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State Chairman

Dirk Haire

Ranked as one of the leading construction law attorneys in the District of Columbia by Chambers USA, Dirk has a national construction and government contracts practice focused on bid protests and claims litigation relating to federal construction.

Dirk represents clients in connection with federal bid protests and construction litigation in the Boards of Contract Appeals, the Court of Federal Claims, the General Accountability Office, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and various U.S. district courts. His practice centers on high-stakes litigation over contracts for major construction projects throughout the Unites States and all over the world, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Russia and Africa.

Dirk serves as Office Managing Partner of the Washington, DC, office and as co-chair of the firm's national Construction Law Group.

Dirk also works to help his clients avoid litigation by assisting with the resolution of issues such as constructive changes, delays, accelerations, defective work, differing site conditions and default terminations. He also offers guidance and representation in compliance matters, including past performance evaluations, defective specifications, the Buy American Act, the False Claims Act and the Miller Act.

Outside of Fox, Dirk serves as chair of the Maryland Republican Party.

A frequent speaker and author, Dirk co-founded the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Committee and serves on AGC's National Board of Directors and the National Executive Committee of AGC’s Service & Supply Council.

National Committeewoman

Nicolee Ambrose

Nicolee Ambrose was elected as the National Committeewoman from Maryland in April 2012. She is President & CEO of The Ambrose Group, and was previously a Presidential Appointee in the George W. Bush Administration from 2002-2008. Ambrose earned a B.A. in International Affairs with Honors from the Johns Hopkins University, a B.M. at the Peabody Conservatory, and a M.M. in Opera/Musical Theatre, summa cum laude, from Arizona State University. She is a Republican political activist, conservative commentator, and Chairman Emeritus of the Young Republican National Federation where she previously served as Chairman and Secretary. Her past involvement in politics includes serving as the National Coalition Director for the Future Leaders for McCain, the National Executive Director of the Young Professionals for Fred Thompson, Chairman and National Committeewoman of the Maryland Young Republicans, and many other positions. Ambrose recently finished her term as Secretary of the Maryland State Advisory Commission to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. She has previously served on many other boards and commissions. She resides in Baltimore, MD, with her children.

National Committeeman

David Bossie

Executive Director

Patrick O'Keefe

Patrick O’Keefe is the Executive Director of the Maryland Republican Party.  He has been with the state party since January 2017.  

Patrick is also the Program Director for the online Master's in Political Communication at the University of Florida. He was previously the Chief of Staff and Campaign Manager for Delegate Christian Miele, the Head of Growth for the education-technology start-up Clutch Prep, and worked for the College Republican National Committee field operation.


Larry Hogan

Governor Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr. was inaugurated as the 62nd governor of the State of Maryland on January 21, 2015. He is only the second Republican governor in Maryland in nearly 50 years, and the first Maryland governor from Anne Arundel County to be elected in over 100 years.

Prior to being elected, Governor Hogan worked in the private sector for more than 25 years as a successful Maryland business owner. Frustration with the out-of-touch leadership in Annapolis led him to found Change Maryland, the largest nonpartisan organization in state history, dedicated to bringing fiscal responsibility and common sense to Maryland state government.

Spurred by massive public engagement and the success of Change Maryland, Governor Hogan ran for the state’s highest office in 2014 on a platform of fiscal restraint, tax relief, and job creation. On November 5, 2014, he won 20 out of 23 counties by an average of 35 percent, leading to the return of balanced government to Annapolis for the first time since 2006.

Upon taking office, Governor Hogan and his administration took immediate action to rein in state spending and return the state to sound fiscal ground. He cut tolls at every single toll facility across the state for the first time in more than 50 years; reduced or eliminated 255 different fees; prevented 100 job-killing regulations from taking effect; repealed the notorious rain tax mandate; cut taxes for military retirees; and returned more than $200 million in refund checks to overtaxed citizens. In total, Governor Hogan has provided Marylanders nearly $700 million in tax, toll, and fee relief.

Governor Hogan’s commitment to restoring Maryland’s economy and creating jobs has yielded real results. His first year in office was the most successful in total job creation and private-sector job growth in the last 15 years. Since January 2015, and under the governor’s leadership, Maryland has created nearly 100,000 jobs.

Ensuring Maryland has a strong education system has also been a top priority for the Hogan administration. The governor has made a record investment of more than $12.4 billion in K-12 public education, and per-pupil funding has increased in every jurisdiction across the state. Most recently, Governor Hogan signed an executive order requiring schools to start after Labor Day and end by mid-June, returning common sense to the school calendar scheduling process.

Governor Hogan took swift action to address the state’s deteriorating roads and bridges. During his first year in office, he invested an unprecedented $2 billion in transportation funding, allowing the state to move forward on 84 top priority road projects in every jurisdiction and fixing every single structurally deficient bridge in Maryland.  

Since taking office, the Hogan administration has been a strong supporter of protecting the environment and the health of Maryland’s most important natural asset: the Chesapeake Bay. Governor Hogan worked closely with the agricultural and environmental communities to develop enhanced Phosphorous Management Tool regulations – a solution that represents one of the most important steps forward in Maryland environmental policy in a generation. He has also provided the highest level of funding for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund, and is the first governor in state history to not allow funding for the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay to be diverted into the General Fund.

To address the state’s heroin addiction epidemic, Governor Hogan created the Maryland Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force. In the 2016 legislative session, he acted on the recommendations of the Task Force, committing nearly $9 million in funding. He has also signed legislation to expand the state’s Good Samaritan Law and Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.

Governor Hogan has been committed to public safety and redevelopment, closing the deplorable Baltimore City Detention Center; reopening the Maryland State Police Barrack in Annapolis, and launching Project C.O.R.E., a $700 million initiative to address blight in Baltimore City.

To reduce unnecessary and overly burdensome constraints on Maryland’s citizens and business community, Governor Hogan established the Regulatory Reform Commission to conduct a top-to-bottom review of every single regulation in the state, and he committed to implementing all 187 of the Commission’s recommended reforms following its final report published in December 2016. The Redistricting Reform Commission, also established in 2015, directly led to Hogan-sponsored legislation to end the partisan drawing of district lines. Returning free and fair elections to Maryland citizens remains a top goal of Governor Hogan and his administration.

Governor Hogan has also faced a number of unexpected challenges. Just ninety days after his inauguration, Baltimore City was overwhelmed with the worst violence the city had experienced in 47 years. Governor Hogan acted swiftly and decisively, declaring a State of Emergency and calling in the National Guard. Order was restored, and the Hogan administration received credit for strong leadership, and a rapid and effective response.

Sixty days after the riots in Baltimore, Governor Hogan was diagnosed with Stage 3 non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Over the next five months, he would undergo 30 days of aggressive, 24-hour chemotherapy, multiple surgeries, spinal taps, scans, drug therapies, and other procedures. On November 16, 2015, after completing a scan at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, he announced that he was 100% cancer free and in complete remission. Since waging his own fight, Governor Hogan has made it his mission to raise awareness for all those battling cancer, and support efforts to find a cure.

Governor Hogan is married to Yumi Hogan, a first generation Korean-American, and an artist and a teacher. She is the first Asian First Lady in Maryland history and the first Korean-American First Lady in United States history. They have three daughters: Julie, Jaymi, and Kim, and two grandchildren.

Lieutenant Governor

Boyd Rutherford

Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford is an accomplished attorney with a lifetime of experience in both the public and private sectors. He served as Associate Administrator for the U.S. General Services Administration, where he was responsible for increasing utilization of small businesses in government procurement, as well as continually improving the efficiency of the agency.

In addition, Lt. Governor Rutherford served as Assistant Secretary for Administration for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). He was nominated for the position by President George W. Bush, and confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate. As Assistant Secretary, Lt. Governor Rutherford led efforts that saved millions of taxpayer dollars.

Prior to serving in the USDA, Lt. Governor Rutherford served as the Secretary of the Maryland Department of General Services (DGS) under Governor Bob Ehrlich. In that capacity, Lt. Governor Rutherford was responsible for more than $900 million in annual contract administration and 10 million square feet of State owned and leased facilities. As Secretary of DGS, Lt. Governor Rutherford continued to find creative ways to save Maryland taxpayers millions of dollars, while also initiating and completing the expansion and renovation of numerous State buildings.

In addition to his public service, Lt. Governor Rutherford has extensive legal and business experience, including service in business and government law, information technology sales, and small and minority business development.

Lt. Governor Rutherford holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Political Science from Howard University. Additionally, he has a Master’s Degree in Communications Management and a law degree, both from the University of Southern California.

Lt. Governor Rutherford resides in Columbia, Maryland with his wife Monica. They have three adult children. 


Andy Harris

The son of immigrants who fled communist Eastern Europe immediately after World War II, Andrew P. Harris, M.D., has spent a lifetime serving his neighbors, country and community.  Whether it was as a physician at the prestigious Johns Hopkins Hospital, as a medical officer in the Naval Reserve, as a hard-working state senator, or now as congressman, Andy has made a life by serving others.  He is dedicated to making sure every constituent in the 1st Congressional District receives the highest-quality assistance and is well-represented in the halls of Congress.

Serving his neighbors.  Andy is a proud father of five children (Joe, Becky, Irene, Jessica and Danny), grandfather of four (Charles, Abigail, Arthur, and Andrew), and had been married to his late wife Cookie for over 33 years.  Born in working-class Brooklyn in 1957, Andy grew up one of four boys. He found his calling studying medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, where he continued to practice as an anesthesiologist for over three decades. Obstetric anesthesiology was his subspecialty, and over those years has helped thousands of women through their labor and delivery.  For many years, his peers chose him to be named as one of the nation’s “Best Doctors” in his specialty. Recently, Andy still practices at Memorial Hospital in Easton, Maryland.

Serving his country.  Answering a recruitment call to fill a critical need for anesthesiologists in the Naval Reserve during the Reagan Administration, Andy volunteered to serve in the military as a medical specialist. He went on to establish and command the Johns Hopkins Medical Naval ReserveUnit.  In 1990, his unit was called up to active duty in order to assist with Operation Desert Shield (and later Operation Desert Storm). They took care of active duty military, veterans, and POWs at Bethesda Naval Hospital.  Harris reached the rank of Commander (O-5). 

Serving his community.  Unhappy with the status quo in Annapolis, Harris, a political neophyte, decided to take on the establishment and make a run for the Maryland State Senate in 1998.  After winning by an impressive margin, Andy continued to serve as a physician – epitomizing our Founding Fathers' belief in a part-time, citizen legislature.  His innovative thinking, devotion to efficient government and dedication to his constituents earned him the “Hero of the Taxpayer” award from the Maryland Taxpayers Association in 2008. 

Andy began serving as the Congressman from the beautiful 1st Congressional District of Maryland in 2011. He serves on the Committee on Appropriations and on the following subcommittees: Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies; Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies; and Homeland Security. In his free time, he enjoys spending time on the Chesapeake Bay with his family, and repairing old cars with his sons.

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