Republican Party

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The Republican Party is one of the two major contemporary political parties of the United States, along with the Democratic Party. It is often referred to as the Grand Old Party or the GOP.


Founded in 1854 by anti-slavery expansion activists and modernizers, the Republican Party quickly surpassed the Whig Party as the principal opposition to the Democratic Party. The first documented meeting of the Republican Party took place in Ripon, Wisconsin that year[1]. In 1860, it came to power with the election of Abraham Lincoln to the presidency. The party presided over the American Civil War and Reconstruction and was harried by internal factions and scandals toward the end of the 19th century. Today, the party supports a conservative platform (from an American political perspective), with further foundations in economic liberalism, supply-side fiscal policies, and social conservatism.

The previous U.S. President, George W. Bush, was the 19th Republican to hold that office. Republicans currently fill a minority of seats in both the United States Senate and the House of Representatives, hold a minority of state governorships, and control a minority of state legislatures. It is currently the second largest party with 55 million registered members, encompassing roughly one-third of the electorate.[2]


The following are a list of national leaders of the Republican Party[3].


Title Officer State
Chairman Reince Priebus [4] Wisconsin
Vice-Chairman Jan Larmier[4] Wyoming
Treasurer Randall Pullen[4] Arizona
Secretary Sharon Day[4] Florida
General Counsel Norm Semanko[4][5] Idaho
Congressional Campaign Chairman Congressman Pete Sessions[6]. Texas
Governors Association Chairman Governor Rick Perry[7] Texas
Senatorial Campaign Chairman Senator John Cornyn[8] Texas
House Republican Leader Congressman John Boehner[9] Ohio
Senate Republican Leader Senator Mitch McConnell[10] Kentucky

State Chairpersons

The following is a list of state chairpersons in the Republican Party[11].

State Chairperson
Alabama Hon. Mike Hubbard
Alaska Dr. Randy Ruedrich
Arizona Randy Pullen
Arkansas Hon. Doyle Webb
California Ron Nehring
Colorado Dick Wadhams
Connecticut Chris Healy
Delaware Tom Ross
District of Columbia Robert Kabel
Florida John Thrasher
Georgia Sue Everhart
Hawaii Jonah Ka'auwai
Idaho Norm Semanko
Illinois Pat Brady
Indiana Murray Clark
Iowa Matt Strawn
Kansas Amanda Adkins
Kentucky Steve Robertson
Louisiana Roger Villere, Jr.
Maine Charlie Webster
Maryland Audrey Scott
Masachusetts Jennifer Nassour
Michigan Ambassador Ron Weiser
Minnesota Tony Sutton
Mississippi Brad White
Missouri David Cole
Nebraska Mark Fahleson
Nevada Mark Amodei
New Jersey Jay Weber
New Hampshire Governor John Sununu
New Mexico Harvey Yates
New York Ed Cox
North Carolina Tom Fetzer
North Dakota Tony Clark
Ohio Hon. Kevin DeWine
Oklahoma Matt Pinnell
Oregon Hon. Bob Tiernan
Pennsylvania Robert Gleason, Jr.
Rhode Island Giovanni Cicione
South Carolina Karen Floyd
South Dakota Bob Gray
Tennessee Chris Devaney
Texas Steve Munisteri
Utah Dave Hansen
Vermont Steve Larrabee
Virginia Pat Mullins
Washington State Luke Esser
West Virginia Mike Stuart
Wisconsin Reince Priebus
Wyoming Diana Vaughn

2010 elections

State Legislatures

In 2010, a total of 1,325 candidates for State Senate and 5,276 candidates for State House are running under the Republican label. This totals for 47.5% of the 11,099 candidates running for state house in all parties. For State Senate, Republican candidates total for 48.1% of the 2,765 candidates running for State Senate in all parties. State legislative elections will take place in 46 states during the 2010 election cycle.


See also: Gubernatorial elections, 2010

In 2010, a total of 37 Governorships will be contested across the United States. The Republican Party has fielded a candidate in each of the 37 gubernatorial contests.

External links


  1. US "Origins of the GOP"
  2. Why politics is fun from catbirds' seats Neuhart, P. (22 January, 2004), USA Today
  3. Democratic National Committee "Our People"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Republican National Committee "Leadership"
  5. "Idaho GOP chair Semanko gets unpaid RNC post," Idaho Reporter, December 10th, 2010
  6. NRCC "NRCC Leadership"
  7. Republican Governors Association "About the RGA"
  8. NRSC "About John Cornyn"
  9. [ House Republican Leader "Biography"]
  10. Senator Mitch McConnell "Biography"
  11. Republican National Committee "States Map"(Click on State Map)