President George W. Bush-Campaign Organization
Bush Cheney '04 Inc.
Chairman Marc Racicot
Campaign Manager Ken Mehlman
On May 16, 2003, President Bush filed papers with the FEC establishing a presidential campaign committee.  By December 31, 2003 the campaign had 160 total staff.  By Fall 2004 a full time paid staff of a little over 200 worked at headquarters, in addition to another hundred or so interns and others and about 130 BC'04 staff in the states.
Republican National Committee  >
Chairman Ed Gillespie
Deputy Chairman Maria Cino
Political Director Blaise Hazelwood
The White House
Chief of Staff Andrew Card
Senior Advisor to the President Karl Rove
  Israel Hernandez, Susan Ralston
Political Director Matt Schlapp
The White House, and particularly Senior Advisor Karl Rove, was very much in charge.  Hernandez and Ralston in Rove's office were the main liaisons to the campaign.
updated March 25, 2006
Bush Cheney '04, Inc.  (The national campaign headquarters were located at 2107 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA). in the states >
Chairman Marc Racicot
(announced June 16, 2003)  Prior to taking the position of campaign chairman, Racicot served as chairman of the Republican National Committee; elected January 2002.  Governor of Montana, 1993-2001.  Attorney general of Montana, 1988-92.  Assistant attorney general and special prosecutor for the state of Montana, 1977-88.  Deputy county attorney for Missoula County, 1976-77.  Prosecutor in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the Army, 1973-76.  J.D. from University of Montana in Missoula, 1973.  B.A. in English from Carroll College in Helena, 1970. 
Campaign Manager Ken Mehlman
(announced May 16, 2003)  Served as director of political affairs at the White House starting January 2001.  National field director for Bush/Cheney 2000 after serving as Midwest regional political director during the primaries.  Chief of staff to Rep. Kay Granger (TX-12), 1996-99.  Legislative director to Rep. Lamar Smith (TX-21), 1994-96.  Previously he practiced environmental law for three years in Washington.  During his career Mehlman has worked on a number of campaigns including the elder Bush's 1992 re-election campaign and Bob Dole's 1996 campaign.  Mehlman is a 1991 graduate of Harvard Law School and 1988 graduate of Franklin and Marshall College. 
Deputy to the Campaign Manager for Campaign Operations Kelley McCullough
(announced May 30, 2003)  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 House, Jan. 2001-Jan. 2002.  Alabama director for Karl Rove + Company, 1997-2000.

Deputy Campaign Manager Mark Wallace
(announced July 2, 2003)  Prior to the campaign, Wallace served as principal legal advisor to the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Bureau of Immigration and Citizenship Services at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  He was general counsel of the INS during its transition into the Homeland Security Department.  Wallace served as general counsel of FEMA during the World Trade Center recovery effort.  He was part of the 2000 Bush-Cheney campaign in Florida and served on Gov. Jeb Bush's 1994, 1998 and 2002 campaigns in Florida. Prior to his government service, Wallace was a longtime partner in the Miami commercial litigation law firm of Stack Fernandez Anderson Harris & Wallace P.A..  Law degree from the University of Miami School of Law in 1992; bachelor's degree from the University of Miami, 1989. addition to his day-to-day responsibilities in the management of the national campaign, Wallace was the campaign’s lead liaison to the Republican National Convention in New York City, was the campaign’s representative on the Bush-Cheney ’04 Debate Negotiations Team, and oversaw and managed the extensive team of lawyers representing Bush-Cheney ‘04 nationwide in the run up and including Election Day. 


Political Director Terry Nelson
(announced May 30, 2003)  Deputy chief of staff and director of political operations at the RNC from January 2002  until joining the campaign.  Deputy chief of staff and director of political operations at the RNC from January 2002 until joining the Bush campaign.  In February 2001 Nelson and two partners formed Dawson, McCarthy, Nelson Media, a Washington, DC consulting firm.  Political director for the NRCC during the 2000 cycle, and earlier served as the NRCC's national field director, 1997-99.  Majority staff director of the Iowa Senate, 1997.  NRCC field representative, 1995-96.  Campaign manager for Rep. Jim Nussle, 1992-95.  Graduate of the University of Iowa with a B.S. in Political Science, 1994.  From Marshalltown, Iowa.


Field Director Coddy Johnson
(announced July 17, 2003)  Johnson has served in the Administration since January 2001 as associate director of political affairs at the White House, overseeing political activity in nine Central states (IN, KY, KS, MO, NC, OH, TN, VA, WV).  Previously Johson worked on Bush's campaign, starting as Iowa volunteer coordinator for the Ames Straw Poll, then as regional political coordinator for ten Midwestern states during the primaries, and finally as regional political director in five central states (IN, KY, OH, TN and WV) during the general election.  He graduated magna cum laude from Yale in May 1999.

