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Jeb 2016, Inc.

(page revised May 24, 2016)

announced June 15, 2015.
see also:
pre-campaign organization
  |  pro-Bush super PAC.

>On Oct. 23, 2015, the campaign announced via Bloomberg Politics a significant refocusing including salary reductions, a downsizing of headquarters staff, with some put on ballot access and "a special focus on increasing our New Hampshire operation."

>On Dec. 30, 2015, the Des Moines Register's Jennifer Jacobs reported the campaign is canceling ad buys in IA and SC and shifting resources to its field organization.  Jacobs reported, "In January, they'll deploy 60 staffers from the Miami headquarters to the early states, including about 10 to Iowa.Further, for New Hampshire "about 20 more campaign staffers will be deployed there, beefing up the team to about 40."

Senior Advisor  Sally Bradshaw

Senior advisor to Jeb Bush.  Served as one of five members of the RNC's Growth & Opportunity Project.  Advisor to Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford.  Advisor to Governor Haley Barbour and his political action committee.  Senior advisor to the Republican Party of Florida during the 2010 general election.  Senior advisor on Mitt Romney's 2008 primary campaign (announced Oct. 17, 2006).  Senior campaign advisor to the Bush-Brogan 2002 re-election campaign.  Chief of staff for Gov. Jeb Bush from Jan. 1999 to Dec. 2000, after directing the transition.  Managed Jeb Bush's 1998 and 1994 gubernatorial campaigns.  Executive director of the Foundation for Florida's Future, a non-profit grassroots public policy institute.  Political director of the Republican Party of Florida.  Executive director of the 1992 Florida Bush-Quayle campaign.  Staff director for the House Republican Office in Tallahassee.  Has lived in Florida since 1991.  Before moving to Florida, Bradshaw worked at the White House as an Associate Director for the Office of Political Affairs from 1989-91.  Regional field coordinator for the Bush for President campaign in 1988.  Undergraduate degree in political science from The George Washington University.  Originallly from Greenville, Mississippi.   twitter

Campaign Manager  Danny Diaz

...following campaign shake up reported on June 8, 2015.  Politico reports Diaz is to "handle the campaign's day-to-day operations."   Diaz signed on to the Bush team to do messaging and advertising more than four months ago, first reported by CNN on Feb. 2, 2015.
Partner and co-founder (2010) at FP1 Strategies, LLC.  Owner of Diaz Communications, LLC, 2009-10.  Communications director at the RNC, 2007-Jan. 2009.  Deputy communications director on John McCain 2008, Jan.-July 16, 2007.  Deputy communications director at the RNC in the 2006 cycle (announced Feb. 9, 2005); oversaw the RNC’s regional media efforts.  Regional spokesperson for the Southwest and Mountain States for Bush-Cheney ’04.  Deputy press secretary for the NRCC.  He has also worked for several public relations firms in the Washington, DC area.  Graduate of George Mason University, 2000.  twitter

Senior Strategist  David Kochel

...Kochel was in line to be campaign manager until shake-up first reported on June 8, 2015.  Now he is to build and oversee a political operation in the early states and beyond.  He was first reported joining the Bush team on Jan. 29, 2015 and relocated from Iowa to Miami.
Owner of Redwave Communications in Des Moines.  Senior advisor on Romney's 2011-12 Iowa caucus campaign, and earlier served as treasurer of Romney's PAC.  Senior Iowa advisor on Romney's 2007-08 Iowa caucus campaign.  Executive vice president at DCI Group, Dec. 1996-Feb. 2002.  Managed Lamar Alexander's Iowa campaign in 1999.  Executive director of the Michigan Republican Party, April-Dec. 1996.  Executive director of the Republican Party of Iowa in 1995-96.  B.A. in political science from Iowa State University, 1987.  twitter


Communications Director  Tim Miller

(reported on Feb. 20, 2015...if Bush runs Miller is expected to become communications director)  Executive director of America Rising LLC since March 2013.  Deputy communications director at the RNC from March 2012-March 2013.  Press secretary on Jon Huntsman's presidential campaign, June 2011-Feb. 2012.  Director/kead digital communications strategist in the Public Affairs division at the Glover Park Group, from July 2009-Feb. 2011.  Communications strategist at Berman and Company, 2007-09.  Iowa communications director for John McCain, 2006-mid-2007.  Communications director on Jeff Lamberti for Congress, 2006.  Political director on Bill Dix for Congress, 2005-06.  Field on Jerry Kilgore for Governor of Virginia, 2005.  Travel aide on Bill Lee for Governor of Delaware, 2004.  B.A. in political science from The George Washington University, 2004.  twitter

Press Secretary  Kristy Campbell

Deputy communications director for media affairs on Romney for President.  Communications director for the American Conservative Union from June 2011.  Communications director on the McCollum for Governor campaign in Florida, 2010.  Communications director at the Foundation for Florida's Future, 2008-Jan. 2010.  Florida communications director on the 2007-8 Romney campaign.  Press secretary in the Executive Office of Gov. Jeb Bush, 2006-07.  Communications director for the Florida Department of Community Affairs, 2005-06.  Graduate of Florida State University, 2004.  twitter

Deputy Press Secretary  Allie Brandenburger

Previously director of communications for the Retail Industry Leaders Association from Feb. 2013.  A regional press secretary on Romney for President, May-Nov. 2012.  Northeast regional press secretary at the RNC, March-June 2012.  Communications director to U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham (CA) from Jan. 2011-March 2012.  Deputy press secretary on Meg Whitman for Governor, July 2009-Nov. 2010.  B.A. in communication, psychology from the University of Southern California, 2009.  twitter

Director of Rapid Response  Matt Gorman

(reported by the Miami Herald on Jan. 29, 2015)  Rapid response director at the NRCC in the 2014 cycle from Jan. 2013.  Deputy rapid response director (April-Nov. 2012) and research analyst (May 2011-April 2012) on Romney for President; intern at Romney's Free and Strong America PAC, Jan.-May 2011.  B.A. in political science from Stonehill College, 2011.  twitter

Jesse Hunt NH in Sept. 2015

(reported by the Miami Herald on Jan. 29, 2015)  Deputy communications director on Scott Brown for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, May-Nov. 2014.  Digital rapid response manager for the Republican Party of Florida, March-May 2014.  Field research analyst in Baton Rouge for America Rising LLC, Oct. 2013-March 2014.  Deputy press secretary on Gabriel Gomez for U.S. Senate (MA), May-July 2013; communications on Dan Winslow for U.S. Senate (MA), March-April 2013.  B.A. in communications from Stonehill College, 2013.  twitter

Communications Advisor and Spokesperson for Hispanic Media  Emily Benavides

(reported by Buzzfeed on April 8, 2015)  Communications director on Gov. Rick Snyder's 2014 re-election campaign.  Florida press secretary on Romney for President in Fall 2012.  Deputy press secretary for specialty media for the 2012 Republican National Convention, April-Sept. 2012.  Legislative aide/systems administrator in the office of Rep. Robert Aderholt, Aug. 2010-March 2012.  Marketing database assistant at the National Geographic Society, 2009-10.  Interned in Rep. Randy Forbes office (Jan.-April 2009) and Rep. Robert Latta's office (Aug.-Dec. 2008).  Legal assistant at Paley Rothman, 2007-08.  M.A. in government from The Johns Hopkins University, 2010; B.A. in government from The College of William and Mary, 2007.  Ohio native.  twitter

Producer (Writing and Editing)  Kaitlin Zurdowsky

B.S. in biopsychology, cognition and neuroscience and communication studies from University of Michigan, 2014.

Director of Video Content/Jeb TV  Erin Gaetz

Producer for Fox Business Network's "Money With Melissa Francis," starting Oct 2013.  Associate producer for MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Oct. 2011-April 2013.  Editorial producer for Major League Baseball, Aug. 2007-Oct 2011.  B.A. in history from University of Virginia, 2007.  twitter


Digital Director  Christopher Georgia

Ran digital operationsfor the NRCC independent expenditure in the 2014 cycle.  twitter

Director of Digital Content  Kevin Zambrano

Digital strategist at the NRCC in the 2014 cycle.  Account manager at Conservative Connector.  Deputy data analyst on Romney/Ryan.  Graduate of Syracuse University.  New Hampshire native.  twitter

Digital Analytics Director  Ronald Thompson

(July 2015)  Consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton, March-July 2015.  Data engineering at Øptimus, Apirl 2014-March 2015.  Digital analytics and media contractor for Darrell Issa for Congress, June-Sept. 2013.  A.B. in government from Georgetown University.


Political Director  David James

(reported by the Wall Street Journal on June 19, 2015)  Partner at FLS Connect.  Senior advisor on Romney's 2008 and 2012 campaigns.  Regional political director for the Mid-Atlantic and Ohio region at the RNC, 2001-05.  Executive director and political director at the Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania, 1997-2001.  Graduate of West Chester University of Pennsylvania, 1991.

Senior Political Advisor  Scott Jennings

(reported by Lexington Herald-Leader's Sam Youngman on March 9, 2015...had been seen as likely political director)  Principal at RunSwitch Public Relations, based in Louisville, from July 2012.  Ohio state director on Romney for President.  Senior strategist at Peritus Public Relations, from Oct. 2007-July 2012.  Senior advisor to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's 2008 re-election campaign in Kentucky.   Deputy White House political director and a special assistant to the president, Feb. 2005-Oct. 2007.  New Mexico executive director of Bush-Cheney '04 (one of only two states to go from blue in 2000 to red in 2004).  Political director on Ernie Fletcher for Governor primary campaign in Kentucky and then for the Republican Party of Kentucky's statewide effort in 2003.  Political director on the McConnell Senate Committee, 2002.  Communications director for the Republican Party of Kentucky, 2001; in the early part of 2001 served as press secretary in the Office of the Senate President.  Political director on the 2000 Bush-Cheney campaign in Kentucky.  News reporter for WHAS Radio in Louisville, KY and for the Kentucky News Network, 1996-2000.  B.A. in political science from University of Louisville, 2000.  twitter

Senior Advisor  Jordan Sekulow

(reported by CBN News on March 6, 2015)  Executive director of the American Center for Law and Justice (founded by his father, Jay Sekulow, who serves as ACLJ chief counsel).  Host of Jay Sekulow Live! syndicated radio program.  Consultant/a vice chair of Romney's National Faith and Values Steering Committee in 2007-08.  National youth director on Bush-Cheney '04.  LL.M in international human rights from Georgetown University Law Center; J.D. from Regent University, 2009; undergraduate degree from The George Washington University.  twitter  [-]

Deputy Political Director for Voter Contact/Digital Political Manager  Hooff Cooksey

(June 2015)  Political for Right to Rise PAC, Jan.-June 2015.  Statewide field director on Ed Gillespie for Senate, Jan.-Nov. 2014.  Political director (May-Dec. 2013) and regional political director (Dec. 2012-May 2013) on Mark Obenshain for Attorney General.  Field director for Republican Party of Virginia/Romney for President, June-Nov. 2012.  B.s. in public relations from The University of Texas at Austin, 2012.

