List of 2002 Republican Party Chairs

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Alabama

said Ray Moore was right for calling homosexuality evil [1]

worked for Karl Rove's consulting company, is now a political consultant

Arizona

partner in Steptoe & Johnson, the firm defending the Iraq mercenary companies involved in Abu Ghraib [2]

Number one 2004 GOP voter fraud culprit [3]

Arkansas

Ret. Congressman, sits on bank, energy boards

Alleged "national effort" of voter fraud by Democrats in 2002 [4]

California


Colorado


Connecticut


Delaware


District of Columbia


Florida


Georgia


Hawaii


Idaho


Illinois


Indiana


Iowa


Kansas

Ron Seeber, Political Director


Kentucky Ellen Williams, Chairman & Executive Director


Louisiana


Maine


Maryland


Massachusetts


Michigan


Minnesota


Mississippi


Missouri

Montana


Nebraska


Nevada


New Hampshire


New Jersey


New Mexico


New York


North Carolina


North Dakota


Ohio


Oklahoma


Oregon


Pennsylvania


Rhode Island


South Carolina


South Dakota


Tennessee


Texas


Utah


Vermont


Virginia


Washington


West Virginia


Wisconsin


Wyoming

  Who's Who: Republican State Party Chairmen & Executive Directors

Peter Abbarno, Executive Director, Washington. Former exec. dir., Vermont GOP, where the party gained a state House majority. Media and policy coordinator for Republicans, New York Assembly.

Joe Acinapura, State Chairman, Vermont. Served in Army for 28 years; two Bronze Stars. Adjunct professor, political science, College of St. Joseph. President, Safer Society Foundation. B.A., Rutgers Univ.; M.A., Univ. of Colorado.

Chad Alexander, State Chairman, Oklahoma. Former aide and campaign manager, U.S. Rep. J. C. Watts. Active in local politics and College Republicans. Helped pass state's Right to Work law earlier this year. B.A., Univ. of Central Oklahoma.

Jamila Billue Atkinson, Executive Director of the District of Columbia party. Started as a campaign volunteer in Ohio. B.A., College of Wooster. Worked with Americorps/VISTA in Washington, D.C.

Kari Austin, Executive Director, Kansas. Former community relations manager, Koch Industries. Former Leg. dir., U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran, aide to Sen. Nancy Kassebaum, reporter. B.A., summa cum laude, journalism, Fort Hays State Univ.

Tim Baer, Executive Director, Alabama. Formerly with Alabama Business Council. Worked on GOP effort to win eight of nine state Supreme Court seats.

Debbie Beatty, Executive Director, North Carolina. Former Human Resources dir., The Budd Group, a business services firm, and official in administration of former Gov. Jim Martin. Longtime Republican campaign activist. B.A., Guilford College.

Bob Beauprez, State Chairman, Colorado. Former dairy farmer and breeder of Holstein cattle. Bought a community bank in Lafayette, which has grown to 11 branches. Developed old farm into residential community. Priorities: reelect Sen. Wayne Allard, Gov. Bill Owens; win state Senate control in '02.

Robert Bennett, State Chairman, Ohio. In sixth term; member of RNC since '88. Chairman, Midwestern State Chairmen's Association. CPA and attorney. Authored publications on tax law. Active civic leader. B.S., Ohio State Univ.; J.D., Cleveland State Univ.

George Bonnett, Executive Director, Louisiana. Worked on five presidential campaigns, a U.S. Senate race and a campaign for mayor of Houston, participating in elections in seven states.

Patricia Brister, State Chairman, Louisiana. Longtime state party activist and former national committeewoman. Participated in 2000 convention site selection and arrangements. Member, St. Tammany Parish Council, District 4. Retired business owner. Member, State Museum Board. President, Orion College.

Joseph Cannon, State Chairman, Utah. Chairman of the Board, Geneva Steel. Former partner, Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro, specializing in environmental law, and an official in the Environmental Protection Agency. Volunteer missionary in Ireland, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. B.A. and J.D. with honors, Brigham Young Univ.

Al Cardenas, State Chairman, Florida. RNC Executive Comm. Active in state party for 25 years. Reagan 1980 transition team. Served on FNMA board, Trade Policy Comm. Partner, Tew Cardenas Rebak Kellogg Lehman DeMaria & Tague law firm. Born in Havana.

Trent Clark, State Chairman, Idaho. Environmental communications specialist, Monsanto Co. Former dir. of farm services for Idaho and chief environmental economist, Joint Economic Committee of Congress. Considers Idaho "most Republican state in America" with 32 of 35 state Senate seats and 61 of 70 state House seats.