Regional Political Directors (announced July 17, 2003)

Northeast (MD, DC, DE, NJ, PA, CT, RI, NY, MA, NH, VT, ME)
Mike DuHaime -- Served as executive director of the New Jersey Republican Party starting in January 2002 and has his own political consulting firm, DuHaime Communications, Inc., which he formed in 2001.  Deputy campaign manager of Bob Franks' 2000 Senate campaign.  From Hoboken, NJ.

Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, KY, WV, VA)

Dave DenHerder -- Served as White House Liaison for the U.S. Department of Labor and senior advisor to Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao.  Iowa state field director for President Bush's 2000 campaign.  From Logan, Iowa.

Southeast (NC, SC, GA, FL, TN, AL, MS, LA, AR, MO)

Heath Thompson -- In the latter part of 2002 Thompson worked as a consultant for Norm Coleman's Senate campaign in Minnesota; earlier, in 2001-02, he led Lt. Governor Bob Peeler's unsuccessful bid for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in South Carolina.  He served as South Carolina state director for Bush's 2000 campaign.  Thompson, a longtime South Carolinian, was chief of staff to Peeler.  He has managed numerous state and local campaigns.  Originally from Columbia, MO.

Midwest (WI, MN, IA, ND, SD, NE, KS, OK)

Karen Slifka -- Most recently served as political director of the Iowa Republican Party.   Field representative for the NRCC in 2000.  Worked for John Kasich and, after he withdrew, for Steve Forbes during the 2000 Iowa caucuses campaign.  Started her political career in 1992 as a field representative for Rep. Jim Nussle. Originally from Waterloo, IA.

Northwest (MT, WY, ID, NV, UT, OR, WA, AK)

Cary Evans --  Field director for Sen. Gordon Smith (R-OR).  Deputy campaign manager for Sen. Gordon Smith's 2002 re-election campaign.  Oregon state director for Bush's 2000 campaign.  Previously executive director and finance director for the Washington State Republican Party.  Originally from Las Vegas, NV.

Southwest (TX, CO, NM, AZ, CA, HI)

Rudy Fernández -- Director of grassroots development at the RNC.  In October 2002 Hispanic Business magazine named Fernández as one of the "100 Most Influential Hispanics" in the United States.  Prior to working in the political division at the RNC, he served as the RNC's Southwest regional press secretary.  Previously he was press secretary for Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL).  Harvard graduate.  From Miami, FL.


Director of Coalitions Jafar Karim
Served as chief of staff and earlier as legislative director to then Rep. John Thune (R-SD).  BLS '93 from University of South Dakota.
National Business Coalition Director and Northeast Regional Coalitions Director Mina Nguyen
Director of the Department of Labor’s Office of Public Liaison and earlier Special Assistant to the Secretary of Labor, 2001-03.  Prior to joining the Department of Labor, Nguyen was a management consultant with Accenture, a global consulting firm, 1998-2001.  B.S. in Business Administration from Walter A. Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley.  U.C. Berkeley President’s Fellow in the office of Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA). 
Deputy Director of Coalitions for the Central Region Davide Rexrode
While at James Madison managed Randy Fisher's first campaign for Augusta County sheriff.  Graduate of James Madison University.  Native of Augusta County, Virginia.
African Americans Tiffany Watkins
(also Health Professionals)  Came to the campaign from her position as deputy associate director for the White House’s Office of Public Liaison.
Social Conservatives Gary Marx
Previously Development Director and lobbyist for The Family Foundation of Virginia.  Political consultant with Century Strategies, the firm headed by Dr. Ralph Reed.  Executive Director of the Virginia Christian Coalition during the 1999 General Assembly elections.  Master's degree in Political Management from Regent University.  Undergraduate degree in Political Science from James Madison University.
National Youth Director Jordan Sekulow
Graduate of the George Washington University.

-National Farm & Ranch Steering Committee (launched March 1, 2004)
-Democrats for Bush (launched March 24, 2004)
-National Hispanic Steering Committee (launched April 12, 2004)
-National First Responders Leadership Team (launched April 21, 2004)
-National Veterans Leadership Team (launched May 11, 2004)
-National "Educators for Bush" Team (launched May 27, 2004)
-Small Business Leaders for Bush-Cheney '04 (launched June 17, 2004)
-African Americans for Bush National Steering Committee (launched July 19, 2004) 
-Asian Pacific American National Steering Committee (announced Aug. 30, 2004)
-Conservative Values >
-Health Professionals 

-National W Stands for Women Leadership Team (launched May 12, 2004)  ...Coordinator Cathy Gillespie

V O T E R   C O N T A C T

National Voter Contact Director Adrian Gray
Previously he worked at the White House as Deputy Director of Scheduling from 2001-03.  In 1999 and 2000, he served as Northeastern Regional Political Coordinator for Bush-Cheney 2000.  He worked in the Chairman’s Office at the RNC during the 1998 election cycle and has also worked for Rep. John Sweeney (R-NY).
Deputy National Director of Voter Contact - Direct Mail Ted Jarrett
(started in Oct. 2003)  Started working for a political firm in Washington, DC in 2000.  Worked in mortgage banking in Richmond, VA.  1998 graduate of Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC; majored in history and political science.
Deputy National Director of Voter Contact - Phones Miguel Romano

