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Scott Walker Inc.

(page updated May 24, 2016

announced July 13, 2015 ... suspended Sept. 21, 2015.
Headquarters: Madison, WI
see also:
pre-campaign organization
  |  pro-Walker super PAC.

Campaign Chairman  Michael Grebe

(July 2015)  President and CEO of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation since 2002.  Chairman of Walker’s 2010, 2012 and 2014 campaigns. Chairman and CEO of Foley & Lardner, 1994-2002; joined the firm in 1970 and made partner in 1977.  Served as member and president of the Board of Regents for the University of Wisconsin System.  General counsel to the Republican National Committee and was RNC committeeman for Wisconsin, 1984-2002; and RNC general counsel, 1996-2000.  "Mr. Grebe's political career spans three decades, including positions as chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, chairman of the Rules Committee of the Republican National Committee, state chairman for the Reagan-Bush campaign, state co chairman for the Bush-Quayle campaign, and member of the National Steering Committee to elect Ronald Reagan in 1980."  J.D. from University of Michigan, 1970.  Captain in the U.S. Army, 1962-67.  B.S. from the United States Military Academy, 1962.

Campaign Manager  Rick Wiley

(started late 2014; first reported building organization by CNN's Peter Hamby on Jan. 7, 2015)  Managing director of Mercury LLC's Washington office; in 2014 served as RGA's lead liaison to Rauner, Walker and Abbott gubernatorial races and NRSC lead liaison to Ernst campaign in Iowa.  Political director at the RNC in the 2012 cycle, and Western regional political director at the RNC in the 2010 cycle.  Managed Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX)'s gubernatorial campaign, Jan.-June 2009.  Deputy political director on Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign.  Executive director of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, 2005-Jan. 2007; RNC Victory director in Wisconsin in 2004; political director of the party from 2001-02.  Midwest political manager for Associated Builders and Contractors during the 2000 cycle.  Has also worked as a legislative liasion to Illinois Comptroller Loleta Didrickson and a legislative assistant to Wisconsin State Representative Gene Hahn (R-De Forest).  Illinois native.  twitter

Deputy Campaign Manager  Emily A. Cornell

(started as deputy executive director at Our American Revival in April 2015)  Principal at Emily Cornell & Assoc. since May 2013.  Executive director and treasurer for Keep Louisiana Working, 2013-15.  A regional political director at the RNC, May 2012-March 2013; started with the RNC in March 2010 as Hawaii Victory director for three months for the special election, then served as a regional Victory director overseeing operations in targeted CDs in OR, CA and ID, and as deputy political director (March 2011-June 2012).  Deployment director for Virginia Victory 2009.  Regional political director on Texans for Kay Bailey Hutchison, 2009.  Regional field director on Texas Victory 2008, then went to Minnesota for the Senate recount.  Regional political coordinator on the Rudy Giuliani presidential campaign, 2007-Feb. 2008.  Presidential appointee at the U.S. Department of Labor, 2006-7.  B.A. in political science, communications from Hope College, 2006.

Senior Advisor  Ed Goeas

President and CEO of The Tarrance Group. (The firm did polling for Walker's campaigns for governor).


Political Director  Matt Mason

(first reported on Jan. 28, 2015 by Politico's Mike Allen)  National field director at the RNC in the 2014 cycle from the latter part of 2013.  Served as a RNC regional political director in the 2012 cycle and for the first part of 2013.  Executive political director for the Michigan Republican Party in 2010.  Victory director in Virginia in 2009.  Regional political director for the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee covering the Great Lakes region, 2007. Ohio Victory director in the '04, '06, and '08 cycles.  After Sept. 11, 2001 Mason joined the U.S. Marine Corps; he served with Lima Company 3rd Battalion 25th Marines in Iraq in 2005 and is a combat veteran.  A field representative for the Ohio Republican Party in 2001.  Victory coordinator for the Ohio Republican Party in 2000.  Mason got his start in politics in the late 90's in Southeast Ohio managing five successful local races while studying political management at Ohio University; degree in political management, Dec. 2000.  twitter

Deputy Political Director  Danny O'Driscoll

(reported by Time's Zeke J. Miller on March 1, 2015)  Vice president at Political Ink, Inc..  Wisconsin state director on Romney for President in the Fall; previously the campaign's Northeast and Lakes regional political director, working on primary campaigns in eight states; started as one of two deputy state directors on Romney's NH primary campaign.  National absentee and early vote director in the political department at the RNC in Fall 2010.  Managed businessman Paul Huber's campaign for the Republic nomination in the May 18, 2010 primary in PA-3 (Mike Kelly won the primary).  Managed political operations in the Northeast region for Freedom's Watch in the 2008 cycle.  Worked on John Rounsaville for Gongress in MS-3 in first part of 2008.  Worked in external relations for the 2004 Republican National Convention.  Worked for Rep. Chris Chocola (R-IN).  Graduate of the University of Notre Dame.

Deputy Political Director  Wells Griffith

(reported by Time's Zeke J. Miller on March 1, 2015)  Managed RNC chair Reince Priebus' successful re-election.  Candidate for Congress in the Sept. 24, 2013 special election in AL-1 finishing fifth with 11-percent of the vote.  Deputy chilef of staff and eariler special assistant to RNC chairman Reince Priebus from March 2011.  Principal at Capitol Specialties, LLC.  Led Bryan Taylor's successful campaign for state Senate in 2010.  Managed Steven Palazzo's successful campaign for Congress in MS-04 in 2008.  Executive director of the Mississippi Republican Party under Gov. Haley Barbour.  J.D. from Mississippi College of Law, 2009; B.A. in history, Spanish from the Virginia Military Academy, 2004.  Grew up in Mobile, AL.  twitter

Senior Advisors on National Conservative Outreach
(first reported Feb. 5, 2015 by the Washington Examiner's Rebecca Berg)
Gregg Keller

Founder (2014) of Atlas Strategy Group.  Executive director of the American Conservative Union.  Executive director of the Faith and Freedom Coalition.  National coalitions director on Mitt Romney’s 2007-08 presidential campaign.  Managed Sen. Jim Talent's 2006 U.S. Senate re-election campaign.  State director for Sen. Jim Talent.  Missouri communications director on Bush-Cheney '04, then finished the campaign as Election Day coordinator in New Hampshire.  Keller's first position in politics was as travel aide to then-Congressman Jim Talent in his successful 2002 Senate election campaign against Jean Carnahan in Missouri; following the campaign he served as Talent's political director.  Financial analyst in Boston.  B.A. in English literature from Florida State University, 1999.  Clayton, MO native. twitter

Gary Marx

Co-founder and senior partner at Madison Strategies, LLC.  Executive director of the Faith & Freedom Coalition for three years.  Vice president at Century Strategies heading up their Washington D.C. office and also leading the Judicial Crisis Network; executive director of the Judicial Confirmation Network and president of Principium Consulting, a public policy and public affairs consulting firm.  Conservative coalitions director for the Romney presidential campaign in 2007-08; reported as an advisor in Dec. 2006.   Outreach to social conservatives on Bush-Cheney '04.  Development director and lobbyist for The Family Foundation of Virginia, Focus on the Family's VA affiliate.  Worked for Ralph Reed at Century Strategies.  Master’s degree in political management from Regent University; B.A. in political science from James Madison University.  twitter

Diana Banister

(in the campaign's july leadership team announcement)  Partner at Shirley & Banister Public Affairs; started at the firm in 1997, and named partner in 2001.


Communications Director  Kirsten Kukowski

(first reported Feb. 2, 2015 by CNN's Mark Preston...Kukowski transitioned over to OAR during Feb.)  Came to Our American Revival from position as deputy communications director/press secretary at the RNC; started at the RNC as press secretary in Jan. 2011.  Spokeswoman on Rep. Mark Kirk's successful 2010 campaign for U.S. Senate.  Midwest regional press secretary at the RNC in 2009-10.  Communications director at the Republican Party of Wisconsin, Jan. 2007-March 2009, including WI Victory communications director in Fall 2008.  Press secretary to Congressman Mark Green, May 2006-Jan. 2007.  B.A. in journalism and political science from University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006.  twitter

National Press Secretary  AshLee Strong

(Feb. 26, 2015 tweet)  Came to OAR from the Office of Sen. John Thune, where she served for more than four years, most recently as senior communications director and spokeswoman for the Senate Republican Conference and previously as communications director and as press secretary.  Press secretary for U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (WV).  Communications aide for the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.  An aide at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy in the George W. Bush administration.  Graduate of University of Montana, 2007.  From Montana.  twitter

Traveling Press Secretary  Matt Connelly

(early Aug. 2015)  Press secretary at the NRSC from March 2015.  Press secretary at Cory Gardner for U.S. Senate, Sept.-Nov. 2014.  Press secretary for the Colorado Republican Committee, June-Sept. 2014.  Communications director for Colorado Senate Republicans, Jan.-May 2014.  Regional press secretary at the RNC, Jan. 2012-Jan. 2013.  Deputy communications director on Jon Huntsman for President, June-Dec. 2011; communications advisor for H PAC, May-June 2011.  Deputy press secretary to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, June-Dec. 2010.  Deputy press secretary on Steve Poizner for Governor (CA), June 2009-June 2010.  Communications manager to Gov. Schwarzenegger, June 2008-June 2009.  Bachelor's degree in politics from The Catholic University of America, 2008.  twitter

Regional Press Secretary  Stacy Day

Started as a regional press secretary for OAR in April 2015.  Deputy press secretary (Dec. 2013-March 2015) and intern (June 2013-Dec. 2013) at the Republican Governors Association.  Legislative intern in the Office of Gov. Scott Walker, Jan.-May 2013.  A regional field director on Tommy Thompson for Senate, May-Nov. 2012.  B.A. in journalism and political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2013.  twitter

Press Assistant  Lauren Fine

(March 2015)  Booker at Fox News Channel, Dec. 2014-March 2015; production assistant for "The Five"  at Fox News Channel, Feb.-Dec. 2014.  B.A. in political science, legal studies from Washington University in  St. Louis, 2014.  Fine also interned in the Office of Gov. Chris Christie (May-Aug. 2011) and on his re-election campaign (April-Aug. 2013). 

