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A new appreciation for ag research

A new appreciation for ag research

A new appreciation for ag research As you sit in the cabs of your tractors or combines, you are harvesting a (hopefully) great crop. That is due to agricultural research….

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Nicolee Ambrose for Congress

Meet Nicolee Ambrose for Congress MD-2

Meet Nicolee Ambrose for Congress MD-2 As a teenager, Nicolee aspired to attend both The Johns Hopkins University and The Peabody Conservatory of Music. She was admitted to both schools…

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Republican Leaders

RNC Chairman Ronna McDaniel

RNC Chairman Ronna McDaniel

Ronna McDaniel is the second woman ever elected Chair of the RNC. During the 2016 election, Ronna McDaniel helped deliver Michigan for Donald Trump and the GOP for the first time in decades. She was elected as the State Chairman from Michigan in February of 2015. Ronna served as a Trump delegate and chaired the Michigan Delegation to the 2016 Republican National Convention. <more>

Sen. Mirch McConnel

Sen. Mitch McConnel, KY
Minority Leader

Mitch McConnell is the Senate Majority Leader. Elected to that position unanimously by his Republican colleagues first in 2014 and again in 2016 and 2018, he is only the second Kentuckian to ever serve as Majority Leader in the U.S. Senate. The first, Senator Alben Barkley, led the Democrats from 1937 to 1949.  <more>

Sen. John Thune, SD

Sen. John Thune, SD
Minority Whip

John Thune grew up in Murdo, South Dakota. His interest in politics was sparked at a young age after making five of six free throws during a freshman high school basketball game. He was later greeted by a spectator who said, “I noticed you missed one.” That spectator happened to be a well-known sports enthusiast and then-South Dakota <more>

Sen. John Barrasso, WY

Sen. John Barrasso, WY
Conference Chairman

Senator John Barrasso was sworn into the United States Senate in 2007 having represented the people of Natrona County in the Wyoming State Senate from 2003-2007. In November 2018, Barrasso was re-elected to the U.S. Senate with more than 67% of the vote. <more>

Sen. Roy Blunt, MO

Sen. Roy Blunt, MO
Policy Committee Chairman

Senator Blunt serves as the Chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee and as the Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee. He also serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee; the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee; and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He is also the Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. <more>

Sen. Joni Ernst, IA

Sen. Joni Ernst, IA
Vice-Chair of the Sen Republican Conf
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Senator Joni Ernst, a native of Red Oak, Iowa, has dedicated her life to her state and country, having served in the military for over 23 years and now in the United States Senate. <more>

Sen. Rick Scott, FL

Sen. Rick Scott, FL
Republican Sen. Com Chairman

Rick Scott was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2018 and is currently serving his first term representing the state of Florida. Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, Rick Scott served two terms as the 45th Governor of Florida, working every day to turn around Florida’s economy and secure the state’s future as the best place for families and businesses to succeed. Scott grew up in public housing in the Midwest  <more>

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, CA

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, CA
House Minority Leader

Kevin McCarthy proudly serves as Representative for California’s 23rd Congressional District and as the Republican Leader of the United States House of Representatives. Kevin believes in a strong, fiscally responsible, and free America where every person has the opportunity to achieve the American Dream. <more>

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Rep. Steve Scalise, LA-1
House Minority Whip

Steve Scalise proudly represents the First Congressional District of Louisiana, stretching from the beautiful Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain and the culturally distinct New Orleans suburbs to the vibrant bayous and wetlands abundant in natural resources. He was elected to Congress in 2008 after serving in the Louisiana State Legislature from 1996-2008. He serves his colleagues as the House Republican Whip, the second-highest position in House Republican leadership.<more>

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik

Rep. Elise Stefanik, NY-21
House Republican Conference Chairman

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik proudly represents New York’s 21st District in the House of Representatives in her fourth term in office. She is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the Committee on Education and Labor, and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. On the Armed Services Committee, Congresswoman Stefanik serves as the Ranking Member on the new Subcommittee on Cyber, Innovative Technologies,<more>

Rep. Gary Palmer Heads Conference forum for policy development.