Bill Cobey, State Chairman, North Carolina. Former member of Congress, 4th District. Served in Gov. Jim Martin's administration as deputy secretary of transportation and then secretary of Environment, Health and Natural Resources. GOP nominee for lieutenant governor, '80. College Republican chairman while at Emory Univ. M.B.A., Wharton School, Univ. of Pennsylvania; M.E.D., Univ. of Pittsburgh.

Marty Connors, State Chairman, Alabama. Principal, M. J. Connors Consulting. Analyst, WBRC-TV. Candidate for Congress, 6th District '92. Former Bush Education Dept. official and state party executive director.

John Darby, Executive Director, South Carolina. Former party political dir. and research dir. Organized state's presidential primary in '96. Formerly worked for an information technology consulting firm. B.A., Univ. of South Carolina.

John Dendahl, State Chairman, New Mexico. Former secretary of Economic Development and Tourism. Background in technology, banking and real estate businesses. Candidate for GOP gubernatorial nomination, '94. Graduate, Univ. of Colorado.

Chris DePino, State Chairman, Connecticut. Former state representative from New Haven and Assistant House Minority Leader; former member, New Haven Board of Alderman and Commissioner. Played key roles in Gov. John Rowland's '98 re-election and U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons' upset win in 2000.

John Dowd, State Chairman, New Hampshire. Former state vice chairman, county chairman and a candidate for state Senator. Chairman, Seacoast Business Alliance. President, New Generation Homeless Shelter. Retired VP, Wheelabrator Technologies.

Ron Eibensteiner, State Chairman, Minnesota. Former state finance dir. and co-chair of state platform committee. Finance chair for Sen. Rudy Boschwitz '90 and Norm Coleman for governor, '98. President, Wyncrest Capital, investor in early-stage technology companies.

Paul Ellington, Executive Director, Maryland. Member, Bowie City Council; intends to run for mayor in '02. Active in GOP campaigns since late '70s. Served on Bush-Cheney Florida recount team.

Ryan Erwin, Chief Operating Officer, California state party. Started in Ohio politics. Has worked in local, state, national campaigns. Helped turn around a problem-plagued Nevada GOP as its executive director, 1999-2001.

Robert Fannin, State Chairman, Arizona. 65, partner in Phoenix office of Steptoe & Johnson law firm. B.A., Stanford Univ.; J.D., Univ. of Arizona. Served three years in U.S. Air Force as a commissioned officer.

Kim Gallaspy, Executive Director, Mississippi. Former communications dir. Served as public affairs coordinator, Gov. Kirk Fordice. Graduate, Univ. of Southern Mississippi; master's in public relations.

George Gallo, Executive Director, Connecticut. Elected member, state central committee. Adjunct professor, Albertus Magnus College. Former New Haven Alderman. M.A., Wesleyan Univ. B.A., Albertus Magnus. Pursuing Ph.D. in political science at Yale Univ.

Donna Lou Gosney, Executive Director, West Virginia. Worked for two West Virginia governors and six Kentucky governors. Recruited by The Council of State Governments to oversee housing and credential certification for the National Governor's Association, Southern Governor's Association and the Association of Attorneys General. Graduate of Univ. of Kentucky.

Richard Graber, State Chairman, Wisconsin. Chairman of the Kasten for Senate campaign, '92. Former state finance chair, '93-'99. Currently an attorney with Reinhart, Boerner, Van Deuren, Norris & Rieselback. Graduate of Duke Univ. and Boston Univ. Law School.

Ralph Gonzalez, Executive Director, Georgia. State senate field director in Florida, '94 campaign. Managed U.S. Rep. Dave Weldon's '96 re-election. M.A. in Campaign Management, Univ. of Florida; B.A., Florida International Univ.

Wayne Hamilton, Executive Director, Texas. Former homebuilder, owner of water utility company and aide, U.S. Rep. Joe Barton. Worked as fundraiser and grassroots organizer in local campaigns. Graduate, Dallas Baptist Univ.

John Paul Hammerschmidt, State Chairman, Arkansas. Former Member of Congress, District 3 (defeated Bill Clinton in 1974). World War II combat pilot. Active in state GOP politics since '40s; served as state chair in '60s. Formerly in timber, lumber business.

