Mitt Romney has assembled a core team of advisers, many of whom date back to his 2002 gubernatorial race, to steer his presidential campaign. Here's a sample of the voices that will be guiding the presumptive Republican nominee in the coming months.
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Often provides the final say.
Frequently travels on the campaign trail.
Close friend and confidant. Worked with him at Bain.
Was a former research director at the RNC and was communications director for Romney's 2008 campaign.
Was a Michigan strategist for Romney's 2008 campaign.
Longtime Romney aide; chief of staff in his governor's office; now a principal at the Shawmut Group.
Longtime Romney aide; deputy chief of staff in his governor's office; now a principal at the Shawmut Group.
Longtime Romney aide; communications director in his governor's office; is now a principal at the Shawmut Group.
Were media consultants on Romney's 2008 campaign and also worked on George W. Bush's 2000 and 2004 campaigns.
Former political director at the Republican National Committee; a newcomer to the team..
Cofounder of Public Opinion Strategies.
Longtime Romney confidant, considered by some to be his "sixth son." A managing partner of Solamere Capital; deputy chief of staff in Romney's governor's office.
Was domestic policy adviser for Romney's 2008 campaign.
Was a top political adviser to President George H.W. Bush. Is on leave from lobbying firm Dutko Grayling.
An experienced Washington-based lawyer who had a prominent role in the 2000 Florida recount. Was national counsel for Romney's 2008 campaign.
Former chairman of the RNC and adviser to President George W. Bush, cofounded American Crossroads, the largest Republican super PAC, with Karl Rove.
Was an adviser to Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush, as well as a top adviser to Senator John McCain in 2008. Also a top Washington lobbyist.
R. Glenn Hubbard
Chairman of President George W. Bush's Council of Economic Advisers (2001-03); dean at Columbia Business School.
N. Gregory Mankiw
Chairman of President George W. Bush's Council of Economic Advisers (2003-05); economics professor at Harvard University.
Former senator from Missouri; current fellow at Heritage Foundation.
Former representative from Minnesota; managing partner at Clark & Weinstock.
Vice president of Blackbird Technologies; director of the CIA counterterrorism center (1999-02); Department of State coordinator for counterterrorism (2002-04).
Vice Chairman of Deutsche Bank Asset Management; United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Management (2005-2006); United States Under Secretary of State for Management (2001-2005).
Chairman of the Chertoff Group; secretary of Homeland Security (2005-09); Court of Appeals judge (2003-05).
Director of the Strategic Studies Program at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University; Counselor to the United States Department of State (2007-2009); Defense Policy Advisory Board Member (2001-2009).
Chairman of the Board, American Action Network; adviser to Republican Jewish Coalition; former senator from Minnesota.
Member of the Trilantic European Advisory Council; CEO of Millennium Challenge Corporation (2005-2009); ambassador to Brazil (2004-2005); ambassador to Costa Rica (2001-2004).
Senior fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs (2001-2009).
Visiting Scholar at School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University; Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (2005-2009); Principal Deputy Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs (2001-2003).
Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (2006-09); director of the National Security Agency (1999-05).
President, Friends of the Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan; lieutenant governor of Massachusetts (2003-07).
Vice President of Foreign and Defense Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation; Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs (2001-2005).
Senior scholar at the National Institute for Public Policy; Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security (2005-2007).
Syndicated columnist; senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in the Center on United States and Europe.
Chairman and Founding Partner, J. F. Lehman & Co.; National Security Advisory Counsel for the Center for Security Policy; Secretary of the Navy (1981-1987); Member of the 9/11 Commission.
Professor of global strategies at the National Defense University in Washington; terrorism adviser at Department of Homeland Security (2006-07).
Partner at Arent Fox; United States Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues (2001-2005); Special Counsel and Policy Adviser to the Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues (1999-2001).
President of Washington College; director of policy planning at State Department (2001-05); special envoy for Northern Ireland (2005-07).
Partner at Rosemont Capital; Coalition Provisional Authority spokesman (2003-04); cofounder, Foreign Policy Initiative.
Distinguished fellow at the Heritage Foundation; United States Senator (Republican of Minnesota) (2002-2007).
Managing Partner, Clark & Weinstock; Member of the United States House of Representatives (Republican of Minnesota) (1981-1993).
Partner at Winston & Strawn; United States Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (2004); special envoy to Sudan (2008-2009); assistant secretary of state for International Organization Affairs (1988-1989).
Senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies; Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) (2001-2004); deputy undersecretary of Defense for Planning and Resources (1985-1987).
Former solicitor general, acting attorney general, and a US court of appeals judge. Nominated to the Supreme Court in 1987, but was rejected.
Mary Ann Glendon
Former ambassador to the Vatican; professor at Harvard Law School.
Former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission; a lobbyist representing major communications organizations.
|Other members: Alex Acosta, William Allen, Alex Azar, H. Christopher Bartolomucci, Lizette Benedi Herraiz, Bradford A. Berenson, Elliot S. Berke, Brant Bishop, Michelle Boardman, J. Caleb Boggs III, Steven Bradbury, Lee A. Casey, Michael Chertoff, Jeffrey Clark, Gus Coldebella, Roderick De Arment, George Dent, Michael R. Dimino, Thomas Dupree, Charles Eskridge, Allen Ferrell, Timothy Flanigan, Sergio J. Galvis, Deborah A. Garza, Tom Gede, Alan Gura, Jimmy Gurule, Catherine Hanaway, Jennifer Hardy, W. Thomas Haynes, Jay Jorgensen, Jay Kanzler, Roy Katzovicz, Richard Klingler, Christopher Landau, Stephen Larson, Katie Lev, Wendy Long, Fred Lowell, Raymond B. Ludwiszewski, Maureen Mahoney, Roman Martinez, Gary McDowell, Brent McIntosh, Grant S. Nelson, Mark Nielsen, Howard C. Nielson, Jr., Robert O'Brien, Kevin O'Connor, John O'Quinn, Elizabeth Papez, Matthew Papez, Nels Peterson, Thomas Phillips, Stephen Presser, David Rivkin, Jr., Jeffrey Rosen, Gene Schaerr, Jay Stephens, John Sullivan.|
Peter Schaumber, co-chair
Served as the chairman of the National Labor Relations Board From 2008 To 2009. Schaumber was a member of the Board from 2002 to 2010. Prior to his service on the Board, Schaumber was a labor arbitrator serving on numerous industry panels and national arbitration rosters.