Hispanic Outreach and Engagement Jose Mallea

(first reported by Politico on May 1, 2015)  Co-owner of Biscayne Bay Brewing Co. from Sept. 2012.  Owner of JM Global Consulting since Feb. 2007.  National strategic director for the Koch-affiliated LIBRE Initiative.  State director on Newt Gingrich's Florida presidential primary campaign.  Campaign manager on Marco Rubio for U.S. Senate, Feb. 2010-Jan. 2011.  Chief of staff to Mayor of Miami Manny Diaz, 2005-07.  Served in the Bush administration in various positions, 2001-05 (special assistant to the Administrator at the SBA, 2001-02; personal aide to White House chief of Staff Andy Card, 2002-03; and at the U.S. Department of State, 2003-05).  twitter
See  Adrian Carrasquillo.  "This is How Jeb Bush Plans To Reach Out To Latino Voters."  Buzzfeed, June 16, 2015

Coalitions Director  Charles Badger

(Sept. 2015)  Director of legislative affairs (March 2014-2015) and manager of events and briefings ( Aug. 2013-March 2014) at the NJ Department of Community Affairs.  Political director on Andy Barr for Congress (KY), April-Nov. 2012.  Staf assistant to U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Oct. 2011-April 2012.  B.A. in pre-law/philosophy from Berea College, 2011.  twitter

National Youth Director  Kierstin Koppel

Previously national coalitions director/national youth director at the Job Creators Network, Feb. 2013-June 2015; and political consultant at Galt Consulting, LLC, March 2012-June 2015.  Executive director at SunPAC Hispanic Outreach, Nov. 2012-April 2013.  Florida representative for the LIBRE Initiative, Feb.-Nov. 2012.  Bachelor's degree in political science from Florida International University, 2011.  twitter

National Veterans Coalition

(announced Aug. 25, 2015)  75 veterans supporting Bush's run.
National Veterans Chairman  Former Sen. Bob Dole
(announced Nov. 11, 2015)

Catholics for Jeb

(announced Sept. 22, 2015) 
Co-chairs are three former Ambassadors to the Holy See:
Harvard Law School professor Mary Ann Glendon
Oklahoma businessman Francis Rooney
former VA Secretary and RNC Chairman James Nicholson

National Jewish Leadership Committee

(announced Sept. 25, 2015)  Chaired by former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

National Hispanic Leadership Committee

(announced Oct. 15, 2015)  228 leadership committee members from 20 states and 2 territories.

Religious Liberty Advisory Committee

(announced Oct. 23, 2015)  "will help Jeb identify threats to the First Amendment and assist in crafting strategies to protect our first freedom."

Law Enforcement Coalition

(announced Dec. 14, 2015)  47 federal and state officials.

Women Rise

(initiative and national steering committee announced Dec. 28, 2015)  "educate voters about Jeb’s policy proposals and initiatives, specifically his strong record of advocating policies of key importance to women and his field-leading record of appointing women leaders."

Sportsmen Coalition Advisory Committee

(announced Jan. 12, 2016)  "build the coalition and help spread Jeb’s message about the importance of hunting and fishing traditions and protecting the Second Amendment for law-abiding citizens."
Sportsmen Coalition Co-Chairs
(announced Feb. 4, 2016)
Johnny Morris, a conservation leader and legendary outdoor retailer
Jimmy Houston, “America’s favorite fisherman”
fishing legend Bill Dance
legendary angler Roland Martin

African-Americans for Jeb National Steering Committee

(announced Jan. 18, 2016)  "will help promote Jeb’s message of expanding education opportunity and economic empowerment across the nation."

also note:
Endorsements of 15 former governors (announced Jan. 30, 2016)

Director of Strategy  Trent Wisecup

Two decades of working as a consultant to Republican candidates and campaign committees.  Joined FP1 Strategies as senior vice president-political in Jan. 2014.  Partner at Revolution Agency.  Strategist to the NRCC on IE campaigns in 2012.  Partner at DC Navigators, announced April 2005.  Policy aide, researcher, and debate preparation strategist on Arnold Schwarzenegger's gubernatorial campaign, 2003.  Vice president at The Murphy Pintak Gautier Hudome Agency (MPGH).  Consulted on Lamar Alexander's U.S. Senate campaign and U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson (R-NM)'s re-election campaign, 2002.  Media spokesman to former Sen. Spencer Abraham (R-MI), 2000.  Spokesman on Ronna Romney's 1994 and 1996 U.S. Senate campaigns.  Worked for U.S. Rep. Joe Knollenberg, 1993-99.  B.A. in international relations and affairs from Michigan State University, 1993.  twitter

Deployment Director and Strategy Coordinator Jolyn Lorenzetti

(May 2015...deployment of campaign volunteers; schedules and logistics for senior advisors)  Founding manager of Burning Glass Consulting, Nov. 2013-April 2015; project manager at WWP Strategies, Feb. 2013-April 2015.  Deputy finance director of Women for Romney Victory, June-Nov. 2012.  Director of events at the LS Group, March 2011-June 2012.  B.A. degree from American University, 2011.


Policy Director  Justin Muzinich

(reported by National Review's Eliana Johnson on March 11, 2015)  Executive at Muzinich & Co., a New York City investment firm, joined in 2010.  Worked for the hedge fund EMS Capital.  Worked in mergers and acquisitions at Morgan Stanley.  J.D. from Yale Law School; M.B.A. from Harvard Business School; undergraduate degree from Harvard College.

Policy Advisor  April Ponnuru

(reported by National Review's The Corner on Feb. 24, 2015) Policy director of the YG Network since Dec. 2013.  Senior advisor to U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, Sept. 2012-Nov. 2013.  Executive director of the National Review Institute, Aug. 2008-Aug. 2012.  Vice president of National Review magazine, Jan. 2007-Aug. 2008.  Senior policy advisor (Oct. 2005-Jan. 2007) and policy advisor (Jan. 2003-Sept. 2005) to U.S. House Majority Whip, Rep. Roy Blunt.   Legislative assistant in the U.S. House, Sept. 2001-Oct. 2002.  M.A. in legal and political theory from University College London, 2000; B.S. in political science and government from Liberty University, 1999.  twitter

Policy and Communications Advisor  Michael Steel

(reported by Politico on May 11, 2015)  Press secretary to Speaker of the House John Boehner from Jan. 2011.  Travelling press secretary to vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan.  Press secretary to House Republican Leader John Boehner, 2008-09.  Press secretary to Rep. Jim McCrery (LA) and director of communications at the House Ways and Means Committee.  Press secretary to Rep. John Shadegg (AZ), 2003-06, and for some of that time also press secretary for the House Republican Policy Committee.  Master's degree in journalism from Columbia University; undergraduate degree from University of North Carolina.  Native of Durham, NC.  twitter

National Chairman of Federal-State Relations  Attorney General Scott Pruitt 

(announced Sept. 29, 2015)  Elected the Attorney General of Oklahoma in Nov. 2010; previously served eight years in the Oklahoma State Senate.
Restoring Federalism Task Force - comprised of state attorneys general and federalist-focused policy makers; "to develop policies that will restore the federalist principles at the core of our founding and coalitions of support emphasizing these principles."

see also:
Right to Rise Policy Solutions, Inc., a 501(c)(4) headed by Bill Simon.


Chief Operating Officer  Janan Grissom

(reported Nov. 2, 2015; succeeded Christine Ciccone)   Grissom had been working as an independent consultant.  Consultant to the 2012 Republican National Committee.  Director of operations on from Sept. 2011.  White House liaison at the Treasury Department.  Director of administration on Bush-Cheney '04.  Administrator of the Texas Governor's Mansion in Austin under Gov. Rick Perry, Jan. 2002-Sept. 2003.  Deputy director of the White House Visitors Office, Jan.-Sept. 2001.  Special projects on Bush-Cheney 2000; travel manager on Bush for President, April 1999-April 2000.

Director of Administration  Zachary Quinn

(from Aug. 2016; executive assistant to the COO, May-Aug. 2015)  Associate at Sphere Consulting LLC, March 2014-15.  B.A. in international relations and affairs from The George Washington University, 2013.


Finance Director  Heather Larrison

Finance director at the NRSC for 2014 (from Sept. 2013).  President of The Larrison Group since 2006.  According to The Washington Post Larrison served as executive director of Haley's PAC, Gov. Haley Barbour's leadership PAC, when he looked into a presidential campaign in 2010-11.  Worked on the finance team of Gov. George W. Bush's 2000 presidential campaign.  Undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University, 1996.

Finance  Ann Herberger

(reported by Bloomberg, Jan. 9, 2015)  President of the Woods Herberger Group, which she founded in 1995, based in Coral Gables, FL.  A senior finance consultant to Pawlenty for President in 2011.  National finance advisor on Mitt Romney's 2008 presidential campaign ("national fundraising strategy with a particular focus on Florida.")  Finance director on Jeb Bush's successful 1998 gubernatorial campaign; executive director of the 1996 Inaugural Committee and finance director on Jeb Bush's 2002 re-election campaign.  Vice president of The Alexander Company, a full service fundraising and marketing company in Alexandria, Virginia, for two years starting in 1993.  Took leave from the RNC to serve as the deputy finance director for the Bush-Quayle ’92 re-election campaign.  Western regional director for the RNC’s major donor program, 1989-91.  Moved to Washington, DC to work at the RNC for Mary Matalin, national Victory ’88 political director and Margaret Alexander, national Victory ’88 finance director as a part of the national Victory ’88 finance team.  Began her political career in 1987 with the George Bush for President campaign during the Iowa presidential caucuses.  Native Iowan.

Tri-State Finance Director (CT, NJ, NY)  Fifi Knott

(April 2015)  Regional finance director of the tri-state region for the NRSC, Feb. 2013-Jan. 2015.  Deputy finance director of the tri-state region on Romney for President, March 2011-Nov. 2012.  Account coordinator at Behrman Communications, Jan. 2010-Feb. 2011.  B.A. in American studies, art history from UNC Chapel Hill, 2009.  Interned in the tri-state finance office for John McCain 2008, May-Aug. 2008.