Rapid Response  Josh Falzone

Deputy director, state level for America Rising, from Oct. 2013.  Policy analyst in the Office of Gov. Susana Martinez (NM), Nov. 2012-Oct. 2013.  Campaign representative in Indiana for the National Rifle Association, April-Nov. 2012.  Field director on Jim Gray for Orlando Commissioner, Feb. -April 2012.  Undergraduate degree in political science from the Univesity of Central Florida.  twitter

Photographer  Andrew Snow

Photographer for John McCain 2008, May 2007-Nov. 2008.  Photographer for the GW Hatchet, 2000-04.  B.A. from The George Washington University, 2004.  twitter


Walker Research Director  Heather Smith

Senior advisor on Walker's 2014 re-election campaign.  Runs a consulting business and is a 20 year veteran of Wisconsin government and politics, including serving as staff to Gov. Tommy G. Thompson and Sens. Dave Zien, Bob Welch Neal Kedzie, Luther Olsen, and Alberta Darling.  Bachelor's degree from University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.  Wisconsin native.

Research Director  Amy Leedecke

Part of the research team at American Crossroads.  Deputy research director at the NRSC, Jan. 2009-Dec. 2010.  Senior research analyst at Romney for President, Jan. 2007-Feb. 2008.  Senior ressearch analyst at the NRSC, April-Dec. 2006.  Legislative assistant in the U.S. House of Represenatives, 2002-06.  twitter


Policy Director  Andrew Bremberg

(reported by Politico's Burgess Everett on May 15, 2015 "overseeing both domestic and foreign policy")  Comes to OAR from position as policy advisor and counsel on nominations to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, March 2014-May 2015.  Department manager at MITRE, Feb. 2009-Feb. 2014.  Chief of staff in the Office of Public Health and Science (July 2007-Jan. 2009), special assistant in the immediate Office of the Secretary (July 2005-July 2007) and special assistant to the Executive Secretary (July 2001-July 2005) at the Department of Health and Human Services.  J.D. from The Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law, 2006; B.A. in psychology and theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville, 2001.

Domestic Policy Advisor  Kristin Jackson

(reported by Politico's Darren Samuelsohn on Feb. 18, 2015; start early March)  A director at DCI group from Feb. 2014.  Independent consultant for DCI Group, IRI and others, Feb. 2013-Jan. 2014.  Staff director (Jan. 2011-Jan. 2013) and minority staff director (April 2010-Jan. 2011) at the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.  Assistant program officer for Latin America and the Caribbean at the International Republican Institute, Sept. 2009-Sept. 2010.  Legislative assistant to U.S. Rep. Connie Mack (R-FL), Aug. 2006-May 2009.  M.A. in government, international relations from Georgetown University, 2007; B.S. in political science and Spanish from Missouri State University, 2005. 

Foreign Policy Advisor  Mike Gallagher

(reported by Politico's Darren Samuelsohn on Feb. 18, 2015; start early March)  Professional staff member at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee from Aug. 2013.  Captain in the U.S. Marines Corps, June 2006-Aug. 2013.  M.A. in government (2013) and M.A. in security studies (2012) from Georgetown University; M.S. in strategic intelligence from National Intelligence University (2010); B.A. in international relations and affairs from Princeton University, 2006.

Foreign Policy Advisor  Robert C. O'Brien

(reported by National Review's Eliana Johnson on May 11, 2015)  Managing partner at Arent Fox LLP for California from Jan. 2007.  Managing partner at O'Brien Abeles LLP, 1999-2007.  A legal officer with the United Nations Security Council (Compensation Commission) in Geneva, Switzerland, 1996-98.  Associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and affiliates, 1991-96.  J.D. from UC Berkeley, 1991; B.A. degree from UCLA, 1988.   Served as a major in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the US Army Reserve, 1992-2005.

Senior Advisor on Foreign Policy and Defense  Former Sen. Jim Talent

(reported by CNN's Erin McPike on March 26, 2015)  Senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and director of the National Security 2020 project from Dec. 2014; also partner at Banner Public Affairs.  Advisor on both of Mitt Romney's presidential campaigns; in 2011-12 Talent was a member of both the economic policy team (announced Sept. 2011) and the foreign policy and national security advisory team (announced Oct. 2011).  In 2007-8 he was Romney for President domestic policy task force chairman (announced Feb. 2007).  Distinguished fellow at the Heritage Foundation from Jan. 2007.  Elected to the U.S. Senate from Missouri in 2002 special election; lost 2006 re-election bid.  Elected to Congress in 1992; served eight years in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 1984 at age 28; served eight years.  Law clerk to Judge Richard A. Posner.  J.D. from University of Chicago Law School, 1981.  A.B. in political science from Washington University in St. Louis.  twitter


