Laura Cox was elected as Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party in 2019. Prior to her election she served four years in the Michigan State House, two of which as the state’s first female Appropriations Committee Chairman. Laura also served as the only Republican on the Wayne County Board of Commissioners where she was named Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.
A strong believer in grassroots action, Laura served as both the Chairman and Treasurer of the 11th Congressional District Republican Committee, and was a member of the Michigan GOP State Committee. In 2004 Laura served as State Co-Chair of Women for Bush and was a delegate to the 2012 Republican National Convention.
Laura attended Michigan State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice Research and Planning. Prior to entering public service, she worked as an agent with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE).
Laura and her husband Mike have four children, and two grandchildren. They live in Livonia.
Terry Bowman was elected as Co-Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party in February 2019.
Fed up with his union dues being used to fund far-left political causes, in 2010 Terry started a grassroots effort to grant union workers around the country additional rights, freedoms, and protections. His efforts led him to play a central role in the passage of Michigan’s 2012 Right to Work law. For this effort, Terry was awarded the Senator Everett M. Dirksen Award by the National Right to Work Committee.
In 2016 Terry served as a state-wide Co-Chair of President Trump’s campaign in Michigan, focused on reaching out to union and blue-collar voters across the state.
Terry and his wife Debra reside in Ypsilanti and have four children and nine grandchildren throughout Michigan. In addition to his service at the Michigan Republican Party, Terry continues to work full-time at Ford Motor Company’s Rawsonville Plant.
Kathy Berden was elected as the National Committeewoman from Michigan on May 9, 2015. As a farmer with her husband Dean, mother of their four children and a grandmother of ten, Kathy became involved in politics to secure the promise of America, for not only her children and grandchildren, but for all Americans.
She has served as a State Committee Member from the 10th Congressional District for the past six years, and four years ago, she was elected Chair of the Sanilac County Republican Party. With her team, they were able to transform their local party, triple meeting attendance, and increase fundraising and activities of the party by focusing on community engagement in fairs, festivals and other community organizations. As Chair, Kathy felt it was important to present a positive face in the community for the Republican Party.
In 2012, she was a member of the Michigan Delegation to the Republican National Convention and worked tirelessly to promote our Michigan Republican Team.
Dr. Rob Steele
Dr Rob Steele was elected to the RNC in 2016. A University of Michigan Regent Scholar, he received his bachelor’s degree with High Honors and MD degree in 1981 at age 23, one of the youngest graduates in the history of UM Medical School. He served over 20 years as an Assistant Clinical Professor at UM.
In private practice since 1987 he was a founding member of Michigan Heart PC, a practice that grew to 35 physicians and 300 employees, serving on the Board of Directors and Chairing the Finance and Benefits Committee. He holds Board Certifications in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases, Interventional Cardiology and Echocardiography and has performed over 20,000 heart catheterizations.
A founding member of the Southeast Michigan Committee for Heritage, he has been involved with organizations like Heritage Foundation, Hillsdale College and Mackinac Center for nearly 30 years.
His first involvement in partisan politics came in 2010 when he ran against John Dingell, the longest serving Congressman in history while working full time as a Cardiologist. Steele finished higher above the Republican baseline than any legislative candidate in the state giving Dingell his closest race ever, while raising over a Million dollars in individual donations, tops for all US House challengers. In 2012 and 2014 Steele was the top Republican nominee at State Convention for the University of Michigan Board of Regents.
In the last 5 years he has given more than 200 talks around the state speaking mainly on Healthcare and Education Policy Reform, and has been active in national groups promoting free market alternative healthcare models.
He and his wife of 30 years, Dr Phyllis Boniface, a Psychiatrist, have 4 adult children. Dr Steele continues in the full-time practice of Cardiology.
Gerry Hildenbrand attended Kalamazoo Valley Community College and was elected to the position of Administrative Vice Chair at the February Michigan Republican State Convention.
As a grassroots leader, Gerry Hildenbrand has been active organizing Lincoln Day Dinners and events, recruiting delegates and volunteers, and putting in countless hours to support our Republican nominees and elected officials. His dedication to our party’s conservative values stem from his belief that America is our last great hope for freedom and our values must be defended. He has dedicated the last two decades serving our nation in the US Navy and Michigan Air National Guard. He and his wife are raising their three children in Allegan County. They are among the reasons he continues to fight for our cause every day!
As MIGOP Administrative Chairman, he pledged to be responsive and available to all those who want to participate in the process. He will do his best to serve as a liaison between the grassroots and the MIGOP Staff who manage our conferences and conventions. He believes his professional and political background can serve the party well and help build a brighter future for our great state and nation.
Ethnic Vice Chair
Jamie Swafford was elected as Ethnic Vice Chair of the Michigan Republican Party in 2020. She is married to Thomas Swafford a deputy sheriff at Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department. Her belief in Law and Order put her on a path at a young age to becoming a Law Enforcement Officer. She attended Kalamazoo Valley Community College and went on to receive her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice at Ferris State University. She also completed the Police Academy while there. She then through her advocacy and tenacity successfully secured a position as a Deputy Sheriff with Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department. Jamie’s tireless efforts and persistence brought awareness and resulted in an increase hiring of minorities at the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office.
Jamie currently works in Law Enforcement in Kalamazoo County. She is a Precinct Delegate. She has also served on the Kalamazoo County GOP Executive Committee. She has volunteered for several campaigns and has been a strong voice in West Michigan for Republicans. As the Ethnic Vice Chair of the Michigan Republican Party she has hit the ground running to promote recruitment candidates. In 2020 Jamie was awarded the prestigious She Leads Michigan award for her leadership in Social Action. Jamie is the daughter of Doctor Anthony Givhan, a lecturer in Philosophy and Verma Givhan, a counselor for jail ministry.
Her goal is to inspire others and advocate for the beliefs, values, and freedoms that she believes will continue to build this nation to its full potential.
Grassroots Vice Chair
Marian Sheridan was elected Grassroots Vice Chair in February 2019 by an unanimous consent resolution. She and her husband have five children and seven grandchildren, all residing in Oakland County.
Marian has worked in Michigan grassroots for the last 10 years. She became actively involved in politics starting out as a tea party leader and organizer. Later, she became one of the founders of the grassroots organizations: Michigan Conservative Coalition and Michigan Trump Republicans.
Marian has organized hundreds of grassroots events across the state, including Battle Cry Michigan, the largest conservative conference in the midwest. Her efforts resulted in recruiting hundreds of precinct delegates, which in turn has energized and grown the Michigan Republican Party.
Marian was an elected member of the Michigan Trump delegation to the RNC National Convention in Cleveland. She went on to work hand in hand with the state campaign to elect Donald Trump in 2016.
In 2016 and 2018, she lead the effort to protect the Absentee Ballot count at Cobo Hall in Detroit.
She is also serving her third elected term on the Oakland County Republican Party (OCRP) Executive Committee.
“I am excited to serve as the Michigan Republican Party’s Grassroots Vice Chair. We need to do more to spread the great Republican message that the role of government is to protect the individual freedoms of every American citizen.”
Outreach Vice Chair
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Youth Vice Chair
Elected as Michigan Republican Party Youth Vice Chairman in February 2019, Paul Stephens is leading the effort to strengthen and engage young people in the Republican Party. With his leadership, Paul is empowering youth to become active participants within our political system, providing them the knowledge and tools to become active in their communities.
Paul has served the Republican Party in a variety of leadership roles including most recently as Youth Chairman of the Oakland County Republican Party from 2016-2018. As OCRP Youth Chairman, Paul was instrumental in strengthening relationships with Teenage Republican, College Republican, and Young Republican organizations across the region. Paul also founded the annual Oakland County Lincoln Scholarship Program, awarding numerous merit based scholarships to local high school and college students.
During both the 2016 and 2018 election cycles, Paul was a key player in recruiting record numbers of volunteers to assist candidates up and down the ballot. His dedication helped drive out votes for President Donald Trump and protect our majorities in the Michigan House and Senate.
In his new role as MRP Youth Vice Chairman, Paul is looking forward to working with activists across the State to reinvent youth outreach and inspire more young voters to get involved in our political process.
Outside of politics, Paul studies Mechanical Engineering at Kettering University and works for one of Detroit’s Big Three automakers in manufacturing engineering.
Coalitions Vice Chair
Kevin is a small business owner. He received his bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice and Political Science from Wayne State University where he served as the student body President. In addition to that role, he also served as Vice-President for the Student Association of Michigan, which is a body that advocates for higher appropriations to state universities in hopes of keeping tuition dollars low and higher education affordable for the middle class.
Kevin served as the Statewide Coalitions Director for Donald Trump in Michigan, where he played a crucial role in delivering Michigan for President Trump. Kevin has also managed many other political campaigns. He recently completed the Michigan Political Leadership Program through Michigan State University. Kevin campaigned to be the next State Representative in the 39th district. After an unsuccessful run for state representative, Kevin served as the Campaign Manager for Jack Bergman in Michigan's 1st Congressional District. Kevin was elected to serve as the Coalitions Vice Chair for the Michigan Republican Party in February 2019.