First Thursday, Feb 3, 2022 w/Kelly Schulz

FEBRUARY 3, 2022

Join us Thursday, February 3, 2022, at 6:30 pm as the Montgomery County Republican Club proudly welcomes our next Governor of the Great State of Maryland the Honorable Kelly Schulz.


WHEN - February 3, 2021, from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM


First Thursday, Feb 3, 2022 w/Kelly Schulz

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California’s defense of Prop 12 in U.S. Supreme Court

By Gary Baise | January 12, 2022

Gary Baise Commentaries California’s defense of Prop 12 in U.S. Supreme Court Supreme Court may still decide to hear the case against allowing one state to dictate all pork housing standards. The U.S. Supreme Court was supposed to hold a conference this past Friday, Jan. 7, 2022, and determine whether the National Pork Producers Council’s…

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The Honorable Nathan Volke

Direct Line w/Councilman Nathan Volke

By Dwight Patel | January 11, 2022

Direct Line w/Councilman Nathan Volke, Anne Arundel County District 3 Nathan Volke, Councilman, Third District, is serving his first term on the Council. He grew up in Pasadena and attended Anne Arundel County Public Schools, graduating from Chesapeake High School. He is also a graduate of University of Maryland Baltimore County with a B.A. degree…

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By Adam Schmidt | January 10, 2022

#ReadyForKelly Kelly Schulz is a mother, wife, successful small business owner, and currently serves as Maryland’s Secretary of Commerce. Kelly oversees the state’s primary economic development agency, responsible for attracting new businesses, job growth and workforce development. Under Kelly’s leadership, they have also served as the largest resource to provide financial assistance to struggling Maryland…

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No Steele for Governor? No Surprise

By Mark Uncapher | January 5, 2022

Was his teased candidacy a fundraising grift? Earlier this week, former Maryland Lt. Gov. and Republican MSNBC commentator Michael Steele announced that he would not run for Governor.  He bravely told the Baltimore Sun that his decision was not affected by Trump’s support from Republicans in Maryland. “If you don’t know how to run a…

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Upcoming Lincoln Reagan Dinners around the State

Wicomico County GOP Lincoln Reagan Dinner

Wicomico County GOP Lincoln Reagan Dinner

By Adam Schmidt | October 4, 2021

JOIN THE WICOMICO COUNTY REPUBLICAN CENTRAL COMMITTEE – LINCOLN DAY DINNER SHERIFF LAMB & SHERIFF LEWIS Pinal Co. Arizona Sheriff Mark Lamb & our very own Wicomico Sheriff Michael A. Lewis Sheriff of Pinal County, Arizona since 2017, Sheriff Lamb has become known across the nation. From co-hosting LIVE PD: Wanted and appearing on Live PD, to…

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Legislative Alerts

Republicans Want To Pass An Infrastructure Bill. Democrats Want To Pass An “Infrastructure” Bill.

By Guest Columnist | April 24, 2021

There’s an important difference in the kind of infrastructure projects that Republicans support and the kind of “infrastructure” projects that Democrats support. Republicans recognize the importance of providing funding for things like roads, bridges, highways, waterways, ports, airports, and for rural broadband. Unfortunately, Democrats “infrastructure” plan focuses less on those common-sense projects, and more on…

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By Dwight Patel | February 22, 2021

STOP HR1 Originally introduced in 2019, H.R.1 is a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would greatly weaken the security and integrity of our election process. The misnamed “For the People Act” proposes a complete takeover of the administration of our elections by the federal government and includes provisions like outlawing state voter…

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Upcoming Direct Line Episodes

Scott English

Direct Line w/Scott English

By Adam Schmidt | January 13, 2022

My journey started in a small town on the Eastern Shore of Maryland as the son of two blue-collar parents. The youngest of three children and the only son, I developed the rebellious tendencies necessary to question everything. My father was a pressman for a publishing company, and our house was full of books, instilling…

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Our 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>

Senate Republican Leadership

Sen. Mirch McConnel

Sen. Mitch McConnell, 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 well-known sports enthusiast and then-South Dakota U.S. Rep. Jim Abdnor. The introduction was the start of a friendship that ignited John’s career in public service. <more>

Sen. John Barrasso, WY

Sen. John Barrasso, WY
Republican Conference Chairman

Senator John Barrasso was sworn in to 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
Republican 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-Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference

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 Senatorial Committee 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>

House Republican Leadership

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, CA

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, CA-23
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>

rep steve scalise, la-1

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,


Rep. Gary Palmer Heads Conference forum for policy development.

