY Assembly District. In business, Jackson also spent 12 years marketing mutual funds.

Marcia Jackson is an independent consultant with a trade, investment and finance firm, in the sectors of agribusiness and infrastructure. She is married to the Honorable Alphonso Jackson.

Lynn Jenkins, a certified CPA, was elected treasurer to the state of Kansas in November of 2002. She entered this post after serving two years in the Kansas House of Representatives, and is currently responsible for the functions of several key departments including Bond Services, Cash Management, Unclaimed Property, Agricultural Production Loan Deposit Program, and The Learning Quest College Savings Program which has assets of nearly $325 million.

Toni Jennings is the first woman to hold the office of Lieutenant Governor of Florida. She is co-chair of the Governor's Task Force on Access to Affordable Health Insurance, and she Chaired the Universal Pre-Kindergarten Education Advisory Council. The Lt. Governor also takes time to mentor elementary school children every Wednesday morning.

Mary Jean Jenson has served as the South Dakota Republican National Committeewoman since 1996. Jenson is a past president of the South Dakota Federation of Republican Women, a member of the SD Republican Executive Board, and a Perkins County Precinct Chairman. A past-president of the Lemmon (SD) Chamber of Commerce, Jenson serves on the Lemon Area Foundation Board.

Brenda La Grange Johnson is an active member of the American Cancer Society, where she is a member of the Board of Directors. Johnson has also served as a supervisor and teacher for the Operation Head Start Program at Public School 309 in Brooklyn, New York, as well as an elementary school teacher at Public School 75 in Brooklyn. In 1984, Johnson was selected chairman of the Duke University Class of '61 Annual Fund Drive, which is a position she continues to hold today.

Mary Kate Johnson served as the Deputy Finance Director of Bush - Cheney 2000, and then later as Finance Director for the 2001 Presidential Inaugural Committee. Johnson also served as Deputy Director of the Team 100 program within the Republican National Committee. Prior to the campaign, Johnson held the offices of Finance Director of the Massachusetts Republican Party and Northeast Finance Representative to the RNC in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Congresswoman Nancy Johnson was first elected in 1982 to represent Connecticut's Sixth Congressional District, and was overwhelmingly re-elected in 2002 to her eleventh term. She is the fourth ranking Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, and was the first Republican woman named to the House Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over the tax code, trade policy, Medicare, Social Security, and welfare law. Additionally, she serves as Chairwoman of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee.

Wendy Jones is one of the founders and chair of the Vesta Roy Excellence in Public Service Series, a prestigious national program whose mission is to increase the number of Republican women elected or appointed to government positions at the local, state and national levels. Jones is on Bush-Cheney 04 Steering Committee for New Hampshire and co-chair for Strafford County Steering Committee. She lives in Durham with her husband, Turner, son, Christopher, daughter, Ivey, and looks forward to visits from her grandson, John Turner.

U.S. Congresswoman Sue Kelly is serving in her fifth term representing the 19th Congressional District of New York. She is chairman of the House Financial Services Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee where she has been an active proponent for corporate reform and supported efforts to disrupt terrorist financing activities. Additionally, she serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in a senior position. She and her husband, Edward, reside in Katonah, N.Y. and have four children and eight grandchildren.

Karen Kerrigan founded a nonprofit, small business advocacy group in 1994 and now serves as the group's chairman. Kerrrigan also founded in September 2002 a nonprofit business association that helps women business owners succeed through education, networking and advocacy. Kerrigan was named to the Power 30 list of key advocates in Washington, in September 2000 by Fortune Small Business and in 1995, National Journal named Kerrigan to its short list of "K Street" activists less than 40 years of age most likely to have an impact on Capitol Hill. She is a native of New York and currently resides in Oakton, Virginia.

Bobbie Kilberg was named president of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) in September 1998. As president, Kilberg leads and manages the largest technology council in the nation with about 1,300 member companies employing 170,000 people. In addition, she has served U.S. Presidents in a variety of roles she was named a White House Fellow in 1969 and served first on the staff of the Domestic Policy council in the Nixon White House and then as Staff Assistant to the President; she was the Associate Counsel to the President in 1975 and 1976 for President Ford; and she was the Deputy Assistant to the President for Public Liaison from 1989 to 1992 for President Bush.