John Hancock, Executive Director, Missouri. GOP nominee for secretary of state, '92 and '96. Former state representative, '88-'92; elected as chairman of the Policy Development Committee for the Republican Caucus. B.S., Univ. of Missouri, cum laude. Master's in public policy, Rutgers Univ.; Eagleton Institute fellow. Completed extensive work toward doctorate degree. Former president, Integrity Communications. Composes ragtime music.

Beth Harwell, State Chairman, Tennessee. State representative, Dist. 56. Assistant professor of political science, Belmont Univ. Ph.D., Vanderbilt Univ.; M.S., George Peabody College; B.A., David Lipscomb Univ.

Kerry Healy, State Chairman, Massachusetts. Former state committeewoman and candidate for state representative. Serves on Criminal History Systems Board. Public policy consultant, Abt Associates. Adjunct lecturer, Endicott College. Active civic leader. Ph.D., Trinity College, University of Dublin; A.B., Harvard College.

Jim Herring, State Chairman, Mississippi. Attorney. Former district attorney, 20th Circuit Court, and Judge, state Court of Appeals. B.A. and L.L.B., Univ. of Mississippi.

Rusty Hills, State Chairman, Michigan. Served as dir. of communications and dir. of public affairs for Gov. John Engler. Now working to defend GOP control of all three branches of state government in '02.

Darryl Howard, Executive Director, Oregon. Former staffer, GOP state House Republican Caucus; Managed campaigns for U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings; field representative, RNC '96.

David Johnson, Executive Director, Florida. Worked for state party in various posts for most of the '90s. Partner, Tidewater Consulting, 2000. East Tennessee native.

Micah Kane, Executive Director, Hawaii. 32, former business consultant, Honolulu City Council legislative assistant, Building Industry Association government affairs liaison. M.B.A., Univ. of Hawaii.

Mike Kiedrowski, Executive Director, Montana. Appointed to position at age 22. Former aide, Lt. Gov. Denny Rehberg. B.S., Univ. of Montana.

Matt King, Executive Director, Tennessee. Former state dir., National Federation of Independent Business, and aide to state Sen. Bud Gilbert. Campaign coordinator, U.S. Rep. Ed Bryant. B.L.S., Univ. of Memphis.

Evan Kozlow, Executive Director, New Jersey. Partner, Red Zone Communications, political media firm. Key participant, Bret Schundler for governor, '01. Managed congressional and gubernatorial campaigns. Former aide, New Jersey Sen. John Bennett, Senate Majority Leader.

David Kramer, State Chairman, Nebraska. Attorney, Baird Holm law firm. Resident dir. for International Republican Institute in Angola. Worked on numerous state, federal and local campaigns. B.A., Loyola Univ. in New Orleans; J.D., Georgetown Univ.

Joe Kyrillos, State Chairman, New Jersey. State Senator, in third term. Executive Committee, National Conference of State Legislatures. Former special assistant, U.S. Secretary of Interior Don Hodel. Dir. of GVA Williams Real Estate.

Charles Larson, State Chairman, Iowa. State representative, Dist. 55. General counsel, ESCO Group; state vice chair, Bush for President, 2000; former assistant Jones County Attorney. Mountain climber.

Jason Lehoist, Executive Director, Idaho. Former finance director and assistant campaign manager, Butch Otter for Congress, 2000. Finance director, Kirk Kempthorne for governor, '98.

Linda Lingle, State Chairman, Hawaii. Former mayor of Maui and member of the Maui County Council. GOP nominee for governor in '98. Former owner, Molokai Free Press Community Newspaper; public information officer, Hotel Workers/Teamsters.

Neale Lunderville, Executive Director, Vermont. Founding partner and chief information officer, Sagitas, Inc., a legal technology company. Former consultant, The Ryegate Group, and a database specialist for the RNC.

Edward Matricardi, Executive Director, Virginia. Helped party take control of General Assembly for first time. Oversaw state party's successful Victory 2000 efforts. Former staffer, state Sec. of Administration and Sec. of the Commonwealth. A field dir. for Jim Gilmore for governor, '97.

Jay McCleskey, Executive Director, New Mexico. Managed campaign that unseated Democratic House speaker in '00. Former policy analyst, State Senate Republican Caucus.

Michael McDaniel, State Chairman, Indiana. Worked in campaigns for Sen. Richard Lugar and Lt. Gov. John Mutz. Dir. of governmental relations, Ball State Univ. Dir., Bowen Institute for Practical Politics. B.A., M.P.A., Ball State Univ.

Henry McMaster, State Chairman, South Carolina. GOP nominee for lieutenant governor in '90 and U.S. Senate, '86. State chair, Kemp for President '88; vice chair, Bush for President '88. Former U.S. Attorney and aide to Sen. Strom Thurmond. Graduate, Univ. of South Carolina School of Law.

