National Republican Congressional Committee – 2015
Chairman Rep. Greg Walden (OR-2)
(re-elected to a second term Nov. 13, 2014; first
elected Nov. 14, 2012; served as deputy chairman in
the 2010 and 2012
cycles) Elected to Congress in 1998. From Hood River; OR-2
includes 20 counties in central, southern, and eastern Oregon.
Served in the Oregon Senate 1995-97; served in the Oregon House
1989-95. With his wife radio station owners for two
decades. B.S. degree from University of Oregon, 1981.
Deputy Chairs (announced Jan. 8, 2015)
Finance Chairman Ann Wagner (MO-2)
Recruitment Chairman Richard Hudson (NC-8)
Patriot Program Chairman Steve Stivers (OH-15) (support for freshmen Reps.)
Communications and Strategy
Executive Director Rob Simms
(announced Dec. 3,
as NRCC political director throughout the 2014 cycle. Senior
consultant at Red Maverick
2012. Chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, Dec. 2010-Aug.
2012. President of Persuasion Public Strategies, based in
Georgia, Aug. 2009-Dec. 2010, including chief strategist on Karen
Handel's campaign for Governor. Deputy Secretary of State in
Georgia, Jan. 2007-Aug. 2009. Campaign manager on Karen Handel's
campaign for Secretary of State. Chief of staff to Fulton County
Commission chair Mike Kenn, after running his campaign. B.A. in
government and politics
from George Mason University, 1994. twitter
Deputy Executive Director and General
Counsel Jessica (Furst) Johnson
(announced Jan. 9, 2015) Also served this role in the 2014 cycle; general counsel in the 2012 cycle; started at the NRCC in Feb. 2009. Attorney-associate at Foley and Lardner LLP, Sept. 2007-Feb. 2009. Communications director on Katherine Harris' successful campaign for Congress in Florida in 2004. Law degree from University of Florida's Fredric G. Levin College of Law, 2007; B.A./B.J. from University of Missouri-Columbia, 2003.
Deputy Counsel Christine Martin
Director of Travel and Scheduling Hamlin Wade
(Jan. 2015) Personal aide to the chairman at the
2013-Dec. 2014. Legislative correspondent in the U.S. House, July
2012-Jan. 2013. Bachelor's degreee in political science from Wake
Forest University, 2012.
Senior Advisor Liesl Hickey
(announced Dec. 3, 2014) Served as NRCC executive director throughout the 2014 cycle; and as NRCC Patriot Program director (incumbent retention) in the 2012 cycle. An advisor to the NRSC in 2010. Joined ONE in March 2007 as senior director of US campaigns, responsible for managing ONE’s 2008 presidential advocacy initiative, ONE Vote 08. Chief of staff to Rep. Mark Kirk, Aug. 2004-Jan. 2007. A field representative for the NRCC and assisted in John Boozman's special election victory, 2002. Served as Kirk's campaign manager starting in 2000. Finance director for Sen. Peter Fitzgerald's campaign in 1998. Started in the finance department at the NRSC. Graduate of Southern Methodist University.
Political Director John Rogers
(announced Jan. 9, 2015) NRCC deputy political
director in the
2014 cycle, and Northeast regional political
the 2012 cycle. Equities trader for AMR
Capital Trading, July 2008-Feb. 2011. Campaign experience
includes Bob Cohen 2010, Rob Astorino’s race for Westchester County
Executive in 2009, Victory director for the NJ Republican Party in
2006, and director of field operations for the Pennsylvania Republican
Party in Montgomery County in 2004. During Gov. George Pataki’s
administration he served as deputy director of regional and local
government affairs, 2003-05 and appointments officer, 2001-03.
Graduate of Sienna College, 1999. Originally from Upstate New
Regional Jon Reedy
Northeast regional political director at the NRCC in
the 2014 cycle; Western regional political director at the NRCC
in the 2012 cycle. Campaign manager on Scott Bruun for Congress
Oregon's 5th CD in 2010. Served in the Bush Administration from
2005-09, including nearly two years on staff at the White House.
Field staffer on Missouri Victory 2004. twitter
Regional Joe Pileggi
Great Lakes and Florida regional political director at
the NRCC in the
2014 cycle. Associate at Axiom Strategies,
Campaign director on Mark Neumann for U.S. Senate, Sept. 2011-Aug.
2012. Chief of staff to state Sen. Steve Oelrich, Nov. 2006-Sept.
2011. Political director for NRSC/Joe Miller for U.S. Senate,
Oct.-Nov. 2010. Deputy campaign manager on Mark Neumann for
Governor, May-Sept. 2010. Camapign manager on Steve Oelrich for
State Senate, April-Nov. 2006. North central Florida field
director for Senate campaigns for the Republican Party of Florida.
M.A. in political science (2005) and B.A. in political science
(2003) from University of Florida. twitter
Regional George Nassar
Southeast regional political director at the NRCC from
political specialist at the NRCC from Dec. 2011-July
Campaign consultant races in Mississippi and Virginia, Jan.-Dec.
2011. Southeast regional field director at the NRCC, July
2009-Dec. 2010. B.B.A. in political science and marketing from
University of Mississippi, 2009. twitter
Regional David Watts
Central Midwest regional political director at the
NRCC in the 2014 cycle; Midwest regional political director at the NRCC
cycle. A Republican operative for the last 15 years and has
worked on local,
state and national campaigns in Texas, Missouri and Illinois. He has
also worked for former President George W. Bush, Texas Sens. John
Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison, as well as Illinois Reps. Bobby
Schilling and Peter Roskam.
Women's Engagement Director Micah Yousefi
Political coordinator at the NRCC from May 2013.
correspondent in the U.S. House, Dec. 2011-April 2013. Fulbright
grantee in Korea, 2010-11. Client service administrator at
Persels & Associates, Dec. 2009-June 2010. Special assistant
to the president at Carefree Kitchens Inc., Feb. 2002-Sept. 2009.
B.A. in pre-law, philosophy, history from Notre Dame of Maryland
National Data Director Ellen Bredenkoetter
(from April 2014) Started at the NRCC as
regional data manager, Jan.-March 2014. Deputy director of
political analytics at Romney for President, April-Nov. 2012; political
intern on the campaign from June 2011-March 2012. Finshed
bachelor's degree from University of Alabama in Dec. 2013. twitter
Polling Coordinator Lauren Hutchinson
(from May 2014) Started at the NRCC as political
specialist in Jan.
2013 and was NRCC I.E. coordinator, May-Dec. 2012. Bachelor's
degree in political science from American University, 2012; internships
included RNC, Jan.-May 2012.
Communications Director Katie Prill
(announced Jan. 9, 2015) NRCC Southeast/Midwest
secretary in the 2014 cycle. Press
secretary to Wil
Cardon, a candidate in the U.S. Senate primary in Arizona, Nov.
Press secretary to U.S. Rep. David McKinley (WV). Communications
director on Jeff Miller for Congress, Aug.-Nov. 2010. Press
secretary on Mike Bouchard for Governor (MI), June 2009-Aug.
2010. Originally from Metro Detroit area. twitter
Press Secretary Ian Prior
2015) NRCC Northeast regional press secretary in the 2014 cycle
from Jan. 2013. Campaign
director for Brendan Doherty for
Congress in Rhode Island’s First District. Attorney for several
large firms and
worked as a trial lawyer for several years for the City of Boston
Corporation Counsel’s Office. LLM (2009) and J.D. (2002) from
Boston University Law School; B.A. in history from Boston University,
Regional Press Secretary, West/Midwest
(Jan. 2015) Communications director for U.S.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger
from April 2013. Deputy press secretary Nov. 2012-April 2013 and
press aide (June-Nov. 2012) for American Action Network.
Legislative assistant, legislative correspondent, staff assistant in
the U.S. House, Sept. 2010-June 2012. B.B.A. in management from
University of Georgia -Terry College of Business, 2009. From
Regional Press Secretary, Eastern Chris
(Jan. 2015) Communications director at Tom
Corbett for Governor,
March-Dec. 2014. Press secretary to U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, Feb.
2013-March 2014. Communications director to U.S. Rep. Rick Berg,
April 2012-Jan. 2013; also communications advisor on Rick Berg for U.S.
Senate. Communications coordinator in the Office of the Majority
Leader of the New York State Senate, March 2010-May 2012.
Campaign manager and director of communications at Jack Quinn for New
York State Senate, June-Nov. 2010. Worked in New York Assembly
offices and campaigns, Dec. 2005-March 2010. M.A. in
communication from SUNY at Albany, 2012; B.A. in political science,
criminal justice from SUNY at Albany, 2006.
Deputy Press Secretary Kate Constantini
(Jan. 2015) IE assistant at American Action
2014-Jan. 2015. B.A. in political science and government from The
George Washington University, 2014. twitter
Digital Director Tom Newhouse
Deputy Digital Director Ashleigh Grant
(April 2014) Digital operations associate at the
Leadership Committee, Aug. 2013-April 2014. Communications and
volunteer coordinator at Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington, Aug.
2012-Aug. 2013. Masters of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist
Theological Seminary, 2013; B.A. in public relations, political science
from Florida State University, 2010. twitter
Research Director Todd Johnson
(announced Jan. 9, 2015) NRCC research director
in the 2014 cycle; research director for the NRCC
independent expenditure in the 2012 cycle; deputy research director at
the NRCC from
2010. Worked at in the research department at the NRSC in the
2008 cyclee. Started
at the NRCC as a research analyst in 2006. Graduate of Pepperdine
University. Originally from Tucson, AZ.
Policy Director & Communications
(announced Jan. 9, 2015) Same role in the 2014 cycle. Chief of staff (June 2012-Jan. 2013) and legislative director (Oct. 2011-June 2012) to U.S. Rep. Rick Berg (ND). Legislative director in the Research Department at the NRCC, March 2009-Oct. 2011. Senior legislative assistant, legislative assistant, legislative correspondent, staff assistant, intern to U.S. Rep. Thelma Drake (VA), Oct. 2005-Jan. 2009. State Farm Insurance agent, Aug. 2003-Oct. 2005. B.A. in political science from University of Central Florida, 2003. Born in Kentucky. twitter
Finance Director Megan Cummings
(announced Jan. 9, 2015) NRCC deputy finance
director in the 2014
cycle; NRCC PAC director in the 2012 cycle. Worked at the
Bellwether Consulting Group, a PAC-fundraising and consulting firm
based in Washington, DC. Graduate of the University of
Richmond. Washington, DC native.
Deputy Finance Director Creigh Behnke
(Jan. 2015) Director of D.C. Services at
Starboard Group from Jan. 2013. Regional finance director at the
NRCC, Jan. 2011-Dec. 2012. Associate at Starboard Group, Jan.
2009-Dec. 2010. B.A. in political science and government from
Colorado State University.
Deputy Finance Director Lucy Noell Croxton
(Jan. 2015) President at Lucy Croxton Consulting
in Charlotte, NC from Aug. 2011. Assistant to the executive
director at the NRCC, Dec. 2010-Sept. 2011. Worked for
Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, Sept.-Dec. 2010. B.A. in journalism,
political science from University of Georgia, 2009.
Major Donor & Regional Finance
Major Donor & Regional Finance
Finance director (March-Nov. 2012) and office manager
2012) at the Utah Republican Party. B.A. in public administration
from Auburn University, 2010.
Major Donor & Regional Finance
(Jan. 2015) Director of Wagner Victory Team from
May 2014, and
assistant treasurer of ANN PAC from Sept. 2012. Special assistant
in the U.S. House, Jan. 2013-April 2014. Finance director on Ann
Wagner for Congress, Jan. 2012-April 2014. Legislative assistant
for MI State Rep. Kenneth Kurtz, May 2010-April 2012. B.A. in
comparative cultures and politics from Michigan State University, 2010.
Field Finance Director Dana Klein
Regional finance director (from Jan. 2013) and finance
(from May 2011) at the NRCC. B.A. in political science and public
health from The George Washington University, 2011.
PAC Director Krista Madaio
(Jan. 2015) Deputy PAC director in the 2014
cycle from Jan.
2013. Account manager at Bellwether
Consulting Group, June
2011-Jan. 2013. Degree in leadership studies, political science
from University of Richmond, 2011.
CFO Rob Jentgens
(started as controller i.e. director of accounting/treasury Sept. 2011; became CFO in 2013 after Ben Ottenhoff moved over to the RNC) President of RDJ Consulting, July 2009-Sept. 2011. Director of accounting at the NRSC, Aug. 2007-July 2009. Deputy CFO on Romney for President, Inc. Jan.-Aug. 2007. Accounting and logistics manager at Wishoo, 2001-04. M.B.A. in finance from University of Cincinnati College of Business, 2001; B.A. in history, political science from Indiana University Bloomington, 1995.
Deputy CFO Katy Williams
(July 2013; budget manager starting Jan. 2013, and
Feb. 2011-Jan. 2013) Legislative aide at Financial Executives
International, Sept. 2010-Jan. 2011. B.S. in international
economics from Belmont University.
Network Administrator Josiah Gross
(Sept. 2014) Technical consultant at Southwest
Technology, April 2013-Aug. 2014. Post production at Nichols
Printing, Oct. 2012-March 2013. Practice leader at Delorey
Chiropractic, May-Aug. 2012. General studies at Maranatha Baptist
Bible College; and civil engineering technology/technician at Northeast
Wisconsin Technical College.
IT Director George Griffin
(Feb. 2004) Owner and network engineer at Griffin Consulting, LLC, 2001-04. IT director at Global Metro Networks, April 2000-Oct. 2001. IT director on Forbes 2000, May 1999-March 2000. IT for SoftMed Systems,1998-99. Director of network services at the RNC, 1995-98.