Tri-State Finance Deputy Director  Chris McMillan

(June 2015)  Tri-state finance director at Right to Rise PAC, Dec. 2014-May 2015.  Tri-state coordinator at the NRSC, Feb. 2013-Nov. 2014.  Assistant to the director of VP operations on Romney for President, July-Nov. 2012.  Field director with the Republican Party of Wisconsin, March-June 2012 (recall election).  Finance coordinator on Jon Huntsman for President, July-Dec. 2011.  B.A. in diplomacy and foreign affairs from Miami University, 2011.

Regional Finance Director  Dana Klein

(Feb. 2015)  Regional finance director (Jan. 2013-Jan. 2015) and finance coordinator (May 2011-Dec. 2012) at the NRCC.  B.A. in political science and public health from The George Washington University, 2011.

Regional Finance Director  Sarah Corsaro McGrath

(June 2015)  Regional finance director at Right to Rise super PAC, Jan.-May 2015.  Associate at The Larrison Group, Jan. 2013-Jan. 2015.  Special projects coordinator for political operations at the RNC, July 2012-Jan. 2013.  Corps member for Teach from America, May 2011-July 2012.  B.S. in public policy from Vanderbilt University, 2011.

Deputy Regional Finance Director - Mid-Atlantic  Carson Avery

(May 2015)  Consultant at Barracks Row Strategies, June 2012-June 2015.  B.A. in international relations from High Point University, 2011.

Regional Coordinator - Midwest, Mountain West and Northeast  Liz Horning

(June 2015)  Degree in international relations and Spanish from University of South Carolina-Columbia, 2015.

Finance and Event Manager  Catherine Brady

(June 2015)  Regional finance coordinator at the NRSC, Nov. 2014-Feb. 2015.  Development and marketing manager (Jan.-Sept. 2014) and development coordinator (Nov. 2012-Jan. 2014) for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership.  B.A. in communications from University of Maryland College Park, 2011, after attending College of Charleston.

Donor Relations and Events Coordinator  Camille Morrow

B.S. degree from The University of Texas at Austin, 2015.

National Finance Chairman  Woody Johnson (Robert Wood Johnson IV)

(reported by the Wall Street Journal on June 24, 2015)  New York Jets owner; Johnson & Johnson heir.  A national finance co-chair on Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign.

National Finance Co-Chairs

(reported by the Wall Street Journal on June 24, 2015)
Jack Oliver -  Founded Bryan Cave Strategies in 2005 and serves as senior policy advisor; also senior advisor to Barclays.
Former President George W. Bush
Bobbie Kilberg and Bill Kilberg (announced Feb. 17, 2016...had been Christie supporters; she is President and CEO of the Northern Virginia Technology Council

National Finance Committee

(announced Nov. 30, 2015)


Jon Downs

(reported by CNN on Feb. 2, 2015)  Partner and co-founder (2010) at FP1 Strategies, LLC; work there included some famous ads for Ron Paul's 2012 campaign.  Owner at Bright Media, May 2008-Jan. 2011.  Worked for DMN media.  Political director on Mark Earley's 2001 campaign for governor of Virginia.  Following graduation moved to Austin with the goal of working George W. Bush's presidential campaign; started as a volunteer Aug.-Dec. 1999, while also working at an Internet company; finished as executive director of the campaign in Delaware.  Degrees in political science and history from the University of Wisconsin, 1999.  Grew up in Northern Virginia.  twitter


Brenda Wigger Gianiny

Founding principal at Axis Research.


Alex Lundry

Co-founder of Deep Root Analytics; senior vice president and chief data scientist at Target Point.

Note: The campaign had originally planned to have one data vendor serving both it and the Right to Rise USA super PAC,.  However, as outlined in an Oct. 2015 Associated Press article, the campaign determined that that approach was fraught with possible complications.  The data firm Digital Core Campaign, headed by Andrew Barkett, is continuing to work for the super PAC.


Senior Advisor - Finance/Political  Austin Barbour

(reported by Politico on Sept. 28, 2015)  Co-founder (2011) and managing partner of the Clearwater Group, LLC; partner in Strategic Partners & Media.  Barbour most recently served as senior advisor to Opportunity and Freedom PAC, the pro-Perry super PAC (Perry suspended campaign Sept. 11).  Senior strategist on U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran's 2014 re-election campaign; ran Mississippi Conservatives PAC, a super PAC that helped Cochran fend off a 2014 primary challenge from state Sen. Chris McDainel.  A member of the strategy team for Romney for President in 2012.  Government relations specialist at the regional firm, Capitol Resources from 2003; took a leave of absence from lobbying during 2008 to serve as campaign manager for Roger Wicker's U.S. Senate campaign. Ran Haley's PAC from its start in Sept. 2004.  Finance director for Haley Barbour’s first campaign for Governor of Mississippi in 2003.  Graduate of University of Mississippi, 1999.  Nephew of Haley Barbour.  twitter

Staff Secretary  Josh Venable

Served as legislative and development director and earlier national state advocacy director at the Foundation for Excellence in Education.  Deputy finance director at the RNC, Feb. 2011-July 2012.  Chief of staff at the Michigan Republican Party in the 2010 cycle; previously held other positions at the Michigan party including finance director (Nov. 2007 through the 2008 campaign), strategic planning director (2007) and deputy political director (2005-06).  72-Hour director on Michigan Victory 2004.  Other experience includes a legislative director in the Michigan Senate; political director for the Great Lakes Education Project; and service in the Office of Innovation and Improvement at the US Department of Education.  Degree in political science/psychology from Hillsdale College, 2002; served as chair of the College Republicans, 2001-02.  Michigan native.

Director of Family and Friends  Karen Unger

(reported by the Miami Herald on Jan. 29, 2015)  Senior advisor for Florida on Rudy Giuliani's campaign, announced Feb. 22, 2007.  Deputy chief of staff to Gov. Jeb Bush.  Managed Bush's 2002 re-election campaign.  Director of external affairs and director of appointments in Gov. Jeb Bush's administration.  Field director for Broward and Palm Beach counties on Bush's 1998 campaign.  Campaign manager on U.S. Rep. E. Clay Shaw's re-election campaign in 1996 and finance director for Shaw's 1994 campaign.  1992 graduate of University of Florida.

Director of Scheduling  Brandi Brown

(reported by the Miami Herald on Jan. 29, 2015)  External affairs director at the Foundation for Excellence in Education.  Opened an event planning firm in Tallahassee.  Deputy chief of staff at Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration.  Started in the Offce of Gov. Jeb Bush as special events director in 1999 and rose to director of external affairs.  Joined Jeb Bush's campaign team in 1997.  Graduate of The Florida State University.  Resident of Tallahasse.  Native Floridian.  

Director of Surrogates  Lauren Spivey

Experience includes scheduler to Sen. Kelly Ayotte; executive assistant/scheduler to Sen. Olympia Snowe (ME) to Dec. 2012.  twitter

Assisting  Former Congressman Vin Weber

(reported by the Washington Post's Robert Costa on Feb. 18, 2015 >)  Partner at Mercury.  Special advisor on policy to Mitt Romney's campaign, announced Aug. 24, 2011; earlier policy advisor to Pawlenty for President.  Bush-Cheney '04 Plains States regional chairman.  Opened Clark & Weinstock's Washington, D.C. office in 1994.  Served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1981-93 representing Minnesota's 2nd CD.  Campaign manager and chief Minnesota aide to Sen. Rudy Boschwitz, 1978-80.  Co-publisher of the Murray County Herald, 1976-78.  Press secretary to Rep. Tom  Hagedorn, 1974-75.  Attended the University of Minnesota, 1970-74. 

Personal Aide to Jeb Bush  Raul Ernesto Henriquez

(April 2015)  Senior staff assistant in the Office of Speaker Boehner, Sept. 2012-March 2015.  Co-founder and partner at Miayos, LLC, an E-commerce apparel company, June 2009-Jan. 2015.  B.S. in strategic management from Babson College, 2012.

Personal Aide to Jeb Bush  Coleman Lapointe

Senior Advisor  Beth Myers

(reported by the Boston Globe on July 14, 2015)  Principal and co-founder at the Shawmut Group.  Longtime aide to Romney; senior advisor on his 2012 campaign including overseeing VP search, managed his 2007-08 presidential campaign, and in 2006 directed his Commonwealth PAC.  Myers served as chief of staff in the Governor's office, starting from the outset of the Romney administration and earlier was an advisor on his gubernatorial campaign in 2002.  Chief of staff to state Treasurer Joseph Malone for five years and woked on his 1998 campaign for governor.  Deputy campaign manager on Ray Shamie's 1984 U.S. Senate campaign in Massachusetts.  Worked in Texas with Karl Rove during the 1980s.  J.D. from Southern Methodist University School of Law, 1991; undergraduate degree in English from Tufts University, 1979.

Senior Advisor  Peter Flaherty

(reported by the Boston Globe on July 14, 2015)  Principal and co-founder at the Shawmut Group.  Senior advisor on Romney's 2012 campaign. Advisor on Romney's 2007-08 presidential campaign.  Deputy chief of staff in the Governor's office throughout Romney's term.  Two years as vice president of Walden Media, a film, television, and theatre company co-founded by his brother.  Suffolk County assistant district attorney, homicide unit.  J.D. from New England School of Law, 1997.  B.A. in economics from College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA), 1987.


General Counsel  Megan Sowards

(June 2015)  General counsel of the NRSC, Feb. 2013-Feb. 2015.  Deputy general counsel on the Romney for President campaign, June 2011-Nov. 2012.  Associate at Patton Boggs, LLP, Oct. 2009-May 2011.  Speechwriter at the U.S. Department of State, 2003-05.  Press secretary to Sen. Susan Collins, 2001-03.  Speechwriter to Sen. John Chafee and then Sen. Lincoln Chafee, 1999-2001.  J.D. from University of Michigan Law School, 2008; undergraduate degree from Middlebury College, 1998.


Treasurer  James P. Robinson

(from Jan. 2015) 

Deputy Director of Treasury, FEC Compliance Director  Kristi Broghamer

Principal at Broghamer Consulting LLC from Sept. 2010.  Staff accountant at New Track Media, July 2009-Sept. 2010.  Director of press billing on McCain-Palin 2008, Inc. Dec. 2007-May 2009. B.S. in Accounting from Northern Kentucky University, 2007.

