updated September 2, 2015)
Executive Director Keith Gilkes
(announced April 16, 2015) President of The Champion Group LLC (among his clients, served as general consultant on Stewart Mills for Congress 2014 campaign in MN-8). Senior advisor on Walker's 2014 re-election campaign; campaign manager on Walker's June 2012 recall campaign. Chief of staff to Gov. Walker until Oct. 8, 2011, left to head recall campaign. Campaign manager on Walker's 2010 campaign from April 2009. Policy advisor to Senate Republican Leader Scott Fitzgerald, Jan. 2007-April 2008. Executive director of the Committee to Elect a Republican Senate, 2006. B.S. in political science from University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1999. From Prairie du Chien, WI.
Deputy Executive Director Stephan Thompson
(announced April 16, 2015) Campaign manager on Walker's 2014 re-election campaign. Executive director of the Republican Party of Wisconsin from May 2011-Feb. 2013; previously deputy director. Deputy campaign manager on Walker's 2010 campaign. Served on several statewide and local political and issue advocacy campaigns. Graduate of Carroll College. West Allis native.
National Finance Director James McCray
(announced April 16, 2015) Managing partner of Highwood Capital,
LLC, a national political and business consulting firm
located in Washington, DC. Deputy national finance director
on John McCain's presidential campaign. A brief stint at the NRSC
running the major donor program. served on the senior staff of
U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT) as general counsel and as a strategic
advisor on Burns'
re-election campaign. Practiced corporate law at the
law firm of Dorsey & Whitney LLP in Minneapolis and at the law
firm of Dow Lohnes & Albertson, PLLC in Washington, DC. J.D.
from Vanderbilt University School of Law; B.A. in political science
from Montana State University in Bozeman, where he served as student
Strategic Communications Shirley &
(reported by Breitbart's Matthew Boyle on April 25,
Shirley is president and CEO of the firm he founded in 1984.
Diana Banister started at the firm in 1997, was promoted to vice
president, and then named partner in 2001.
Senior Advisor Brad Dayspring
(reported by Politico's Mike Allen on June 30, 2015) Communications director at the NRSC in the 2014 cycle. Senior advisor for the YG Action Fund (Super PAC), April 2012-Jan. 2013. Deputy chief of staff to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Dec. 2010-April 2012; press secretary to then-Republican Whip Cantor, Jan. 2009-Dec. 2010. Communications director to U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling at the Republican Study Committee, April 2006-Dec. 2008. Communications director to U.S. Rep. Christopher Smith (NJ), 2005-06. Manager of media relations at the National Restaurant Association, 2004-05. Deputy director of press advance at the White House, 2001-04. Deputy press secretary to U.S. Rep. John Kasich, June 1999-Dec. 2000. B.A. in political science from Villanova University, 1999. twitter