Legislative Director Elise Finley
(announced Jan. 29, 2004--"the campaign liaison to Capitol Hill")  Finley came to the campaign from her position as Chief of Staff to Congressman John Shaddegg (R-AZ).  Previously she was the manager of federal affairs for the Southern Company. She also served in legislative positions for Congressman Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD) and former Congressman William Dannemeyer (R-CA). Finley has extensive campaign experience on local, gubernatorial and Congressional elections.


Communications Director Nicolle Devenish
(announced May 30, 2003)  Came to the campaign after serving as special assistant to the President and director of media affairs at the White House, responsible for regional press strategy and outreach.  Worked on the Florida recount.  Communications director for the Florida State Technology Office in 2000.  Press secretary to Gov. Jeb Bush in 1999.  Worked for the California Republican Party and Dan Lungren's gubernatorial campaign in 1998, and for the Republican caucus in the California Assembly, 1997-98.  Briefly a television reporter in California.  Graduate of U.C. Berkeley and graduate school at Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Illinois. 
Deputy Communications Director/Director of Rapid Response Steve Schmidt
Communications director at the NRCC in the 2002 cycle.  Communications director on Lamar Alexander's 2000 campaign for the Republican presidential nomination for the first part of 1999.  Press secretary on Matt Fong's 1998 U.S. Senate campaign in California.  From North Plainfield, NJ. 

also rapid response: Matt McDonald
Deputy Communications Director for Regional Media Jennifer Millerwise
Previously Deputy Assistant for Communications and Press Secretary to Vice President Dick Cheney, 2001-03.  Assistant Press Secretary in the White House Office of the Press Secretary for the first 10 months of the Bush Administration.  A Regional Press Coordinator for the RNC's Victory 2000.  Press Secretary for Congressman Porter Goss (R-FL). Served under Ari Fleischer at the House Ways and Means Committee.  Staffer to Sen. Spencer Abraham (R-MI).  Degree in Business Administration and Political Science from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.
Deputy Communications Director Susan Whitson
(spokesperson for Barbara and Jenna)  Previously chief of the FBI's national press office and spokesperson for the FBI director.  Deputy Director of the Office of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Justice, serving as deputy sposkeperson for the Attorney General.  Press secretary to Rep. Bill McCollum and to then Rep. Bob Riley (R-AL).  Taught 9th and 10th grade English at Hoover High School in Birmingham, AL.  Bachelor's degree from Auburn University, 1991.
Spokesperson Terry Holt
(announced Nov. 13, 2003; started earlier in November-through early Sept. 2004)  Prior to joining the campaign, Holt was Senior Vice President and Director of Public Affairs at The Dutko Group Companies, Inc.  He served as Director of Communications for Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX) in the U.S. House of Representatives; was the Communications Director of Victory 2000 at the Republican National Committee; worked for House Budget Chairman John Kasich (R-OH); House Education and Workforce Chairman John Boehner (R-OH); and Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Richard A. Lugar (R-IN). 
--on Sept. 9, 2004 the RNC announced that Holt would be joining its staff as Senior Advisor to the Chairman starting that same week.
Press Secretary Scott Stanzel
Spokesman in the White House Media Affairs Office.  Bush campaign starting in Fall 1999 as a field rep. in Iowa and later serving as Western Region Media Coordinator for Bush-Cheney and as a media coordinator for the campaign’s Florida recount effort.  Assistant press secretary to Sen. Chuck Grassley starting in Jan. 1997.  Raised money for Jim Ross Lightfoot's 1996 Senate campaign against Sen. Tom Harkin.  Worked on Bob Dole's 1996 caucus campaign.  Graduated from Iowa State University in 1995 with a degree in Journalism.  From Sac City, Iowa.

Regional Press Secretaries (5)
Merrill Smith (IA, IL, MI, WI)
Served as special assistant to the Vice President for public affairs.

Reed Dickens (AR, WV, FL)
Served as an assistant press secretary for President Bush.  Worked on the Bush campaign in Austin, then on the recount in Florida.  Graduate of Louisiana State University Shreveport with a B.A. in public relations, 2000. 

Danny Diaz (Southwest and Mountain States)
Previously deputy press secretary for the NRCC.  Has also worked for several public relations firms in the Washington, DC area.

Tracey Schmitt (Western States and Northern Plains)
Previously worked as a regional spokesperson at the RNC; communications aide in the White House, 2001-02.  In 1999 and 2000, Schmitt was the cable television liaison for the Bush campaign in Austin, TX.