William Kilberg, co-chair
Served as the solicitor of labor from 1973 to 1977. Kilberg is a member of the Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher Executive Committee and is the most senior partner in the firm's Labor & Employment Law practice. He is currently lead counsel for Boeing in a complaint brought by the NLRB challenging Boeing's decision to open a new plant in North Charleston, South Carolina.
Anthony Principi, co-chair
Served as the secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs from 2001 to 2005. Principi is a 1967 graduate of the US Naval Academy. He commanded a River Patrol Unit in Vietnam's Mekong Delta and also served in the Navy JAG Corps after receiving his law degree. He has worked as Republican chief counsel and staff director for the US Senate Committee on Armed Services and for the US Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs.
Jim Nicholson, co-chair
Served as the secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs from 2005 to 2007. Nicholson is a 1961 graduate of the US Military Academy and served as a paratrooper and Ranger-qualified officer in the US Army, retiring from military service in 1991 with the rank of Colonel. He has also served as Chairman of the Republican National Committee and as the US Ambassador to the Holy See.
Carlos Gutierrez, chair
Served as secretary of commerce from 2005 to 2009. Gutierrez also served as cochairman of the US Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba. Prior to entering government service, Gutierrez was the President and CEO of the Kellogg Company.
Rod Hunter, co-chair
Served on the National Security Council staff from 2003 to 2007. Hunter was a special assistant to the president and NSC senior director for International Trade, Energy, and Environment. Prior to the NSC, Hunter served as special counsel in the office of the United States Trade Representative.
John Herrmann, co-chair
Served on the National Security Council staff from 2005 to 2009. Herrmann was NSC Director for International Trade and Investment, and then served as a special assistant to the President and NSC senior director for International Trade, Energy, and Environment.
Served as US attorney general from 1991 to 1993. Barr, a graduate of Columbia University and the George Washington University Law School, served as deputy attorney general and assistant attorney general for the Office of legal counsel under President George H.W. Bush. He also served on the White House staff of President Ronald Reagan.
Served As US attorney general from 2007 to 2009. Mukasey, a graduate of Columbia University and Yale Law School, was Chief Judge of the US district court for the Southern District of New York and served on the district court for two decades. He is a former assistant US attorney and is a partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.
Served as US deputy attorney general from 1992 to 1993. Terwilliger, a graduate of Seton Hall University and Antioch School of Law, served as acting US attorney general and as a US Attorney. He is a partner at White & Case LLP.
Served as US deputy attorney general from 2008 to 2009. Filip, a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Harvard Law School, served as a US district judge for the Northern District of Illinois, acting US attorney general, and an assistant US attorney. He also taught at the University of Chicago Law School. He is a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.
Served as assistant attorney general in charge of the criminal division from 2005 to 2008. Fisher, a graduate of Vanderbilt University and the Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law, served as deputy assistant attorney general in the criminal division under President George W. Bush and as deputy special counsel to a US Senate special committee. She is a partner at Latham & Watkins LLP.
Senator Mike Johanns, co-chair
US senator from Nebraska (2009-present); Secretary of US Department of Agriculture (2005-2007); Governor of Nebraska (1999-2005).
Adam Putnam, co-chair
Commissioner, Florida Department of Agriculture (2011-present); US House of Representatives from Florida (2001-2011).
Director, Nebraska Department of Agriculture (2005-present); owner/operator of GTI Inc., a cow/calf and diversified crop farm in central Nebraska (1984-present).
President and CEO, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (2009-present); former deputy secretary, US Department of Agriculture; Indiana farmer.
Co-owner, Even Family Farms; South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture (2007-2010); Director, South Dakota Governor's Office of Economic Development (2006-2007).
President, The Russell Group, formerly Lesher and Russell (1986-2011); Chief of Staff to Secretary of Agriculture John Block (1985); Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economics, US Department of Agriculture (1984); Vice President for Agriculture and Trade Policy, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (1982-84).
Founding member, Orange County Produce, LLC; cochairman, Solutions From the Land Dialogue; secretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture (2003-2010).
Director, Missouri Department of Agriculture (2007-2008).
Chairman US Rice Federation (2006-2008); president, California State Board of Food and Agriculture (2003-2010); Owner, Montna Farms.
President and CEO, Land O'Lakes; National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (2005-present); National Milk Producers Federation (1999-present); Grocery Manufacturers Association (2005-present).
President and CEO, Western Growers (2002-present); Reagan Administration: Deputy Chief of Protocol, US Department of State (1981-1983); Deputy assistant secretary for Near East and South Asian Affairs (1983-1985); United States ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco (1985-1988).
Senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a professor and the chief of neuroradiology at the Stanford Medical Center.
Served as acting general counsel at the Department of Health and Human Services in 2008.
Served as deputy commissioner for medical and scientific affairs at the Food and Drug Administration; fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a practicing physician.
Senior fellow and the director of the Manhattan Institute's Center for Medical Progress.
Served as deputy secretary of Health and Human Services; a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute.