February 9, 2015

RNC Announces Political Director for 2016 Cycle

WASHINGTON – Today, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus announced Chris Carr will serve as the RNC’s Political Director for the 2016 election cycle. Carr is returning to the RNC after he spent the  2012 cycle as a Regional Political Director for the West.
“I’m excited to welcome Chris back to the RNC, and I’m confident he’s going to lead our Political Department to even greater success in 2016,” said Chairman Priebus. “In 2014, we launched the earliest, most comprehensive ground game in RNC history. Building on that, Chris will lead our department as we prepare for a presidential election year. To win the White House, our party will have to connect and engage with even more voters across the country, while mobilizing record numbers of precinct captains and Victory 365 volunteers. As Political Director, Chris will oversee our voter targeting and turnout efforts and the strengthening of our field operation, all the while working with our data team to make sure we are using our resources in the most efficient and effective way possible. I’m confident that with his record and his talents, Chris will deliver a political operation that will make all Republicans proud.
“I also want to thank outgoing Political Director Chris McNulty. He oversaw a transformation of our Political Department over the last two years. There’s no question that our focus on low propensity voter turnout, early staff deployment, and minority engagement made a difference on Election Day 2014, when we saw historic victories for our party.”
“I’m thrilled to return to the RNC, and it’s an honor to lead the Political Department,” said Chris Carr. “As a full-time operation, the RNC is already working hard to win the presidency. I look forward to building on the committee’s 2014 success and implementing Chairman Priebus’s vision for this presidential election year. It’s an exciting time to be at the RNC. The stakes are high. Winning the White House will require an operation unlike any we’ve seen before, but with a laser-like focus on mechanics, our department will do its part to ensure there’s a Republican at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in just two years.”
Chris Carr mostly recently co-founded and consulted a conservative 501(c)(4) organization in Nevada that oversaw voter registration and voter identification activities. The organization, “Engage Nevada” rivaled national liberal non-profit organizations that have dramatically influenced the political landscape in the last two presidential elections. In addition to his work for “Engage Nevada” in 2014, Carr was the General Consultant for Garret Graves’ successful campaign for Congress in Louisiana’s 6th Congressional District. 
In 2012, Carr was a regional political director (RPD) at the RNC, managing and working with campaign staff and party leaders in the western region of the country. Carr worked in the same region of the country the previous cycle in 2010 as regional political director for the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) when House Republicans took back the majority which was the largest turnover in the US House of Representatives since 1948.
Prior to his work for the national committees, Carr served as both Victory Director and Nevada Republican Party Executive Director during the 2002 and 2004 election cycles.