Rep. Gary Palmer
Heads Conference forum for policy development

Mr. Palmer, who grew up in Hackleburg, a small town in Northwest Alabama, now lives in Hoover and represents Alabama’s 6th Congressional District.  Mr. Palmer attended the University of Alabama and was the first person on either side of his family to attend college. In addition, he was a walk-on member of the football team under legendary football coach Bear Bryant.  After earning a B.S. <more>

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Elected Maryland Republican Leadership

Congressman Andy Harris, MD-1

Congressman Andy Harris, MD-1

The son of immigrants who fled communist Eastern Europe immediately after World War II, Dr. Andy Harris has made a lifetime commitment to serving his neighbors, country, and community. Whether it was as a physician at the prestigious Johns Hopkins Hospital (or currently at Memorial Hospital of Easton), as a veteran of the Naval Reserve, as a hard-working state Senator, or now as Congressman, Andy has always been committed to serving others. He is dedicated to making sure every constituent in the 1st Congressional District receives the highest quality assistance and is well represented in the halls of Congress. <more>

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan

Governor Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr.

Governor Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr. was sworn in as the 62nd governor of the State of Maryland on January 21, 2015. In 2018, he was overwhelmingly re-elected to a second four-year term, receiving the most votes of any Maryland gubernatorial candidate and becoming only the second Republican governor to be re-elected in the 242-year history of the state.

In his first inaugural address, Governor Hogan reminded citizens of Maryland’s history as a state of middle temperament and pledged to advance the best ideas, regardless of which side of the political aisle they come from. He is recognized nationally as a strong, independent leader who consistently delivers real results and achieves common sense, bipartisan solutions. 

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Maryland Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford

Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford

Boyd Rutherford is the ninth lieutenant governor of the State of Maryland. He was elected to office with Governor Larry Hogan in 2014 and re-elected in 2018. He is the first Republican lieutenant governor to ever be re-elected in Maryland. 

An accomplished attorney with a lifetime of experience in both the public and private sectors, Rutherford has served as Associate Administrator for the U.S. General Services Administration, as Assistant Secretary for Administration for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and as Secretary of the Maryland Department of General Services. In addition to his public service, he has extensive legal and business experience, including service in business and government law, information technology sales, and small and minority business development.

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Maryland Republican Leaders

BRYAN W. SIMONAIRE Republican, District 31, Anne Arundel County

Senator Bryan W. Simonaire
Senate Minority Leader
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Senator Michael Hough
Minority Whip
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JASON C. BUCKEL Republican, District 1B, Allegany County

Delegate Jason C. Buckel
Minority Leader
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HAVEN N. SHOEMAKER, JR., Esq. Republican, District 5, Carroll County

HAVEN N. SHOEMAKER, JR., Esq.
Minority Whip
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State Senate Republicans

MD State Senate

Leader Bryan Simonaire (Anne Arundel County)
Whip Michael Hough (Frederick and Carroll Counties)
George Edwards (Garrett, Allegany, and Washington Counties)
Paul Corderman (Washington County)
Justin Ready (Carroll County)
Johnny Ray Salling (Baltimore County)
J.B. Jennings (Baltimore and Harford Counties)
Jack Bailey (Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties)
Ed Reilly (Anne Arundel County)
Bob Cassilly (Harford County)
Jason Gallion (Harford and Cecil Counties)
Steve Hershey (Kent, Queen Anne’s, Cecil, and Caroline Counties)
Addie Eckardt (Caroline, Dorchester, Talbot, and Wicomico Counties)
Mary Beth Carozza (Somerset, Worcester, and Wicomico Counties)
Chris West (Baltimore County)

