2005 Edition --last updated May 4, 2005
Republican National Committee
310 First Street, SE, Washington, DC
|168 Members of the RNC
165 Members -- increased with the addition of three Members from the
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
MW - Ron Schmidt (SD), Mary Jo Arndt (IL)
NE - Charlie Glazer (CT), Joyce Terhes (MD)
S - Morton Blackwell (VA), Anne Petera (VA)
W - Solomon Yue (OR), Miriam Hellrich (HI)
Chair Appointments - Lilly Nunez (CO), Winston Wilkinson (UT), Ann Wagner (MO)
(Elected Jan. 19, 2005) Campaign
manager for Bush-Cheney '04 (announced
May 16, 2003) Served as director of political affairs at the
House starting January 2001. National field director for
2000, after serving as Midwest regional political director during the
Chief of staff to Rep. Kay Granger (TX-12), 1996-99. Legislative
director to Rep. Lamar Smith (TX-21), 1994-96. Previously he
environmental law for three years in Washington. During his
Mehlman has worked on a number of campaigns including the elder Bush's
1992 re-election campaign and Bob Dole's 1996 campaign. Mehlman
a 1991 graduate of Harvard Law School and 1988 graduate of Franklin and
(Electeded Jan. 19, 2005) Bush-Cheney
’04 Ohio Valley Regional Campaign Chair. Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
for 20 years, including Speaker of the House from 1995-2000. As Chairman of the Ohio House Republican
Campaign Committee from 1986-2000, she spearheaded the successful
effort to return the Republicans to the majority in the Ohio House of
Representatives in 1994, for the first time in 22 years. Chairman of the Franklin County Republican Party Central
Committee for 25 years. Chairman of the Taft for Governor
campaigns in 1998 and 2002. Resident of Reynoldsburg, Ohio.
(Announced March 10, 2005;
nomination is subject to confirmation by the full RNC at
the 2005 Summer Meeting.) Resident of McLean, Virginia. Chairman
of the Board and Chief Executive
Officer of NVR, Inc., the
sixth largest homebuilder in the United States. Longtime
philanthropist for children’s
charities and an instrumental figure in the higher education
community. Mr. Schar has also been
appointed to the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts for the
Chairman of the Republican Party of
Florida. Co-owner of
Jordan Irrigation and Landscape, Inc., in Vero Beach Florida.
|Carol Jean Jordan
National Committeeman from
Managing Partner of The Dutko Group. Extensive experience in
Republican politics including Senior Field
Director for George H.W. Bush’s 1980 Presidential Campaign, RNC
Political Director, RGA Finance Chairman, and a member of the Standing
Committee on Rules.
B. Rakestraw (DE)
Travis Thompson (HI)
National Committeeman from Idaho.
Served as Chairman of the Committee on
Contests for the 2004 Republican National Convention; the Sergeant at
Arms for the 2000
Republican National Convention. Currently a partner at Anderson,
Nelson, Hall and Smith.
Jan. 25, 2005) Bush-Cheney
to the Campaign Manager for Campaign Operations. Prior to
the campaign, McCullough worked at the RNC
as regional political director for the South and director of political
education. Associate director of political affairs at the White
January 2001 - January 2002. Alabama director for Karl Rove +
|Chief of Staff
P O L I T I C A L
(January 2005) Northeast regional
political director for Bush-Cheney '04. Prior to the campaign served
as executive director of the New Jersey Republican Party starting in
2002. Has his own political consulting firm, DuHaime
Inc., which he formed in 2001. Deputy campaign manager of Bob
2000 Senate campaign. From Hoboken, NJ.
Northeast: Graham Shafer -
has held the
position since 2003. Campaign manager to Congressman Van
Hilleary's 2002 gubernatorial campaign in Tennessee. State
director for Steve Forbes' 2000 New
as announced Feb. 3, 2005...
Midwest: Karen Slifka - Most recently, Slifka served
Midwest Regional Political Director for Bush-Cheney ‘04 directing the
in the battleground states of Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
Previously political director of the Iowa Republican
Party. During the 2002 election cycle she served as a consultant
the Republican Party of Iowa as Co-Director of the Victory
campaign. During the 2000 Iowa caucuses
campaign Slifka worked for John Kasich
and, after he withdrew, for Steve Forbes. Started her political
career in 1992 as a field
for Rep. Jim Nussle. Originally from Waterloo, IA.
Great Lakes: Anne Hathaway
- has held the
position since 2001. Prior to joining the RNC, she was Executive
Director of the Indiana
House Republican Campaign Committee. Hathaway also served Vice
Dan Quayle at the White House as Assistant to the Vice President and
Director of Scheduling and Public Liaison and was Executive Director of
his political action committee, Campaign America.
Southeast and MO: Randy
has held the position since 1999. Served as executive director of
Republican Party of Kentucky for two years, 1997-99, and as political
the Missouri Republican Party for four years including the 1994
cycle. He was elected to
two terms as a city councilman in Jefferson City, Missouri.
Florida: Randy Enright -
the position since 2001. He has served as executive director of
the Republican Party of Iowa and the Republican Party of Florida.
