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Ron Nehring

Ronald "Ron" Nehring (born May 20, 1970) is a Republican politician, strategist, commentator and lecturer. He is the immediate past Chairman of the California Republican Party.

Biography

Early life

Ron Nehring is the only son of German immigrants who settled in New York on Long Island in 1961. He graduated from Islip High School in June 1988 and was a competition cyclist from 1984 to 1988.

Education

Nehring earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Stony Brook University (SUNY Stony Brook) in May 1992 and was recognized by the University for "Outstanding Undergraduate Achievement." He later completed graduate coursework in government at the American University in Washington, D.C. During his time at Stony Brook, Nehring was four times elected president of the campus chapter of the College Republicans. He worked on numerous campaigns in Suffolk County, New York in the towns of Brookhaven and Southampton while an undergraduate student. In January 1992, while a college senior, he traveled to New Hampshire to campaign for the re-election of then-President George H.W. Bush. He moved to San Diego, California in 1996.

Republican Party of San Diego County

On July 9, 2001 Nehring was elected Chairman of the Republican Party of San Diego County, one of the largest counties in America. He was re-elected in 2003, 2005 and 2007. He resigned as Chairman in April 2007 after being elected Chairman of the California Republican Party.[1]

California Republican Party

In February 2003 Nehring was elected President of the California Republican County Chairmen's Association, an organization within the California Republican Party representing the 58 county Republican leaders in the state. In 2005 he was elected Vice Chairman of the California Republican Party, and in 2007 he was elected Chairman[1] He served two terms, from February 2007 to March 2011, stepping down in March 2010 due to term limits.

As chairman he was accused of trying to bend the rules of the party's 2009 convention so as to favor one Republican candidate for governor (Steven Poizner) over another (Meg Whitman), even though the party chairman is supposed to remain neutral in primaries.[2]

During his two terms as chairman the state party strengthened its financial position and retired its debt, but saw state Republican registration slip to 30.9% of voters.[3]

In November 2013, Mr. Nehring was the guest speaker at the Washoe County Republican Party Fund raiser, during his key note speach, Mr. Nehring emphasized the Republican Party's Mexican problem.

Republican National Committee

Nehring served for 4 years as a member of the 168-member Republican National Committee, the national governing body of the Republican Party.

In April 2009 then-RNC Chairman Michael Steele appointed Nehring to the post of Chairman of the RNC's State Chairmen's Committee, the body consisting of the RNC's 56 state and territorial leaders.[4]

Local government

From 2004 through 2006, Nehring served as a Trustee for the Grossmont Union High School District, a large school district in east San Diego County with 11 high schools and an annual budget exceeding $170 million. As a strong proponent of charter schools and education reform, he proposed a comprehensive plan for sharply increasing the number of charter schools in the district. He served as the Chairman of the district's Audit Committee.

State government

In 2005, he was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection, where he brought his experiences from the 2003 Cedar Fire which destroyed over 2,000 homes.

Awards and recognition

Stony Brook University recognized Nehring with its "Distinguished Alumnus Award" in May 2010 at a ceremony where he addressed the graduates of the university's Political Science Department. The College Republican National Committee recognized Nehring with its "Distinguished Alumnus Award" in 2010. The Conservative Order for Good Government awarded Nehring its Silver Cogg Award in September 2002 in recognition of his leadership in revitalizing the county Republican Party.

References

External links

  • Ron Nehring Biographical Sketch - Leadership Institute
Party political offices
Preceded by
George "Duf" Sundheim
Chairman of the California Republican Party
February 11, 2007 – March 22, 2011
Succeeded by
Tom Del Beccaro
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