Rita Kirk is the campaign manager for the Bergen County Republican Organization County Ticket and the Bush-Cheney '04 NJ State Chair for the women's coalition. Kirk is an alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention for the State of New Jersey in 2004. Kirk is also very active in her community in many positions, including coach of the Ramsey Hockey Association.

Beverly Kitaoka is a senior vice president with an employee-owned, diversified high technology, Fortune 500 corporation. Kitaoka was appointed by Florida's Governor Jeb Bush to leadership positions at IT Florida, which promotes growth of technology-based business in the state and the Emerging Technologies Commission, which allocated funds to the state's universities for the establishment of Centers of Excellence.

Kelly Knight currently serves on the the University of Kentucky Children's Hospital Board and Chaired the Healthcare division of the United Way for the Bluegrass Division 2003 campaign. She and her husband, Judson, reside in Lexington, Kentucky with their two daughters.

Doro Bush Koch is the daughter of former President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush, and the sister of President George W. Bush. Koch will attend the Republican National Convention as a delegate from the state of Maryland. Koch is the founder of the Maryland Initiative of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and chaired the first-ever Maryland Celebration of Reading this year. Koch serves on the Board of the National Rehabilitation Hospital, the Washington Golf Charities Board, and the St. Francis Episcopal Day School Board. She and her husband, Bobby Koch, have four children.

Patricia Reilly Koch is the founder and president of a Maryland based firm that operates specialty retail foodservice concepts and restaurants in major metropolitan transportation hubs in the mid-Atlantic region. Reilly Koch worked and traveled extensively on the Bush-Cheney 2000 campaign and is currently serving on the 2004 re-election campaign, traveling with the President's sister, Doro Bush Koch, to coordinate appearances at state and local events. She and her husband, Daniel Koch, have four children and reside in Potomac, Maryland.

Jane Lane works part time in a Kansas law firm and is a constituent services representatives for U.S. Congressman Charles F. Bass. Lane has been the president of the New Hampshire Federation of Republican Women and has served on the board of directors for the National Federation of Republican Women. Lane is also on the board of directors of the Keene Rotary Club and is active in the Cheshire Unit Board of the American Cancer Society.

Terri Lynn Land was elected secretary of state in November 2002 in the state of Michigan. Land's position as state co-chair for the Bush-Cheney 04 campaign has given her an opportunity to use her characteristic energy and enthusiasm to reach out to new supporters and motivate longtime activists. A longtime Republican activist, Land has served as Precinct Delegate, County Party Executive Director, County Chair, State Committeewoman and District Chair. She married Dan Hibma in 1983, and the couple has two children together, Jessica and Nicholas.

Lauren Lebovitz and her husband, Michael, are from Chattanooga, Tennessee and have three young children.Lebovitz is involved with theJewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga, where she has been a member of the board for the past 5 years. Her main interest is children's healthcare and she has also workedand served on the boardsof the Hunter Museum and Chattanooga Cares,a local AIDS organization.

Mara Letica is a key executive in the packing industry. Along with her major commitment to her business and family, Letica, along with her father, organized a lawyers group throughout the United States to supervise elections in Croatia in 1990 and worked diligently to ensure a peaceful and successful transition for Croatia from a communist country to a free market democracy. In recognition of her tremendous work, former President Bush nominated her as Ambassador to Croatia in 1992.

Linda Lingle is the sixth elected Governor of Hawaii, the first woman to be elected to lead the state, and the first Republican governor since 1962. Through her close ties with the National Governors Association, Governor Lingle is helping Hawaii gain greater prominence on the national and international scenes, which includes working with the federal government to elevate Hawaii's role in promoting peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region. She resides in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Tami Longaberger is president and CEO of a family-owned national direct-selling company that is recognized as one of the 500 largest privately held companies in the U.S. by Forbes Magazine and 18th largest woman-owned company in the U.S. by Working Woman Magazine. Longaberger was appointed by then Ohio Governor, currently U.S. Senator George Voinovich, to a nine-year term on the Ohio State University Board of Trustees Glenn Institute for Public Service and Public Policy and she was inducted into the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame in 1995. She and her family reside in Zanesville, Ohio.