Southwest: Jay McCleskey
- in 2004, McCleskey ran the RNC's
successful Victory operation in New Mexico. Prior to that,
McCleskey served as Executive Director for the Republican
Party of New Mexico and as Campaign Manager for John Sanchez's 2002 bid
Governor. McCleskey has worked on political campaigns at all
including managing the campaign that defeated the longest-serving
the New Mexico State House in 2000.
Western: Cary Evans - Evans
as a Regional Political Director for Bush-Cheney ’04 starting in June
Previously he was field director for Sen. Gordon Smith
(R-OR), was the Deputy Campaign Manager for the Smith re-election
campaign in 2002 and acted as Treasurer and Counsel for Smith. Before
joining the Smith team, Evans served as the Oregon State Director of
President’s 2000 campaign.
(announced Feb. 3, 2005) During the
2004 election cycle, Damas managed the RNC’s effort to
identify, educate and activate members from more than three dozen
coalitions, including evangelical Christians, small business owners,
African-Americans, sportsmen, Hispanics, veterans and seniors.
Damas joined the RNC in 2003 as
Director of Hispanic Coalitions, and in 2002 he co-founded Latino
bilingual polling and communication strategy firm based in Alexandria,
(announced Feb. 3, 2005) Most
recently served as the Bush-Cheney ’04 Executive Director for West
Virginia. Donahue has managed
several competitive political campaigns including Mike Ferguson for
(NJ), Steve Pearce for Congress (NM) and Diane Allen for U.S. Senate
(NJ). Donahue has also served as Deputy Chief
of Staff to Congressman Mike Ferguson and a Vice President for
a political consulting firm.
(announced Jan. 25, 2005) National
Business Coalitions Director and
Northeast Regional Coalitions Director for Bush-Cheney ’04.
Previously served as Director of the
Department of Labor’s Office of Public Liaison and Special Assistant to
Secretary of Labor. Prior to joining the Department of Labor,
Nguyen was a
management consultant with Accenture, a global consulting firm.
C O M M U N I C A
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(announced Jan. 25, 2005) Jones was a
Senior Communications Advisor to Bush-Cheney ’04 and
previously served as Vice President for Polling and Advertising of
Public Affairs. Prior to joining
Mercury, Jones served as Research Director for the NRCC. He has
worked on campaigns at the local, state and
(announced Feb. 9, 2005. Overseeing the
RNC’s regional media efforts). Diaz was a Regional Spokesperson
Southwest and Mountain States for Bush-Cheney ’04. He previously
worked as Deputy Press Secretary for the
National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC). He has also
worked for several public relations firms in the
Washington, DC area.
(announced Feb. 9, 2005) Press
Secretary for the
2005 Presidential Inaugural Committee. Regional Spokesperson for
Western States and Northern Plains for Bush-Cheney ’04.
as a Regional Spokesperson at the RNC and as a Communications aide in
House from 2001 to 2002. In 1999 and 2000, Schmitt worked as the
television liaison for Bush-Cheney 2000 in Austin, Texas.
(announced Feb. 9,
2005) Joined the RNC in May 2004 as Press Secretary for
Outreach. Previously Wall spent 13 years as a news report,
anchor and talk show host for the local ABC, NBC and CBS affiliates in
eC A M P A I G N
(January 2005) Directed the e-Campaign for Bush-Cheney '04.
Worked briefly on
e-government initiatives at the Office of Management and Budget.
Oversaw redesign of the U.S. Department of Energy's online
communications. Turk worked for Grassroots Enterprise (originally
Grassroots.com) as a technology consultant and director of D.C.
operations for two years beginning in May 2000. Previously he
as a network architect for the Republican National Committee, Deputy
Director and Executive Director for the Republican Party of New Mexico,
and Information Systems Director for Quayle 2000. He is a partner
Jamikal Data Technologies, an information systems and communications
consulting firm that has advised several campaigns including: Redmond
for Senate, the Republican Party of New Mexico and Heather Wilson for
Congress, Walter Bradley for Governor, and Rob Perry for Attorney
eCampaign team below as
announced Feb. 16, 2005...
Finn served as Deputy
Webmaster for Bush-Cheney '04, where she facilitated email
outreach and online grassroots activism.
She came to the campaign from Capitol Hill where she worked for
Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX), as legislative correspondent and Webmaster, and
Senator Michael Enzi (R-WY). Prior to entering politics, Finn worked as
congressional correspondent for a Connecticut daily newspaper.
She is originally from Houston, Texas.
During the 2004 campaign Harbath was a Senior
Assistant at the RNC in charge of the RNC Web site, GOP.com, and Rising
Tide, the committee's quarterly
magazine. She is from Green Bay, Wisconsin and a University of
|Associate Director for
During the 2004 election cycle
Livingston worked as a political analyst for the RNC,
gathering and tracking voter registration data from targeted
he interned for Bush-Cheney '04 and the RNC's Political
Department. From Marshalltown, Iowa; attended the University
|Associate Director for
Previously, she worked in the political
department at Bush-Cheney ' 04 for the
Northwest region and also worked for New Hampshire Victory as
a College Coordinator. She is from Wichita, Kansas and attended the
|Associate Director for
Previously worked for Bush-Cheney '04.