Kevin Madden (Northeast including OH, PA and NH)
Communications director and a senior advisor to Rep. John Sweeney (R-NY), 2001-03.  Public relations associate at Craig Shirley and Associates, Jan.-March 2001.  Washington representative for the Yonkers Industrial Development Agency from Jan.-Sept. 2000.  primary spokesman for the Office of the Mayor of Yonkers, 1997-99.  Communications director for the Office of the Yonkers City Council President, 1994-97.  Degree in communications from SUNY Cortland. 
Specialty Media Sharon Castillo
Previously deputy director of communications for the RNC (Hispanic Outreach).  Before joining the RNC she was Telemundo's Washington bureau chief.
Senior Communications Advisor Brian Jones
Previously served as Vice President for Polling and Advertising of Mercury Public Affairs.  Prior to joining Mercury, Jones served as Research Director for the NRCC.  He has worked on campaigns at the local, state and national level.  Research director on Lamar Alexander's 2000 campaign for the Republican presidential nomination for the first part of 1999.

[also note: at the White House: Counselor Dan Bartlett, strategic communications]

e - C A M P A I G N

Director Michael Turk
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 as a technology consultant and director of D.C. operations for two years beginning in May 2000.  Previously he worked 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 in 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 General.
e-Campaign Manager Chuck Defeo
(in charge of development of the site, he also provided strategic counsel for banner advertising, new technologies, and content).  DeFeo worked in a similar capacity for the RNC during the 2002 cycle.  He spent much of his career serving as a legislative and technology aide to Senator and then Attorney General John Ascroft.
Webmaster and Blogger Patrick Ruffini
(started June 2003. Managed content on the site, wrote original content and managed author submitted content for the blog).  Ruffini ran a political blog which launched in July 2001.  He served as Deputy Director of Online Communications at the RNC, July 2002-June 2003.  Staff assistant at American Enterprise Institute, March 2001-June 2002.  May 2000 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with B.A. in Diplomatic History and Political Science; was chairman of Penn College Republicans, 1998-99.
Deputy Webmaster Mandy Finn
(Wrote, formatted and managed email outreach and online grassroots activism, coordinated and managed online chats).  Came to the campaign from Capitol Hill where she worked for Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX), as legislative correspondent and Webmaster, and for Sen. Michael Enzi (R-WY).  Prior to entering politics, Finn worked as a congressional correspondent for a Connecticut daily newspaper.  She is originally from Houston, Texas. 
Videographer Justin Germany
(Traveled with the Presidential bus tours and provided a view into the grassroots activities, travel, and speeches by the President).  Graduate degree from George Washington University's Graduate School for Political Management.  Bachelor's degree from LSU.

>The principal firm that did the design work on the web site was New Media Communications (Richfield, Ohio).

Research Director Matt Rhoades
Previously Deputy Research Director at the RNC.  Has served as White House Liaison at the Office of Personnel Management and as an Associate Director in the White House Personnel Office.



Policy Director Tim Adams
(announced Nov. 13, 2003; to start Dec. 1, 2003)  Until joining the campaign Adams was Chief of Staff to the Treasury Secretary, responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Department, coordinating policy development and review, and assisting in setting the strategic direction of the Department.  As senior member of the Bush-Cheney 2000 policy staff in Austin, TX, Adams worked on macroeconomic and technology related issues, coordinated the policy operations for the 2000 Republican Platform and National Convention, and directed the policy operations for Vice Presidential candidate Cheney; later he headed up the Treasury transition team for the new administration.  Co-founded and later led as the Managing Director, the G7 Group, a Washington-based consulting firm, early 1993-March 2000.  Served in the Administration of President George H.W. Bush from 1989-93, including in the White House Office of Policy Development from late-1990 to Jan. 1993.  Undergraduate degree and two graduate degrees from the University of Kentucky.  Native of Kentucky. 
Deputy Policy Director for Education John Bailey
Formerly director of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology starting in Feb. 2002.  Previously ed-tech director for the state of Pennsylvania where he worked on initiatives such as Link-to-Learn and the Digital School District program during the administration of Gov. Tom Ridge.  Bachelor's degree from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA.  Native of Bethlehem, PA. 
Deputy Policy Director for Health Care Megan Hauck
(started Jan. 2004)  Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Services Legislation at the Department of Health and Human Services, Aug. 2003-Jan. 2004.  Previously worked eight years in the Senate developing health policy for Sen. Don Nickles (R-OK) as Health Policy Director at the Committee on Budget (Jan.-Aug. 2003), Policy Advisor in the Office of the Assistant Republican Leader (Feb. 2001-Jan. 2003), and in other positions including Legislative Analyst (starting in March 1997).  B.S. from James Madison University.  Native of Pennsylvania.
Deputy Policy Director Gary Blank
Legislative director to Rep. Pat Toomey.  Graduate of George Mason University with a bachelor's degree in public administration.  Native of Lancaster County, PA.