Cynthia Lummis was elected Wyoming state treasurer in 1998. Prior to this, she served a total of fourteen years in the Wyoming House and Senate concentrating on natural resource and taxation issues. She was recently elected chairman of the Western State Treasurer's Association.

Anne Lynch is a vice-chairman of the Bush-Cheney '04 re-election campaign continuing her work in politics having served last year as executive director of the Arizona Republican Party. Prior to this appointment, Lynch was special assistant to Governor Jane Dee Hull overseeing board and commission appointments, constituent services and the State Employees Charitable Campaign (SECC). She and her husband, Bob, have three daughters.

Debra Lyons is owner of a consulting firm, specializing in technical training, communications, public relations and project management. Previously a design engineer she holds a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and a masters in mechanical engineering. Lyons also serves as president and founder a community service organization encouraging parent involvement and participation in the education of children and youth. Married to Dr. Tony Lyons, they are proud parents of four children, Michael, Christine, Stephanie and John.

Adair Margo founded an art gallery that exhibits contemporary art from the United States and Mexico as well as historic Texas art. Margo is an honorary member of the US-Mexico Fund for Culture and chairs EXHIBITS USA, a national subsidiary of Mid-America Arts Alliance, headquartered in Kansas City. Margo is the founding President of the FEMAP Foundation (Mexican Federation of Private Health and Economic Development Associations), which helps deliver child and maternal healthcare services for Arranque Parejo en la Vida (An Even Start in Life). She and her husband, Dee Margo, have two sons.

Rosario Marin is a former treasurer of the United States; the first foreign-born citizen to hold this position. Prior to becoming treasurer, Marin served as mayor and councilwoman of the city of Huntington Park, California. She also worked as public relations manager for the Hispanic Market of Southern California for AT&T. She has also served as deputy director of the Governor's Office of Community Relations in Los Angeles, assistant deputy director of the California State Department of Social Services, chair of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities, and chief of legislative affairs for the Department of Developmental Services.

Judy Martz was elected as Montana's first female governor on November 7, 2000. Four years earlier, she was elected as the state's first female lieutenant governor. Governor Martz program for Montana includes creating and retaining good paying job opportunities for all Montanans, state tax reform, and improving the education funding for Montana's public schools. During her tenure, the first major tax reform in three decades was passed, and the Office of Economic Opportunity was created to promote Montana business.

Mary Matalin served as assistant to President George W. Bush and counselor to Vice President Dick Cheney, and was the first White House official to hold that double title. Matalin was chief of staff for the Republican National Committee during the first Bush's term and was named Deputy Campaign Manager for his re-election bid in 1992. Matalin is a Republican strategist and a political commentator. Matalin previously hosted CNN's Crossfire and was a founding co-host of CNBC's "Equal Time." She and her husband, James Carville, have two daughters.

Martha Stobaugh McCaskill is an executive broker and relocation director. Recently, she became president-elect of the Little Rock Realtors Association and a founding partner of Women Impacting Public Policy. McCaskill is a member of numerous organizations, and is a Director of the Board of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce.

Susan Rasinski McCaw is president of an investment company and a member of Stanford University's Board of Trustees, and currently serves as Co-Chair of Stanford's Campaign for Undergraduate Education. McCaw is currently serving as Finance Co-Chair for Bush-Cheney '04 in Washington State. She and her husband, Craig McCaw, have three children.

Bonnie McElveen-Hunter is the CEO of the largest private custom publishing company in the U.S, and the former U.S. Ambassador to Finland (2001-2003). McElveen-Hunter served as finance chairman for Elizabeth Dole's campaign. McElveen-Hunter has served as a member of the International Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity, and a board member of Habitat's First Ladies Build. She and her husband, Byrum Merritt Hunter, have a 20 year-old son.