Chris McNulty, Executive Director, Ohio. Former state party political dir. and field representative. Conducted training programs for GOP candidates. Bush-Cheney Florida recount team. B.S./B.A., John Carroll Univ.

Luke Messer, Executive Director, Indiana. Former congressional staffer and campaign manager. Managed campaigns for Russo Marsh Inc., political consulting firm. Candidate for Congress, 2000, Indiana 2. Attorney. Graduate, Wabash College, Univ. of Virginia Law School.

Michael Meyers, Executive Director, Michigan. Former dir., Posthumus Leadership Team, a PAC for Lt. Gov. Dick Posthumus. Former chief of staff, state Sen. Mat Dunaskiss and finance dir. for the Senate Republican Campaign Committee.

Ken Miller, State Chairman, Montana. State senator since '95. Has owned and operated construction and roofing businesses. Assisted numerous GOP campaigns throughout the '90s. State public chairman, American Legislative Exchange Council.

Everett Moore, State Chairman, Delaware. 51. Former state party vice chair; former chair, Sussex County party. Former member, Indian River School Board. Attorney. President, Moore & Rutt, P.A. Expanding grassroots organization, candidate recruitment and training.

Corey Miltimore, Executive Director, Minnesota. Principal, twentythree.five, inc., a corporate communications firm. Former dir., Change Minnesota. Worked for Phil Gramm for President '96, Vin Weber Congressional Committee. Former VP, The Walker Group.

Sean Murphy, Executive Director, Colorado. Veteran of numerous Colorado campaigns. Former staffer, Sen. Bill Armstrong. Graduate, Univ. of Colorado.

Alan Novak, State Chairman, Pennsylvania. Former Chester County Chairman. Attorney, Conrad, O'Brien, Gellman & Rohn. Helped party win 13 victories in 18 statewide elections despite state's Democratic registration edge. Chairman, Northeast Chairmen's Association. Former member, Coatesville City Council. Graduate, Ursinus College and Villanova School of Law.

Scott Parker, Executive Director, Utah. Former state chairman, College Republicans. Worked on congressional campaigns. Volunteer mission for Mormon Church in Russia. Lived in Helsinki, Finland for three years as a child. Studied political science and Russian at Brigham Young Univ.

Mark Parkinson, State Chairman, Kansas. Former state senator and state representative. Partner, Mission Springs Assisted Living Facilities. Founding partner, Parkinson, Foth & Orrick law firm. B.A., summa cum laude, Wichita State Univ.; J.D., Univ. of Kansas.

Joseph Penkala, Executive Director, Rhode Island. Served as finance dir. for Sen. Lincoln Chafee and as national service academy outreach coordinator for Sen. John McCain's Patriot Organization. Dean's List graduate of West Point and Boston Univ. School of Law. Working to keep governorship in GOP hands in '02.

Marlys Popma, Executive Director, Iowa. Grassroots organizer, Phil Gramm for President, '96. Former president and board chair, Iowa Right to Life. Coalition director, Gov. Terry Branstad's re-election, '94. Former national deputy political dir., Campaign for Working Families and Bauer for President, 2000.

Ralph Reed, State Chairman, Georgia. Former executive director, Christian Coalition. Founder and president, Century Strategies, a political and public affairs consulting firm. B.A., Univ. of Georgia. Ph.D., history, Emory Univ.

Joel Rosenthal, State Chairman, South Dakota. Agri-businessman, meat packing industry and tractor parts sales. Moved from Texas to South Dakota in '73. Civic leader, GOP activist since early '80s. Graduate, North Texas State Univ.

Marty Ryall, Executive Director, Arkansas. Served as consultant to GOP in Delaware, Bush-Cheney Florida recount team, International Republican Institute in Nigeria and Liberia, managed Paul Coverdell's U.S. Senate '98 campaign in Georgia, deputy political director Elizabeth Dole for President.

Chad Saylor, Executive Director, Pennsylvania. Prior to this post, worked for nearly a decade on behalf of GOP state legislators, served as executive dir., House Republican Campaign Committee. B.A., magna cum laude, Lebanon Valley College.

Darrin Schmitz, Executive Director, Wisconsin. Former com-munications dir. and speechwriter to former Gov. Tommy Thompson. Served on staff of Bush for President 2000 as state exec. dir.

