Carol Jean Jordan

Immediate Past Chairman - Republican Party of Florida

LOCAL

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.

 

STATE

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 legislators.

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.

 

NATIONAL

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, Washington.

 

INTERNATIONAL

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.

 

 

 

 

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