Colleen McHugh represents management in a full range of labor and employment matters, including counseling and advising corporate managers, formulating preventive strategies, drafting policies and procedures, preparing employment agreements, negotiating agreements and settlements, and representing employers in administrative proceedings and in court. McHugh is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and in 2003, she earned the distinction of Texas Super Lawyer in labor and employment law.

Jo McKenzie currently works as the Senior Aide in the Office of the Governor in Connecticut. She has been a leader in the service industry as well as in the political arena. Before working in the Office of the Governor, she was Deputy Sergeant at Arms for the 1992 Republican National Convention and served as the Sergeant at Arms for the 1996 Republican National Convention, all while managing her own business.

Arlene Mitchell resides in Mobile, Alabama and is the honorary campaign chair for Mobile's Ronald McDonald House. Mitchell currently serves on the boards of the Community Foundation of South Alabama, the Mobile Preschool for the Sensory Impaired, Senior Citizens Services of Mobile, and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Mobile.

Cleta Mitchell is a Washington DC attorney with more than 20 years experience in law, politics and public policy. She was a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1976-1984, and she was a candidate for lieutenant governor there in 1986. Mitchell is a frequent guest commentator on election law and politics on TV, and has written a number of articles for newspapers nationwide.

Suzie Mitchell is president and CFO of a major research and communications firm. She has extensive experience in public relations, strategic planning, governmental affairs and communications management. She is also a nationally recognized fundraiser for major donor programs. Mitchell resides in Michigan with her husband, Steve.

U.S. Congresswoman Susan Molinari was a member of Congress from 1990-1997 and was elected by her colleagues to the eight person Republican Majority Leadership. Molinari was the keynote speaker at the 1996 Republican National Convention. Molinari left Congress to co-anchor CBS News "Saturday Morning" and is currently a regular contributor to CNBC's "Capital Report." She and her husband, former New York Congressman Bill Paxon, have two daughters.

Betty Montgomery is the first woman to serve as the auditor of the state of Ohio. A lifelong public servant, Montgomery began her career as a criminal prosecutor. Following that, she was elected to her first public office as a member of the Ohio Senate. Montgomery later made history as the first woman to serve as attorney general in Ohio.

Velma Montoya is a Ph.D. in economics at UCLA. Among her many roles and honors, Montoya is a member of the University of California Board of Regents and the U.S. Senate Republican Task Force on Hispanic Affairs Advisory Committee. She serves as president of the National Council of Hispanic Women, commissioner of a federal review commission, and as an expert economist for the federal government.

Alma Morales is the president and CEO of a national Latina organization. Morales, in her role as national chairwoman of the American GI Forum, has served as vice-chair of the Hispanic Education Foundation, board secretary of National SER, Jobs for Progress, and board member of the National Veterans Outreach Program. She has two children and two grandchildren.

Jessie Morton is the immediate past president of the Louisiana Federation of Republican Women. Currently, Morton is chair of POWER PAC (Political Organization of Women to Elect Republicans-Louisiana), and chair of CHANGE LOUSIANA, a dynamic switch program to make the Republican party the majority political party in the state. Morton is married, has two grown children and five grandchildren

Georgette Mosbacher launched and manages a venture capital and marketing firm specializing in business turnarounds and is the CEO of a prestigious beauty company. Mosbacher is the Republican National Committeewoman for the state of New York. Mosbacher was also a delegate from New York for both the 1996 and 2000 Republican National Conventions.

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, the first Alaskan-born Senator to serve the state, has worked on state issues all her life with a special interest in natural resources, economic development, education and health care. She is currently a Deputy Whip to the Republican leadership, and was elected to three terms in the Alaska State House of Representatives prior to joining the Senate in December 2002. The Senator is married to Verne Martell, an Anchorage small business owner, and they have two sons.