Assistant Treasurer for both the PAC and super PAC  Salvatore Purpura

(from Jan. 2015; already has experience on six presidential campaigns)  Treasurer at, Inc., Aug. 2011-April 2012.  Treasurer of Steven Colbert's super PAC, May-Aug. 2011.  Treasurer on John Boozman's 2010 U.S. Senate campaign.  Director of treasury for Friends of John McCain and for Country First PAC, from Dec. 2008.  Director of treasury for John McCain 2008, McCain-Palin 2008 and the McCain-Palin Compliance Fund, from Nov. 2006.  Treasurer on Carly for California.  Treasurer and comptroller on Bush-Cheney '04.  Comptroller on Jeb Bush for Governor and Bush-Brogan '02, July 2001-March 2003.  National budget director on George W. Bush for President and Bush-Cheney.  Deputy comptroller on Jeb Bush for Governor and Bush-Brogan '98.  States budget manager on Dole-Kemp '96.  Budget and accounts payable manager on Phil Gramm for President, 1995-96.  Legislative staff assistant at the Florida Department of Education, Jan.-May 1995.  Accounting assistant on Jeb Bush for Governor and Bush-Feeney '94, Aug. 1993-May 1994.  B.S. in political science from Florida State University, 1997.

Also see: FEC.


Headquarters: 2600 University Ave., Suite 208, West Des Moines   ...opened first part of July 2015
Cedar Rapids
: 764 N Center Point Rd., Hiawatha, IA 52233   ...George P. Bush appeared at opening on Aug. 20, 2015 

>As of Oct. 15, 2015, the campaign reported 10 paid staffers and 2 offices.

>On Dec. 30, 2015, the Des Moines Register reported, "The number of Iowa paid staffers who make personal contact with voters will be boosted from 11 to more than 20, including its Hispanic outreach director..."

State Director  Annie Kelly

(reported by the Des Moines Register on March 2, 2015)  Senior vice president at FP1 Strategies.  A regional political director (top offensive targets) at the NRCC in the 2014 cycle from Jan. 2013.  Managed U.S. Rep. Tom Latham’s successful 2012 campaign against U.S. Rep. Tom Boswell in Iowa.  Deputy state director for Tim Pawlenty's Iowa campaign, and earlier operations director for his Freedom First PAC (announced Oct. 1, 2009).  A senior associate with the Washington-based firm BlueFront Strategies, Feb. 2008-Dec. 2009.  Confidential assistant at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Aug. 2007-Feb. 2008.  Director of administration on the McCain presidential campaign in 2007.  Deputy campaign manager for Pawlenty’s gubernatorial campaign in 2006.  Director of operations for the College Republican National Committee, June 2004-Dec. 2005.  Kelly also interned in the White House Office of Senior Advisor Karl Rove.  B.A. in literature from The George Washington University, 2007.  Philadelphia native.  twitter

Deputy State Director  Mike Thom

RNC state director for Kansas and Oregon, July 2014-Feb. 2015.  Data director/paid door coordinator on Jacobs for Iowa-Mark Jacobs for U.S. Senate campaign, Jan.-June 2014.  Account manager at LS2group, Mar. 2013-Jan. 2014.  Deputy Victory director for the North Dakota Republican Party, Aug.-Nov. 2012.  Davenport regional field director on Rick Perry for President, Aug. 2011-Jan. 2012. Regional field director on Tim Pawlenty's Iowa campaign, May-Aug. 2011. Legislative clerk in the Iowa House, Jan.-May 2011.  Camapign aid on David Jamison for Iowa Treasurer, Sept.-Nov. 2010.  M.P.A. from Drake University, 2013; Bachelor's degree in speech communication and rhetoric from Iowa State University, 2009.  twitter

Coalitions Director  Susan Geddes

Home schooling advocate and activist from Indianola.  Insurance agent.  twitter

Volunteer Coordinator  Phil Condo

(reported by the Des Moines Register)  Retired West Des Moines resident.  (See: Adam Wollner. "Republican 2016 Hopefuls Court Iowa's 'Super Volunteers.'  National Journal, April 27, 2015).


Field Representatives 
Eric Baker

Iowa Victory field director for the Republican Party of Iowa, May 2014-Jan. 2015.  B.S/B.A. from Drake University 2014.  twitter

Kyle Radon

Degrees in management information systems and philosophy from Miami University of Ohio, 2014.  twitter

Evan Machan

(reported by the Des Moines Register)  Experience includes public affairs liaison officer to Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel.

Cedar Rapids  Caleb Huegel

RNC Victory field director in Eugene, OR, Oct.-Nov. 2014.  B.A. in economcs and English from University of Oregon, 2015; served as chairman of the University of Oregon College Republicans, May 2012-May 2014, and as chairman of the Oregon Federation of College Republicans, June 2013-June 2015.  twitter

Consultant  David Orman

(the Des Moines Register reported on March 9, 2015 that Orman helped organize Bush's Iowa Ag Summit trip)  A key Romney supporter in 2011-12.   Executive at Earthpark Development, LLC since 2001.  Executive at Heritage Communications/TIC/AT&T, 1984-2001.  Chief of staff to Govs. Robert Ray and Terry Branstad, 1974-84.

Early Supporters

(reported by the Des Moines Register on June 16, 2015) >
Former U.S. Rep. Greg Ganske, a three term congressman from Des Moines
State Sen. Charles Schneider, of West Des Moines
State Rep. Zach Nunn, of Bondurant
State Rep. Ken Rizer, of Cedar Rapids
State Rep. Ron Jorgensen, of Sioux City
Des Moines City Councilwoman Christine Hensley
Former state Rep. Renee Schulte, of Cedar Rapids
Becky Beach, a fundraiser, event planner, consultant and longtime Bush family friend from Des Moines
Mark Jacobs, a retired corporate executive from West Des Moines
Calvin Rozenboom, an Iowa Farm Bureau Federation district director from Mahaska County
Joni Scotter, a Republican activist from Cedar Rapids
Barbra Smeltzer, a Republican activist from Dubuque
Erin Strawn, a consultant and former congressional aide
Ambassador Mary Kramer, a former state senator who served as U.S. ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.
John Ruan III, chairman of the World Food Prize Foundation and Ruan Transportation Management Systems
Susan Geddes, a Republican activist from Warren County
Phil Condo, a Republican activist from Des Moines
Thomas Dorr, president and CEO of the U.S. Grains Council
Peggy Herman, a Republican activist from Des Moines
Brian Kennedy, a former chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa

correction: Doug Gross seemed like an early supporter (see The Washington Post, Jan. 16, 2015) but did not endorse Bush (see Wall Street Journal, June 17, 2015)  Gross, an attorney at BrownWinick, was the 2002 Republican nominee for governor of Iowa, and served as a co-chair of President George W. Bush's finance effort in Iowa and chairman of Gov. Mitt Romney's 2008 presidential campaign (from May 2006).  

Iowa Farm Team

(announced July 30, 2015 and via Waterloo Courier)
Jim and Jacque AndrewVarel Bailey Tom and Judy Barrett Lyle BorgAmanda DeJongThomas DorrThurman Gaskill
Doug Gronau Keith Heffernan Howard HillKeith HoraGlen KeppyKarol and Rozanne KingJerry Mohr (switch, to Rubio, announced on Jan. 8, 2016) Jim and Nancy Pellett Cal RozenboomGlenn and Fauzan SmithHarry StineMyron StineCharles Sukup Doran Zumbach

Iowa County Leaders

(announced Aug. 13, 2015) first round includes 29 leaders in 22 counties

Iowa Business Leaders

(announced Sept. 6/8, 2015)

Polk County Leadership Team

(announced Sept. 30, 2015)

40 new members of the Iowa Leadership Team

(announced Oct. 19, 2015...several - Bacon, Gaer and Lamberti - were reported by DMR's Jennifer Jacobs on Oct. 5, 2015)

Iowa Veterans Leadership Team

(announced Nov. 11, 2015)

Over 100 new members of the Iowa Leadership Team

(announced Jan. 6, 2016... includes Reps. Dave Heaton (R-Mount Pleasant) and Greg Forristall (R-Macedonia) and former Sen. Maggie Tinsman (R-Bettendorf) and former Iowa Attorney General and U.S. Army Reserve Major General (ret.) Evan “Curly” Hultman of Waterloo)

also - national role...see above  David Kochel

(reported by the New York Times on Jan. 29, 2015; relocated to Miami)  Owner of Redwave Communications in Des Moines.  Senior advisor on Romney's 2011-12 Iowa caucus campaign, and earlier served as treasurer of Romney's PAC.  Senior Iowa advisor on Romney's 2007-08 Iowa caucus campaign.  Executive vice president at DCI Group, Dec. 1996-Feb. 2002.  Managed Lamar Alexander's Iowa campaign in 1999.  Executive director of the Michigan Republican Party, April-Dec. 1996.  Executive director of the Republican Party of Iowa in 1995-96.  B.A. in political science from Iowa State University, 1987.  twitter


Headquarters: 379 Elm St., Manchester   ...up and running in Sept. 2015
Regional Offices: Littleton, Keene, Dover and Laconia.

>As of Oct. 15, 2015 the campaign reported 12 paid staffers and 1 office.

>On Dec. 1, 2015, WMUR TV reported that the campaign is expanding from 12 to 20 people and opening regional field offices in Littleton, Keene, Dover and Laconia.

>On Dec. 30, 2015, the Des Moines Register reported the campaign is deploying about 60 campaign staffers from its Miami headquarters including "about 20" to New Hampshire, "beefing up the team to about 40." >

Strategist  Rich Killion

(reported by the Boston Globe's James Pindell on Feb. 12, 2015)  Managing partner at Elevare Communications, LLC since 2004.  Senior advisor on Pawlenty for President, March-Aug. 2011.  Consultant and NH strategist on Romney for President, 2007-08.  Director of the Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication at Franklin Pierce College, 2002-04.  Campaign manager on Keough for Governor, 2001-02.  New Hampshire state director for Citizens for a Sound Economy, 1999-2001.  Managing director of college relations and lecturer at Franklin Pierce College, 1995-99.  Director of education, legislation and finance at TCI/Taylor, Hagerty & Associates, 1994-95.  Director of Tele-Consultants, Inc., 1989-94.  M.P.A. from George Mason University, 1994.  B.A. in economics from Stonehill College, 1989.  twitter

State Director  Nate Lamb

(from June 2015; senior advisor to Right to Rise PAC from March 2015, reported by the Boston Globe's James Pindell on March 11, 2015)  State field director on NH for Scott Brown, Sept.-Nov. 2014.  Deputy campaign manager on Dan Innis for Congress, Nov. 2013-Sept. 2014.  Regional field director for the RNC in Ocean City, NJ, July-Nov. 2013.  Sales associate/independent contractor for Velocity Performance and for Workforce Extended in Nashua, Dec. 2012-March 2013.  Field representative on Ovide Lamontagne for Governor, June-Nov. 2012.  B.A. in political science from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2012.  twitter

Senior Advisor  Rob Varsalone

(senior advisor to Right to Rise PAC from March 2015, reported by the Boston Globe's James Pindell on March 11, 2015)  Partner at Global Strategic Partners, LLC since June 2012; founder of Maven Public Affairs, LLC.  Strategist on Ayotte for Senate, April 2010-Jan. 2011.  Resident country director in Iraq (May 2008-March 2010), in Pakistan (Dec. 2006-Jan. 2008) and in Afghanistan (Feb. 2005-Dec. 2006)  for the International Republican Institute.  Executive director of RNC's NH Victory, Jan.-Dec. 2004.  Senior political advisor and speechwriter fo Gov. Craig Benson, Jan.-Dec. 2003.  Strategist on Benson for Governor, Aug. 2001-Jan. 2003.  Deputy NH director for Citizens for a Sound Economy, Jan. 1999-March 2000.  Member of the NH House of Representatives, served one term, Jan. 1995-Dec. 1996.  Research for the NH GOP, May-Dec. 1993.  twitter

Field Director  Tom Mulkeen

(started as an advisor with Right to Rise PAC in May 2015)  Deputy state field director for the NH Republican State Committee, April-Dec. 2014.  RNC regional field director in the Bergen County, NJ Victory center, June-Nov. 2013.  B.A. in political science from Villanova University, 2012.

