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Senior Advisor Susie Wiles
(returned to the campaign early July 2020 after being ousted in Sept. 2019) [FloridaPolitics describes Wiles as "the political strategist behind Donald Trump's 2016 Florida win"] Managing partner of the Jacksonville office of Ballard Partners, from 2011, left Sept. 2019 citing health issues. Chairman of Ron DeSantis' 2018 campaign for governor, Sept.-Nov. 2018. Senior advisor for battleground communications on the Trump for President campaign in Florida. Principal at Right Coast Strategies from 2011. Initial campaign manager on Jon Huntsman's presidential campaign, started as executive director of H-PAC in late Jan. 2011; resigned July 21, 2011. Campaign manager on Rick Scott's successful run for Governor of Florida, 2010. Chief of communications and special initiatives under Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton for five years through June 2008. Principal at Wiles Consulting, Inc. 2001-04. Co-managing partner in the Florida office of APCO Worldwide, 2000-01. Senior executive under Jacksonville Mayor John Delaney including as his chief of staff, 1995-99. District director to U.S. Rep. Tillie K. Fowler (FL), 1992-95. Deputy director of operations for the vice presidential campaign on Bush-Quayle '88. Principal at Summerall, Smith & Wiles, 1984-86. Special assistant to U.S. Secretary of Labor Ray Donovan, 1982-83. Special assistant (scheduler) to President Reagan, 1980-81. Deputy director of scheduling on Ronald Reagan's 1980 presidential campaign. Staff assistant to U.S. Rep. Jack Kemp (NY), 1979-80. B.A. in English from University of Maryland. twitter
Trump Victory Regional Political Director for Florida Alex Garcia
(Apr. 2019) Chief of staff to Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nunez, Nov. 2018-Apr. 2019. Political director for House campaigns for the Republican Party of Florida, Jan. 2017-Nov. 2018. RNC deputy state director (July 2015-Nov. 2016) and director of Hispanic initiatives (from Oct. 2013) in Florida. Legislative aide to state Rep. Michael Bileca, Jan. 2011-Sept. 2013. Campaign manager on Michael Bileca for State Rep., May-Nov. 2012. Legislative aide (Nov. 2010-Jan. 2011) and district aide (Jan.-Nov. 2010) to state Sen. Anitere Flores. Deputy campaign manager on Anitere Flores for State Senate in 2010. B.S. in health science from Florida International University, 2008. twitter
Trump Victory State Director Kevin Marino Cabrera
Most recently lobbyist at the Southern
Strategy Group. Previously field director and
director of constituent services to U.S. Rep. Carlos
Trump Victory Deputy State Director, Director of Strategic Initiatives Brittany Corfman Parks
Florida Press Secretary Emma Vaughn
Regional Field Directors
Sarasota JR Kennelly
(Apr. 2020) Deputy director of
scheduling in the Office of Gov. Ron DeSantis, Jan.-May
2019. Regional political director on Rn DeSantis for
Governor, Sept.-Nov. 2018. Regional political
director on Adam Putnam for Governor, Apr.-Sept.
2018. B.S. in commerce and business admin.,
economics and B.A. in political science and government
from The University of Alabama, 2018. twitter
North Miami Dade County Claudia Cardenas
Treasure Coast Maddox Stirrat
NE Florida Sheila Sweeney
North Central Florida (Gainesville) Robert Meyer
Republican Party of Florida
Chairman Joe Gruters
(elected Jan. 11, 2019...an early Trump supporter, announced as chairman of Trump's Florida primary campaign on Oct. 25-2015) Elected to the state Senate representing District 23 (Sarasota Co. and part of Charlotte Co.) in 2018; previously served as state Representive representing District 73 for one term, 2016-18. Former vice chairman of the Republican Party of Florida and served as chairman of the Republican Party of Sarasota for 10 years from Dec. 2008. Accountant at Paoli & Gruters. Previously owner of Gruters CPA in Sarasota from Aug. 2015.; and CPA and tax manager at Shinn & Company LLC, Jan. 2010-July 2015. Campaign manager, political director and director of government relations for Buchanan Enterprises and Vern Buchanan for Congress, 2000-09. Vice president and project manager for Yacht Clubs of the Americas, Dec. 2006-May 2008. Project manager for Githier Development, Sept. 2004-April 2006. Candidate for Florida House in 2000. M.B.A. from University of South Florida's College of Business, 2002; B.S. from Florida State University's College of Business, 1999. Fourth generation Sarasotan. twitter
(announced July 16, 2020) Communications director for Gov. Ron DeSantis from Jan. 2020. Director of strategic communications and public affairs at the National Endowment for the Arts, Aug.-Dec. 2018. White House Director of Media Affairs, Jan .2017-Aug. 2018. Director of Hispanic communications at the RNC, May 2016-Jan. 2017. A senior advisor to Jeb Bush's presidential campaign. Chair of the Board of Trustees for Miami Dade College. Host of "Issues" on WPBT from 1989. Host of "Zona Politica con Helen Aguirre," daily national talk show on Univision America Radio, Aug. 2010-Jan. 2015. Weekly columnist for The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald. Wrote for Diario las Americas newspaper. M.A. in inter-American studies from University of Miami, 1983; B.A. in political science and government from Barry University. twitter
Arek Sarkissian and Matt Dixon. "DeSantis spokesperson to lead Florida Republican Party." Politico, July 16, 2020.
Scott Powers. "Trump Victory campaign
now has 170 paid staffers in Florida." floridapolitics.com,
July 14, 2020.
Gary Fineout and Marc Caputo.
"DeSantis engineered a Trump campaign aide's ouster.
Now she's back." Politico, July 2, 2020.
Peter Schorsch. "Executive director Peter O'Rourke leaving Florida GOP." floridapolitics.com, Mar. 4, 2020.
Alex Isenstadt and Matt Dixon.
"Trump campaign cuts ties with top adviser in
Sept. 17, 2019.