Nancy Gore Murkowski is married to Governor Frank Murkowski of the state of Alaska. Murkowski helped found the Breast Cancer Detection Center of Alaska in Fairbanks and won the sixth annual Action for Cancer Awareness from the Cancer Research Foundation of America for her efforts. She and her husband reside in Juneau, have six grown children and twelve grandchildren.

Marilyn Musgrave was elected to represent Colorado's Fourth Congressional District in the United States Congress in November of 2002. Serving in her first term, she sits on the House Committees on Agriculture, Small Business, and the Committee on Education and the Workforce.

U.S. Congresswoman Sue Myrick was first elected to Congress in 1995, representing North Carolina's 9th district, after building a successful advertising and public relations business, and serving two terms as Mayor of Charlotte, the state's largest city and commercial hub. She serves on the Rules Committee, the Republican Study Committee, the Speaker's Task Force for a Drug-Free America, and, as a breast cancer survivor, co-chairs the House Cancer Caucus.

Terry Neese is president of WIPP: Women Impacting Public Policy, a national bi-partisan public policy organization advocating for women in business and was recognized in the September 2000 issue of Fortune Magazine as one of the Power 30--the most influential small businesspersons in Washington, D.C. Neese also runs a corporate and government public policy strategies firm with rapid response surveying capabilities.

Connie Nicholas was elected national committeewoman in North Dakota in August of 1992. In addition to the many other committees she serves on, Connie is also a farm owner and substitute teacher. She has a long history of serving the Republican Party in various capacities and was the Coordinator for District #10 and #15 Legislative campaigns from 1974-1994.

U.S. Congresswoman Anne Northup was elected to represent the third congressional district of Kentucky in 1996 and won re-election in 2002. Northup currently serves on the Appropriations Committee, where she sits on the Labor, HHS, Education, Transportation and Treasury subcommittees. Northup is the co-chair of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption and has been integral part of legislation that promotes adoption. She and her husband, Robert Northup, have six children.

Karen Nussle is a legislative strategist, providing strategic counsel on legislative and communications initiatives for many clients. She has 10 years of lobbying and Capitol Hill experience where she worked for Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich developing and implementing legislative and communication strategies for the Republican leadership and the Speaker.

Christine Toretti Olson of Pennsylvania is the chairman and CEO of the largest privately held land-based drilling company in the United States. She also serves on various boards and non-profit boards around the nation. Her leadership is so respected that Governor Ridge appointed her to Pennsylvania's State System of Higher education and subsequently adopted a plan she crafted to fund investments in higher education. Governor Mark Schweiker appointed her as his representative on the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission.

Frances Owens is married to Governor Bill Owens of the state of Colorado. Owens serves as honorary chair for the Early Childhood Intervention Awareness Day and she received the Humanitarian Award from the Republican Women Leadership Forum in recognition of her civic involvement. Owens has also been active in supporting Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the Colorado Historical Society. She and her husband have three children.

Libby Pataki is married to Governor George Pataki of the state of New York. Pataki has been an advocate of increased public awareness of breast cancer and has been active in American Cancer Society, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Fashion Targets Breast Cancer, 1 in 9, and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Pataki hosted the first official Prayer Breakfast in Albany after learning that New York was the last state to adopt this tradition. She and her husband have four children.

Kathy Pearson is a small business owner of an employment recruiting firm. She is involved at the local, state and national level with Republican Women. She is on the board of the Women's Business Center of Iowa, an organization that helps women start businesses, and is also the chair of a non-profit organization, Equipping Youth, that focuses on character building, mentoring and prevention programs for at risk youth. She also serves on the Goodwill Business Advisory Council and on the advisory board for Kirkwood Community College.

Dreama J. Perdue is involved at the county, state and national level with Republican women. She is on the executive committee for the Friends of the Lewis House, she is president of the Women's Federated League in Fayette County and she is very involved in amateur golf in West Virginia. She is married to Ernie Perdue and they have one son and two grandchildren.

