Carole Jean Jordan, a West Virginian by
birth, migrated to Florida in the early sixties. She worked in the
aviation industry until moving to Vero Beach with her family to
become a small businesswoman and begin a lifetime of devotion to the
Republican Party at the local, state, and national level.
Carole Jean served in leadership roles with the National Federation
of Republican Women in the 1990s and served as a special adviser
during key strategic times for the U.S. organization. She began her
service as President of The Republican Women of Indian River,
Federated, and then served five years as President of the Florida
Federation of Republican Women.
Carole Jean was elected in 2003 and
re-elected in 2005 as Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida.
In this role, she continued her long-time contribution to the
Executive Committee of the Republican Party of Florida. She served
as the Republican National Committeewoman for Florida to the RNC
from 1994 thru 2003 and was her fellow committee members’ choice to
serve on the RNC’s Rules Committee.
As Florida’s Republican Party Chair, Carole Jean demonstrated fiscal
responsibility and sound financial management by bringing the RPOF
out of almost three million dollars in debt, paying off the mortgage
of the George H. W. Bush Republican Center in Tallahassee, and
instituting sound business and accounting practices to oversee the
millions of dollars raised and expended on behalf of its candidates.
In addition, she broke all State Party fundraising records during
the 2004 and 2006 election cycles.
Under Carole Jean’s leadership, the Republican Party of Florida
embraced innovative voter-identification strategies, including data
micro-targeting and grassroots-level get-out-the-vote initiatives
that achieved extraordinary outcomes. Governor Charlie Crist won one
of only three open seats by a Republican, and the first time in
Florida’s history that we elected back to back Republican Governors.
Florida continued its dominance in both the national and state
Active involvement with African-American Republican groups,
including the National Black Republican Association and the Black
Republican Economic Summit, was instrumental in Carole Jean helping
to establish the Florida Federation of Black Republicans. She has
assisted in countless grassroots and field staff training
initiatives in an effort to reach out to African-American
communities from the Panhandle to the Keys. Carole Jean has also
become a dedicated champion for Republican Veterans Clubs, helping
to charter a number of new clubs across the state.
The term “grassroots” was truly redefined by her launching the
“Rural County Initiative,” which provides incentives for Republican
Committees in rural counties to create their own fundraising
and campaign strategies. This resulted in dozens of rural counties
being awarded hundred of thousand of dollars to target selected
candidates and get out the vote for them.
In 2005, President George Bush appointed
Carole Jean to the Presidents Commission on White House Fellowships;
she has worked side by side with fellow commissioners in this highly
competitive process to select the White House Fellows from the
exceptional group of national finalists. This program offers young
men and women first hand experience working at the highest levels of
the Federal government.
During her 2005-2006 term of office, Chairman Jordan was asked by
RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman to serve as Chairman of the Chairmen,
representing all State Party chairs on the RNC Executive Committee.
In 2005 she chaired the RNC’s Coalitions/Outreach After Action
Committee, reviewing and presenting the successes of the 2004
election cycle outreach.
In 2004, Carole Jean played an integral role in winning Florida for
President Bush by nearly 400,000 votes and electing Senator Mel
Martinez, the first Cuban-American to serve in the United States
Senate. Managing over 109,000 volunteers making calls, knocking on
doors, and giving neighbors a ride to the polls, Carole Jean’s
vision, inspiration, and old-fashioned hard work helped encourage
RPOF volunteers to make over three million personal contacts in the
last few days of the 2004 campaign!
Carole Jean served as a Delegate to the Republican National
Conventions in New York, Philadelphia, San Diego and Houston. In
2000, she chaired the George W. Bush for President Campaign in
Indian River County. She was nominated by Florida Governor Jeb Bush
to be an elector in the Presidential Election. Because of the
related ballot issues, she was one of the official GOP voices to
appear on MSNBC, CNN, NBC, FOX and scores of other national and
international radio and television stations.
Traveling throughout more than 40 states, for either the Republican
National Committee or the Republican Party of Florida, she has
logged thousands of hours motivating GOP groups, clubs, federations
or executive committees from Key Biscayne, Florida, to Spokane,
Representing the International Republican
Institute this past December, Chairman Jordan traveled to
Yekaterinburg, Russia, to join eighteen other nations’ political
party chairs in a roundtable discussion on political parties in the
world theatre. She was invited to interact with the leaders of the
United Russia Party during their Congress.
In 2005, the Republican National Committee invited Carole Jean to
serve as a member of a delegation traveling to Taiwan to meet with a
variety of political party leaders, foreign affairs ministers, and
local leaders. Following the trip to Taiwan, the delegation traveled
to Hong Kong to observe the country’s unique culture and heritage. A
previous trip to Taiwan was a bi-partisan summit hosted by the Vice
Chairman of Taiwan, Madame Lu, and focused on improving the status
of women across the world.