Zedlacher has been instrumental in the design of several
companies' websites within the private sector. In Colorado,
he worked as a
co-assistant manager for a grocery store, and served as a firefighter
and ambulance driver for the Snowmass Fire Department, where he
several awards, including the "Chief's Spirit of Service Award," and
the "Award for Actions above and Beyond the Call of Duty." Originally from
Snowmass Village, Colorado.
|Franz P. Zedlacher
Previously worked at the 55th
Presidential Inaugural Committee staff and was an eCampaign intern at
Bush-Cheney '04. He also worked on the 2003 Texas Inaugural Committee
interned with the Gov. Rick Perry 2002 election campaign.
Rodriguez is from Fort
Worth, Texas and is a University of Texas - Austin graduate.
R E S E A R C
H A N D S T R A T E G I C I N F O R
M A T I O N
Research/Deputy Communications Director
(announced Feb. 9,
2005) Rhoades served as the Research Director for
Bush-Cheney ’04. He has previously
been Deputy Research Director at the RNC and has also served as White
Liaison at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and as an Associate
in the White House Presidential Personnel Office.
(announced Jan. 25, 2005) Gray served
as the National Voter Contact Director for Bush
Cheney ’04. Previously he worked at the White House as Deputy
Scheduling from 2001 to 2003. In
1999 and 2000, he served as Northeastern Regional Political Coordinator
Bush-Cheney 2000. He worked in the
Chairman’s Office at the RNC during the 1998 election cycle and has
for Rep. John Sweeney (R-NY).
(announced March 4, 2005)
Previously a partner at
TargetPoint Consulting, where he worked to research and develop
MicroTargeting (Bush/Cheney ’04, the NRSC and the RNC used
MicroTargeting in the 2004 election). Also worked with the NRCC
in 2002 on an extensive Social Security reform project. Seaborn
is a graduate of the University
of Wisconsin and earned a Masters degree in Political Management from
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Member Events and Relations
Feb. 22, 2005) Previously served as Assistant to
the Campaign Manager at Bush-Cheney ’04. Paulson came to the
campaign from the Department of Justice’s Office of
Public Affairs, where she served as a Special Assistant. She has
also worked for now-Sen. John
Thune (R-SD) as Director of Events and Scheduling.
L E G A L
Josefiak returns to his
position as RNC Chief Counsel after serving as General Counsel for Bush
Cheney '04. He started at the RNC in 1992.
as a commissioner on the Federal Election Commission in 1985.
deputy to the Secretary of the Senate, representing the Secretary at
contract, intellectual property and election law matters). B.A.
in Political Science
from Vanderbilt University, and a J.D. from the George Washington
University Law School. Native of
Dowd also held this position during the 2002
cycle. He is founder of Dowd
Strategic Consulting, an Austin-based public affairs firm, and will
the University of Texas. Dowd
served as Chief Strategist for Bush-Cheney ’04 and was Director of
Media Planning for the Bush-Cheney 2000. Prior to the 2000 campaign,
as President and Founding Partner of Public Strategies Inc., an
public affairs firm based in Austin, Texas.
At the Jan. 2005 winter meeting in
Washington, DC the new Chairman Ken Mehlman announced formation of four
committees under Rule 10(8)(c). They are to analyze the 2004
election cycle and present results and recommendations later in the
Election Day Committee - turnout, the role of
challengers and poll watchers, HAVA: Ann Wagner (MO, Chairman), Rick
Graber (WI), Bob Bennett (OH), Tom Rath (NH), Alec Pointevint, David
Norcross and Dianne Tebelius (WA).
New Technology Committee - improvements to Voter
Vault, ways to utilize technology for voter registration, voter ID,
turnout and fundraising: Van Hilleary (TN, Chairman), Denise McNamara,
Sandy Treadwell, Chris Vance (WA), Curly Haugland (ND), Randy Bumps and
Virginia Haines (NJ).
Outreach Committee - bringing new voters to the party and
deepening the base: Carol Jean Jordan (FL, Chairman), Bob Asher (PA),
Lilly Nunez, Tina Benkiser (TX), Bob Kjellander, Winston Wilkinson
(UT), Terry Strine, Mary Jean Jensen (SD) and Morton Blackwell (VA).
Voter Registration Committee - best practices to efficiently
target voters who believe in the principles of the Party: Duff Sundheim
(CA, Chairman), Edgar Welden (AL), Jo Ann Davidson (OH, Betsy Werronen
(DC), Rosie Tripp (NM), Joe Brown (NV) and David Kramer (NE).
-On May 4, 2005 Chairman Mehlman announced
formation of an Hispanic
Advisory Committee to "assist in
the strategic implementation of the RNC’s Hispanic outreach
Advisory Committee is to
meet monthly with Mehlman.
-On March 10, 2005 Chairman
formation of an African-American
Advisory Committee to "provide a
sounding board to assist in strategy implementation of the RNC’s
efforts in the black community." The Advisory Committee is to
meet monthly with Mehlman.
Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action.