Mary Perdue, first lady of Georgia, is married to Governor Sonny Perdue. They have four children and three grandchildren. Having been a speech therapist to children at every grade level, she has made Georgia's education a priority by advocating local control and increased parental involvement in the education process. She also launched Our Children Campaign to encourage more individuals, corporations and faith community organizations to take an active role in addressing the human needs of their local communities.

Anita Perry is married to Governor Rick Perry of the state of Texas. Perry continues to pursue her dedication to improving the health of Texans and often draws from her own nursing experiences when promoting health care issues, and actively encourages young Texans to consider careers in nursing. Perry serves as an advocate on a variety of issues including family violence prevention, Alzheimer's disease education and breast cancer awareness. Perry has also been actively committed to opening new doors of opportunity to women and she frequently addresses women's groups around the state and, along with Governor Perry, helped develop and host the Texas Conference for Women for the past three years. She and her husband have two children.

Anne Neal Petri is president of a non-profit organization dedicated to academic freedom and excellence in higher education. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and graduated from Harvard Law School in 1980. She has served as general counsel of the National Endowment for the Humanities and as a First Amendment and communications lawyer with two private law firms.

Jeanne Johnson Phillips is the chairman and CEO of an international consulting firm with offices in Dallas, TX and Washington, DC. Phillips was also a senior advisor for the George W. Bush Presidential Exploratory Committee and 2000 Presidential Campaign, then the deputy chairman for the Victory 2000 Committee.

Annie Presley is the currently vice-chair of Missouri's Bush Cheney 04 re-election team and was the National Deputy Finance Director for the 2000 campaign. Presley is the principal of a public affairs company with offices in Washington, D.C. and Kansas City and she sits on not-for-profit boards in New York City, Los Angeles, and Kansas City. She serves on a federal council on small business issues.

U.S. Congresswoman Deborah Pryce was elected to serve the 15th District of Ohio in the U.S. Congress in 1992. She serves as chairman of the House Republican Conference, making her the highest-ranking Republican to ever serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. Pryce also serves on the key House Rules Committee and as Deputy Majority Whip where she has gained the reputation as a consensus builder. A long-time advocate for adoption, she currently serves on several committees dealing with this issue. Pryce lives in Upper Arlington, Ohio with her daughter, Mia.

Theresa Racicot is the former first lady of Montana. She is married to Marc Racicot, the chairman of Bush-Cheney 04. They have five children.

Sandra Schlicker Renfro is the executive officer of a premier scientific society for clinical nutritionists in medicine and the health sciences. From 1995 to 2002, she was a senior program officer at the Food and Nutrition Board, a unit of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. Before joining this board, Schlicker Renfro was vice-president of a Washington D.C. based consulting/research firm focused on public policy issues.

Gaby Reynolds is married to Ambassador Mercer Reynolds and is the mother of five children. She has been actively involved in community service with a specialty of working in the inner city and education issues. She has served on various boards involved in education.

Sandie Ridings is a successful entrepreneur and within four years of business ownership, she was awarded the prestigious Rising Star Award from the Charlotte Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners. Ridings was also appointed by the Charlotte City Council to the City of Charlotte's Business Advisory Committee. She is the 2004- 2005 President Elect for National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Charlotte Board of Directors and is a current member of WIPP - Women Impacting Public Policy.

Ann Romney is married to Governor Mitt Romney of the state of Massachusetts. Romney was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998, was awarded the Multiple Sclerosis Society Annual Hope Award, and is dedicated to helping raise awareness of the disease. Romney has been a long supporter and leader in the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and also is the co-chair of the Faith in Action Committee. Romney is also active in the Children's Trust Fund, the Boston Ten Point Coalition, the American Red Cross, and the Perkins School for the Blind. She and her husband have five sons and six grandchildren.

Assemblywoman Sharon Runner (R-Lancaster) established a public relations and marketing company organized and directed the California Bush for President Campaign, serving as a Regional Co-chair for the counties of Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara. Runner's hard efforts earned her recognition by Senator Bob Dole and President George W. Bush who both appointed her as a delegate to the 1996 and 2000 Republican National Conventions. She and her husband former Assembly member, George Runner, who represented the old 36th District, reside in Sacramento and they have two children.

U.S. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is the first Hispanic woman elected to the United States Congress. She serves the 8th Congressional district in Florida. Ros-Lehtinen serves on the International Relations and Government Reform Committees, and is the first Hispanic Woman to chair a subcommittee. As chair of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia, she helps shape foreign policy. Ros-Lehtinen was born in Havana, Cuba in 1952, and came to the United States with her family fleeing communist aggression when she was seven years old.

Patricia Rowland is married to Governor John Rowland of the State of Connecticut. Rowland is a key spokesperson for the American Cancer Society's Breast Cancer Awareness Program, a member of the board of electors of the Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford, and a spokesperson for the Salvation Army's annual holiday kettle drive. Rowland is honorary chair of the Connecticut Tourism Council, Friends of Connecticut State Parks and the Governor's Residence Conservancy. She has two sons and her husband has three children.

Carol Saeman led the fund raising effort to build Samaritan House, a refuge that provides baseline services to Denver's homeless population. Saeman currently serves on the Board of Directors of Saint John Vianney Seminary, the Culture of Life Foundation, Legatus Board of Governors, Nurturing Network and the Fellowship of Catholic University Students. She and her husband, John, are owners an investment entity located in Denver, Colorado and they have three children and eleven grandchildren.

Joan Schlueter is a member and one of the original National Founding Partners of WIPP (Women Impacting Public Policy). She and her husband live Albuquerque, New Mexico, have two grown children and two granddaughters.

Barbie Shakespeare serves as Congressman Devin Nunes' representative to the Fresno County Republican Central Committee, is on the Kingsburg Swedish Festival organizing committee, and sits on the Board of Directors of the Marjaree Mason Center, a shelter for women and children victims of domestic violence. She was recently named Central Valley Regional Chair for the Women's Coalition for Bush-Cheney '04.

Kathleen Shanahan is currently employed as a managing director of a consulting firm in New York City. Shanahan served as chief of staff for Florida Governor Jeb Bush from January 2001 through November 2003. Shanahan was the chief of staff for Vice-Presidential nominee Dick Cheney through 2000 campaign and transition. Shanahan was also special assistant to then Vice President George Bush, as well as staff assistant with President Reagan's National Security Council.

State Senator Florence Shapiro is in her third term in the Texas Senate where her underlying goal is to improve accountability in Texas schools, both in public education and in higher education and foster educational excellence and opportunities for all Texans. Shapiro is also president of an advertising, public relations and special events agency. She lives in Plano with her husband Howard and they have three married children

Judy Singleton is the co-founder of the Excellence in Public Service Series, a national Republican women's political leadership development program which operates in several states across the country. Named one of Indianapolis' Most Influential Women and a Perham Indiana Woman of Achievement, Singleton is also a businesswoman and author. She and her husband, Jim, have three children.

U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe is currently serving her second term in the U. S. Senate representing the state of Maine. She currently serves in the Senate leadership as counsel to the Assistant Majority Leader. Her committee assignments include her service on the important Senate Finance Committee, the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, the Senate Intelligence Committee, as well as chairing the Senate Small Business Committee. In addition, she serves on a subcommittee dealing with issues related to health insurance, Medicare, and the uninsured and a subcommittee overseeing America's fisheries and the Coast Guard. Senator Snowe is married to former Maine Governor John R. McKernan, Jr.

Susan Schiffer Stautberg is the president of a corporation that assembles and manages advisory boards globally for businesses, governments, and non-profit organizations. Stautberg has received numerous awards and honors, including Outstanding Young Women of America, and has served on The Commission on President Scholars. She and her husband, A. Theodore Stautberg, Jr., are the parents of one son.

Renee Stewart has been a corporate secretary/treasurer for a small fundraising/consulting firm in D.C. owned by her husband, Wyatt. Stewart has worked on many campaigns and co-chaired the President's Dinner during the Reagan presidency. She and her husband reside in Washington, D.C. and have a daughter and a son.

Candace Straight is a private investor and investment-banking consultant specializing in the insurance industry. Appointed by Governor Christine Todd Whitman to the board of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority in 1994, Straight was vice-chairman from 1996 to January 2003 and also served on Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's and Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Private/Public Initiatives Council. Straight is the co-chair of the Republican Party of the state of New Jersey.

Carole Keeton Strayhorn was the first woman in history elected Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. She was re-elected Comptroller in 2002. Strayhorn has a resume full of "firsts"- first woman president of the Austin School Board, and first woman president of the Austin Community College Board of Trustees; first woman mayor of Austin, and the only mayor elected for three successive terms; first woman in history elected to the Texas Railroad Commission- and re-elected in 1996 with the highest vote total in a statewide contested race.

Kathleen Stockham is the Vice President of Marketing for the largest publisher of business journals and was the Director of Advertising for a major office supply company for many years. Stockham is politically active in a number of organizations. Stockham is also a national founding partner for WIPP (Women Impacting Public Policy). She and her husband reside in Charlotte, NC with their two children.

Marguerite Sullivan is the vice president for communications and external affairs for the International Republican Institute. Sullivan was chief of staff to Lynne Cheney during the 2000 Bush-Cheney campaign, deputy director for vice presidential operations for the Bush-Cheney Inauguration, and executive director of the Washington Office of Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Sharon Sykas was in corporate management for over 20 years in New York City then moved to Stratham, NH with her husband. Sykas is a town chair for Congressman Jeb Bradley and is a member of the Bush-Cheney 2004 Steering Committee. In 1998, Sharon received the Seacoast Business Professional Women (BPW) Women of Achievement Award for her volunteerism

Mary Beth Savary Taylor serves as a national leader for a major health association. Taylor is responsible for working with regulatory agencies on efforts to streamline health care regulation, improve blood safety, and enhance patient safety. She is also a liaison to Capitol Hill on hospital issues.

Diane Thompson has been a leader among Republican women since the early 1980s, having received several awards for her service and leadership. Thompson has also been a delegate-at-large to the Republican National Conventions and has held leadership positions in more than 25 statewide and national campaigns. She and her husband, James F. Thompson, have one daughter.

Judy Topinka was elected as Illinois's first woman State Treasurer in 1994 and reelected in 1998. Topinka was unanimously elected Chair of the Illinois State Republican Party in 2002. Topinka belongs to more than 60 business and professional organizations, including the City Club of Chicago and the Government Finance Officers Association.

Roberta Lynn Voss is co-founder and partner of a political consulting firm based in Arizona and is politically active in the Republican party. Prior to this, Voss was elected as the State Representative for District 19 where she served six years in the House, and was most recently the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Voss is also an alumna of the American Council of Young Political Leaders and was chosen as a representative of the United States to travel to Israel and Egypt on behalf of this organization.

Ann Wagner is the co-chairman of the Republican National Committee and is serving her third term as chairman of the Missouri Republican Party. Wagner directed the development of the acclaimed Winning Women Initiative, and ambitious program designed to communicate the Republican Party's positive message to women and involve more Republican women in politics at all levels. Wagner serves on the board of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, the National Advisory Board of Campfire USA and the St. Louis Children's Hospital. Ann and her husband, Ray Wagner, have three children.

Christie Todd Whitman is the co-chair of the New Jersey Bush-Cheney 04 campaign and is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Cancer Institute of New Jersey Leadership Council; Co-chair of the National Smart Growth Council, an initiative of Smart Growth America; a member of the United Nations Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation. Whitman served as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from January 2001 to June 2003 and served as the 50th Governor of New Jersey, from 1993 to 1999.is currently writing a book about the place of moderates in American politics entitled It's My Party, Too, which is due out in early 2005.

Joanne Young is a partner at a Washington, D.C. law firm and leads its international transportation practice. Young is a D.C. Republican Committee member. She is the president of the International Aviation Women's Association, president-elect of the Women's Bar Association and past president of the Washington Foreign Law Society.