Mitt Romney’s inner circle to abruptly expand

New voices, new needs for the general election

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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Family and friends
Ann Romney, wife

Often provides the final say.

Tagg Romney, oldest son

Frequently travels on the campaign trail.

Bob White

Close friend and confidant. Worked with him at Bain.

Professional political advisers
Matt Rhoades, campaign manager

Was a former research director at the RNC and was communications director for Romney's 2008 campaign.

Katie Packer Gage, deputy campaign manager

Was a Michigan strategist for Romney's 2008 campaign.

Beth Myers, senior adviser

Longtime Romney aide; chief of staff in his governor's office; now a principal at the Shawmut Group.

Peter Flaherty, senior adviser

Longtime Romney aide; deputy chief of staff in his governor's office; now a principal at the Shawmut Group.

Eric Fehrnstrom, senior adviser

Longtime Romney aide; communications director in his governor's office; is now a principal at the Shawmut Group.

Stuart Stevens and Russ Schriefer, strategists

Were media consultants on Romney's 2008 campaign and also worked on George W. Bush's 2000 and 2004 campaigns.

Rich Beeson, political director

Former political director at the Republican National Committee; a newcomer to the team..

Neil Newhouse, pollster

Cofounder of Public Opinion Strategies.

Spencer Zwick, finance chairman

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.

Lanhee Chen, policy director

Was domestic policy adviser for Romney's 2008 campaign.

Seasoned political hands
Ron Kaufman, senior adviser

Was a top political adviser to President George H.W. Bush. Is on leave from lobbying firm Dutko Grayling.

Benjamin Ginsberg, senior adviser

An experienced Washington-based lawyer who had a prominent role in the 2000 Florida recount. Was national counsel for Romney's 2008 campaign.

Ed Gillespie, senior adviser

Former chairman of the RNC and adviser to President George W. Bush, cofounded American Crossroads, the largest Republican super PAC, with Karl Rove.

Charles Black, informal adviser

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.

Economic policy advisers
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.

Jim Talent

Former senator from Missouri; current fellow at Heritage Foundation.

Vin Weber

Former representative from Minnesota; managing partner at Clark & Weinstock.

Foreign policy and national security advisers
Cofer Black

Vice president of Blackbird Technologies; director of the CIA counterterrorism center (1999-02); Department of State coordinator for counterterrorism (2002-04).

Christopher Burnham

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).

Michael Chertoff

Chairman of the Chertoff Group; secretary of Homeland Security (2005-09); Court of Appeals judge (2003-05).

Eliot Cohen

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).

Norm Coleman

Chairman of the Board, American Action Network; adviser to Republican Jewish Coalition; former senator from Minnesota.

John Danilovich

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).

Paula Dobriansky

Senior fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs (2001-2009).

Eric Edelman

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).

Michael Hayden

Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (2006-09); director of the National Security Agency (1999-05).

Kerry Healey

President, Friends of the Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan; lieutenant governor of Massachusetts (2003-07).

Kim Holmes

Vice President of Foreign and Defense Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation; Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs (2001-2005).

Robert Joseph

Senior scholar at the National Institute for Public Policy; Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security (2005-2007).

Robert Kagan

Syndicated columnist; senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in the Center on United States and Europe.

John Lehman

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.

Walid Phares

Professor of global strategies at the National Defense University in Washington; terrorism adviser at Department of Homeland Security (2006-07).

Pierre Prosper

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).

Mitchell Reiss

President of Washington College; director of policy planning at State Department (2001-05); special envoy for Northern Ireland (2005-07).

Daniel Senor

Partner at Rosemont Capital; Coalition Provisional Authority spokesman (2003-04); cofounder, Foreign Policy Initiative.

Jim Talent

Distinguished fellow at the Heritage Foundation; United States Senator (Republican of Minnesota) (2002-2007).

Vin Weber

Managing Partner, Clark & Weinstock; Member of the United States House of Representatives (Republican of Minnesota) (1981-1993).

Richard Williamson

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).

Dov Zakheim

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).

Justice advisory committee - CHAIRS
Robert Bork

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.

Richard Wiley

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.

Labor policy advisory committee
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.

Veterans policy advisory committee
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.

Trade policy advisory committee
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.

Law enforcement advisory committee
William Barr

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.

Michael Mukasey

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.

George Terwilliger

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.

Mark Filip

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.

Alice Fisher

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.

Agriculture advisory committee
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).

Greg Ibach

Director, Nebraska Department of Agriculture (2005-present); owner/operator of GTI Inc., a cow/calf and diversified crop farm in central Nebraska (1984-present).

Chuck Conner

President and CEO, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (2009-present); former deputy secretary, US Department of Agriculture; Indiana farmer.

Bill Even

Co-owner, Even Family Farms; South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture (2007-2010); Director, South Dakota Governor's Office of Economic Development (2006-2007).

Randy Russell

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).

AG Kawamura

Founding member, Orange County Produce, LLC; cochairman, Solutions From the Land Dialogue; secretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture (2003-2010).

Katie Smith

Director, Missouri Department of Agriculture (2007-2008).

Al Montna

Chairman US Rice Federation (2006-2008); president, California State Board of Food and Agriculture (2003-2010); Owner, Montna Farms.

Chris Policinski

President and CEO, Land O'Lakes; National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (2005-present); National Milk Producers Federation (1999-present); Grocery Manufacturers Association (2005-present).

Tom Nassif

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).

Health care policy advisory committee
Scott Atlas

Senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a professor and the chief of neuroradiology at the Stanford Medical Center.

Tom Barker

Served as acting general counsel at the Department of Health and Human Services in 2008.

Scott Gottlieb

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.

Paul Howard

Senior fellow and the director of the Manhattan Institute's Center for Medical Progress.

Tevi Troy

Served as deputy secretary of Health and Human Services; a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute.


Monica Ulmanu and Matt Viser/Globe Staff