Chief Data Officer  Mark Stephenson

(first reported Feb. 2, 2015 by CNN's Mark Preston)  Co-founder of Cardinal Insights, a data targeting, intelligence and statistical modeling firm with offices in Washington, DC and Austin, TX, from Oct. 2013; and owner of Two Bytes Data, a technology and data analysis consulting firm, from May 2013.  Worked on Joni Ernst's 2014 U.S. Senate campaign.  University of Michigan, 2005.  twitter

Deputy Chief Data Officer  Ellen Bredenkoetter 

(started as deputy CDO on Walker's Our American Revival in March 2015)  National data director (April 2014-March 2015) and regional data manager, (Jan.-March 2014) at the NRCC.  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

Chief Digital Officer  Matt Ozckowski

Digital director on Walker's 2014 re-election campaign from Aug. 2013.  Digital director at Advocacy Group Inc., June 2011-Aug. 2013.  Account manager at Hynes Communications, Dec. 2010-May 2011.  Digital director at Robitaille for Governor, Aug.-Dec. 2010.  Communications director on Bernier for Congress, May-Aug. 2010.  Account manager at Hynes Communications, Dec. 2009-July 2010.  eCamapign at the RNC, June-Dec. 2008.  B.A. in political science from James Madison University.  twitter

Chief Technology Officer  Darren Bolding

Started as CTO on Our American Revival in March 2015.  Director of DevOps in the RNC's Siicon Valley office, March 2014-March 2015.  Consultant on OpenStack, Jan. 2014-March 2015.  Network architect at Gazillion, Dec. 2012-Jan. 2014.  Director of systems engineering and infrastructure at Nebula, Inc., Nov. 2011-Dec. 2012.  director of network engineering, information technology/security at Intelius, Nov. 2006-Sept. 2011.  Prncipal network architect at Digeo, Sept. 2002-Nov. 2006.  Director of professional services at Threshold Networks, 2000-02.  Manager of consulting at F5 Networks, 1998-2000.  Network engineer at Enron Communications, 1997-98.  Network engineer at South Coast Computing Services, 1995-96.  Studied computer science and linguistics at Rice University, no degree completed.  twitter

Content Director  Justin LoFranco 

(March 2015)  Creative director at the RNC from Nov. 2013.  Digital director for Office of Rep. Darrell Issa and the House Oversight Committee, from Jan. 2013.  Digital director in the Office of the Majority Whip, May 2012-Jan. 2013.  Digital consultant to Romney for President, Sept.-Nov. 2013.  Deputy director of digital strategy (April 2011-May 2012) press assistant and deputy Republican clerk (June 2010-May 2011) to House Oversight Committee; press assistant to Rep. Darrell Issa, Nov. 2009-June 2010.  Degree in political science from Biola University, 2008.  twitter


Finance Director  Colleen Coyle

Finance director on Walker's 2014 re-election campaign.  Finance director of the Republican Party of Wisconsin.  B.A. in sociology from Southern Methodist University, 2010.  From Madison, WI.

National Finance Consultant  Jenny Drucker

(first reported Feb. 4, 2015 by Politico's James Hohmann and Kenneth P. Vogel)  Per Hohmann and Vogel, Drucker recently started her own firm with Alex Lawhon.  NRCC finance director in the 2014 and 2012 cycles; NRCC deputy finance director in the 2010 cycle.  PAC director at the NRSC during the 2008 cycle.  PAC director at the NRCC in the 2006 cycle.  Worked on the 2000 and 2004 Bush/Cheney campaigns, the 2004 Republican National Convention, and the 2001 and 2005 Presidential Inaugural Committees.  Staff assistant, then office manager for Rep. Sessions from 2000 to May 2004.  Graduate of Texas A&M University, 1999. 

National Finance Consultant  Alex Lawhon

(first reported Feb. 4, 2015 by Politico's James Hohmann and Kenneth P. Vogel)  Deputy finance director at the NRCC in the 2014 and 2012 cycles.  Midwest regional finance director on John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign.  NRSC director of major donors in the 2006 and 2004 cycles.

?Fundraising  Susan Lilly

(reported Feb. 13, 2015 by The Texas Tribune)  President, CEO and founder (1996) of Lilly & Company, based in Austin, TX.  Worked in various capacities including campaign manager, scheduler, and organization director on state senate and statewide campaigns.  Staffer for Republican Railroad Commissioner Barry Williamson.  B.A. in communications from Stephen F. Austin State University.  Grew up in Nacogdoches; sixth generation Texan.

National Finance Co-Chair Todd Ricketts

(reported by CNN on July 7, 2015)  A director of Chicago Baseball Holding LLC (the Chicago Cubs), co-owner of Higher Gear bike shops in Wilmette and Highland Park, and investor and consultant.  Worked for Knight Capital in New Jersey.  B.A. in economics from Loyola University of Chicago.  Part of the Ricketts family; father Joe Ricketts was a co-founder of TD Ameritrade.

National Finance Co-Chair Jon Hammes

(reported by CNN on July 7, 2015)  Minority owner in the Milwaukee Bucks.  Founder and managing partner of Hammes Company.  Midwest regional partner for Trammell Crow Company.  M.S. in real estate appraisal and investment analysis and B.S. degree from University of Wisconsin.


Senior Trip Coordinator  Jonathan Wetzel

(July 2015)  Deputy campaign manager on Friends of Scott Walker (2014 re-election).  Assistant campaign manager on Tommy Thompson for Senate, Sept.-Dec. 2012.  Political director at the Republican Party of Wisconsin, June-Sept. 2012.  Statewide field director on Friends of Scott Walker, Nov. 2011-June 2012.  External relations coordinator in the Office of Gov. Scott Walker, Jan.-July and Aug.-Nov. 2011.  Field rep. on Friends of Scott Walker, July-Dec. 2010.  Graduate of Marquette University, 2010.

Advance Lead/Trip Coordinator  Will Neitzel

(started as trip coordinator at Our American Revival in May 2015) Senior advance coordinator for Friends of Scott Walker, May 2014-May 2015.  External relations coordinator in the Office of Gov. Scott Walker, Aug. 2013-Aug. 2014.  Law enforcement dispatcher for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Dec. 2012-Aug. 2013.  Operations assistant on Tommy Thompson for U.S. Senate, June-Sept. 2012.  B.s. in criminal justice/police science from University of Wisconsin-Platteville, 2012.

Operations/Advance  Alec Hanna

(started at Our American Revival in April 2015)  Advance coordinator on Friends of Scott Walker, Aug. 2014-March 2015.  Field coordinator on Duey Stroebel for Congress, May-Aug. 2014.  Degree in political science from Marquette Universisty, 2014.

Director of Scheduling  Deidre Almstead

Executive assistant/scheduler (Jan. 2013-May 2015) and deputy scheduler (Dec. 2010-Dec. 2012) to U.S. Sen. John Cornyn; staff assistant in the U.S. Senate, June-Dec. 2010.  Graduate of Southern Methodist University, 2010.  twitter


Ballot Access  Joe Fadness

(announced by the Wisconsin GOP on July 27, 2015)  Executive director (Jan. 2013-July 2015) and political director (Aug.-Dec. 2012) of the Wisconsin Republican Party.  Campaign manager at Eric Hovde for U.S. Senate, Feb.-Aug. 2012.  Director of external relations for Gov. Scott Walker, Jan. 2011-Feb. 2012.  Operations director at Friends of Scott Walker, June 2007-Nov. 2010.  Advance representative for the White House, May 2005-Dec. 2008.  B.A. in political science, business administration from Marquette University, 2007.  Fadness interned for Walker when he was Milwaukee County Executive.  twitter

Personal Aide  Tom Evenson

Communications director on Walker's 2014 re-election campaign from March 2014.  Press secretary in the office of Gov. Scott Walker, April 2013-March 2014.  Communications director for Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, Dec. 2012-April 2013.  Communications director (June-Dec. 2012) and deputy communications director (Nov. 2011-June 2012) at Friends of Scott Walker.  Press aide in the Office of Gov. Scott Walker, Jan.-Nov. 2011.  Field rep. on Friends of Scott Walker, June 2009-Dec. 2010.  B.S. in political science, communication studies from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, 2009.  twitter

Personal Aide to Tonette Walker  Aly Higgins

(June 2015)  Founder (Nov. 2013), steering committee and advisory board member of RightNOW Women PAC,  Director of events at the Republican State Leadership Committee, Jan. 2014-June 2015.  Manager of government affairs at Dow Lohnes Government Strategies, April-Dec. 2013.  Speakers bureau coordinator (March 2012-April 2013), Growth and Opportunity Project (Jan.-March 2013) and convention delegate coordinator (June-Aug. 2012) at the RNC,  B.A. in communications, law, economics and government (CLEG) from American University.

Senior Advisor and Outside Counsel  Ben Ginsberg

Partner at Joines Day since May 2014.  Previously partner at Patton Boggs LLP; joined the firm in 1993.  Senior advisor and national counsel on Romney's 2011-12 campaign.  National counsel on Romney's 2007-08 campaign.  Outside counsel for the Bush-Cheney '04 (announced May 30, 2003; resigned Aug. 2004).  Outside counsel for the Bush-Cheney campaign in 2000 and was a central figure in the Florida recount.  Prior to joining Patton Boggs, Ginsberg served eight years as counsel to the RNC, the NRSC, and the NRCC.  He worked for five years as a newspaper reporter for the Boston Globe, the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, the Berkshire Eagle and the Riverside (Calif.) Press-Enterprise, prior to law school.  J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, 1982.  A.B. from University of Pennsylvania, 1974.

Brian Tringali, partner at The Tarrance Group.
B.J. Martino, senior vice president at The Tarrance Group.

Whips on Capitol Hill

(reported by Politico's James Hohmann on Feb. 20, 2015)
Pete Meachum - Chief of Staff to U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy (WI-7)
McKay Daniels - Chief of Staff to U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble (WI-8)

After Walker suspended his campaign Politico reported a staff of "about 85."  See: Mike Allen and Alex Isenstadt.  "Walker's campaign manager unloads."  Politico, Sept. 23, 2015.


Headquarters: 2775 86th St., Urbandale.  

...The Washington Post reported on Feb. 8, 2015 that OAR had leased office space in Urbandale;
The Des Moines Register
reported the address on Feb. 10.

Senior Iowa Advisor  David Polyansky

(first reported on Jan. 23, 2015 by the Des Moines Register)  President at New Strategies Group, based in Houston.  Strategist on Joni Ernst's 2014 U.S. Senate campaign.  CEO and deputy campaign manager on Michele Bachmann's campaign to early Sept. 2011.  Chief operating officer and senior advisor on Mike Huckabee's campaign starting early Nov. 2007.  Came to the Huckabee campaign from his position as chief operating officer of Americans for Fair Taxation, 2006-07.  Attorney at McFall, Sherwood & Breitbeil in Houston.  Served in Iraq in 2004-05 with the 1st Battalion, 23rd Marines, a Houston-based Marine Corps Infantry Battalion, in Al Anbar.  Attorney practicing commercial litigation defense in Houston.  Experience includes campaign manager for an initiative campaign, spokesperson and policy director for a congressional candidate, volunteer for a presidential election, chief of staff for a City of Houston council member, and an account executive with an advertising/public relations agency during law school.  Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps; served on active duty from 1992-97.  J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center, 2002; B.S. in political science from the University of St. Thomas.  twitter

State Director Josie Peterson 

Political director at Just Win Strategies from Jan. 2015.  Deputy political director (July-Nov. 2014) and statewide field director (Jan.-June 2014) on Joni Ernst for U.S. Senate.  B.A. in political science and government from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2013.  twitter

Strategic Advisor / Iowa Communications Director  Eric Woolson

(first reported on Feb. 24, 2015 by the Des Moines Register)  President and CEO of The Concept Works, a public, media and government relations and crisis management firm in West Des Moines that he founded in 2002.  Woolson and his son also own and operate Lucky Badger Farms.  Iowa communications director (from Sept. 2011) and campaign manager from Oct. 27, 2011-Jan. 2012) on Bachmann for President.  State spokesman and senior consultant on the Pawlenty for President campaign.  Campaign manager on Bob Vander Plaats' for Governor in the June 8, 2010 primary.  Campaign manager for Mike Huckabee's 2007-08 Iowa caucus campaign; started as coordinator of Huckabee's Hope for America PAC in June 2006.  Communications director on then Gov. George W. Bush's Iowa caucus campaign, 1999-2000.  Communications director for Gov. Terry Branstad during his final term.  Previously worked for 20 years as a member of the Iowa press corps, including 11 years at the Waterloo Courier.  O.Kay Henderson notes on Radio Iowa, the blog (June 13, 2006) that, "Woolson left the Waterloo Courier in 1987 to work as press secretary for Delaware Senator Joe Biden’s Iowa effort."  He is also author of Grassley: Senator from Iowa (Mid-Prairie Books, Nov. 1995).

Eastern Iowa  Carlos Cruz

Regional Victory director for the RNC in Cedar Rapids, Aug.-Nov. 2014.  Policy analyst for New Jersey Senate Republicans, Jan.-Aug. 2014.

Ashley Hahn

Political director and grassroots coordinator on Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin's 2014 re-election campaign.  Previously worked for former Corporation Commissioner and congressional candidate Denise Bode, the Victory campaign, and Corporation Commissioner Dana Murphy.  University of Central Oklahoma graduate; originally from Piedmont.

Iowa Leadership Team

leaders in all 99 counties (announced Sept. 14, 2015)

- first round of 65 endorsements (announced Aug. 5, 2015)
State senators: Jerry Behn, Boone; Mark Costello, Imogene; Randy Feenstra, Hull; Julian Garrett, Indianola; Mark Segebart, Vail; Tom Shipley, Nodaway; Amy Sinclair, Allerton; Brad Zaun, Urbandale, and Dan Zumbach, Ryan.
State representatives: Terry Baxter, Garner; Brian Best, Glidden; Dave Deyoe, Nevada; Dean Fisher, Garwin; Lee Hein, Monticello; and John Landon, Ankeny.
County and city officials: Dallas County Recorder Chad Airhart, Union County Treasurer Kelly Busch, Hardin County Treasurer Machel Eichmeier, Marshall County Treasurer Jarret Heil (who currently also serves as Chair of the Iowa Republican County Officials Association and President of the Iowa County Treasurers Association), Dallas County Sheriff Chad Leonard, Muscatine County Attorney Alan Ostergren, Winneshiek County Treasurer Wayne Walter, Urbandale Mayor Bob Andeweg, Clive Mayor Scott Cirksena, West Des Moines Mayor Steve Gaer and Waukee City Councilman Rick Peterson.
Also among Walker's Iowa leadership team are former state Sen. Nancy Boettger of Harlan and former state Sen. Dave Mulder of Sioux Center
and more (see the list).