Rep. Gary Palmer, AL-6
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.


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 Larry Hogan

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 <more>

Maryland Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford

Lt. 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.  <more>

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

Senator Bryan W. Simonaire
Senate Minority Leader
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Senatore Michael hough

Senator Michael Hough, Minority Whip
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Delegate Jason C. Buckel, Minority Leader
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Del. CHRISTOPHER T. ADAMS Republican, District 37B, Caroline, Dorchester, Talbot, & Wicomico Counties

Delegate Christopher T. Adams, Minority Whip
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Senate Republicans

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 Republicans

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)

Whip Christopher Adams (Caroline, Dorchester, Talbot, and Wicomico Counties)
Seth Howard (Anne Arundel County)
Brian Chisholm (Anne Arundel County)
Nic Kipke (Anne Arundel County)
Michael Malone (Anne Arundel County)
Sid Saab (Anne Arundel County)
Susan McComas (Harford County)
Kevin Hornberger (Cecil County)
Mike Griffith (Cecil and Harford Counties)
Teresa Reilly (Cecil and Harford Counties)
Steven Arentz (Kent, Queen Anne's, Cecil, and Caroline Counties)
Jess Ghrist (Kent, Queen Anne's, Cecil, and Caroline Counties)
Jay Jacobs (Kent, Queen Anne's, Cecil, and Caroline Counties)
Johnny Mautz (Caroline, Dorchester, Talbot, and Wicomico Counties)
Charles Otto (Somerset and Worcester Counties)
Carl Anderton (Wicomico County)
Wayne Hartman (Wicomico and Worcester Counties)
Nino Mangione (Baltimore County)

Maryland Republican Leadership

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.

Chris Tomlinson

Chris Tomlinson, 3rd Vice Chair

Chris Tomlinson was elected 3rd Vice Chairman of the MDGOP in 2020. He has served as an elected member of the Carroll County Republican Central Committee since 2017 and was the Committee’s Treasurer from 2017 to 2019.

Chris received the 2018 MDGOP Grassroots Volunteer of the Year award and manages the Carroll Republican Victory PAC. He was elected as an At-Large Delegate to the 2020 RNC Convention and received the Trump campaign’s endorsement. For years, Chris has helped Republicans get elected, including Governor Larry Hogan, Delegates Haven Shoemaker & April Rose, State Senator Justin Ready, local Board of Education members, and elected officials at the municipal level.

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

Nicolee Ambrose is a grassroots activist, political commentator, and the statewide elected Republican National Committeewoman for Maryland. <more>

DAVID BOSSIE NATIONAL COMMITTEEMANDavid Bossie, National Committeeman for 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. . <more>

Maryland Republican Central Committee Chairs

County Title First Name Last Name Email
Allegany Chair Bob Farrell
Anne Arundel Chair James Appel
Baltimore Chair Kathi Smero
Baltimore City Chair Thomas Kennedy 
Calvert Chair Catherine Grasso
Caroline Chair Steve Stouffer
Carroll Chair David Brauning
Cecil Chair Vincent Sammons
Charles Chair James Ashburn
Dorchester Chair Dale Coldren
Frederick Chair Steven Clark
Garrett Chair Luanne Ruddell
Harford Chair Jessica Blake
Howard Chair Steven Wilson
Kent Chair Tatiana Croissette
Montgomery Chair Reardon Sullivan
Prince George's Chair Jim Wass
Queen Anne's Chair Mike Arntz
St. Mary's Chair David Willenborg
Talbot Chair David Reel
Washington Chair Jerry DeWolf
Wicomico Chair Nate Sansom
Worcester Co-Chair Mary Burgess
Worcester Co-Chair Loretta Spinuzza