Coalitions Director  Mara Mellstrom

(Aug. 2015)  Legislative manager at the Foundation for Government Accountability in Naples, FL, Dec. 2014-July 2015.  Field representative on New Hampshire for Scott Brown, May-Nov. 2014.  B.S. in political science from Boston University, 2014; president of Boston University College Republicans, June 2013-May 2014.  twitter

Communications Director  Jesse Hunt

(Sept. 2015)  Communications and rapid response for Jeb 2016 national and earlier for Right to Rise PAC (from Jan. 2015; reported by the Miami Herald on Jan. 29, 2015).  Deputy communications director on Scott Brown for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, May-Nov. 2014.  Digital rapid response manager for the Republican Party of Florida, March-May 2014.  Field research analyst in Baton Rouge for America Rising LLC, Oct. 2013-March 2014.  Deputy press secretary on Gabriel Gomez for U.S. Senate (MA), May-July 2013; communications on Dan Winslow for U.S. Senate (MA), March-April 2013.  B.A. in communications from Stonehill College, 2013.  twitter

Dylan Gallimore

(Aug. 2015)  Deputy executive director (Jan.-May 2015) and data manager (June-Dec. 2014) at the Republican Party of Delaware.  B.A. in political science from University of Delaware, 2015.

Trevor Naglieri

(June 2015)  Very briefly research director at Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, May-June 2015.  Deployment staff on Bill Cassidy for U.S. Senate, Nov.-Dec. 2014.  Deputy press secretary on Frank Guinta for Congress, Sept.-Nov. 2014.  Director of operations on Gary Lambert for Congress, May-Sept. 2014.  Studied at Franklin Pierce University.

Charles Russell

(July 2015)  Field represenative on New Hampshire for Scott Brown, Sept.-Nov. 2014.  Field staff on Jim Rubens' campaign for U.S. Senate, May-Sept. 2014.  Working towards a B.A. in political science from New England College.

Jason Hummert

Campaign manager on Ashcroft for Missouri, June-Nov. 2014.  Field director on Jacobs for Iowa, Jan.-June 2014.  B.S. in business administration/management from University of Missouri-Columbia, 2013.


(reported by WMUR on June 16, 2015) >

State Sen. Russell Prescott, of Kingston (served two terms, 2000-04, and re-elected in 2010, 2012 and 2014).

Hillsborough County Sheriff James Hardy (first elected in 2002).

John Lyons, attorney and former chairman of the State Board of Education; served on Pawlenty's NH steering committee and was New Hampshire vice chair of McCain's 2008 campaign.

Dianne Mercier, president of the People's United Bank, of Manchester.

Bruce Keogh, former state Senator, former chairman of the board of the University System of New Hampshire, candidate for governor in 2002, New Hampshire chair of Romney's 2008 campaign.

former state Sen. Bob Odell (served six terms from 2002-2014, did not seek re-election in 2014), of Lempster.

David A. Vicinanzo, federal prosecutor in Washington, DC, and New England for thirteen years, now a partner at Nixon Peabody.

More Endorsements

State Rep. Barry Palmer (announced Sept. 23, 2015) - represents Nashua; VFW Post Commander in Nashua from 2012-14; US Army chief warrant officer for 21 years and previous Walker supporter.

Senate President Chuck Morse (announced Oct. 14, 2015) - represents District 22 (Salem); currently serving his fifth term in the Senate, elected in 2010, 2012 and 2014 and previously served from 2002-06.  Republican nominee for Executive Council in 2006.  Served two terms in the New Hampshire House of Representatives representing Salem and Windham and as town moderator and selectman.  President of Freshwater Farms & Garden Center in Atkinson and Granite Creek Farms of Brentwood.  Bachelor's degree from Plymouth State University.

Former U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg (announced Oct. 29, 2015)

(reported by the Union Leader on Dec. 10, 2015)
Merrimack County Commissioner Bronwyn Asplund
former state Rep. Russell Day of Goffstown
former state Rep. and long-time Cheshire County Republican activist John Byrnes

(reported by WMUR on Dec. 18, 2015)
former state Sen. Jack Barnes of Raymond
- served from 1992-98 and 2000-12 and previously in the NH House from 1988-92.

(reported by various news organizations on Dec. 20, 2015)
Beverly Bruce - served as NH finance chair on Mitt Romney's 2012 campaign, from Center Tuftonboro

(reported by WMUR on Jan. 19, 2016)
Gary Lambert - chaired Sen. Lindsey Graham’s New Hampshire Leadership Team 

New Hampshire Veterans Coalition
Chairman  Jim Adams
, a Navy veteran from Pittsfield
55 members including
Rep. Russell Ober of Hudson
Rep. Kevin Waterhouse of Windham
former Manchester Mayor Emile Beaulieu
former state Rep. Dan Hughes of New Castle
former Sen. Jack Barnes of Raymond
(announced Jan. 27, 2016)

(reported by WMUR on Feb. 1, 2016)
Former Manchester Mayor and Executive Councilor Ray Wieczorek


Headquarters: 1102 Huger St., Columbia, SC  29202   ...Jeb Bush Jr. attended office opening on Aug. 26, 2015
Upstate Office: 103 Commons Way, Greenville, SC   ......Jeb Bush Jr. to attend office opening on Oct. 19, 2015

Note: The campaign reported 7 paid staffers, 2 offices as of Oct. 15, 2015... CNN on Sept. 26, 2015 reported 7 staff in SC.

Senior Advisor  Jim Dyke

(reported by The State's Andrew Shain on April 29, 2015)  Founder (2005) and president of JDA Frontline (originally Jim Dyke & Associates).  A senior advisor to the 2012 Republican National Convention.  Communications advisor to Gov. Haley Barboour when he looked at a presidential run in 2011.  Senior communications advisor to the Rudy Giuliani Presidential campaign.  A communications advisor to President George W. Bush and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's VOLPAC in the first half of 2006.  Communications director at the RNC during the 2004 cycle after starting there as press secretary.  Press secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce under Don Evans.  Worked at Quinn Gillespie & Associates building coalitions and developing communications strategies for clients.  A one-time assistant to the brewmeister at Capital City Brewing Company, Dyke became a lobbyist for the Beer Institute.  He started his career in Washington, DC as a Senate parking lot attendant.  Graduate of the University of Arkansas with a degree in history.  Resident of Charleston, SC.  twitter

Senior Advisor  Brett Doster

(reported by The State's Andrew Shain on April 29, 2015)  Founder and president of Front Line Strategies.  In 2012 Doster was a Florida senior advisor to the Mitt Romney for President campaign, and an advisor to the Connie Mack for U.S. Senate campaign.  Opened up and headed the Florida office of Revolution Agency, a media and communications firm, 2007.  Campaign manager for the Tom Gallagher for Governor campaign from 2005-06.  Executive director of the Bush-Cheney 2004 re-election campaign in Florida.  Associate at Uhlfelder & Associates, P.A. in Tallahassee, starting Feb. 2003.  Executive director for the Coalition to Protect Florida in 2002.  Deputy Director of the Governor’s Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development, focusing particularly on developing new high technology business in the state, 2001-03.  Florida political director for the Bush-Cheney 2000 campaign, and in the fall statewide political director for Florida Victory 2000.  Special assistant to Jeb Bush in his first gubernatorial campaign in 1993 and on his 1997 campaign and worked on Bush's 2001 campaign.  Graduated from The Citadel.  Fifth generation native of Florida.  Also president of Doster Broker Group, a commercial real estate firm from 2008.  twitter

South Carolina Executive Director  Taylor Hall

Interim state director and press secretary for StudentsFirst South Carolina from Dec. 2014.  Founder of H Strategies LLC, Sept. 2012.  Campaign manager on Pat McKinney for Lt. Governor, July 2013-June 2014.  Deputy campaign manager, Victory 2010 director, personnel director, cabinet and legislative liaison and political director to Gov. Nikki Haley during the 2010 campaign and in the administration. Senior advisor on Brent Nelsen for Superintendent of Education, March 2009-Jan. 2010.  B.A. in political science from Furman University, 2009.  twitter

Regional Field Directors
Midlands  Camlin Moore

B.A. in journalism and mass communications, broadcast journalism from University of South Carolina-Columbia, 2015.  Interned for Gov. Nikki Haley, the Nikki Haley for Governor re-election campaign, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation and WIS-TV in Columbia.  Lifelong resident of Columbia.  twitter

Upstate  Candace Carroll

Four years working on the development team at the Heritage Foundation.  Experience in South Carolina politics includes interning for the City of Rock Hill’s Finance Department, former US Congressman J. Gresham Barrett and for the York County Republican Party.Graduate of Winthrop university.  Originally from Westminster, SC; resident of Pendleton.

Pee Dee and Grand Strand  Mallory Morris

Church secretary for St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Myrtle Beach, Jan. 2012-Feb. 2015.  Field representative for the South Carolina Republican Party's Victory campaign, Aug.-Nov. 2014.  Billing manager and specialist, April 2009-July 2011.  Experience includes interning for U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, serving as the Winthrop Campus chairwoman for Students for Giuliani, and serving as a founding member of the York County Young Republicans.  Degree in political science from Winthrop University.  Myrtle Beach native.  twitter

Lowcountry  Eric Thomas

Worked with Front Line Strategies, a media and public relations consulting firm based in Florida. M.S. in applied American politics and policy from Florida State University, 2015; undergraduate degree in political science from The Citadel, 2015. 

Leadership Team

(reported by The State on June 17, 2015) >

Sally Atwater, educator and widow of famed S.C. political consultant Lee Atwater, who managed the presidential campaign for Bush’s father.