House of Delegate Republicans

Maryland House of Delegates

Leader Jason Buckel (Allegany County)
Wendell Beitzel (Garrett and Allegany Counties)
Mike McKay (Allegany and Washington Counties)
Neil Parrott (Washington County)
William Wivell (Washington County)
Brenda Thiam (Washington County)
Barrie Ciliberti (Frederick and Carroll Counties)
Dan Cox (Frederick and Carroll Counties)
Jessie Pippy (Frederick and Carroll Counties)
Susan Krebs (Carroll County)
April Rose (Carroll County)
Haven Shoemaker (Carroll County)
Robin Grammer (Baltimore County)
Bob Long (Baltimore County)
Ric Metzgar (Baltimore County)
Lauren Airkan (Baltimore and Harford Counties)
Kathy Szeliga (Baltimore and Harford Counties)
Joe Boteler (Baltimore County)
Trent Kittleman (Howard and Carroll Counties)
Reid Novotny (Howard and Carroll Counties)
Mark Fisher (Calvert County)
Matt Morgan (St. Mary’s County)
Jerry Clark (Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties

Leader Jason Buckel (Allegany County)
Wendell Beitzel (Garrett and Allegany Counties)
Mike McKay (Allegany and Washington Counties)
Neil Parrott (Washington County)
William Wivell (Washington County)
Brenda Thiam (Washington County)
Barrie Ciliberti (Frederick and Carroll Counties)
Dan Cox (Frederick and Carroll Counties)
Jessie Pippy (Frederick and Carroll Counties)
Susan Krebs (Carroll County)
April Rose (Carroll County)
Haven Shoemaker (Carroll County)
Robin Grammer (Baltimore County)
Bob Long (Baltimore County)
Ric Metzgar (Baltimore County)
Lauren Airkan (Baltimore and Harford Counties)
Kathy Szeliga (Baltimore and Harford Counties)
Joe Boteler (Baltimore County)
Trent Kittleman (Howard and Carroll Counties)
Reid Novotny (Howard and Carroll Counties)
Mark Fisher (Calvert County)
Matt Morgan (St. Mary’s County)
Jerry Clark (Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties

MARYLAND REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP

Dirk Haire, MDGOP Chairman

DIRK HAIRE, CHAIRMAN
Maryland Republican Party

Dirk Haire is serving his third term as Chairman of the Maryland Republican Party. He is also a Partner in the Washington, DC office of national law firm Fox Rothschild LLP where he practices government contracts and construction law. Dirk lives in Edgewater, Maryland with his wife, Jessica, daughters Bailey, Addison, and Olivia, and son Connor. Jessica is the County Councilwoman for Anne Arundel County Council District 7 and formerly served as the State Party Legal Counsel. Dirk’s past GOP experience includes working as a Legislative Aide for US Senator Dan Coats, managing Congressional campaigns for Republican candidates in Indiana and Wisconsin, serving as Legal Counsel to the Maryland Republican Party, and serving as Chairman of the Maryland House and Senate Party Caucus Committees.

Dirk Haire, MDGOP Chairman

DIRK HAIRE, CHAIRMAN

Dirk Haire is serving his second term as Chairman of the Maryland Republican Party.  He is also a Partner in the Washington, DC office of national law firm Fox Rothschild LLP where he practices government contracts and construction law.  Dirk lives in Edgewater, Maryland with his wife, Jessica, daughters Bailey, Addison, and Olivia, and son Connor. Jessica is the County Councilwoman for Anne Arundel County Council District 7 and also serves as the State Party Legal Counsel.  Dirk’s past GOP experience includes working as a Legislative Aide for US Senator Dan Coats, managing Congressional campaigns for Republican candidates in Indiana and Wisconsin, serving as Legal Counsel to the Maryland Republican Party, and serving as Chairman of the Maryland House and Senate Party Caucus Committees.

Nicole Bennett, MDGOP 1st Vice Chairman

NICOLE BENNETT, 1ST VICE-CHAIR

Nicole Bennett was elected 1st Vice Chairman of the MDGOP in 2020.  Nicole has been the Chairman for Charles County for the past two and a half years.  Recently Nicole was elected Chairman of the Maryland Black Republicans Council (BRC).