V I C E   P R E S I D E N T I A L

Director of Vice Presidential Operations Mary Cheney
(announced July 2, 2003)  MBA from the University of Denver's Daniels School of Business, 2002.  Personal aide to Dick Cheney on the 2000 campaign.  Has Worked for the Colorado Rockies baseball team.  Worked for Coors Brewing Company as a gay community liaison.  Graduate of Colorado College.
Campaign Press Secretary for Vice President Cheney Anne Womack Kolton
Prior to joining the campaign, Kolton was Director of Public Affairs at the Department of the Treasury.  She served as Senior Advisor to Chairman William H. Donaldson at the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Kolton joined the Bush administration in January 2001 as Assistant Press Secretary in the White House Press Office.  Assistant Press Secretary to then Vice Presidential candidate Dick Cheney on the Bush-Cheney 2000 campaign.  Washington Liaison for Texas Attorney General John Cornyn.  Graduate of Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.  Native of Nashville, Tennessee.

F I R S T   L A D Y

Director of First Lady Operations Clare Pritchett
Director of the White House Visitors Office.  Advance Representative for Mrs. Laura Bush and Regional Finance Director for the Bush for President campaign in Austin, Texas.  Started working for George W. Bush as Administrative Director and Deputy Finance Director for the Governor Bush Committee in Austin, Texas in 1996.  Fifth Grade teacher at Old Town Elementary in Round Rock, Texas.  Bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin.  Grew up in Fort Worth, Texas. 


Finance Chairman Mercer Reynolds
(announced May 16, 2003--later "bumped up" to the position of Victory 2004 finance chairman)  Sworn in as Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein on August 14, 2001 Reynolds served in the post through March 2003.  Reynolds is a Cincinnati businessman.  He was a co-finance chair in Ohio for the Bush/Cheney campaign, a member of the Bush/Cheney national executive finance committee, and co-chairman of the Presidential Inaugural Committee.  In 1979 Reynolds co-founded Reynolds, DeWitt & Co., an investment firm based in Cincinnati, and he co-chaired the company until taking up his diplomatic post in August 2001.  He was also co-chairman of Spectrum 7 Energy Corporation from 1980 to 1985.
Deputy Finance Chairman Jack Oliver
(announced May 16, 2003--later "bumped up" to Victory 2004 vice chairman)  Deputy chairman of the RNC, serving as political strategist and chief operating officer, starting January 18, 2001.  In 2000 Oliver served as national finance director for Gov. George W. Bush’s presidential campaign, leading the effort that raised a record $99 million.  Previously he worked for various Missouri Republicans in a variety of capacities.  Oliver earned his law degree from The University of Missouri at Columbia in 1998, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Vanderbilt University in 1991.  Raised in Cape Girardeau and St. Louis, MO. 

Special Assistant: Matthew C. Jessee ("liaison between the national finance staff, major donors, and supportive organizations.")
Worked for Congressman Eric Cantor (R-VA) in variety of political and legislative roles B.A. in political science from The George Washington University.  Native Missourian.
National Finance Director Travis Thomas
(announced July 2, 2003)  Part of Bush's team since the 1994 Texas gubernatorial race.  During the 2000 campaign he served as deputy national finance director.  Most recently Thomas was director of the Office of Business Liaison at the U.S. Department of Commerce.


Chief Financial Officer Sandra Pack
(announced Dec. 19, 2003)  Pack came to the campaign from the Pentagon where she served as Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management & Comptroller) from November 2001 to December 2003.  Previously she served as Treasury Director for both Bush for President, Inc. and Bush-Cheney 2000, Inc.; as Deputy Treasury Director for Bob Dole for President, Inc.; and as Treasury Director for Phil Gramm for President, Inc.  In the private sector she has worked in a number of positions including: Director of Planning and Operations for the MicroProse Division of Spectrum Holobyte, Inc.; Director of Small Business Consulting and Accounting Services for Ernst & Young in Baltimore, Maryland; and Director of Microcomputer Consulting and Accounting for Ernst & Young in Atlanta, Georgia. 
Assistant Treasurer Sal Purpura



Deputy to the Campaign Manager for Campaign Operations Kelley McCullough
(announced May 30, 2003)  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 House, Jan. 2001-Jan. 2002.  Alabama director for Karl Rove + Company, 1997-2000.
Associate Director for Operations David Hill
Previously worked at the White House in the Office of Presidential Personnel.  Worked on Bush's 2000 campaign in the political department.  B.A. from the University of South Carolina, 2002.
Director of Advance and Scheduling Reed Galen
Previously worked at FEMA and as an Advance Representative at the White House. [Note. The campaign heavily coordinated with WH advance and Victory 2004 advance.  Greg Jenkins served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of White House Advance, while RNC Director of Events Michael Crain worked on RNC Victory 2004 events].
Director of Surrogate Scheduling Lori McMahon
Communications director for Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX).  Surrogate director at the RNC in the 2002 cycle.  Spokeswoman at the Justice Department in 2001-02.  Worked for Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX).  Graduate of Texas A&M, 1996.  Grew up in Plano, TX.
Director of Administration Janan Grissom
Previously executive director of the Texas Governor's Mansion.  Deputy director of the White House Visitors Office.
Director of Correspondence Jenny Crooks

Office Manager Carol Apelt
B.F.A. from SMU in Dallas, 1997.
Staff Secretary Henry Hager
[coordinated briefings to the White House] Started as an intern for Karl Rove.  From Richmond, VA; attended St. Christopher's School and is son of former Virginia Lt. Gov. John Hager.