Laura Schoen, Executive Director, South Dakota. Former reporter and weather person for KEVN-TV. Former anchor and reporter, KSFY-TV. Graduate, Univ. of South Dakota.

Bob Seale, State Chairman, Nevada. Former state Treasurer. CPA. Managing Director, Gabelli Fixed Income. Former managing partner, Pangborn & Co. Past president, Nevada Museum of Art. Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award. B.S., California State Polytechnic Univ.

Nathan Sproul, Executive Director, Arizona. Magna Cum Laude graduate, Pillsbury College. M.B.A., Univ. of Phoenix. Became party ED March, 1999.

Shawn Steel, State Chairman, California. Prolific fundraiser, started in politics with "Youth for Goldwater." Worked as grassroots party operative. Master's degree in history, Univ. of Southern California. Received J.D. degree.

Michael Steele, State Chairman, Maryland. Corporate finance attorney. Principal, The Steele/Barnes Group, business and political consulting firm. First GOP African American state chair. Ran for state comptroller, '98. B.A., The Johns Hopkins Univ.; J.D., Georgetown Univ.

Jason Stverak, Executive Director, North Dakota. Former political dir., Nebraska GOP. Former aide, U.S. Sen. Larry Pressler. Finance dir., Stenberg for U.S. Senate, Nebraska, '00. Working to retain party's state legislative super majority.

Eric Sutton, Executive Director, Delaware. 25. Former party political director. B.A., Univ. of Delaware. Working to rebuild statewide grassroots organization and reaching out to non-traditional GOP voters.

Gary Thomson, State Chairman, Virginia. CPA, partner, Goodman & Co. Extensive background as a civic leader and local party activist. Chairman, Governor's Advisory Council, Business-Education Partnership Program and Blue Ribbon Commission on Higher Education.

Daniel Traynor, State Chairman, North Dakota. At 31, the youngest GOP state chairman. State legislative campaign dir. '92. Attorney, Traynor, Rutten & Traynor. J.D., Univ. of North Dakota Law School.

Sandy Treadwell, State Chairman, New York. Former Secretary of State under Gov. George Pataki. Former vice chairman, GOP state committee and chairman, Essex County GOP. Former reporter, Sports Illustrated. Graduate, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

David Tyson, State Chairman, West Virginia. Municipal judge, Barboursville, WV, '87-'88. Delegate/alternate to the Republican National Conventions, '76, '84, '88, '92, '96, '00. Served on the Committee on Arrangements, Republican National Convention 2000. Attorney with Tyson & Tyson. B.A., West Virginia Univ.; J.D., California Western School of Law.

Chris Vance, State Chairman, Washington. Former member, King County Council, 13th District; former state representative, 31st District. Former congressional and state legislative staffer. B.A., Western Washington Univ.

Ann Wagner, State Chairman, Missouri. Co-chairman of RNC. Served as GOP dir. of legislative redistricting, '91. Leader in campaigns for George Bush, Bob Dole and John Ashcroft. B.S., Univ. of Missouri-Columbia. Before politics, she worked for Hallmark Cards and Ralston Purina.

Kathy Watson, State Chairman, Maine. Delegate to four national conventions, serving on Rules Committee, '96 and '00. Working to re-elect Sen. Susan Collins, win the governorship and capture a majority in state Senate, which is now tied.

Susan Weddington, State Chairman, Texas. Businesswoman. Longtime GOP activist and civic leader. Former communications dir. and research analyst, Texas Conservative Coalition and the Texas Public Policy Foundation. State legislative aide. B.A., Trinity Univ.

Betsy Warren Werronen, Chair, District of Columbia party. Public affairs, government relations executive, Warren and Co. Former official, Depts. of State and Energy in Reagan and Bush administrations. Former executive assistant, U.S. Sen. Ed Brooke. B.A., Boston College.

Ellen Williams, State Chairman and Executive Director, Kentucky. Chair, Southern Chairman's Association, RNC; GOP platform committee, 2000. Former aide, U.S. Rep. Larry Hopkins; worked on three presidential campaigns; former dir., Young Republican National Federation. State senate went Republican for first time in 1999; all five GOP congressmen re-elected, 2000.

Rich Williamson, State Chairman, Illinois. Partner, Mayer, Brown & Platt law firm. GOP U.S. Senate nominee, '92; a leading architect of Pres. Reagan's "New Federalism" agenda. Former aide, U.S. Rep. Phil Crane. Held appointive positions in Reagan administration. Advisor to Gov. George Ryan. A.B., cum laude, Princeton Univ.; J.D., Univ. of Virginia.

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