Nicole makes her home in Southern Maryland where she is an avid volunteer. Bennett has volunteered with her local Literacy Council, Red Cross and Jaycees to improve the quality of life for Southern Marylanders. With more than 25 years of leading medical practices to success, Bennett also serves as the Chairman of the National Advisory Board for the Professional Association of Health Care Office Management where she assists other Healthcare managers and administrators to realize their full potential. Nicole is passionate about politics and strengthening our communities. Her guiding principles are respect for life, self-determination and the pursuit of happiness.

Al Mendelsohn, 2nd Vice Chairman, MDGOP

AL MENDELSOHN, 2ND VICE-CHAIR

Al is the former Chairman of the Baltimore County Republican Central Committee and Was elected to the Central Committee in 1998. He had previously been a CR and YR Club Chairman and State Vice-Chairman but his political involvement started as a precinct Chairman in Montgomery County.

Al is married and the father of two lawyers. He works at Printron specializing in direct mail, political printing, and advertising. Al sits on the Maryland Military Monuments Commission where he fights for the preservation of monuments and their importance in telling the whole story of America. Al is also the President of the 72-year-old family insurance agency Abrams/Mendelsohn Insurance where his expertise is in health, life, and disability.

gary collins

GARY COLLINS, 3RD VICE-CHAIR

Maryland Republican Party 3rd Vice Chairman Gary M. Collins is no stranger to conservative activism. Since 2006, Gary has been actively entrenched throughout the state on various grassroots endeavors, including being a founding member of the award-winning District 32 Republican Club in Anne Arundel County in 2009. From his time serving as a Field Director for The Leadership Institute’s Campus Reform organization, Gary brings a wealth of knowledge of volunteer recruitment tactics and strategic messaging necessary for our candidates and efforts to be competitive in today’s evolving political landscape.

Mark Uncapher

MARK UNCAPHER, SECRETARY

Mark Uncapher is serving his second term as Secretary of the Maryland Republican Party. Mark is a long-time party activist who previously served as the Chairman of the Montgomery County Republican Central Committee.

In his day job, Mark is Director of the Fiber Optic Sensing Association and served on the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. He is a member of the New York State and DC Bar and is a graduate of New York Law School and George Washington University

Chris Rosenthal

CHRIS ROSENTHAL, TREASURER

Chris Rosenthal is a CPA who has served as Treasurer for the MDGOP for over a decade. For the last six years, he has also served as the Treasurer for the Hogan/Rutherford campaign. Chris is a Partner with Vallit Dispute and Valuation Advisors where he is the Managing Member. He lives in Edgewater with his wife, Kelly, and their two children.

Nicolee Ambrose,
National Committeewoman for Maryland

As a teenager, Nicolee aspired to attend both The Johns Hopkins University and The Peabody Conservatory of Music. She was admitted to both schools and while pursuing her studies, Nicolee fell in love with Maryland and planted her forever roots here.

After earning three degrees in under six years, Nicolee entered the workforce in Towson and took an interest in community affairs, specifically matters affecting children, education, and kitchen table issues such as affordability.
Nicolee has dedicated much of her volunteer time to building a two-party system for Marylanders to have real options in choosing elected officials who believe public service exists to represent the people.

As the National Chairman of the Young Republicans and the Maryland Young Republicans, Nicolee showcased the state and Maryland’s unique role in creating the United States.

Of all positions she has held, Nicolee is most proud that she was the Room Mom for each of her children’s elementary school classrooms from Kindergarten to 5th grade. Nicolee also served as Vice President of the Cromwell Valley PTA, a magnet school in Baltimore County, and worked side-by-side with fellow parents who stopped former Baltimore County Public School Superintendent Dallas Dance from shuttering many of Baltimore County’s school choice options.

Nicolee has served as a Baltimore Commissioner for Architectural and Historical Preservation, a board member of the American Council for Young Political Leaders, and as the Secretary of the Maryland State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Currently, Nicolee is President of a charity serving those who have lost a child to violence.

Nicolee Ambrose, GOP National Committeewoman from Maryland
David Bossie, Republican National Committeeman from Maryland

David Bossie
Republican National Committeeman from Maryland

David Bossie has served as our National Committeeman since 2016.

