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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 currently the Vice President of Government Affairs at eFedSystems Corporation in Virginia, and was a Presidential Appointee in the George W. Bush Administration from 2002-2008. Ambrose earned a B.A. in International Affairs at the Johns Hopkins University, a B.M. at the Peabody Conservatory, and a M.M. in Opera/Musical Theatre 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-Palin, 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 serves on the Advisory Council for the Republican Women’s Federal Forum, and 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 currently resides in Baltimore, MD, with her children.

National Committeeman

David Bossie

Executive Director

Joe Cluster

In October of 2013 Joe Cluster took over as the Executive Director of the Maryland Republican Party. Cluster is a lifelong resident of Maryland and has been active in the Republican Party since 2000. He has worked for the state party on two previous occasions. In 2002, he ran the party’s field operation in which the party was successful in electing the first Republican governor of Maryland in 40 years and in 2004 he served as political director.

In 2014, Cluster lead the most successful election in Maryland Republican Party history when Republicans picked up seven seats in the Maryland House of Delegates, two seats in the Maryland Senate, over twenty more local seats and won the Governor’s race.

Cluster has an extensive background in state and national politics having worked for the former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele as his director of external affairs from 2004-2007 and before that in Gov. Robert Ehrlich’s appointments office. He has also worked in D.C. for the political action committee GOPAC and the Republican National Committee.


Larry Hogan

Larry Hogan was sworn in as governor of Maryland on January 21, 2015. Hogan earned a bachelor’s degree in government and political science from Florida State University. He founded Hogan Companies, a commercial real estate brokerage firm, in 1985 and most recently served as president. Hogan served as secretary of appointments in Governor Bob Ehrlich’s administration from 2003 to 2007. In 2011, he founded Change Maryland, a nonpartisan anti-tax organization. Hogan and his wife Yumi have three daughters.


Andy Harris

HARRIS, Andy, a Representative from Maryland; born in Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y., January 25, 1957; B.S., The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md., 1977; M.D., The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md., 1980; M.H.S., The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md., 1995; physician; United States Navy reserve, 1988-2010; member of the Maryland state senate, 1998-2010; minority whip, Maryland state senate; unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States House of Representatives in 2008; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Twelfth and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 2011-present).
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