General Counsel Thomas J. Josefiak
(announced May 30, 2003)  Came to the campaign from position as chief counsel to the RNC; started in the Counsel's office in Feb. 1992.  Appointed by President Reagan as a commissioner on the Federal Election Commission in 1985 and served a six-year term.  Special deputy to the Secretary of the Senate, representing the Secretary at the FEC, 1981-85.  Special Counsel to the Minority of the Committee on House Administration, 1977-79.  Counsel to the NRCC, 1977-80.  Legislative Assistant to Congressman Silvio Conte (R-MA).  J.D. from Georgetown University.  Undergraduate degree from Fairfield University in Connecticut.  Native of Adams, MA. 
Counsel (outside) Ben Ginsberg
(announced May 30, 2003)  Partner at Patton Boggs LLP; joined the firm in 1993.  Served as outside counsel for the Bush-Cheney campaign in 2000 and was a central figure in the Florida recount.  Prior to joining Patton Boggs served eight years as counsel to the RNC, the NRSC, and the NRCC.  Worked for five years as a newspaper reporter for the Boston Globe, the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, the Berkshire Eagle and the Riverside (Calif.) Press-Enterprise, prior to law school.  J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, 1982.  A.B. from University of Pennsylvania, 1974.  (resigned Aug. 2004). 
Counsel (outside) Mark "Thor" Hearne
(from Sept. 2004)  Partner at Lathrop & Gage L.C., St. Louis since 1997.  Partner, principal at Ziercher & Hocker, P.C., St. Louis, 1988-97.  Candidate for U.S. Congress in Missouri's 3rd CD, 1988.  Attorney-Advisor-Law Clerk in the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, 1986-87.  J.D. from Washington University, 1986; B.A. from  Washington University, 1983. 


Senior Strategist (includes polling) Matthew Dowd
(announced May 16, 2003)  Senior advisor to the RNC.  Director of polling and media planning for the Bush-Cheney 2000 campaign.  Prior to the campaign, Dowd was president and founding partner of Public Strategies Inc., a public affairs firm based in Austin, Texas.  The firm started with four employees in January 1989 and had 116 employees when he left ten years later.  Graduate of Cardinal Newman College in St. Louis, Missouri. 
Deputy to the Chief Strategist Sara Taylor
(announced July 2, 2003)  Taylor worked for the White House as an associate political director (Midwest) doing political and public affairs outreach. During the 2000 campaign she worked from late April 1999 through Januay 2000 as coalitions director for Bush's Iowa caucus campaign, then did field work in the SC, VA, WA and IL primaries, and finally served as executive director of the Michigan campaign.  Previously Taylor worked for two years at the Tarrance Group, the No. Va. polling firm headed by Ed Goeas.  In 1995-96 she worked on Sen. Phil Gramm's presidential campaign in Iowa. 



Media Mark McKinnon, Maverick Media
(announced May 16, 2003) Did Bush's advertising in the 2000 campaign.

14 person creative team headed up by McKinnon
includes some who worked on Bush's 2000 advertising:

Stuart Stevens and Russ Schriefer, The Stevens and Schriefer Group, Washington, DC.
Alex Castellanos and Robin Roberts, National Media, Alexandria, VA.
Lionel and Kathy Sosa, Sosa Consultation & Design, San Antonio, TX.
Lionel Sosa has been Hispanic media consultant on six Republican presidential campaigns starting with Reagan in 1980.  With his wife he ran the Hispanic advertising agency Garcia-LKS, 1995-2000; chairman of DMB&B/Américas, 1991-95; founded Sosa, Bromley, Aguilar & Associates.  He is also author of a book El Sueno Americano: Como Los Latinos Pueden Triunfar En Estados Unidos.
Harold Kaplan, New York, NY.
and some new faces:
Fred Davis, Strategic Perception, Inc., Hollywood, CA.
As media consultant to Sonny Perdue in his 2002 gubernatorial campaign Davis produced a video portraying Gov. Barnes as a rat that gained some noteriety.  First presidential campaign was Morry Taylor's longshot bid in 1996; did first political work for his uncle Jim Inhofe in 1974.
Scott Howell, Scott Howell & Company, Dallas, TX.
Frank Guerra, Guerra DeBerry Coody, San Antonio, TX.
"the architect of the advertising plan for the Republican National Committee's Hispanic outreach efforts during the 2000 elections."  Campaign manager for Henry Bonilla in his first race for Congress, in which Bonilla defeated the incumbent.  Started his career working form more than 10 years as a reporter and executive producer at the San Antonio CBS affiliate. 
Chris Mottola, Chris Mottola Consulting, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
Vada Hill - Chief Marketing Officer, Fannie Mae. 
Joined Fannie Mae in June 1999.  Chief marketing officer for the Taco Bell Corporation (chihuahua advertising campaign); senior vice president - group account director for BBDO West, Inc.; brand manager for The Procter & Gamble Company (Cheer (R), Dreft (R)). Special Assistant to Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander, 1991-93.  B.A. from Harvard University.  Cincinnati native.
Director of Production Ashley O'Connor
(On leave of absence from Red October)  Owner and President of Red October Productions, a full service production and post-production house in Washington, DC, since 1999.  Previously worked on Madison Avenue in New York City.  Graduate of Mount Holyoke College.
"She oversaw a team of seven advertising agencies that produced more than 100 ads, films and videos...  Overseeing every film shoot with the President and First Lady, Ashley managed a four million dollar production budget, as well as editorial of all the television and radio ads.  She also produced a series of videos for the Republican National Convention in New York City, including the keynote video introducing the President of the United States to the convention hall."
Senior Advisor Karen Hughes
(joined the campaign the week of Aug. 16, 2004)  Returned to Texas in 2002 but continued to serve as an informal advisor to President Bush; author of Ten Minutes from Normal (March 2004).  Counselor to the President for Bush during his first 18 months in the White House.  Communications Director during Bush's six years as Governor of Texas, and communications director for his successful 1994 and 1998 gubernatorial campaigns and his 2000 presidential campaign.  Executive Director of the Republican Party of Texas.  Television news reporter for KXAS-TV, the NBC affiliate in Dallas/Fort Worth.  B.A. in English and a B.F.A. in Journalism from Southern Methodist University.

Senior Advisor Tucker Eskew
Director of the White House Office of Media Affairs in 2001.  In summer and fall 2000 Eskew worked on the Bush campaign in Austin as a Senior Communications Advisor; earlier he directed communications for Bush's South Carolina primary campaign.  Co-founded an electronic commerce business and built his own public relations firm.  Press Secretary and Communications Director to South Carolina Governor Carroll Campbell.  Assistant Press Secretary for the Reagan-Bush '84 campaign.
Senior Advisor Mary Matalin
Served as assistant to President George W. Bush and counselor to Vice President Dick Cheney, the first White House official to hold that double title. Previously Matalin hosted CNN's Crossfire; she was the founding co-host of the Washington-based political weeknight talk show, Equal Time, which premiered in May 1993 on CNBC. In 1992, President George H.W. Bush named her the deputy campaign manager for political operations, responsible for the overview and organization of all 50 state operations.  She served chief of staff for the RNC and in senior positions in George H.W. Bush's 1988 campaign.

Lead Debate Negotiator James A. Baker III
(announced Sept. 7, 2004) Senior partner at Baker Botts LLP (Houston).  Following the Nov. 2000 vote served as chief strategist for the Bush-Cheney campaign during the Florida recount battle.  White House Chief of Staff and Senior Counselor to President George H.W. Bush, August 1992-January 1993.  Secretary of State under President Bush, January 1989-August 1992.  Secretary of the Treasury under President Ronald Reagan, 1985-88.  White House Chief of Staff to President Reagan, 1981-85.  Started in public service in 1975 as Under Secretary of Commerce to President Gerald Ford. Led the presidential campaigns for Presidents Ford, Reagan and Bush over the course of five consecutive presidential elections from 1976 to 1992.
Debate Negotiation Team
(announced Sept. 7, 2004) Robert B. Zoellick (U.S. Trade Representative), Gov. Haley Barbour (MS), Allan B. Hubbard (President of E&A Industries, Inc.), Karen Hughes (Senior Advisor), Mary Matalin (Senior Advisor), and Mark Wallace (Deputy Campaign Manager).

Regional Chairpersons (total of 11, announced July 10, 2003)

Pacific (AK, HI, NV, CA) Mario Rodriguez
Chairman of the Latino Coalition Foundation, a national organization that advocates for common sense business legislation.  President of the Hispanic Business Roundtable of California.  A vice chairman of the California Republican Party.  CEO of Jonathan Grey & Associates, Inc., San Clemente, CA.
Northwest (WA, OR, ID, MT, WY) Molly Bordonaro
Bordonaro, a fifth generation Oregonian, is a principal in the Portland office of The Gallatin Group, a strategic consulting firm.  She served as Pacific states chair for the Bush-Cheney  2000 presidential campaign and as chair of Oregon Victory 2000.  In 2001 President Bush appointed Bordonaro to the board of directors of the Fannie Mae Corporation.  In 1999, she was appointed by the U.S. Congress to serve on the Commission for Advancement of Women and Minorities in Science, Engineering and Technology.  She was the 1998 Republican nominee for Congress in Oregon's First District.  Prior to joining the Gallatin Group, Bordonaro worked in commercial real estate and owned her own strategic consulting firm. 
Southwest (UT, CO, NM, TX, AZ) John Sanchez
The Republican nominee for Governor in New Mexico in 2002.  In 2000, Sanchez defeated the Speaker of the House, a 30-year incumbent, to win a seat in the New Mexico legislature (he vacated the seat to run for Governor).  In his first run for office in 1997 he defeated a former mayor to win a seat on Albuquerque's city council.
Plains (ND, SD, NE, MN, IA) Vin Weber
Weber represented Minnesota's Second District in Congress from 1981-93 and was an elected member of House Republican leadership. He is the managing partner of Clark & Weinstock's Washington office; he opened the office in 1994.  He is co-director of Empower America, of the Domestic Policy Project of the Aspen Institute, and of the Policy Forum (formerly the Mondale Forum) at the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota. 
Central (KS, OK, MO, AR) Warren Erdman
Served ten years as chief of staff to Senator Kit Bond.  Involved in the strategic planning of the Missouri Republican Party's voter identification and turnout data base program.  During the Reagan, Bush and Dole presidential campaigns, Erdman served as a strategist for the fundraising and grassroots efforts of the Missouri Victory Committees.  In 2000, he assisted the Bush-Cheney campaign in Michigan.  Erdman currently serves as vice president of corporate affairs for Kansas City Southern. 
Southeast (LA, MS, AL, GA, FL) Ralph Reed
Founder and president of Century Strategies, a public relations and public affairs firm headquartered in Atlanta. Chairman of the Georgia Republican Party from 2001-2002; he assisted in the campaigns of U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss, Governor Sonny Perdue, and the GOP takeover of the state Senate.  Reed has worked on seven Republican presidential campaigns; he served as a consultant and senior advisor to the Bush-Cheney 2000 campaign.  Executive director of the Christian Coalition, 1989-97.
Atlantic (TN, VA, NC, SC) Warren Tompkins
A veteran of South Carolina and national politics, Tompkins experience includes work on six presidential campaigns.  Tompkins was executive director of both South Carolina Reagan-Bush campaigns, the first at age 28.  He also served as the executive director of the South Carolina Republican Party.  Tompkins served as former Governor Carroll Campbell's chief of staff, supervising a staff of more than 230 people and budgets totaling more than $91 million. 
Ohio Valley (IN, KY, OH, WV) Jo Ann Davidson
Davidson was a member of the Ohio House of Representatives for 20 years, including service as Speaker of the House from 1995-2000.  She served as chairman of the Franklin County Republican Party Central Committee for 25 years.  Davidson chaired the successful Taft for Governor campaigns in 1998 and 2002.  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. 
Mid-Atlantic (DC, MD, DE, NJ, PA, NY) Leslie Gromis
Gromis served as a regional chairman for the 2000 Bush-Cheney campaign.  She has done extensive work for  Governor Tom Ridge.  She ran Ridge 's successful re-election campaign in 1998.  Prior to the campaign, Gromis served as the director of the Office of Public Liaison for Ridge.  Before joining the Ridge Administration, Gromis served as co-director of the 1995 Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Inaugural Committee and as political director for the 1994 Ridge for Governor campaign.  Gromis served as the regional political director for former President Bush's re-election campaign and for the RNC.  From 1989 to 1990, Gromis served as a special assistant for political affairs in the Bush Administration. 
New England (ME, NH, RI, VT, CT, MA) Jim Tobin
(resigned from the position on Oct. 15, 2004 amid allegations of involvement in a phone jamming incident on Election Day, Nov. 2002) Tobin is founder of The Tobin Company, a Bangor, Maine based communications and political consulting company, and has more than 20 years of political experience.  He has served as national political director for Forbes for President, Northeast political director for the NRSC under Sen. Bill Frist, regional political director at the RNC for Chairmen Barbour, Nicholson and Racicot, and as a consultant to the NRCC.  In addition, Tobin has advised Senators Cohen, Snowe and Collins.  Tobin grew up in Windham, Maine and graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. 
Great Lakes (WI, IL, MI) Bob Kjellander
Kjellander has served as the Republican National Committeeman for Illinois since 1995; he served as Vice Chairman of the Rules Committee at the 2000 Convention and was elected Chairman of the RNC Rules Committee for the 2000–04 term.  Kjellander was the mid-west chairman of the 2000 Bush-Cheney campaign.  He has been president of the Springfield Consulting Group, LLC, a marketing and governmental relations firm, since 1984.

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