- initial endorsements
On March 3, 2015 Radio Iowa's O. Kay Henderson reported four state Senators, led by Brad Zaun, are endorsing Walker.
Sen. Brad Zaun (District 20, Urbandale) >
Sen. Randy Feenstra (District 2, Hull) >
Sen. Dan Zumbach (District 48, Ryan) >
Sen. Tom Shipley (District 11, Nodaway) >
On March 5, 2015 several outlets reported that two county officials have joined Our American Revival's Iowa leadership team (+):
Dallas County Recorder Chad Airhart >  twitter
Marshall County Treasurer Jarret Heil


Senior New Hampshire Advisor  Andy Leach

(first reported on Feb. 17, 2015 by NH Journal)  Founder (Jan. 2014) and president of LG Strategies, a consulting firm based in Manchester.  Outreach director to Sen. Kelly Ayotte, Jan. 2011-Jan. 2014.  Executive director of the New Hampshire Republican Party from Jan. 2009-Jan. 2011, under chairman former Gov. John Sununu.   Director of operations on Sen. John Sununu's 2008 re-election campaign, and earlier  constituent liaison in Sununu's Senate office.  Executive director of the NH Republican Party in 2006 under Wayne Semprini.  One of two field coordinators (coordinated data, maps, call sheets and such for the field reps) for NH Victory in Fall 2004.  Worked on Sen. Gordon Humphrey's 2002 and 2000 campaigns.  Bachelor's degree in political science and government from Rivier College, 2000.

Senior New Hampshire Advisor  Liz Christoffersen

(announced Aug. 24, 2015)  Self-employed political consultant since 1992, and vice president of MEC Sales & Services, Inc. since 1990.  A senior adviser to the Marilinda Garcia for Congress campaign in 2014.  Campaign manager on John Stephen for Governor in 2010.  Campaign coordinator for Fred Thompson's 2008 New Hampshire primary campaign.  Executive director at J2K Corporation, 1986-88.  Program development and marketing manager at American Medical International, 1984-86.  Marketing associate at the St. Paul Medical Center in Dallas, TX, 1982-84.  M.A. in economics (1982) and B.S. in business administration (1980) from Central Michigan University.  twitter

New Hampshire Day-to-Day  Michael Bir

(first reported on Feb. 17, 2015 by NH Journal)  Political director for the Michigan Republican Party, March 2013 through the 2014 cycle.  RNC Ohio Victory director, May-Nov. 2012; Victory director for the Ohio Republican Party, Feb. 2010-May 2012.  Insurance agent at American Financial Planners, 2004-12.  B.A. in political management from Ohio University, 2004.  twitter

Kayla Berube

Started with OAR in April 2015.  Deputy campaign manager on Wagner for Senate in Orange County, CA.  GOTV director on Dr. Monica Wehby for U.S. Senate campaign, Aug.-Dec. 2014.  Executive director at the Hawaii Republican Party, Sept. 2013-July 2014.  Regional field director on Gabriel Gomez for U.S. Senate, Feb.-July 2013.  Regional field director for Massachusetts Victory, Nov. 2011-Dec. 2012.  Regional political coordinator at the RNC, July-Nov. 2011.  twitter

(announced Aug. 19, 2015)
Cliff Hurst

Former vice chair of the NHRSC, and chaired the Manchester Republican Committee in 2004-05 and 2010.  Co-chair of Mike Huckabee's 2007-08 NH primary campaign.  Day job is sales consultant at Merrimack Street Volvo.  Founded Hurst deGraffenreid Wealth Management and served as Director of Human Resources at the Palazzi Corporation.  Senior vice president and COO of CEI Corporation from 1981-86.  Served as a civilian clergy in the military in Europe.  (Hurst's endorsement of Walker first reported by John DiStaso at NH Journal on March 17, 2015)

Phyllis Woods

Served four terms as a New Hampshire State Representative from Dover.  Former executive board member of the New Hampshire Republican Party, and a former chairman of the Strafford County Republican Committee.  RNC national committeewoman for New Hampshire from 2007-12.

Chris Wolfe

Entrepreneur and longtime New Hampshire political activist.  Wolfe is president and CEO of MNR Technology, Inc., which designs and manufactures HMI systems and components.  Rockingham county chair on Mitt Romney's NH primary campaigns.  Chairman of the Derry GOP from 1996-2006.



