Communications Director: Mark Ranneberger
mark.ranneberger@republicansforbiden.net
(202)-674-1725

October 7, 2020 - Today, Republicans and Independents for Biden, a coalition of more than one hundred current and former Republican and Independent elected officials, government officials, and political operatives from across the country committed to defeating Donald Trump and electing Joe Biden, is announcing the addition of more than thirty new Steering Committee members, including key leaders in U.S. national security.

“Donald Trump’s reckless and incompetent response to the COVID-19 pandemic has severely damaged America’s reputation, credibility abroad and particularly our security. With the addition of these distinguished national security professionals and American patriots, our movement to defeat Donald Trump and elect Joe Biden continues to grow in strength,” said Christie Todd Whitman, former Governor of New Jersey and National Chairwoman of the Steering Committee for Republicans and Independents for Biden.

The addition of new Steering Committee members comes in advance of Republican and Independents for Biden’s first virtual forum, featuring a panel of seven prominent Republicans. Panelists will discuss their motivations for getting involved in the movement to defeat Donald Trump and how they are putting their loyalty to country over party to elect Joe Biden.

The panel includes:

Governor Christie Todd-Whitman

Former Governor of New Jersey, Chairwoman of Republicans and Independents for Biden

Governor Rick Snyder

Former Governor of Michigan, Steering Committee Republicans and Independents for Biden

Michael Steele

Former Chairman Republican National Committee and Lt. Governor of Maryland. Steering Committee Republicans and Independents for Biden Ambassador Al Cardenas Former Chairman of the American Conservative Union and Chairman of the Florida Republican Party

Rosario Marin

Former US Treasurer, Steering Committee Republicans and Independents for Biden

John Bellinger

Former Legal Adviser for National Security Council under George W. Bush, Steering Committee Republicans and Independents for Biden

Rep. Charlie Dent

Former Congressman, PA, Steering Committee Republicans and Independents for Biden

The forum will take place on October 8th at 7:00 PM EST. Members of the media and the general public can find more logistical details, sign up to attend the forum and submit questions in advance.

A list of the new Steering Committee members joining Republicans and Independents for Biden appears below:

Chuck Hagel

Former U.S. Senator, NE and United States Secretary of Defense under Barack Obama

William Webster

Former Director of the FBI and CIA under Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush

Ann Veneman

Former Secretary of Agriculture, Executive Director of UNICEF

Richard Armitage

Former Deputy Secretary of State under George W. Bush

John Negroponte

Former Deputy Secretary of State under George W. Bush and Barack Obama

Sean O’Keefe

Former Secretary of the United States Navy and chairman of Airbus Group, Inc.

Michael Leiter

Former Director of United States National Counterterrorism Center

John Bellinger III

Former Legal Adviser for National Security Council under George W. Bush

Elizabeth Neumann

Former senior advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff of the Department of Homeland Security

David Zimov

Senior Foreign Service, U.S. Department of State

Sarah Lenti

National Security Council Official under President George W. Bush

Tom Ross

Former Delaware GOP State Chairman, Former RNC Ethics Committee Member

Michael Steele

Former Chairman Republican National Committee and Lt. Governor of Maryland

Kathleen Shanahan

Jeb Bush’s former Chief of Staff

Emil Frankel

Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy under President Bush

Cole Wist

Former State Representative, Colorado

Rick Bandstra

Former Court of Appeals Judge and State Representative, Michigan

Bill Bobier

Former State Representative, Michigan

William Byl

Former State Representative, Michigan

John Jellema

Former State Representative, Michigan

Brett Gillespie

Grand Ledge, Michigan City Council

Martha Allday

Longtime staff member for Republican Senator John Tower

Carolyn Bacon Dickson

Former Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator John G. Tower

Susan Bevan

Former co-Chair of Majority Republican for Choice

Roy Bostock

Retired, Chairman and CEO, D’Arcy Masius Benton& Bowles, Inc.

Susan Cullman

Former co-Chair of Majority Republican for Choice

Michael Fernandez

Chairman, MBF Healthcare Partners

Patricia Goldman

Former President of the Wish List, Republican appointee to NTSB

David Heckler

Former PA State Senator, Bucks County DA

Steve Kurzman

Asst. Secretary for Legislation HEW under Nixon and Ford

Julie Meier Wright

Former CA Secretary of Trade and Commerce

Eileen Padberg

President, Eileen Padberg Consulting

Ted Roosevelt IV

Chair of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

Robert Yudin

Former Republican County Chairman, Bergen County, NJ

John Farmer

Director of the Miller Center for Community Protection and Resilience at Rutgers

Sarah Becker

Former White House Staff, under George W. Bush

Chris Brennan

Former Bush/Cheney Campaign Official, 2000 & 2004

Matt Fogal

Current District Attorney, Franklin County, PA