Leighton Cubbage, co-founder of Serrus Capital Partners

Frank Gibson, owner of Low Country Long Term Care Planning

Tommy Hartnett, former congressman and president of Hartnett Realty

S.C. Rep. Samuel Rivers, R-Berkeley, pastor of The Voice of the Lord International Ministries

Rev. Windell Rodgers, pastor of the Greater Mount Calvary Baptist Church

Retired Rear Admiral Bill Schachte

Catherine Templeton, former head of two state agencies and president of Brawley Templeton

Barry Wynn, past South Carolina GOP Party chairman and president of Colonial Trust Co.

(additions to state steering committee announced Sept. 24, 2015)

Cindy Bohn Coats, chairwoman, Charleston County School District Board of Trustees

Mayor Richard Cronin, Isle of Palms; former president of Combustion Engineering's Power Plant Company

Carroll Duncan, Dorchester Council Councilwoman; former Dorchester GOP chairwoman

Henry Fishburne, former Charleston City Councilman, 1999-2007

Mark Smith, Mt. Pleasant Town Councilman; co-owner and operator of McAlister-Smith Funeral Homes and Palmetto Cremation Society

Mayor Doug Samples, Surfside Beach

State Sen. Paul Thurmond

(announced Oct. 22, 2015)  Elected to the Senate in 2012 representing District 41 (Charleston).  Attorney at Thurmond Kirchner Timbes and Yelverton, P.A. in Charleston; established the firm in 2003.  Elected to the Charleston County Council in 2006.  Worked for three years as an Assistance Solicitor in Charleston County,  University of South Carolina School of Law; undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt.  Native of Aiken.

State Sen. Katrina Shealy

(announced Nov. 3, 2015)  Elected to the Senate in 2012 representing District 23 (Lexington).  Consultant with Keenan and Suggs Insurance.  First vice chair of the South Carolina Republican Party and former chair of the Lexington County Republican Party.  Lifelong resident of Lexington County.

Upstate Leadership Team - Cherokee, Greenville, Spartanburg and Union Counties.

(announced Oct. 9, 2015)

Charleston County Leadership Team

(announced Oct. 16, 2015)

Richland County Leadership Team

(announced Oct. 30, 2015)

Grand Strand Leadership Team - Georgetown and Horry Counties.

(announced Nov. 6, 2015)

South Carolina Veterans Steering Committee

(announced July 30, 2015 and plus additions on Aug, 18, 2015)
 "advising the South Carolina campaign on veteran’s issues and encouraging veterans and their families to join the campaign and help spread Governor Bush’s message,”
Chairman: Maj. Gen. James Livingston, U.S. Marine Corps (ret.) of Mount Pleasant, Medal of Honor recipient.

Co-Chairmen: Corporal Kyle Carpenter, U.S. Marine Corps (ret.) of Lexington, Medal of Honor recipient; Maj. Gen Charles Baldwin, U.S. Air Force (ret.); former Chief of Chaplains for the U.S. Air Force, Johns Island; Major General Darwin Simpson, S.C. Army National Guard, Spartanburg; Tom Hanton, Lt. Colonel, U.S. Air Force (ret.); President, NAM POWs – Mt. Pleasant; Myron Harrington, Colonel, U.S. Marines (ret.); Navy Cross recipient; Board of Visitors, The Citadel – Charleston; Gerard “Jerry” Devlin, Major, U.S. Army (ret.); Distinguished Service Cross, 5 Bronze Stars recipient; Author of the book Paratrooper – Bluffton; Rudi Gresham, Special Forces (ret.); former Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Veterans Administration – Mt. Pleasant

Statewide Campaign Co-Chairman: Rear Admiral Bill Schachte, U.S. Navy, Kiawah Island.
more...see release

South Carolina Women for Jeb Steering Committee

(reported Aug. 14, 2015) includes
Catherine Templeton, former head of the Departments of Health and Environmental Control, and of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.
Sally Atwater, educator; ran for Superintendent of Education in 2014.

Former Graham Supporters

(announced Dec. 22, 2015)
-  Ambassador David Wilkins, Graham State Chairman 
Eddie Floyd, Graham State Finance Co-Chair
Anita Zucker, Graham State Finance Co-Chair
Bob Royall, Graham State Finance Co-Chair
John Hagins, Graham State Finance Committee
Tee Hooper, Graham State Finance Committee
Wes Jones, Graham State Finance Committee
Jim Morton, Graham State Finance Committee
Hal and Minor Shaw, Graham State Finance Committee
(announced Dec. 30, 2015)
- Henry Swink,
member of Graham’s SC leadership team and owner of McCall Farms
- Neil Robinson,
member SC State finance Committee for Graham

Greenville elected officials

(reported/announced Jan. 5, 2016)
House Majority Leader, Bruce Bannister (District 24, Greenville)
Greenville County Councilman Butch Kirven
Greenville City Councilman George Fletcher

more endorsements
(reported by the Greenville News on Jan. 8, 2016)
Mick Zais, former state superintendent of education, served 2011-015.
Chad Groover, chairman of the Greenville County Republican Party
Tim Dyar, owner of Dyar's Diner near Pendleton

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (announced Jan. 15, 2016)

Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers (announced Feb. 1, 2016)

Adjutant General Robert Livingston (announced Feb. 10, 2016)

Former South Carolina First Lady Iris Campbell (announced Feb. 12, 2016)

South Carolina Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman
SC State Senator Ross Turner
SC State Representative Kirkman Finlay
former U.S. Congressman Henry Brown
(announced Feb. 17, 2016)


Headquarters: 9416 Del Webb Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89134  ...Columba Bush special guest at official opening on Aug. 25, 2015
Reno: 3652 S. Virginia St., Suite C-2, Reno, NV 89502

State Director  Scott Scheid

At RedRock Strategies since Jan. 2013.  Nevada political director on Romney for President, Oct. 2011-Dec. 2012.  Regional political director on Meg Whitman for Governor, Sept. 2009-Dec. 2010.  Deputy campaign manager on Citizens for Andal, June 2008-Oct. 2009.  Grassroots campaign manager on Doug Ose for Congress, 2008.  Worked on Mitt Romney's NH primary campaign.  A regional field director on Californians for Schwarzenegger, 2006.  Administrative/legislative aide at Platinum Advisors, 2004-05.  twitter

Senior Advisor  Ryan Erwin

(reported May 2015)  President anod owner of RedRock Strategies, from March 2011; owner of Ryan Erwin Associates from Oct. 2005.  Senior advisor on Mitt Romney's 2011-12 and 2007-08 Nevada campaigns.  Partner at November, Inc. 2003-05.  Chief operating officer of the California Republican Party starting in mid-2001 to 2003.  Executive director of the Nevada Republican Party from 1999 to July 2001.  Worked for the Ohio Republican Party in 1990-91.  Studied at the Ohio State University.  twitter

Political Director  Will Batista

(July 2015)  Nevada director for Hispanic intiatives for the RNC, Feb. 2014-July 2015.  Aerial transporter in the U.S. Air Force, Oct. 2008-Oct. 2014.  Field director in Fairfax County for the Republican Party of Virginia, May-Nov. 2013.  Field representative in Reno for the RNC, June-Nov. 2012.  A.A. (2010) and B.A.( 2011) from Brigham Young University-Idaho.  twitter

Hispanic Engagement Director  Joanna Diaz

(July 2015)  Government relations coordinator (from May 2013) and government relations intern (May 2012-May 2013) for the Disneyland Resort.  Communications director for California College Republicans, May 2011-May 2012.  Executive Council assistant for the City of Irvine, Jan.-Aug. 2011.  Regional political director on Van Tran for Congress, May-Nov. 2010.  Office assistant for the Republican Party of Orange County, May-Oct. 2009.  Studied at Chapman University and Irvine Valley College.  twitter

Field Director  Eric Roberts

(July 2015)  Executive director of the Clark Co. (NV) Republican Party, 2013-15.  Director of operations for the NRP PAC's Nevada Registration Project, 2013.  Field operative on Team Nevada's voter registration program focusing on voter registration for the Romney-Ryan for President, Dean Heller for Senate, and Joe Heck for Congress races, 2012.  B.S. in finance from Indiana University School of Business, 1995.

Field Representatives
Tony Castagno

(July 2015)  Project assistant at RedRock Strategies, Feb.-July 2015.  Administrative assistant at Bullet Legal Services in Las Vegas, Sept. 2014-Feb. 2015.  Volunteer on Hutchison for Lt. Governor, Sept.-Nov. 2014.  Studied political science at Brigham Young University.  twitter

Reno Office
Matthew Hawn

Bachelor's degree in biochemistry from University of Nevada-Reno, 2015.  Nevada native.  twitter

Brianna Ramirez

Senior Advisors

(announced Aug. 12, 2015)
U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei

Former Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki

17 Nevada County Chairs 

(announced Aug. 5, 2015)

Nevada Hispanic Leadership Committee

(announced Sept. 28, 2015)

Early Supporters

(reported by Ralston Reports on June 17, 2015) >

U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei (2nd District...most of the state) >

former First Lady Dema Guinn

Assemblyman Pat Hickey (District 25, Reno) >

State Senator Greg Brower (District 15, Reno) >

Assemblyman Lynn Stewart (District 22, Henderson) >

Las Vegas Coucilman Stavros Anthony >

More Endorsements

U.S. Sen. Dean Heller (announced Aug. 12, 2015)
Assembly Majority Leader Paul Anderson (announced Aug. 17, 2015)
Speaker John Hambrick (announced Aug. 18, 2015)

(reported by the Reno Gazette-Journal on Aug. 20, 2015) >
Assemblyman David Gardner
Assemblyman Philip P.K. O'Neill
Assemblywoman Melissa Woodbury

(announced Oct. 8, 2015)
Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo
former Clark County Sheriff Bill Young

Rob Tyree - Rand Paul's Clark County Chair Rob Tyree. Rob is a former national delegate for Ron Paul (announced Feb. 4, 2016)



Former Gov. Bob Riley (reported Aug. 24, 2015) >
reported Sept. 17, 2015 >
U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (AL-3, Calhoun Co.)
Mary Scott Hunter, member of the AL Board of Education
State Sen. J.T. "Jabo" Waggoner (District 16, Shelby, Jefferson Cos.)

Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey (reported/announced Oct. 5, 2015)

State Sen. Steve Livingston (District 8, Madison, Jackson and DeKalb Cos.)
State Sen. Gerald Dial (District 13, Randolph, Lee, Cleburne, Clay, Cherokee and Chambers Cos.)
State Sen. Jimmy Holley (District 31, Pike, Coffe, Dale, and Covington Cos.)
(announced Oct. 22, 2015)



(announced Oct. 28, 2015)
Dan Quayle, Former Vice President of the United States
Fife Symington, Arizona Governor 1991-1997
Jim Click, Jeb 2016 Finance Co-Chairman
Don Brandt, Jeb 2016 Finance Co-Chairman
C.A. Howlett, Jeb 2016 Finance Co-Chairman
Steve Pierce, Arizona State Senator and former President of the Senate
Bob Robson, Arizona State Representative
Bob Stump, Arizona Corporation Commissioner
Richard Romley, Former Maricopa County Attorney 
John Lewis, Mayor of Gilbert, AZ
Georgia Lord, Mayor of Goodyear, AZ
Sharon Giese, Arizona GOP National Committeewoman
Ruben Alvarez, Jeb 2016 Hispanic Leadership Council
Richard Boals, President & CEO of BlueCross BlueShield of Arizona
John Duane Rhodes, Graham County GOP Chairman
Jonathan Lines, Yuma County GOP Chairman
Sharon Gill, Former Pinal County GOP Chairwoman, Jeb 2016 County Chairwoman
Gordon & Lisa James, Gordon C. James Public Relations
Lt. Col. Wendy Rogers, USAF, Ret.
Thomas Liddy, Former Maricopa County GOP Chairman
Donna Reagan, former district chairwoman
Kim Owens,  former Maricopa County GOP Secretary
Martin Gonzalez, Hispanic activist and radio talk show host
Jorge Ortiz, Legislative District 19 GOP Chairman
Cynthia Casaus, 2nd Vice President of the Arizona Federation of Republican Women
Tiffany Quayle, Business Development Manager 
Joan LeBeau, Arizona State University Student Leader
Richard Warren, Playwright


U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham (CA-10) (reported Aug. 20, 2015) >
U.S. Rep. David Valadao (CA-21) (reported Oct. 7, 2015) >
U.S. Rep. Mimi Walters (CA-45) (Sept. 16, 2015 tweet)



(announced Sept. 8, 2015)
Former Gov. Bill Owens
Treasurer Walker Stapleton

State Steering Committee

Rep.  Frank  McNulty, Former Speaker of the House
Rep.  Mark  Waller, Former House Minority Leader
Ryan Call, Former Chairman of the Colorado Republican Party
Rep.  Keith Swerdfeger, Former State Representative
Doug Benevento, Member of the Douglas County School Board
Melissa Kuipers, Attorney

Colorado Advisor  Michael Fortney

Founding partner at Clear Creek Strategies in Denver.  Senior political consultant to U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton and led Tipton's 2012 re-election camapign.  Campaign manager and senior consultant for Walker Stapleton’s State Treasurer races in 2010 and 2014.   A regional political manager for the Associated Builders and Contractors.  Worked for U.S. Rep. Ted Poe (TX) in 2005 and 2007-08.


Field Office: 5430 SW 8th St., Miami, FL  33134   ...Jeb Bush and Jeb Bush Jr. at opening on Sept. 12

Florida Director  Pablo Diaz

(reported by the Miami Herald on Jan. 29, 2015)  One of two transition leaders for new RPOF chairman Blaise Ingoglia in Jan. 2014.  Campaign manager on Attorney General Pam Bondi's 2014 re-election.  Legislative director for NFIB/Florida from Jan. 2012-June 2013.  Served in various positions at the Republican Party of Florida, including coalitions director, director of field operations, director of party development and finally deputy executive director.  Regional coalitions coordinator at the RNC.  Deputy operations budget manager for the Bush-Cheney ’04 campaign.  Worked on Jeb Bush's 2002 re-election campaign.  Worked in the Florida office of the Bush-Cheney 2000 campaign and on the recount.

Florida Political Director  Christina Aiuto

(July 2015)  National officer of campaign programs for The Leadership Institute in Arlington, VA, Jan.-July 2015.  Regional political and field director on Rick Scott for Governor, March-Dec. 2014.  Central Florida political director for the Republican Party of Florida, Sept. 2013-March 2014.  Legislative assistant and scheduler to U.S. Rep Vern Buchanan, Dec. 2010-Aug. 2013; political director on Vern Buchanan for Congress, 2010-12.  Bachelor's degree in American policy and politics from University of Central Florida; A.A. in political science from State College of Florida.

(reported June 12, 2015)
U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12)
U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan (FL-16)
U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw (FL-4)
U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo (FL-26)
U.S. Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart (FL-25)
U.S. Rep. David Jolly (FL-13)
U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller (FL-1)
U.S. Rep. John Mica (FL-7)
U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27)
U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross (FL-15)
U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster (FL-10)
Attorney General Pam Bondi (FL)
Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam (FL)
Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater (FL)

Miami-Dade County Leadership

(announced Sept. 3, 2015)  More than 300 Miami-Dade elected officials and community members.

GOP Florida House speakers past and present

(announced Sept. 10, 2015)  Daniel Webster (1996-98), John Thrasher (1999-2000), Tom Feeney (2000-02), Allan Bense (2004-06),
Larry Cretul (2009-10), Dean Cannon (2010-12), Will Weatherford (2012-14), Steve Crisafulli (2014-present).

Escambia County Leadership

(reported Sept. 22, 2015 by the Tampa Bay Times)

20 of 26 Florida Republican State Senators

(announced Sept. 30, 2015)

Broward County Leadership

(announced Oct. 9, 2015)  Over 130 officials and community leaders.

Statewide Campus Chairs

(announced Oct. 20, 2015)

Palm Beach County Leadership

(announced Nov. 12, 2015)

42 of 81 Florida Republican State Representatives

(announced Jan. 13, 2016)

Campaign Leadership in all 67 Counties

(announced Jan. 27, 2016)


(announced Aug. 7, 2015 ahead of RedState)
Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle
Attorney General Sam Olens

(announced Aug. 20 2015)
Public Service Commissioner Stan Wise
State Sen. Brandon Beach (SD-21)
State Sen. John Kennedy (SD-18
State Sen. Jeff Mullis (SD-53)
State Sen. John Wilkinson (SD-50)
State Rep. Matt Dollar (HD-45)
State Rep. Joe Wilkinson (HD-52)
Sandy Springs City Councilman Ken Dishman
Ed Lindsey, former State Representative and Majority Whip

Former Gov. Sonny Perdue (reported Feb. 4, 2016)


Leadership Committee

(reported by CBS News on Oct. 23, 2015)
former U.S. Rep. Pat Saiki
House Rep. Barbara Marumoto
Phil Hellreich



(reported Sept. 23, 2015)
U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) (Kinzinger's endorsement reported Feb. 17, 2015) >
Former Gov. Jim Edgar - served two terms, first elected in 1990.

Additional Support

(annoiunced Oct. 12, 2015)
Current Illinois State Legislators
Sen. Bill Brady
Rep. Raymond Poe
Sen. Karen McConnaughay
Sen. Chris Nybo 
Sen. Sue Rezin 
Rep. Adam Brown 

Former Illinois State Legislators

Rep. Tom Cross
Sen. Kirk Dillard 
Rep. Renee Kosel 
Rep. Skip Saviano


U.S. Rep. Luke Messer (IN-6) (on Oct. 15, 2015 list from the Bush campaign; reported Nov. 13, 2015) >


Initial Louisiana Steering Committee and Finance Chairs

(announced Nov. 24, 2015)
Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President and former Chairman of the Republican Party of Louisiana
State Sen. Conrad Appel (R-Metairie)

State Rep. Nancy Landry (R-Lafayette)
Suzie Terrell, former Commissioner of Elections

State Political Advisor  Jason Hebert
Co-founder (2006) and partner  at The Political Firm, LLC; veteran of over 350 campaigns. Executive director of Bush-Cheney '04 in Louisiana, March-mid-June 2004, the executive director in Colorado through to Nov. 2004.  Executive director of the Republican Party of Louisiana (starting in early 2003 through March 1, 2004), and earlier as the party's political director (starting in March 2002).  He also worked on Vice President Dan Quayle's presidential exploratory committee in 1999, as an executive with Innovative Advertising in Covington, as a finance representative with the National Republican Congressional Committee, and as a government relations associate with ICF Kaiser.  B.A. in political science and history from Louisiana State University, 1998.

State Political Advisor  Scott Hobbs
Co-founder (2006) and partner  at The Political Firm, LLC; veteran of over 300 campaigns.  Master's in mass communication (1996) and B.A. in political science (1996) from LSU.  Initially attended Oklahoma State University.

State Fundraising Chairs
Joe Canizaro
Boysie Bollinger
James Davison


U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany (LA-3) (date uncertain; on Oct. 15, 2015 campaign list)


U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (ME) (reported July 1, 2015) >


(announced Sept. 30, 2015)
Former Gov. Bill Weld
Former Gov. Jane Swift
Former Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey
Former First Lady Jan Cellucci
RNC Committeeman Ron Kaufman

College Co-Chairs
Emily Arterbury of Boston University
Aaron Hendricks of Harvard University


Michigan for Jeb

(announced Aug. 19, 2015)
Chairman  Attorney General Bill Schuette
Finance Co-Chair  C. Michael Kojaian
Finance Co-Chair  David T. Fischer

U.S. Rep. David Trott (MI-11)
former U.S. Sen. Spencer Abraham and Jane Abraham, former Co-Chair of the Michigan State GOP
former Michigan Secretary of State and 2014 U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land
Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson
State Sen. Goeff Hansen
State Rep. Kathy Crawford
State Rep. Andrea LaFontaine
State Rep. Mike McCready
State Rep. Amanda Price
State Rep. Ken Yonker

More than 200 grassroots and state leaders
(announced Sept. 17, 2015)  ...including
State Rep. Laura Cox
State Rep. David Maturen
Michigan State University Trustee Melanie Foster
Michigan Republican Party Vice-Chair David Wolkinson
6th District Republican Party Chair Victor Fitz
10th District Republican Party Chair Stanley Grot
Former Attorney General Mike Cox
Former State Rep. Gail Haines
Former State Rep. Mark Ouimet
Former State Sen. Philip Hoffman
Former Michigan Republican Party Chair Rusty Hills
Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce President Sandy Baruah

reported Oct. 7, 2015
Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard - Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in 2006 and candidate for the Republican nomination for governor in 2010, finishing fourth in the primary.


Former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman (announced on Fox News on Jan. 25, 2016)


Initial Mississippi Support

(announced Dec. 4, 2015)
Sidney Allen, Jr., Jackson
Mike Armour, Tupelo
Morgan Baldwin, Tupelo
Austin Barbour, Jackson
Ann Brock, Ridgeland
Ann and Rick Calhoon, Jackson
Commissioner Mike  Chaney, Vicksburg
Marty Davidson, Meridian
Dan Davis, Flowood
Jason Dean, Madison
Dave Dennis, Pass Christian
Tommy Duff, Hattiesburg
Spence Flatgard, Ridgeland
Former State Senator Merle Flowers, Southaven Hassell Franklin, Houston
Former MSGOP Chairman Jim Herring, Canton
Paula and Randy James, Jackson
Bill Jenkins, Laurel
Rhonda Keenum, Starkville
Hayley and John Lundy, Ridgeland
Julie and Bruce Martin, Meridian
Ben Moncrief, Jackson
Walley Naylor, Madison
Mary and Richard Puckett, Ridgeland
Former MSGOP Chairman Clarke Reed, Greenville
Former State Senator Charlie Ross, Brandon
Joe Sims, Jackson
Jason Smith, Laurel
Clayton Stanley, Corinth
Former RNC Committeeman Billy and Mollie Van Devender, Jackson
George Walker, Jackson
Gloria Walker, Jackson


U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner (MO-2) (date the spin room for Bush on Aug. 6, 2015)


Former Gov. and U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (reported Oct. 2, 2015)
U.S. Senator from 2009-15; Secretary of Agriculture, 2005-07; Governor 1999-2005.


U.S. Rep. Chris Collins (NY-27)
(reported June 23, 2015) >
U.S. Rep. Tom Reed (NY-23) (reported July 28, 2015) >


North Carolina Leaders for Jeb

(announced Aug. 27, 2015)
Chairman  U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry (NC-10), Chief Deputy Whip, US House 
(endorsement first reported Aug. 21, 2015) >

Sen. Tom Apodaca, Chairman, NC Senate Rules Committee  
Sen. Brent Jackson, Co-Chairman, Senate Appropriations/Base Budget Committee  
Rep. Charles Jeter, Chairman, NC House Conference  

Steering Committee
Ms. Cheryl Mills, former US Small Business Administration official; now mentoring tech start-ups 
Mr. Darrell Allison, President, Parents for Educational Freedom in NC 
Mr. John Cooper, USDA appointee in NC for Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Geroge W. Bush 
Ms. Dion Clark, former policy director, Office of NC Governor Pat McCrory 

North Carolina Advisor  Jonathan Felts

Partner and senior strategist at The Results Company in Raleigh from Jan. 2014.  Senior advisor to Gov. Pat McCrory, 2013.  Senior vice president of grassroots and political advocacy at the American Bankers Association.  Resident program office in Afghanistan for 13 months.  Political director at the White House from 2007 to the end of President Bush's term.  North Carolina state director on the Bush-Cheney re-election campaign in 2004.  Communications director to U.S. Rep. Robin Hayes.  Worked on Dan Quayle's campaign for the 2000 Republican presidential nomination in Iowa and Phoenix, 1999.  Spokesman on U.S. Sen. Lauch Faircloth's (R-NC) 1998 re-election campaign.  Press deputy on Robin Hayes' unsuccessful 1996 gubernatorial campaign.  Graduate of North Carolina State University.  Davie County native.


National Chairman of Federal-State Relations  Attorney General Scott Pruitt 

(announced Sept. 29, 2015)  Elected the Attorney General of Oklahoma in Nov. 2010.  Candidate for lieutenant governor of Oklahoma in 2006, narrowly losing Aug. primary runoff.  Candidate for Congress in Dec. 2001 special election in CD-1.  Served eight years in the Oklahoma State Senate, first elected in 1998.  Attorney in private practice.  J.D. from University of Tulsa, 1993; B.A. in political science and communications from Georgetown College, 1990.


supporters announced as part of Bush's National Hispanic Leadership Team
(Oct. 15, 2015)  Elias Behar-Ybarra  -  Jose Carrion  -  Jaime Fonalledas  -  Zori Fonalledas  -  Luis Fortuno  -  Jennifer Gonzalez  -  Anibal Heredia  -  Alberto Morales  - Miriam Ramirez (Florida/Puerto Rico)  -  Josue Rivera  -  Luce Vela



Tennessee Advisor  Tom Ingram

(reported Sept. 18, 2015)   Principal at The Ingram Group in Nashville, and founder of The FIRST Group in Washington, DC.  Served seven years as chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander and staff director of the Senate Republican Conference.  Part of all of Lamar Alexander’s campaigns, and oversaw campaigns for Senator Fred Thompson, Governor Don Sundquist, Senator Bob Corker, and Governor Bill Haslam.  CEO of Knoxville Area Chamber Partnership, 1998-2002.  The Ingram Group, 1994-98.  Executive vice president at Whittle Communications, 1990-94.  Founder and CEO of the Ingram Group, 1983-90.  Reporter for the Nashville Tennessean.  M.A. in social work from University of Tennessee, 1969; B.A. in English and sociology from Lipscomb College, 1967. 

Full Delegate Slate

(announced Oct. 16, 2015) led by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and former Economic Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty


Initial Texas Leadership Committee

(announced Nov. 9, 2015) includes
Texas House Speaker Joe Straus
U.S. Rep.Kay Granger (CD-12, Fort Worth)
(date uncertain; on Oct. 15, 2015 campaign list)
U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions (CD-32, Dallas) (June 25, 2015)*
Bush's son, Land Commissioner George P. Bush
Midland oilman Javaid Anwar
Dallas developer Ross Perot Jr.
Energy tycoon T. Boone Pickens.

former state Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas
former state Sen. Florence Shapiro, R-Plano
former state Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas
former state Sen. Bob Deuell, R-Greenville
outgoing state Sen. Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler

*Politico in a May 18, 2015  article, reported U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions "told the former Florida governor [Jeb Bush] he'd be backing him" in a conversation "a little over two months ago" (>).  When asked by the Star Telegram a few days later, however, Sessions demurred (>).  Sessions' name appeared as a member of the Texas Leadership Committee for a June 25, 2015 Jeb 2016 fundraising luncheon so I have taken that as the date (>).


U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch (UT) (announced Aug. 12, 2015)



(announced Aug. 27, 2015)
Eric Cantor, former House Majority Leader
Kay Coles James, former Virginia Secretary of Health
John Hager, former Lieutenant Governor

and, joined the leadership team on Sept. 22, 2015
Jerry Kilgore, former Attorney General of Virginia and Republican nominee for governor in 2005. - served as Virginia finance chairman on Scott Walker Inc. (+)

and reported by The Washington Post on Sept. 29, 2015
Additional Virginia Support for Jeb: 
Delegate Will Morefield
Delegate Bobby Orrock
Delegate David Yancey
Delegate Terry Kilgore  ...formerly supported Scott Walker
Stephanie Zemanek – University of Richmond 
Sheriff Ken Stolle – Virginia Beach City  ...formerly supported Scott Walker
Debbie Ritter, City Council Member, Chesapeake City

and 67 additional supporters announced Dec. 9, 2015 including
Sen. Ben Chafin, Russell County
Sen. John Watkins, Chesterfield County
Del. Jeff Campbell, Smyth County



former state GOP chairman Richard Graber (reported Sept. 21, 2015...formerly with Scott Walker)
Shareholder at Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c..  Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Sept. 2006-Jan. 2009.  Attorney at
Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c., July 1981-Sept. 2006 (president, CEO and chairman, 2004-06).  Chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, for seven years starting June 1999.

former Gov. Tommy Thompson (reported Oct. 2, 2015...formerly backed Scott Walker)

CEO of PSI, a global health organization.  Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in 2012, losing to Tammy Baldwin.  Senior partner at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP, 2005-12.  Senior adviser to Deloitte and Touche USA LLP, 2005-09.  Secretary of HHS, Feb. 2001-Jan. 2005.  Governor of Wisconsin ,1987-2001.  Unsuccessful campaign for Congress in 1979.  Elected to the Wisconsin Assembly in 1966 and re-elected ten consecutive times.  B.S. (1963) and J.D. (1966) from University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Native of Elroy, WI.


RNC Committeeman Holland Redfield

Former Staff

Chief Operating Officer  Christine M. Ciccone

(April 2015 to late Oct. 2015 reorg.)  Executive vice president at Sphere Consulting LLC, May 2012-April 2015.  Senior vice president for external relations at USEC, Inc., Aug. 2009-April 2012.  Vice president for government relations at Honeywell, Feb. 2003-Dec. 2008.  Special assistant to President George W. Bush (representing and advocating Bush's agenda in the U.S. Senate).  Assistant staff director and general counsel for the Senate Appropriations Committee, Jan. 1997-Jan. 2001.  Deputy staff director for the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, Sept. 1995-Jan. 1997.  Acting staff director and deputy general counsel for the Senate Rules Committee, Jan. 1993-Sept. 1995.  Legislative assistant to Sen. Warren Rudman (NH), Aug. 1988-Dec. 1992.  M.A. in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College, 2003; J.D. from The George Washington University Law School, 1994; B.A. in political science/economics from University of New Hampshire.

See also:

Michael C. Bender and Mark Halperin.  "Jeb Bush Orders Across-the-Board Pay Cuts for Struggling Campaign."  Bloomberg Politics.  Oct. 23, 2015.

The Bloomberg article links to a memo "10.23 Talkers" provided by the campaign which includes the following points on campaign structure (quoted directly):

- Over the last four months, our team has consistently reviewed our budget and made spending reductions, including: budget cuts by department and salary reductions to senior and mid-level staffers.

- Today, we are expanding those reductions in order to maximize our resources where they matter most; voter contact and personnel in the early states to ensure we can be successful in the primaries and caucuses.

- To achieve that objectives we are making the following changes:

        - Reducing payroll costs by 40% this week;
        - Cutting salaries across the board, with all but the most entry level staff taking cuts;
        - Downsizing our headquarters staff: 25% is remaining in headquarters, 25% of our staff is already in the states; the vast majority of the remaining staff is being offered a position in the early states or as part of our ballot access efforts at a reduced salary;
        - Cutting travel costs by 20%;
        - Eliminating other extraneous overhead costs entirely, cutting 45% of our non media/voter contact budget from our original June planning.

The memo goes on to talk about the "strong national finance operation" and "the most extensive field operations" and says the campaign is "placing a special focus on increasing our New Hampshire operation."

Thomas Beaumont and Julie Pace.  "Eyeing general election, Bush team builds data operation."  The Associated Press. Oct. 19, 2015. 

Adam C. Smith.  "Inside Jeb Bush's campaign headquarters, where push is on for long haul."  Tampa Bay Times.  Sept. 26, 2015.

Ashley Killough.  "Jeb Bush campaign looks to go deep into primaries."  CNN.  Sept. 26, 2015.  According to this article, "Right now, the campaign has seven staffers on the payroll in South Carolina, 12 in Iowa, 13 in New Hampshire and eight in Nevada..."

Alex Isenstadt and Marc Caputo.  "Top Jeb fundraisers leave campaign amid troubling signs."  Politico.  Aug. 29, 2015.