Director  Dan Tripp

(reported by The State's Andy Shain on May 7, 2015)  Founder (March 2011) and president of Ground Game Strategies, Inc., based in Mauldin, SC.  National field director at Friends of Herman Cain, Dec. 2010-March 2011; Trip also worked on Sen. John McCain's 2000 campaign and Sen. Phil Gramm's 1996 campaign.  National political director at Americans for Limited Government in Fairfax, Virginia, June 2006-Dec. 2010.  State Representative in the South Carolina General Assembly, 1994-2006.  President and owner of Carolina Mortgage Solutions, 2004-06.  Founder and operation of Tripp Insurance Agency, 1995-2004.  M.B.A. from Winthrop University, 2002.  M.S. in public relations from Suffolk University, 1993.  twitter

Mike Lukach 

(April 2015; reported by The State's Andy Shain on May 7, 2015)  Campaign manager on Stewart Mills' campaign for Congress in Minnesota's 8th CD, Feb.-Nov. 2014 (one of the most closely contested races of the cycle).  Campaign manager on Ron Walters for Congress in Charleston, WV, Sept. 2013-Jan. 2014.  Campaign manager on Judy Biggert for Congress in Illinois, Feb.-Dec. 2012.  B.A. in government from William & Mary, 2006. twitter

Local Campaign Organizers

(announced August 12, 2015)

Low Country Region

Midlands Region

Pee Dee Region

Piedmont Region

Upstate Region


State Chairman  Former Gov. Bob List

(announced Aug. 11, 2015)  Senior partner at Kolesar & Leatham.  Governor of Nevada from 1979-83.  Attorney General of Nevada, 1971-79.  District Attorney of Carson City, 1966-70.  RNC committeeman for Nevada and chairman of the RNC Budget Committee during the 2011-12 cycle.  J.D. and LL.D. degrees from University of California Hastings College of the Law, 1962; B.S. degree from Utah State University.


State Chairman  U.S. Rep. Doug Collins

(announced Aug. 7, 2015)  Elected to Congress Nov. 2012 representing the 9th CD (northeastern corner of the state).  Elected to the Georgia House in 2006 and served three terms.  Managing partner at Collins and Csider law firm since 2010.  With his wife he ran a scrapbook store.  J.D. from John Marshall Law School, 2007.  Master of Divinity from Baptist Theological Seminary, 1996; B.A. in political science and criminal law from North Georgia College & State University, 1988.  Served two years in the U.S. Navy as a chaplain, and is a chaplain in the U.S. Air Force Reserve Command. >

(announced Aug. 14, 2015)
State Sen. Judson Hill (District 32, Marietta)
State Rep. Matt Ramsey, Georgia House Majority Caucus Whip (District 72, Peachtree City)
State Rep. Christian Coomer (District 14, Cartersville)
Julianne Thompson, former co-chair of the Atlanta Tea Party
Rachel Little, former Gwinnett County Republican Party chair



State Sen. Rick Jones (District 24, Grand Ledge)
(reported by the Lansing News on May 4, 2015)


State Chairman  State House Speaker Kurt Daudt

(announced Aug. 7, 2015)  Elected to the Minnesota House in 2010; represents District 31A which includes precincts in Isanti, Anoka and Sherburne counties.  Served six years as an Isanti County Commissioner and was a Stanford Town Board Supervisor from 1999-2005.  He has lived on his grandparents' farm in Crown and worked as a business manager.  A founding member of Project 24, a nonprofit that builds orphanages in Kenya.  Studied aviation management at University of North Dakota. >

(announced Aug. 17, 2015)
State Sen. Dave Thompson (District 58, Southern Twin Cities metro area)
Kurt Zellers, former Minnesota House Speaker
Marty Seifert, former Minnesota House Minority Leader
Chris Tiedeman, Minnesota GOP National Committeeman


State Chairman  State Sen. Mark Obenshain

(announced Aug. 7, 2015)  Elected to the Viginia Senate in 2003, representing District 26, Harrisonburg.  Republican nominee for Attorney General in 2013, narrowly losing to Mark Herring.  Founder of the Obenshain Law Group; has practiced law in Harrisonburg and Central Virginia for more than two decades.  J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law, 1987; B.A. from Virginia Tech, 1984.  Son of Richard D. Obenshain, a key figure in the Republican Party of Virginia. >

Finance Chairman  Former Attorney General Jerry Kilgore

(announced Aug. 31, 2015)  Partner at McGuireWoods.  Republican nominee in the 2005 Virginia governor's race.  Virginia Attorney General from 2002-05.  Virginia Secretary of Public Safety, 1994-98.  An Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia, 1987-88.


(announced Sept. 9, 2015)
Del. Terry Kilgore (District 1, Gate City)
Del. David  Ramadan (District 87, E.Loudon/W. Prince William Cos.)
Del. Margaret Ransone (District 99, Kinsale)

Consultant  Chris Leavitt

(announced Aug. 25, 2015)  Campaign manager for Ed Gillespie's 2014 U.S. Senate run.  Campaign manager on State Sen. Mark Obenshain's 2013 campaign for Virginia Attorney General. Campaign manager on Bob Goodlatte for Congress, Jan.-Nov. 2012.  Campaign manager on Bryce Reeves for Senate, March-Nov. 2011.  Political director on Mike Bouchard for Governor, Jan.-Aug. 2010.  Bachelor's degree in political science and government from University of Maine, 2008.  twitter