He has also served as president of Citizens United and Citizens United Foundation since 2001. Beginning in August 2016, Bossie took a five-month leave of absence to serve as Deputy Campaign Manager for Donald J. Trump for President. He was then named Deputy Executive Director for the Trump Presidential Transition Team.

In 2015, Bossie was ranked number two in Politico’s top 50 most influential people in American politics and in 2016 was elected to serve as the Republican National Committeeman from Maryland. In 2010, under Bossie’s leadership Citizens United won a landmark First Amendment decision at the United States Supreme Court in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The case, which saw the government assert during oral arguments that it had the Constitutional authority to ban political books, struck down two decades of unconstitutional restrictions on free speech.

As president of Citizens United Productions, Bossie has produced 25 documentaries since 2004. Bossie has co-produced six feature-length films with Steve Bannon, most recently Torchbearer starring Phil Robertson in 2016. Some of Bossie’s other titles include Rocky Mountain Heist, hosted by Michelle Malkin, Occupy Unmasked featuring the late conservative icon Andrew Breitbart, Our Sacred Honor with Senator Rick Santorum, The Gift of Life with Governor Mike Huckabee, and the award-winning films on Pope John Paul, Nine Days That Changed The World and Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny, hosted by Callista and Newt Gingrich.

Bossie is the former Chief Investigator for the United States House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform and Oversight. During Bill Clinton’s two terms as president, he led investigations ranging from the Whitewater land deal to the transfer of dual-use technology to China and to foreign fundraising in the 1996 Clinton re-election campaign. He has authored four books, including the best-selling Intelligence Failure: How Clinton’s National Security Policy Set the Stage for 9/11.

Born in Boston, Bossie attended the University of Maryland. He proudly served for 20 years as a volunteer firefighter in Montgomery County, Maryland where he resides with his wife, Susan, and their four children.

K. Edward Raleigh
MDGOP Legal Counsel

Ed Raleigh serves as Legal Counsel to the Maryland Republican Party. Ed lives in Anne Arundel County with his wife and daughter. He is licensed to practice law in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC. Ed is a partner in the Washington, DC office of an international law firm. Ed’s practice focuses on strategic guidance and corporate defense for clients in highly regulated arenas. In the late 1960s and into the late 1970s, Ed’ grandfather was a state delegate and senator from Anne Arundel County.

K. Edward Raleigh Legal Counsel

Annapolis, Maryland

MARYLAND REPUBLICAN CENTRAL COMMITTEE CHAIRS

CountyTitleFirst NameLast NameEmail
AlleganyChairBobFarrellrfarrell1153@yahoo.com
Anne ArundelChairJamesAppeljappel@aagop.org
BaltimoreChairKathiSmeroKathleensmero@icloud.com
Baltimore CityChairThomasKennedytjkkenn@aol.com 
CalvertChairCatherineGrassononitalian1@gmail.com
CarolineChairSteveStouffersstouffer4@hotmail.com
CarrollChairDavidBrauningdlbangus1972@gmail.com
CecilChairVincentSammonsvsammons@CecilGOP.org
CharlesChairJamesAshburnelectjamesashburn@gmail.com
DorchesterChairDaleColdrendcoldren2@msn.com
FrederickChairStevenClarkclarksteven21@gmail.com
GarrettChairLuanneRuddellluanneruddell@yahoo.com
HarfordChairJessicaBlakejblake0803@gmail.com
HowardChairStevenWilsonsteve@stevenhwilson.com
KentChairTatianaCroissettetatianacroissette@gmail.com
MontgomeryChairReardonSullivansully@wfteng.com
Prince George’sChairJimWassjim@jimwass.com
Queen Anne’sChairMikeArntzmikearntz@yahoo.com
St. Mary’sChairDavidWillenborgdavid.willenborg@verizon.net
TalbotChairDavidReeldavidr@goeaston.net
WashingtonChairJerryDeWolfrepublicanjerry@gmail.com
WicomicoChairNateSansomnathaniel.sansom@gmail.com
WorcesterCo-ChairMaryBurgessmarybinoc@aol.com
WorcesterCo-ChairLorettaSpinuzzajagspin@gmail.com